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Non-Comedogenic Oils For Acne Prone Skin: 4 Facial Oils That Won't Clog Your Pores

Some skin care products contain comedogenic oils that can lead to acne. Learn about 4 non-comedogenic oils you should use instead.

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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.

Read Related: Oil Cleansing for Acne-Prone Skin: Is It Acne Friendly?

The comedogenic scale

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:

  • 0 - will not clog pores
  • 1 - very low chance of clogging pores
  • 2 - moderately low chance of clogging pores
  • 3 - moderately chance of clogging pores
  • 4 - fairly high risk of clogging pores
  • 5 - very high risk of clogging pores

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

Also Read: Mild, Moderate, and Severe Acne: How To Tell Acne Severity Levels

4 non-comedogenic oils your face will love

With this comedogenic scale system in mind, we have rounded up a list of non-comedogenic oils that are great for acne-prone skin.

1. Jojoba oil - a comedogenic rating of 2

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).

2. Grapeseed oil - a comedogenic rating of 1

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.

3. Rosehip oil - a comedogenic rating of 1

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.

4. Argan oil - a comedogenic rating of 0

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.

Common comedogenic oils to stay away from

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:

  • Cocoa Butter - has a rating of 4
  • Coconut Oil - has a rating of 4 (also listed as cocos nucifera oil)
  • Soybean Oil - has a rating of 4
  • Wheat Germ Oil -has the worst rating of 5 (yikes!)


  • If you have acne-prone skin, it’s best to begin thinking about the types of facial oils you use on a daily basis as they might be contributing to your acne.
  • There are many non-comedogenic oils that are great for acne-prone skin. These include argan oil, rosehip oil, jojoba oil, and grapeseed oil to name a few.
  • There are a few oils that you should absolutely stay away from if you are acne-prone.

Learn more: Coconut Oil: Does This Skincare Superstar Clog Pores?

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