Setting spray causing clogged pores?

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May 16, 2017

Lara R.

Hi!

Recently I've noticed small bumps in my forehead, when my skin was already cleared.

I've haven't changed anything in my skincare routine and in my makeup. The only thing that I've added is the Wet n Wild Photofocus Setting Spray. It does a lovely job setting and prolonging my makeup, but I'm afraid it's the cause of these bumps.

Have you experienced something similar?

May 16, 2017

Leuca S.

Most setting sprays contain film forming agents and high levels of solvent alcohol, which together irritate the skin and then trap excess sebum caused by said irritation.

May 16, 2017

Lara R.

Do you know of any setting spray with "better" ingredients?

May 16, 2017

Beatrix K.

It could be the spray that is irritating your skin. I am very sensitive and would only use setting spray for a special occasion.

May 17, 2017

Leuca S.

Essentially for it to actually be a setting spray it must contain ingredients that seal your makeup, so while you may be able to find something sans the alcohol (I think Cover FX makes some), you're not going to be putting something that's really fantastic on your face.

May 17, 2017

Lara R.

Thanks, girls! I think I'll limit the use of the spray :(

May 18, 2017

Alexandra C.

Many people including myself use this before or after makeup.

May 18, 2017

Lara R.

@Alexandra, what's your skin type? Do you think it would be suitable for combo/oily skin?

May 19, 2017

Shelbie K.

In my experience, the easiest way to determine if it is this product causing your problem is to do a "spot test." Selecting an area of your skin that is fresh from irritations & free of other products, spray the product in a small area, let it sit & see if anything occurs. It could be that you will find it is another product that's causing the problem. If you have a similar reaction, I would suggest hitting Google with the ingredients list; you can find many sites where you can check if certain ingredients are known to cause skin irritation, so you know to avoid products containing it in the future. If you don't want to invest the time, try another & hope it doesn't have the same ingredient (s) that caused you a problem. Note: It's fairly common for drug store products & setting sprays, in general, to use similar ingredients. If it's an option, I would recommend trying a brand that uses higher tier ingredients, but the price point will increase, as do the ingredient list. Good luck! Much love, Shelbie =)

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