What does 'non-comedogenic' actually mean?
When it comes to acne-prone skin, many of us look to fill our routines with products that are going to prevent and reduce breakouts. However, one person's miracle product can be another's skin care nightmare.
The formulation of products don’t tend to react the same on all skin types, and so, as a blanket rule for blemished or oily skin, we're often told to stick to “non-comedogenic” products.
Sure enough, a lot of brands will do the hard work for you and label their products as “non-comedogenic” but what on earth does it actually mean?
What does non-comedogenic mean?
‘Comedo’ is the name of a type of pimple that results from clogged pores. And so, in short, a non-comedogenic product is referring to something that won’t clog pores and therefore won't cause these types of pimples or blackheads.
However, this doesn’t mean that all products claiming to be “non-comedogenic” will work for every skin type. It’s still important to do your research on your own skin needs and assess accordingly.
The concept of comedogenics came about during the same time as acne cosmetica. Acne cosmetica refers to the theory that people who are already acne-prone skin are further inducing breakouts by clogging their pores with makeup and other creams.
Some of the most common comedogenic ingredients are:
Often found in natural skin care, this is a great ingredient if you have really dry skin or are not prone to acne breakouts whatsoever.
A hero in the natural skincare world, this ingredient does have it’s benefits, however, it’s scientifically and clinically shown to be highly pore-clogging for acneic skin.
Just before you go in search of every 'oil-free' product on the market, you will want to check for emulsifying agents at the same time.
These are used to mimic the consistency of oil-based products and Polyglyceryl-3-diisostearate is one of the more common highly comedogenic emulsifying agents found in cosmetics.
This ingredient sits at a ranking of 5/5 on the comedogenic scale.
Found in both skincare and makeup it is commonly used as a thickener or lubricant.
Non-comedogenic products bh loves: QV Face Cleansing Wipes, La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Ultra-Light Fluid SPF 50+ Facial Sunscreen, Rodan + Fields Active Hydration Serum, BIODERMA Sensibio H2O, CLINIQUE Anti-Blemish Solutions Liquid Foundation
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