Pore clogging was definitely not on the to-do list of your self-care pampering night, right? No, I didn't think so. But, surprise, some oil-based moisturizing products contain pore-clogging oils. Clogged pores (aka comedones) can lead to comedonal acne. To avoid this, you should reach for non-comedogenic oils instead.
Pore clogging was definitely not on the to-do list of your self-care pampering night, right? No, I didn't think so. But, surprise, some oil-based moisturizing products contain pore-clogging oils.
Clogged pores (aka comedones) can lead to comedonal acne.
To avoid this, you should reach for non-comedogenic oils instead. We know, we know, yet another thing you have to think about when structuring a skincare regimen. But this one is really worth your time, especially if you’re acne-prone.
Let’s talk about comedogenic vs. non-comedogenic, and list some skin-loving facial oils that your skin will thank you for.
The comedogenic scale is a scale of how likely a product is to clog your pores. This scale indicates a rating between 0 and 5. Non-comedogenic oils are low on this scale (between 0 and 2) as they have a very low likelihood of clogging your pores.
Here is the comedogenic scale system:
With ratings of 1 and 2, although it’s not zero, the risks are very low and most skin types will not be negatively affected. Even ratings of 3 can be well tolerated by those with dry skin types.
However, there is a high risk of pore-clogging when moving into a rating of 4 or 5. Experimenting with different types of oils will show you your tolerance level when it comes to the comedogenic scale
With this comedogenic scale system in mind, we have rounded up a list of non-comedogenic oils that are great for acne-prone skin.
This vitamin E rich oil is non-comedogenic, antibacterial, and is also an antioxidant. With a comedogenic rating of 2, this non-comedogenic oil is often seen as the holy grail of acne-friendly facial oils. Jojoba oil is extremely similar to the sebum our face creates. So much so, when you use it, it sends a signal to your body that you do not need more sebum. So, using jojoba oil can help control sebum production, (which great news for acne-prone skin).
With a comedogenic rating of 1, this non-comedogenic oil is also anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial. Because of its antibacterial properties, many people use grapeseed oil to treat acne. The antioxidant properties can also help protect you from the aging effects of sun damage.
Stop and smell the roses, rosehip oil has a comedogenic rating of 1. Rosehip oil is regarded as having anti-inflammatory effects and is great for acne-prone skin, and those with inflamed or sensitive skin.
Rich in vitamin E, argan oil has a comedogenic rating of 0. Highly regarded as a holy grail oil that can be used to great effect on the hair, skin, and nails. Argan oil has anti-aging, soothing, and healing effects on the skin. Similar to jojoba oil, argan oil can lower sebum production which can aid anti-acne efforts.
These oils should not find their way to your pretty face as they can clog your pores. These oils are best used on your body. Comedogenic oils to watch out for:
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