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7 PORE CLOGGING INGREDIENTS IN SKIN CARE

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.

 

The best makeup is one that does not contain comedogenic ingredients. Loose powder, mineral make-up tends to be the safest choice but still should be checked. Bare Minerals Original Formula loose powder foundation is a safe choice; however the newer Bare Minerals Matte is NOT a safe choice – it contains ActiveSoil Complex that is causing breakouts for most users. Any pressed or liquid products also should be checked for pore-clogging ingredients. We do not recommend any of the pressed Bare Minerals blushes, bronzers or veils.

THESE ARE ALL INGREDIENTS THAT CAN AGGRAVATE ACNE:

Acetylated Lanolin

Acetylated Lanolin Alcohol

Algae Extract

Algin

Butyl Stearate

Carrageenan

Cetyl Acetate

Cetearyl Alcohol + Ceteareth 20

Chondrus Crispus (aka Irish Moss or Carageenan Moss)

Chlorella

Coal Tar

Cocoa Butter

Coconut Alkanes

Coconut Butter

Coconut Oil

Colloidal Sulfur

Cotton Awws Oil

Cotton Seed Oil

D & C Red # 17

D & C Red # 21

D & C Red # 3

D & C Red # 30

D & C Red # 36

Decyl Oleate

Dioctyl Succinate

Disodium Monooleamido PEG 2- Sulfosuccinate

Ethoxylated Lanolin

Ethylhexyl Palmitate

Glyceryl Stearate SE

Glyceryl-3 Diisostearate

Hexadecyl Alcohol

Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil

Isocetyl Alcohol

Isocetyl Stearate

Isodecyl Oleate

Isopropyl Isostearate

Isopropyl Linolate

Isopropyl Myristate

Isopropyl Palmitate

Isostearyl Isostearate

Isostearyl Neopentanoate

Kelp

Laminaria Digitata Extract

Laminaria Saccharina Extract (Laminaria Saccharine)

Laureth-23

Laureth-4

Lauric Acid

Mink Oil

Myristic Acid

Myristyl Lactate

Myristyl Myristate

Octyl Palmitate

Octyl Stearate

Oleth-3

Oleyl Alcohol

PEG 16 Lanolin

PEG 200 Dilaurate

PEG 8 Stearate

PG Monostearate

PPG 2 Myristyl Propionate

Plankton

Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate

Potassium Chloride

Propylene Glycol Monostearate

Red Algae

Seaweed

Sea Whip Extract

Shark Liver Oil (Squalene)

Shea Butter

Sodium Chloride

Sodium Laureth Sulfate

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate

Solulan 16

Sorbitan Oleate

Soybean Oil

Spirulina

Steareth 10

Stearic Acid Tea

Stearyl Heptanoate

Sulfated Castor Oil

Sulfated Jojoba Oil

Wheat Germ Glyceride

Wheat Germ Oil

Xylene