Comedogenic Ingredients - What You Need To Know
If you want to become an acne expert, you need to be on the watch for ingredients that will clog the pores. All products used by your client need to be checked - hair care, lip care, and, of course, their skin care products. And don't believe the wording on the label - I've seen SO many products that will tout being noncomedogenic or "non pore-clogging" and yet have several comedogenic ingredients in them. Buyer beware.
There are ingredients in this list that will surprise you - they "seems" so healthy for the skin, but only if one is not acne-prone. Natural oils can be some of the worst offenders, like cocoa butter, coconut oil, wheat germ oil and shea butter which are found in many “organic” skin care lines.
Algae extract is is LOTS of skin care and make-up 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 comedogenic.
“Oil-free” products can be comedogenic.
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 soil minerals. We do not recommend any of the pressed Bare Minerals blushes, bronzers, or veils.
Any pressed or liquid products should also be checked for pore-clogging ingredients.
Here is the list of comedogenic ingredients that we use:
Acetylated Lanolin Alcohol
Cetearyl Alcohol + Ceteareth 20
Chondrus Crispus (aka Irish Moss or Carageenan Moss)
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
Disodium Monooleamido PEG 2- Sulfosuccinate
Glyceryl Stearate SE
Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil
Laminaria Digitata Extract
Laminaria Saccharina Extract (Laminaria Saccharine)
PEG 16 Lanolin
PEG 200 Dilaurate
PEG 8 Stearate
PPG 2 Myristyl Propionate
Propylene Glycol Monostearate
Sea Whip Extract
Shark Liver Oil (Squalene)
Sodium Laureth Sulfate
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
Stearic Acid Tea
Sulfated Castor Oil
Sulfated Jojoba Oil
Wheat Germ Glyceride
Wheat Germ Oil
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