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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.


Any pressed or liquid products also should be checked for pore-clogging ingredients. 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. Note- Bare Minerals Original Formula loose powder foundation is a safe choice; however the newer Bare Minerals Matte and most of their other products are NOT a safe choice – they contain ActiveSoil Complex, which is causing breakouts for most users. The following ingredients are comedogenic: 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 (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) 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 Isosterate 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 (Salt) Sodium Laureth Sulfate Sodium Lauryl Sulfate Solulan 16 Sorbitan Oleate Soybean Oil/Glycine Soja Spirulina Steareth 10 Stearic Acid Tea Stearyl Heptanoate Sulfated Castor Oil Sulfated Jojoba Oil Stearyl Heptanoate Wheat Germ Glyceride Wheat Germ Oil Xylene


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