Comedogenic Ingredients: Skincare Ingredients That Can Clog Your Pores

Did you know that companies are allowed to advertise their products as “non-comedogenic” despite their products containing pore clogging ingredients? Did you also know that a product can be labeled “oil free” and still clog your pores? For that reason, it is essential to check the ingredients list yourself before throwing a product in your shopping cart! Even if your skin doesn’t break out easily, highly comedogenic ingredients can make you break out!

 

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Comedogenic Ingredients

Skincare Ingredients That Can Clog Your Pores

  • Acetylated Lanolin
  • Acetylated Lanolin Alcohol
  • Algae Extract
  • Algin
  • Beeswax
  • Butyl Stearate
  • Carrageenan
  • Cetyl Acetate
  • Cetearyl Alcohol + Ceteareth 20
  • Chondrus Crispus (aka Irish Moss or Carageenan Moss)
  • Chlorella
  • Coal Tar
  • Cocoa Butter
  • Coconut Alkanes
  • Coconut Butter
  • Coconut Oil
  • Colloidal Sulfur
  • Cotton Awws Oil
  • Cotton Seed Oil
  • Corn Oil
  • D & C Red # 17
  • D & C Red # 21
  • D & C Red # 3
  • D & C Red # 30
  • D & C Red # 36
  • Decyl Oleate
  • Dioctyl Succinate
  • Disodium Monooleamido PEG 2- Sulfosuccinate
  • Ethoxylated Lanolin
  • Ethylhexyl Palmitate
  • Glyceryl Stearate SE
  • Glyceryl-3 Diisostearate
  • Hexadecyl Alcohol
  • Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil
  • Isocetyl Alcohol
  • Isocetyl Stearate
  • Isodecyl Oleate
  • Isopropyl Isostearate
  • Isopropyl Linolate
  • Isopropyl Myristate
  • Isopropyl Palmitate
  • Isostearyl Isostearate
  • Isostearyl Neopentanoate
  • Kelp
  • Laminaria Digitata Extract
  • Laminaria Saccharina Extract (Laminaria Saccharine)
  • Laureth-23
  • Laureth-4
  • Lauric Acid
  • Mink Oil
  • Myristic Acid
  • Myristyl Lactate
  • Myristyl Myristate
  • Octyl Palmitate
  • Octyl Stearate
  • Oleth-3
  • Oleyl Alcohol
  • PEG 16 Lanolin
  • PEG 200 Dilaurate
  • PEG 8 Stearate
  • PG Monostearate
  • PPG 2 Myristyl Propionate
  • Plankton
  • Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate
  • Potassium Chloride
  • Propylene Glycol Monostearate
  • Red Algae
  • Seaweed
  • Shark Liver Oil (Squalene)
  • Shea Butter
  • Sodium Laureth Sulfate
  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
  • Solulan 16
  • Sorbitan Oleate
  • Soybean Oil
  • Spirulina
  • Steareth 10
  • Stearic Acid Tea
  • Stearyl Heptanoate
  • Sulfated Castor Oil
  • Sulfated Jojoba Oil
  • Wheat Germ Glyceride
  • Wheat Germ Oil
  • Xylene

 

Keep in mind that if the product does not contain any comedogenic ingredients, it can still break you out—eveeryone’s skin is different and reacts differently to certain ingredients. Therefore, it is recommended to stop using a product if you experience breakouts or irritation.

 

Here are some products that doesn’t contain any comedogenic ingredients.



26 thoughts on “Comedogenic Ingredients: Skincare Ingredients That Can Clog Your Pores”

  • Wow, that’s a ton of ingredients! Thank you for including some products that don’t have these skin-clogging agents in them. I’ll have to look at the ingredients lists more often in my skincare because I struggle with pore congestion.

    • Not a problem, Ann 🙂 Yes, it is best to check the ingredient list before purchasing skincare products, sunscreen, and makeup!

  • That’s a crazy long list! I’ve never heard the term comedogenic before, but this is such good information. I use a lot of Cetaphil and Aveeno products, so hopefully the ones I have are pretty good.

    • Awesome! Cetaphil and Aveeno are some of my favorite skincare brands from the drugstore 🙂 Typically, Cetaphil and Aveeno products don’t contain comedogenic ingredients. If they do, it contains ingredients that are mildly comedogenic—which most likely won’t clog your pores as long as you’re not acne prone 🙂

  • i had no idea that companies could get away with doing this! how deceitful. its like when non-dairy coffee creamer contains milk ingredients. that list is incredibly long for ingredients to keep an eye out for but i recognize some of those as being familiar. now im going to need to go check through our products. thanks for the heads up.

  • I’ve never even heard of ‘comedogenic’ – that’s such a long list too… will have to watch out for this!

  • That’s such a long list! This is really helpful information. I tend to use products hand made by local businesses whenever possible to avoid the more processed chemical filled products.

  • And here I’ve always assumed that if a product says “non-comedogenic” on the label, then it actually IS non-comedogenic! Thanks for the insightful heads-up on this!

  • That list really seems daunting…looking for the right cosmetic got tougher I guess 🙂
    On a serious note, it’s really helpful to know what things to check in case a particular product doesn’t suit our skin…thanks

    -Nandita

    • Don’t freak out, Nandita 🙂 It doesn’t necessarily mean that ALL comedogenic ingredients will FOR SURE clog your pores—it really depends on how your skin reacts to certain ingredients and if your highly prone to acne! This is just a list of ingredients that typically clogs pores.

  • Wow, I wasn’t expecting a long list! I didn’t know that beeswax, coconut oil, and cocoa butter can clog your skin. I use Cetaphil, so I’m good! I’ll have to look into my other products.

    • If you haven’t experienced any breakouts or irritation yet, you’re probably just one of the lucky ones who are able to use cocoa butter on your face with no issues 🙂 I have combination skin, so I shy away from cocoa butter or anything heavy in that matter! Haha

  • WOW! After reading this I am thinking I need to change things up. There are so many bad ingredients in the products I am using now.

  • Thanks for this list. I’ve been using a brand since high school and my friend who makes her own natural skin care line convinced me to switch based on the ingredients she claimed were drying out my skin. My old brand was a department store brand too. There’s so much we wouldn’t even put on our skin or in our hair if we really knew what was in it.

    • That sounds wonderful! I’m happy you’ve find something that works for you, Lindsay 🙂 I completely agree with you, there are some horrific ingredients in products that we put on our skin and hair and don’t even realize!!

    • I know, it’s crazy! Though, it doesn’t necessarily mean that ALL comedogenic ingredients will FOR SURE clog your pores—it really depends on how your skin reacts to certain ingredients and if your highly prone to acne! This is just a list of ingredients that typically clogs pores 🙂

  • I find that coconut oil helps with those who have sensitive skin as well. I kinda switched to products with that in it first. Later on down the road and now I just use plain coconut oil.

    • Yes, you’re so right Liz! Some people (like you) can happily use coconut oil with no issues 🙂 It really depends on how your skin reacts to it!

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