It’s possible for any kind of lotion to cause acne, this includes hand & body lotion. Certain cosmetic products may even make acne worse due to the ingredients in the lotion. A few ingredients that companies use in lotion could be comedogenic, meaning they can clog your pores. It’s best to look for any cosmetic product that says non-comedogenic somewhere on the packaging if you have acne-prone skin.



What Is Acne?

On a simple note, acne is just basically clogged pores of the skin. The pores of your skin can become clogged with dirt, other dead skin cells, and sebum. Sebum is an oil that your skin naturally produces. This is a way for the skin to help hydrate itself when it gets dried out.

Everything combined can clog the pores on your skin and produce the bacteria that we know of as acne.

Most people only get acne in the face, chest, and back. Although, some people will get acne on other parts of their bodies. Acne can affect anyone at any age. However, most acne happens to people in their teens.

Some people say to exfoliate your skin every week. This is a big reason why people like to use a body scrub on acne-prone skin.

This is why some people say to exfoliate your skin; to help prevent a buildup of oils.

The three main types of acne are whiteheads, blackheads, and pustules. Here is a really good website that does a good job of explaining the different types.



The Oil In Hand & Body Lotion Could Cause Acne:

It is true that certain kinds of hand & body lotions could cause acne. This can be due to the oil that is in the lotion. Even though lotions typically only contain around 30% oil and 70% water; It is very important to see which kind of oil the lotion is made with.

Some say that lotion is made up of just 30% oil and it doesn’t matter what kind of oil is in the lotion. I have found my experiences to be the total opposite of that. Different products used on the skin can cause acne or worsen breakouts in people with acne-prone skin.

Some products have ingredients inside of them that can clog your pores. This can be a real danger when you already have oily skin and add a product that has oil to your skin. This can cause your skin to produce excess sebum and can become a danger zone for acne.

It is best to check the lotion that you have purchased to see what it is made of. Some cheaper lotions use an oil that can cause acne.



Types Of Hand & Body Lotion That Could Cause Acne:

Many popular lotions today can cause acne. This is because companies will often use cheaper ingredients to make more profit. These cheaper ingredients are not only bad
for your skin but can also cause acne.

Here is a list of ingredients that could cause acne from lotion:


Some Oils/Butters:

Some oils and butters you will want to avoid such as coconut oil, olive oil, linseed oil, and Shea butter.
All of these can clog your pores and cause acne or make it worse.



I would avoid dyes at all costs if you have acne-prone skin. A dye will just change the color of the product. This will not affect how well the hand & body lotion actually works on your skin. Some people are more naturally sensitive to dyes that are added. They could also irritate your existing acne or cause breakouts on acne-prone skin.

The dyes are usually labeled as a color followed by a number.

Here are a few examples. **red, 5 blue, 2 brown, 7 ****



Fragrances are chemicals that give lotion its scent. Many fragrances are made of chemicals that cause skin irritation that can cause acne later on. Some companies try to hide the fragrance in the label; make sure the lotion says fragrance-free on the packaging.

The Fragrances and Dyes in the lotion might not cause acne directly, however they may contribute to it and it’s best to avoid them if you have acne-prone skin.

Please note that everyone has a different skin type and some of these ingredients may affect you differently or may not even affect you at all.



Types Of Hand & Body Lotion That Won’t Cause Acne:

First, you want to look for non-comedogenic lotions and products. Non-comedogenic is a term that means the ingredients will not clog your pores. Clogged pores are a major contribution to acne.

Non-comedogenic is a universal name; not just for lotions. You will be able to find lotions, moisturizers, serums, and face wash that will not clog your pores.

Most lotions will say non-comedogenic on the back of the label if they are really non-comedogenic. Other lotions just say will not clog pores on the bottle somewhere. However, both of these will mean the same thing.

You should check all of your skin care products and lotions at home.

I put together a short list of ingredients that you should make sure that your hand & body lotion is made out of. These ingredients are safe for everyone and you don’t just have to have acne to use these products. These products are also non-comedogenic, so they are safe for acne.

Some examples of the ingredients that are safe for acne-prone skin:


Argan Oil:

Argan Oil is lightweight, absorbs quickly, and will help keep your skin hydrated without clogging pores.
I’m amazed at how soft my hands are after applying argan oil.


Sweet Almond Oil:

Sweet Almond Oil is one of my favorite ingredients in lotion. It contains high levels of vitamin E which is great for applying all over your body.

Sweet Almond Oil is different from Bitter Almond Oil. Make sure that your product has sweet almond oil in it.

Almond oil found in skincare products should also never be ingested no matter how good they smell.


Jojoba Oil:

Jojoba oil is a really powerful anti-inflammatory and moisturizer that will not clog your pores. Its oil itself is extracted from a shrub called the Jojoba shrub. Many people have used this product for years.

I personally love using products with Jojoba Oil in them. They absorb well into the skin and have a very nice texture. The moisturizing power of Jojoba oil is really amazing as well.



What Happens If I Get Acne?

The best thing to do if you get acne from a lotion is to stop using the hand & body lotion. Stop using the product until you can find out what the exact cause of the acne is from. Another thing to do is look over your skincare regimen.

Sometimes we start using multiple new products at once and don’t know what one is really causing the acne.

The goal is to isolate what is causing your acne and quit using it. This can be very difficult to do if you are using multiple new products. This can also be stressful since you have a short time to do it since you don’t want to get anymore acne.

