"It is noteworthy that many natural or organic compounds on the market lack the preservatives protecting against bacterial or fungal overgrowth or contamination," Ceballos said. "This alone could lead to skin problems. If your skin is not prone to acne lesions and you develop acne while on a product, whether natural or 'synthetic,' then the product itself is the likely culprit."
In layman's terms: it's possible my skin just didn't like one or more of the products. I also asked about my hypothesis that my skin had become used to harsh ingredients and now treating my pores with organic products did little more than splashing my face with water.
"If you are regularly using an acne treatment product, then you switch to an organic product that does not have any acne benefits, you may break out," Zeichner explained. "For example, if you are using a salicylic acid cleanser to keep the pores clear, then stop, your face may flare. It's not so much that the skin is dependent on the products, but rather that the products are addressing underlying skin issues and keeping them in check."