Pore Clogging Ingredients

Do not ever put anything on your skin or your hair without checking the ingredients first, even if it says “won’t clog pores” or “noncomedogenic” on the bottle. No government agency oversees this so skincare companies can claim their products promote clear skin and have pore cloggers in their ingredient deck.

**Natural oils can be some of the worst offenders like cocoa butter and coconut oil which are found in many “organic” skin care lines.

Other oils such as jojoba, olive and lanolin are mildly comedogenic and can be a problem if formulated with other comedogenic ingredients.

Some prescription products like the cream form of Retin A have pore cloggers.  Many over-the-counter acne medications also have pore clogging ingredients.

“Oil-free” products can be comedogenic.

These are all the ingredients that can aggravate acne.   The higher the number assigned to it, the more propensity it has to clog your pore.

INGREDIENT

CLOGGING LEVEL

INGREDIENT

CLOGGING LEVEL

Acetylated Lanolin

4

Laureth-23

3

Acetylated Lanolin Alcohol

4

Laureth-4

5

Algae Extract

5

Lauric Acid

4

Algin

4

Mink Oil

3

Butyl Stearate

3

Myristic Acid

3

Carrageenan

5

Myristyl Lactate

4

Cetyl Acetate

4

Myristyl Myristate

5

Cetearyl Alcohol + Ceteareth 20

4

Octyl Palmitate

4

Chondrus Crispus (aka Irish Moss or Carageenan Moss)

     

Coal Tar

     

Cocoa Butter

4

Octyl Stearate

5

Coconut Alkanes

     

Coconut Butter

4

Oleth-3

5

Coconut Oil

4

Oleyl Alcohol

4

Colloidal Sulfur

3

PEG 16 Lanolin

4

Cotton Awws Oil

3

PEG 200 Dilaurate

3

Cotton Seed Oil

3

PEG 8 Stearate

3

D & C Red # 17

3

PG Monostearate

3

D &C Red #21

3

PPG 2 Myristyl Propionate

4

D &C Red #3

3

Polyglyceryl-3-Diisostearate

4

D &C Red #30

3

Potassium Chloride

5

D &C Red #36

3

Propylene Glycol Monostearate

4

Decyl Oleate

3

Red Algae

5

Dioctyl Succinate

3

Shark Liver Oil

3

Disodium Monooleamido PEG 2-Sulfosuccinate

4

Shea Butter

 

Ethoxylated Lanolin

3

Sodium Laureth Sulfate

3

Ethylhexyl Palmitate

4

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate

5

Glyceryl Stearate SE

3

Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate

5

Glyceryl-3-Diisostearate

4

Solulan 16

4

Hexadecyl Alcohol

5

Sorbitan Oleate

3

Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil

3

Soybean Oil

3

Isocetyl Alcohol

4

Steareth 10

4

Isocetyl Stearate

5

Stearic Acid Tea

3

Isodecyl Oleate

4

Stearyl Heptanoate

4

Isopropyl Isosterate

5

Sulfated Castor Oil

3

Isopropyl Linolate

5

Sulfated Jojoba Oil

3

Isopropyl Myristate

5

Syearyl Heptanoate

4

Isopropyl Palmitate

4

Wheat Germ Glyceride

3

Isostearyl Isostearate

4

Wheat Germ Oil

5

Isostearyl Neopentanoate

3

Xylene

4

Kelp