Here are some questions to ask yourself:


When Did You Start Getting Acne?

It could be the hand & body lotion you’re using if you just started getting acne at the same time as starting it. The wrong kind of lotion can make existing acne worse or even cause more acne. This can also cause inflamed red skin that makes the acne appear worse.


Have You Used That Product Before?

If you have used this kind of product before and didn’t experience any acne breakouts, it probably isn’t what is causing the acne breakouts.

If you have never used that product before it could be a matter of other things causing the acne breakouts. It could be that the oil used isn’t non-comedogenic or perhaps your sensitive to one of the ingredients.

Check and see if the label says non-comedogenic. If so, this could be an indicator that this isn’t causing your acne. However, it still could be some kind of ingredient that doesn’t agree with your skin. You might have sensitive skin and experience breakouts when exposed to a certain ingredient.

Sometimes acne can be genetic and you will get it no matter what products you use. You may have genetic acne if you can’t isolate the product that is causing the acne. If you think this is the case, it’s best to see a doctor for a full diagnosis.


What To Do Next:

If you find a hand & body lotion that is causing acne; I would quit using it. If you recently purchased the lotion, call up the customer care number and try to get a refund. Many companies will be happy to give you a refund for the lotion.

You can also try returning the product to the store. But, some stores will not accept returns on opened lotions.



How Can I Prevent Hand & Body Lotion From Causing Acne?

The only way to prevent your product from causing acne is to use the one that’s best for your skin. The reason is that so many ingredients can cause acne in different people. Everyone has different skin and it can be difficult to prevent acne in everyone.

Here are a few tips to help prevent lotion from causing acne:


Use The Right Face Wash:

You want to make sure that you use the right face wash to help prevent acne. Some hand & body lotions can clog your pores and create more acne. You want to make sure that you don’t get that kind of lotion on your face. If you do, you need to use a face wash that will remove it without irritating your skin.


Use The Right Body Wash:

You always want to use the right body wash. Not all the product will get absorbed into the body and some of it sits on the top layer of your skin. This can potentially cause acne if too much oil or dirt gets stuck onto the surface of your skin and clogs your pores.

Wash your body every day to help prevent the buildup that can cause acne.


Don’t Use Too Much:

Sometimes you can prevent hand & body lotion from causing acne if you use less lotion. The more lotion you use, the greater the possibility that it could clog your pores and cause acne. The right amount of lotion should be used to help prevent acne and the lotion should also be rubbed in until fully absorbed by the skin.

If you have extra lotion, use it on another part of your body.


Use The Right Lotion:

The best way to prevent your lotion from causing acne is to use the right one. The right one should say non-comedogenic on the product container or label. This means that the ingredients used in the lotion won’t clog your pores and create acne.

If you are allergic to any ingredients, check the label as well. These ingredients could irritate your skin more and either cause acne or make your existing acne worse.

A lotion should be made with the best ingredients and quality. It’s difficult to get the right quality of lotion while preventing it from causing acne.




How Do I Treat Acne From Hand & Body Lotions?

Treating any kind of acne can be difficult and treating acne caused by hand & body lotion can be very difficult as well. I put together a few tips on how you can help treat your acne:


Stop Using It:

The best thing that you can do to treat acne that is caused by lotions is to stop using the product. Something has to be wrong with the product or your skin if it causes acne breakouts. It might not have been non-comedogenic or perhaps one of the ingredients was irritating to your skin.

You need to stop using the lotion to treat the problem.


Use A Face And Body Wash:

Pick out a good face and body wash to help treat your acne breakouts. If you’re already using a good face and body wash, you can skip this step. Sometimes our face or body wash can be drying on the skin and make our acne breakouts worse.

If you’re not using a face and body wash for acne, it’s time to start doing so. This can help heal your breakouts faster as well as prevent more from happening.


Try Acne Products:

The next thing you should try doing is using some over-the-counter acne products. Most of them have ingredients that will kill acne bacteria. Keep an eye out since some of these products can irritate your skin and could cause further breakouts. Some of these products could also dry out your skin as well.


Use A Non Comedogenic Version:

The next thing you want to do is use a non-comedogenic version moisturizer. This can help your acne by soothing and hydrating the skin. If you have hydrated skin, your body will produce less sebum and that won’t clog your pores as much.



Is Hand & Body Lotion Safe For Existing Acne?

Some lotions are safe to use on existing acne. However, it depends on their ingredients and how well your skin reacts to those ingredients. Acne can be very tricky and what could work for one person necessarily doesn’t work for everyone else.

You need to keep a couple of things in mind on when using lotion on existing acne:


Check The Ingredients:

You should check the ingredients first before using a product on any existing acne. Make sure that you aren’t allergic to any of them first. Sometimes we can be sensitive to a certain ingredient and we never know what ingredient it is. This could cause acne or worsen the acne that you already have.

Check and see what kind of oil the hand & body lotion is made out of. Some lotions can clog your pores and contribute to acne. You want to avoid these ingredients as they could worsen your acne.

Here are a few examples of the oil in lotions that are good and beneficial to your skin:

Argan Oil
Sweet Almond Oil
Jojoba oil

All of these oils are of high quality and shouldn’t clog your pores. These oils have a zero on the non-comedogenic product list and that means they are safe to use on acne-prone skin.