Why Rich Creams Cause Breakouts

Why Rich Creams Cause Breakouts

One of my favorite things about holi (creme) is how light it is. It is a beautifully fresh and light formulation that glides onto skin, delivering a filtered, matte finish, all without clogging your pores. But that doesn’t mean that it is not powerful. It's powered by six revolutionary trademarked active ingredients and a ton of natural nutrients to ensure that this product really delivers results. I will definitely formulate a heavier product in future but one of the reasons that I wanted to start with something lighter is because I wanted to create a product that would instantly breathe life into any type of skin, even the most sensitive or acne-prone skin types. I wanted something for everyone and a product that would never make anyone’s acne or breakouts worse.

A lot of creams that are heavy and high in oil can lead to clogged pores which can then lead to the development of whiteheads and blackheads. The reason for this is because when we apply anything to the skin, the pores take what they need and absorb it into the dermal layer but anything that they don’t want to absorb (excess moisture or oil) sits on the surface of the skin rather than being absorbed. This is why some creams will leave you feeling really greasy and horrible. This greasy layer can then attract more dirt and bacteria which leads to more congestion of pores, increased oil production and this can drive the acne cycle further.


Finding the right moisturizer is a balance. It’s difficult because you need to keep your skin well-moisturized but you need to do so without provoking breakouts and without over moisturizing. Over moisturizing can not only lead to bumps and pimples all over the face but it can also lead to dry skin because the balance of the skin gets totally thrown off. If you’ve also been moisturizing for a long, long time the skin can get lazy meaning that it isn’t capable of maintaining its own hydration levels. It starts to expect a product is going to be applied which means that our skin then becomes sluggish and doesn’t continue to hydrate in the way that it knows how. We then grab for more moisturizer to solve the dry skin battle. This is one reason why my Agent range is simple, powerful products. Sometimes too many ingredients are just unnecessary in the journey to beautiful, glowing, radiant skin.

So, for people who get spots, acne or breakouts, you need to be more intentional about your moisturizer choice and how much moisturizing is too much moisturizing. This is why I created holi (creme):

  • It’s ultra light texture deeply hydrates your skin, neck and decolletage
  • It is not full of oil and it is not a rich, heavy cream - you can use it every day, unlike richer and heavier creams
  • It gives a beautiful filter finish of ultimate hydration while also helping with the appearance of skin texture - all without there being a crazily high oil content in it;
  • It moisturizes without over- moisturizing - so you don’t have to worry about your skin getting lazy or there being daily debris build ups that will promote breakouts;
  • It is light enough to be used by all skin types, including acne-prone or acne-suffering skin. It doesn’t provoke the acne cycle or drive breakouts


As well as being incredibly light, the formulation is powerful too, but also calming. The Solanum Lycopersicum Tomato Fruit Extract is packed full of UV-absorbing, colorless carotenoids that help to protect your skin against free-radical induced damage and light absorbance while the Daisy Extract acts a natural skin-evening agent that helps to nurture a balanced, even but luminous complexion and radiant skin. Organic Olus Oil, Squalene and Vitamin E work to deeply hydrate, replenish, support dermal supplements and nourish smooth and glowing skin.

The formulation doesn’t end there though. The manuka honey, applied topically, is highly anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antimicrobial, and calcium ketogluconate - a French-patented, non-toxic, natural complex molecule helps restore the skin’s elasticity for a youthful, plump appearance, helping to deliver a sculptured and contoured look, whenever you use the product.

This product is for everyone. I absolutely love it and you will too. It’s perfect as the final step in your Agent Nateur skincare routine or as a base to prime your skin for soft, dewy and light makeup application. Combine with the Agent Nateur Holy Trinity for an elevated experience.

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