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 skin care companies can claim their products promote clear skin and have pore-cloggers in their ingredient list. Many professional skin care products, natural skin care products, organic skin care products and even acne skin care products can have pore-clogging ingredients.
There are many ingredients that sound wonderful for your skin, but can be some of the worst offenders. Natural oils like cocoa butter and coconut oil, which are found in many “organic” skin care lines will wreak havoc with acne-prone skin. Other oils such as jojoba, olive and lanolin are mildly comedogenic and can be a problem if formulated with other comedogenic ingredients.
The prescription product Retin A (the cream form) has isopropyl myristate-–a potent pore-clogger. Some other prescription products are comedogenic (pore clogging) as well. Many over-the-counter acne medications also have pore-clogging ingredients. “Oil-free” products are not necessarily safe either.
The following are ingredients that can aggravate acne. If you have acne, it is best to avoid all of them.
Alcohol Algae Extract Algin
Cetearyl Alcohol + Ceteareth 20
Chondrus Crispus (aka Irish moss or Carageenan Moss)
Cotton Awws Oil
Cotton Seed Oil
D & C Red # 17 (can also be listed without D&C)
D & C Red # 21 (can also be listed without D&C)
D & C Red # 3 (can also be listed without D&C) D & C Red # 30 (can also be listed without D&C)
D & C Red # 36 (can also be listed without D&C)
Disodium Monooleamido PEG 2-Sulfosuccinate
Glyceryl Stearate SE
Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil
Laminaria Digita Extract
Laminaria Saccharina Extract (Laminaria Saccharine)
PEG 16 Lanolin
PEG 200 Dilaurate
PEG 8 Stearate
PPG 2 Myristyl Propionate
Propylene Glycol Monostearate
Seaweed Shark Liver Oil (Squalene)
Sodium Chloride (Salt)
Sodium Laureth Sulfate
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
Stearic Acid Tea
Sulfated Castor Oil
Sulfated Jojoba Oil
Wheat Germ Glyceride
Wheat Germ Oil