A lot of people who suffer from acne aren’t familiar with certain ingredients in cosmetics that clog their pores. While these harmful ingredients aren’t the only reason why someone might have acne, they can certainly make the problem much worse.
If you want to make sure that your cosmetic products don’t have ingredients that block pores, then look for non-comedogenic ones. Even if a product has many amazing ingredients, if it’s going to clog your pores, it’s not worth the money.
Clogged pores can happen to anyone. It’s when dead skin cells get trapped in the skin instead of falling off. There are many ingredients that cause this.
1. Coconut oil
In the past few years, people started using coconut oil for many different things. Coconut oil is great for cooking, but also for hair, teeth, and some people think that it’s good for skin as well. Sadly, this isn’t true. Coconut oil is comedogenic.
Coconut oil is very thick which makes it harder for skin to absorb it. This is why this oil will just sit on the skin and clog the pores. Because coconut oil is so thick, dead skin cells can’t fall off. This means that they will be trapped under a layer of oil. Inevitably, this will cause acne.
2. Shea Butter
This butter is made from the African Shea tree. Because it moisturizes the skin and makes it smooth, it’s present in many different cosmetic products.
Shea butter clogs pores in an indirect way. Dermatologists agree that Shea butter isn’t comedogenic on its own, but in a mix with other similar moisturizing ingredients it can clog the pores. This is especially true for face moisturizing products that have other hydrating ingredients in them.
If you can, try to avoid shea butter all together. But, if your favorite cosmetic product has shea butter then make sure that you clean your face very thoroughly before applying the product.
3. Almond oil
Almond oil is very often used in cosmetic products because it has many healthy nutrients. A lot of people with mature skin really enjoy using products that contain almond oil. Their skin needs more moisture, especially the skin around the eyes.
Products with almond oil are not suited for younger people, especially for people with acne prone skin. Just like many other oils, almond oil clogs pores. It contains the oleic fatty acid that is thicker than skin’s natural oils. This is why it will be absorbed very slowly. This causes pores to get clogged and then breakouts and acne will occur.
4. Algae Extract
Algae extracts are called the powerhouse of nutrients because they remove toxins and antioxidants from the skin. These extracts can easily condition, hydrate and soften the skin. Don’t let that fool you, they are very comedogenic.
Algae extracts cause acne in two different ways. They penetrate the pores and they make the growth of micro-comedogens much faster. This will cause pores to get clogged. Algae also contain a lot of iodides which irritate the pores. Irritated pores will result in inflammation and acne.
5. Sodium Chloride
Most soaps contain sodium chloride. It’s quite a safe ingredient in products for other parts of the body, but not the face. If you washed your hands with product that contains sodium chloride, it wouldn’t be such an issue. The salt would just fall off in a short period of time.
Sodium chloride is basically salt. The salt gets stuck in pores which causes pimples. Salt also makes our natural face oil, sebum, much harder. This is why products with sodium chloride aren’t safe for short term or long term usage.
Lanolin is widely used in emollient cosmetic products. Those products have the ability to soften and soothe the skin, because lanolin locks in the moisture.
Sadly, lanolin is mildly comedogenic ingredient on its own. The problem is that many cosmetic products contain this oil and other oils. When they are mixed, the cause irritation and inflammation.
The biggest issue is that lanolin is still present in over the counter products for acne prone skin. Don’t fall into that trap.
7. D & C Red
If you’ve never heard of it, D&C Red is an acid that is used as a colorant in mouthwashes, hair dyes and cosmetic products.
There are many forms of this acid, but if you see D&C Red on the ingredients list, you should stay away from the product. It’s well-known that this acid directly causes acne and breakouts.
8. Lauric Acid
Lauric acid is very comedogenic. If you have acne prone skin and if any of your products contain this acid, it’s time to throw them away. Even if you haven’t yet experienced breakouts from using those products, it’s only a matter of time.
Some products for acne prone skin contain this acid alongside other ingredients. This is because of its antibacterial properties. The issue is that Lauric acid can build up on the skin and seriously clog the pores.
9. Stearic Acid
Stearic acid is present in many luxurious foundations. But, if a product is high-end and luxurious that doesn’t automatically mean that it’s healthy for your skin.
This acid is quite low on the comedogenic scale, but for people with problematic skin it can make the situation worse. When you leave the foundation for a longer period of time, this acid will cause irritation and acne breakouts.
10. Wheat Germ Oil
This is one of the most comedogenic oils for your skin. Wheat germ oil should not be used on the skin in general, but people with acne prone skin should avoid it at all costs. Alongside other thick oils, this one clogs pores and cannot be absorbed by the skin.