Comedogenic ingredient lists
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 “Non-Comedogenic” on the bottle. No government agency oversees this, so skincare companies can claim their products promote clear skin and still have pore-clogging ingredients in their formulas. Below is a list of ingredients to avoid in all of your products; skin care, acne care, makeup, clothing and hair. Take a look at your current set of products; from your shampoo to your laundry detergent and see if they contain any of these clogging ingredients. If they do, it’s time to look for something acne safe. All Face Reality Skincare products are free of pore clogging ingredients so you never need to worry about if it’s OK for your skin.
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-clogging ingredients. Many over-the-counter acne medications contain them as well.
“Oil-free” products can be comedogenic.
If you are acne-prone, you will want to initially stick with products/ingredients that are predominantly 0's, 1's and 2's. The 3's can be ok if it is a wash-off product or it does not bother you personally.
**These are ratings, not hard and fast laws! Everyone's skin will react differently. Some people can use ingredients with 4's and not have an issue at all. As you start to learn what your skin likes best, your skin care shopping will be greatly simplified.
Remember moving forward, never test more than one new product at a time on your skin. It can take several weeks for a "problem" ingredient to start showing blemishes on your skin. You will want to give it at least 4 weeks (preferably 6) before adding another product into your regimen for testing. If you don't do this, you may be liable to blame the wrong product for your problems.
NO ONE PRODUCT CAN CAUSE A PIMPLE OVERNIGHT! Pimples take 4-6 weeks to form and reach the surface. The onlything you could potentially see with a single application is an irritation or an allergic reaction.
The best advice I can give you is this. When you find products that work for you consistently... Stick With Them!
These are what the numbers in the chart mean.
0 - Will Not Clog Pores
1 - Low probability
2 - Moderately Low
3 - Moderate
4 - Fairly High
5 - High probability it will clog pores
Watch for ingredients numbered 3, 4, and 5 to make sure they do NOT fall in the top 6-7 ingredients in a product deck (ingredient panel). All ingredients are listed greatest to least by law *pending active ingredients which could be in a separate section. If the higher numbers are far down in the deck, the product still may be safe for you.