Comedogenic or Non- comedogenic?
These terms are so strongly believed that every skincare enthusiast carries a list of those “scary ingredients to avoid” and scans the product label before deciding whether to buy or not. But, how do you know whether an ingredient will really “clog your pores” or not?
The number one victim is “Silicone” and second being “Mineral Oil” 🔸
These two ingredients come under different names and have different chemical composition, but the internet is filled with articles expressing rage towards these poor ingredients. Infact, when a person has issues such as sensitivities these are the highly tolerable ingredients to lock in moisture and protect the barrier
My skin got clogged from a product containing “Dimethicone” and loved another having the same ingredient. This is because Silicones act as penetration enhancers, which means they work by helping other ingredients to reach deeper layers of the skin and your skin may not be comfortable with one of those ingredients. The formula of the product and the percentage of ingredients used is even more important than picking out a single ingredient and rejecting the product altogether.
You may breakout from Argan Oil but your acne prone friend will love it. The structure of your skin, hygiene, sweat, dead skin cells and sebum accumulation, the chemical composition, source, process of extraction of the oil are considerable factors
Coconut Oil is claimed by many as an antibacterial so in terms to heal acne, people use it aggressively for “Oil Cleansing” and as a moisturiser. On the contrary, Coconut Oil both refined and unrefined(solid at a room temperature) has been found to cause breakouts in many cases, several of which I have come across personally. And has a very high comedogenic rating.
So, should you avoid it? No!
Use a very thin layer as patch testing for several days on areas where you normally breakout. Why? Because it is a wonderful natural moisturiser.
But, avoid it if you have multiple pimples, often.
To summarise, do not carry your comedogenic rating card whenever you are skincare shopping, rather use it as a supplementary only.