If you’re suffering from acne, I assume you see the word “comedogenic” everywhere; especially in recommendations; as you need to avoid Comedogenic Ingredients in your skincare products. But what does comedogenic means? In theory, they are ingredients that can clog the pores hence produce pimples and blackheads. It is really important to avoid these ingredients if you suffer from oily or mixed skin.
There is a scale that goes from 0 to 5
- 0: Doesn’t clog pores
- 1: Very low chances of clogging pores
- 2: Low chances of clogging pores
- 3: Medium probability
- 4: Relatively high chances of clogging pores
- 5: Increased chances of clogging pores
Most Comedogenic Ingredients
The fact that they are natural doesn’t mean they cannot be comedogenic. They are mostly used in a lot of natural cosmetics; however, they can clog your pores. Here you have the following oils and the probabilities of being comedogenic
- Very low chances of clogging pores: argan oil, jojoba oil, shea butter, sunflower oil, grape seed oil, wild rose oil
- Low chances of clogging pores: sesame oil, olive oil, peach oil
- Medium probabilities od clogging pores: coconut oil, coconut butter
- High chances of clogging pores: Flaxseed oil
One of the most used oil is coconut oil, which has fantastic properties but has a high probability of causing pimples, mostly because it is too thick to penetrate our skin, thus just stay on the surface.
How do I know if I can use coconut oil?
If you noticed some impurities on your skin after using this product, you should stop using it; if your skin shows improvement and feels good after using it, it is entirely safe for you.