Some of the worst offenders of clogging pores and irritating acne are those skin care, hair care and makeup products that contain offending ingredients.  Natural oils like cocoa butter and coconut oil which are found in many “organic” skin care lines will wreak havoc with acne-prone skin. In fact, many professional skin care products, natural skin care products, organic skin care products and even acne skin care products can have pore-clogging ingredients. Crazy to think that this is the case right?  But it is!

Did you know that even prescription products can contain ingredients that will clog your pores instead of clear them? Many over-the-counter acne medications also have pore clogging ingredients!

Just like skin care products, there are numerous hair care lines that contain ingredients like sodium Laureth sulfate or sodium lauryl sulfate both of which are high on the comedogenic (pore-clogging) scale and are found in a multitude of shampoos and hair care products.  Other oils such as jojoba, olive and lanolin are mildly comedogenic (pore clogging) and can be a problem if formulated with other comedogenic ingredients.

So a word to the wise, don’t ever put anything on your skin or hair without checking the ingredients first!  Remember even if it says “noncomedogenic”, “kills acne bacteria ” on the bottle that doesn’t mean it’s safe to use on your acne prone skin.  Always check the product’s ingredient deck for pore cloggers before using any products on your face, body or in your hair.

List of pore-clogging (comedogenic) ingredients:

  • Acetylated Lanolin
  • Acetylated Lanolin Alcohol
  • Algin
  • Argan Oil
  • Avocado Oil
  • Babassu Oil
  • Butyl Stearate
  • Bismuth Chloride Oxide (causes irritation but not acne)
  • Cetearyl Alcohol with Ceteareth 20
  • Cetyl Acetate
  • Chlorella
  • Chondrus Crispus (Irish & Carrageenan Moss)
  • Coal Tar
  • Cocoa Butter
  • Coconut Alkanes
  • Coconut Butter
  • Colloidal Sulfur
  • Cotton Oil
  • Cotton Seed Oil
  • D & C Reds (3,17,21,30,36)
  • Decyl Oleate
  • Dioctyl Succinate
  • Disodium Monooleamido PEG 2- Sulfosuccinate
  • Ethoxylated Lanolin
  • Ethylhexyl Palmitate
  • Glyceryl Stearate SE
  • Glyceryl-3 Diisostearate
  • Heavy Fatty Acids-Coconut Oil
  • Hexadecyl Alcohol
  • Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil
  • Isostearyl Neopentanoate
  • Isocetyl Alcohol
  • Isocetyl Stearate
  • Isodecyl Oleate
  • Isopropyl Isostearate
  • Isopropyl Linoleate
  • Isopropyl Palmitate
  • Isostearyl Isostearate
  • Isopropyl Myristate
  • Kelp
  • Laminaria Digitata Extract
  • Laminaria Saccharina Extract (Laminaria Saccharine)
  • Laureth-23
  • Laureth-4
  • Lauric Acid
  • Mink Oil
  • Moroccan Oil
  • Myristic Acid
  • Myristyl Lactate
  • Myristyl Myristate
  • Neem Oil
  • Octyl Palmitate
  • Octyl Stearate
  • Oleth-3
  • Oleyl Alcohol
  • Olive Oil
  • PEG 16 Lanolin
  • PEG 200 Dilaurate
  • PEG 8 Stearate
  • PG Monostearate
  • PPG 2 Myristyl Propionate
  • Plankton
  • Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate
  • Potassium Chloride
  • Propylene Glycol Monostearate
  •  Algae- any form
  • Sea Whip Extract
  • Seaweed
  • Shark Liver Oil-Squalene
  • Shea Butter
  • 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 Oil
  • Xylene