Cocoa Beans vs. Cocoa Butter - Beach Beauty Bar and Acne Clinic

Cocoa Beans vs. Cocoa Butter

Cocoa butter and cocoa beans are a popular ingredient in body lotions, creams and even lip balms. Products like cocoa butter tote the prize for being beneficial for the skin. This is because it is rich in antioxidants and contains fatty acids that help to hydrate, nourish and protect the skin. But before you slather on the cocoa butter, you might be wondering, does cocoa butter clog pores or cause acne?

The answer is YES. We have been preaching this to our clients for some time now however; we are seeing cocoa beans listed as an ingredient in makeup products more frequently.

Do you want clear skin?

Cocoa butter is on our pore clogging list, but cocoa beans are not – except they should be. Cocoa butter is made from cocoa beans. Having cocoa beans in your makeup or skincare are also unfortunately comedogenic. Anything containing these two ingredients are highly likely to clog pores and lead to acne or breakouts.

How is Cocoa Butter Made?

Cocoa butter is made from dried cocoa beans. Once they’re dried, they are roasted, shelled and minced into cocoa nibs. From there, they are then pulsated into cocoa powder, which is boiled with water and blended into what is known as cocoa butter.

Cocoa butter is loved by sun worshipers and people who are dry, but it will clog your pores quick! You have acne safe alternative choices like Moisture Clear, Matte Moisture Hydrating Gel and Nutri-Cream.

A lot of skin-care products these days contain cocoa butter because it sounds healthy, rich and natural. Could it do any harm when it sounds so delicious? Yes of course! Cocoa butter, also known as theobroma oil, is a rich substance extracted from the cocoa bean. It is highly comedogenic, oily skinned, and acne prone people should keep away from it altogether.

Breakup with Cocoa Ingredients

There is no use applying your acne medicine or serums at night if harmful cosmetics are going to “poison” your face during the day. Products containing comedogenic ingredients have to go if you want to get clear for good.

But where do you start?

Not sure what ingredients are comedogenic? We have a pore clogging list that tells you all the things to watch out for in your makeup and skincare/haircare products.

Do you want to take the guess work out of your product decisions?  join our Makeup Membership and let us do the work for you. This will offer you peace of mind when purchasing the products you need.

We review and add new products to the list every month so you will have plenty of acne-safe options to choose from. 

For access to the entire list, click here and you can purchase any of our exclusive list including more than 20 makeup brands, including MAC, Fenty Beauty, Maybelline, Dior, Nars, Urban Decay and more.

If you have minor acne, the simple solution to clearing might be just by getting your hair and makeup products in check.  That simple change could be the difference between you being clear or breaking out.

The Takeaway

When it comes to acne, pore clogging ingredients are often a big catalyst for chronic acne breakouts. Unfortunately, many popular makeup brands, haircare brands, and body care brands contain pore clogging ingredients like coca bean and coca butter that wreak havoc on acne prone skin.

For a truly minimalist approach, just slap on a non-comedogenic sunscreen in the AM, and you’re golden. Your skin will thank you! Whether you have severe acne or an occasional flare-up, becoming a label detective could be your ticket to clear skin, and the first place you should check are the ingredients in your products.

While no one in the beauty industry intentionally set out to ruin the complexions of millions of women, this is exactly what’s happening. The wrong cosmetic ingredients are so potent that they cause acne.

Avoiding pore clogging ingredients is a good place to start in your clear skin journey. But before you toss out your whole makeup bag or trash your shampoos and conditioners – schedule an appointment with us. Let us help you pin point exactly what’s causing your breakouts.

Cheers to clear!


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