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Pore-Clogging Ingredients in Skin Care
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.
Many professional skin care products, natural skin care products, organic skin care products and even acne skin care products can have pore-clogging ingredients. No government agency oversees this, so skincare companies can claim their products promote clear skin and have pore cloggers in their ingredient deck.
There are many ingredients that sound wonderful for your skin, but can be some of the worst offenders. Natural oils like cocoa butter and coconut oil which are found in many “organic” skin care lines will wreak havoc with acne-prone skin. Other oils such as jojoba, olive and lanolin are mildly comedogenic and can be a problem if formulated with other comedogenic ingredients.
The prescription product Retin A (the cream form) has isopropyl myristate – a potent pore-clogger. Some other prescription products are comedogenic as well. Many over-the-counter acne medications also have pore clogging ingredients. “Oil-free” products are not necessarily safe either.
These are all the ingredients that can aggravate acne.
|Acetylated Lanolin Alcohol|
|Cetearyl Alcohol + Ceteareth 20|
|Chondrus Crispus (aka Irish Moss or Carageenan Moss)|
|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)|
|Disodium Monooleamido PEG 2-Sulfosuccinate|
|Glyceryl Stearate SE|
|Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil|
|Laminaria Digitata Extract|
|Laminaria Saccharina Extract (Laminaria Saccharine)|
|PEG 16 Lanolin|
|PEG 200 Dilaurate|
|PEG 8 Stearate|
|PPG 2 Myristyl Propionate|
|Propylene Glycol Monostearate|
|Sea Whip Extract|
|Shark Liver Oil (Squalene)|
|Sodium Chloride (Salt)|
|Sodium Laureth Sulfate|
|Sodium Lauryl Sulfate|
|Stearic Acid Tea|
|Sulfated Castor Oil|
|Sulfated Jojoba Oil|
|Wheat Germ Glyceride|
|Wheat Germ Oil|
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