Now that you know some of the most common ingredients in products you’ve been using (maybe even for years!) contain comedogenic ingredients which may be responsible for your acne, blackheads and whiteheads, are you ready to step up to a natural, organic, clinically proven skin care regimen?
Why use Non-Comedogenic Products?
Non-comedogenic products help combat dry, oily, and sensitive/combination skin issues without clogging pores. They help the skin breathe and remain hydrated while eliminating conditions that can lead to pimples, whiteheads and blackheads (comedones) when our pores become plugged with dirt, debris, oil and dead skin cells. Using non-comedogenic products prevents congested pores and instead are anti-inflammatory and antioxidant in nature, while the linoleic acid and fatty acids in many of these ingredients help repair skin cells and keep blemishes away.
List of Non-Comedogenic Ingredients
The following list of ingredients have a comedogenic rating of 0 out of 5.
- Aloe Vera Gel
With natural exfoliating and acne healing properties, Pure Aloe Vera gel is the best 100% non-comedogenic ingredient available today. It also helps heal acne scars and regenerate damaged skin cells (along with Vitamin A and Vitamin C) for improved post-acne scarring, while improving skin texture and moisturizing the skin.
Vegetable Glycerine is the best non-comedogenic humectant that suits all skin types, especially sensitive skin to soothe inflammation and redness. Not only does Glycerine not cause congestred pores, it also improves dermal permeability and aids in wound healing and prevention of infection.
- Kaolin Clay/Bentonite Clay/French Green Clay
Blemish Treatments with Kaolin/Bentonite Clay (Day) or French Green Clay (Night) with their skin clarifying ability, help in removing impurities from clogged pores and are the perfect skin detox ingredients for healing acne and blemishes overnight.
Papain is an excellent ingredient for cellular regeneration, exfoliation and skin brightening, especially for dry and acne prone skin. Papain (enzyme) is a better pick than Papaya Seed Oil (which instead has a comedogenic rating of 2.0) to soothe dry and inflamed skin conditions. Using Papaya & Honey Exfoliation Mask & Scrub helps restore and rejuvenate your skin without irritation.
- Hemp Seed Oil
With a comedogenic rating of 0, and amazing skin texturizing and moisturizing properties, Hemp Seed oil with 56% linoleic acid content is perfect for oily and sensitive skin. It also helps in regulate excess sebum secretion and eczema flares, and psoriasis, as well as dry, itchy skin.
Very Low Comedogenicity
When used in clinically validated concentrations, the following naturally-derived ingredients have shown to have low-comedogenicity:
- Zinc Oxide
Used in Natural Broad Spectrum Sunscreens, Zinc Oxide has a comedogenic rating of 1.0 which is unlikely to cause break outs. Micronized formulations of ZnO are not only easily applied with no white sheen, but can also be reapplied frequently without fear of clogged pores.
- Grapeseed Oil
With a medium weight, non-greasy consistency, Grapeseed Oil with a comedogenic rating of 1-2, is suitable for dry, combination, aging and sensitive skin. Being rich in Linoleic Acid, Oleic Acid and Phytosterols, it penetrates deep into the dermal layer to clear pores, heal acne, and post-acne scarring, and also fights fine lines and wrinkles.
- Sunflower Seed Oil
Sunflower seed oil is a carrier oil that has a comedogenic rating of ~0.5 to 1 with a light, thin consistency which makes it suitable for all skin types. High Oleic Acid, Linoleic Acid and Linolenic Acid make it suitable to treat skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, inflammation, acne, wrinkles and fine lines.
- Neem Oil/Extract
With a comedogenic rating of 1-2, Neem Seed Oil/ Extract with its potent anti-bacterial properties is a must have ingredient for acne prone skin. It helps clear up acne and suits both oily and dry skin.