Pore Clogging Ingredients

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 Laminaria Digitata Extract
Acetylated Lanolin Alcohol Laminaria Saccharina Extract (Laminaria Saccharine)
Algae Extract Laureth-23
Algin Laureth-4
Butyl Stearate Lauric Acid
Carrageenan Mink Oil
Cetyl Acetate Myristic Acid
Cetearyl Alcohol + Ceteareth 20 Myristyl Lactate
Chondrus Crispus (aka Irish Moss or Carageenan Moss) Myristyl Myristate
Chlorella Octyl Palmitate
Coal Tar Octyl Stearate
Cocoa Butter Oleth-3
Coconut Alkanes Oleyl Alcohol
Coconut Butter PEG 16 Lanolin
Coconut Oil PEG 200 Dilaurate
Colloidal Sulfur PEG 8 Stearate
Cotton Awws Oil PG Monostearate
Cotton Seed Oil PPG 2 Myristyl Propionate
D & C Red # 17 Plankton
D & C Red # 21 Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate
D & C Red # 3 Potassium Chloride
D & C Red # 30 Propylene Glycol Monostearate
D & C Red # 36 Red Algae
Decyl Oleate Seaweed
Dioctyl Succinate Shark Liver Oil (Squalene)
Disodium Monooleamido PEG 2- Sulfosuccinate Shea Butter
Ethoxylated Lanolin Sodium Laureth Sulfate
Ethylhexyl Palmitate Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
Glyceryl Stearate SE Solulan 16
Glyceryl-3 Diisostearate Sorbitan Oleate
Hexadecyl Alcohol Soybean Oil
Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil Spirulina
Isocetyl Alcohol Steareth 10
Isocetyl Stearate Stearic Acid Tea
Isodecyl Oleate Stearyl Heptanoate
Isopropyl Isostearate Sulfated Castor Oil
Isopropyl Linolate Sulfated Jojoba Oil
Isopropyl Myristate Wheat Germ Glyceride
Isopropyl Palmitate Wheat Germ Oil
Isostearyl Isostearate Xylene
Isostearyl Neopentanoate

Content provided courtesy of Face Reality Acne Clinic; Wendy Christman is a Certified Acne Specialist through the Face Reality Acne Clinic.