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In skin care, non-comedogenic is a term that’s bandied around so much and yet what does it actually mean?

The actual word comedogenic  means there is a potential to clog pores. So when you hear an ingredient in a product is a comedogenic, that’s naturally quite worrying, especially if you are prone to congestion and breakouts. Something else to note is despite something having a low comedogenic rating, doesn’t mean it won’t clog your pores. It really depends on the individual.

Comedogenic ingredients are usually certain oils and fatty acids or waxes that are commonly found in moisturising creams and makeup.
There are many examples of comedogenic ingredients, but there is no definitive list. Comedogenicity is complex. In fact, avoiding particular ingredients isn’t always helpful because what really matters is the comedogenicity of the final product and how the product has been formulated in its entirety.

The degree of comedogenicity is determined by the quantity of the ingredient in question, the length of time it sits on the skin, where on the face or body it is applied, whether there are other comedogenic ingredients in the product, and an individual’s skin chemistry. The last item is the most important. Just because some ingredients affect one individual, it doesn’t mean that all individuals will have the same reaction.

Comedogenicity is complex and can be influenced by a person’s particular skin's enzymes, skin type and sensitivity. Ingredients such as silicones (eg dimethicone) or a particular preservative or fragrance, may be highly comedogenic for one person, but not at all for another.

You can mitigate any breakouts by avoiding comedogenic ingredients, but the real solution is trying a product. If you have any adverse reaction, simply refrain from using that product and try another. Skinlabs Direct does not use any known comedogenic ingredients in its products.

Some common comedogenic ingredients are :

Lanolin, Sweet Almond Oil, Apricot Kernel Oil, Ascorbyl Palmitate,  Beeswax,  Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceteareth 20, Cetyl Alcohol, Cocoa Butter, Coconut Oil, Corn Oil, Hydrogenated Vegetal Acids, Peach Kernel Oil, Peanut Oil, Triethanoleamine (TEA) and many, many, more.

Skin care for all ages and skin conditions.


The Skinlabs Direct Team

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