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.
** 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 cloggers. Many over-the-counter acne medications also have pore clogging ingredients.
“Oil-free” products can be comedogenic.
These are all ingredients that can aggravate acne.
The best makeup is one that does not contain comedogenic ingredients. Loose powder, mineral make-up tends to be the safest choice but still should be checked.
Bare Minerals Original Formula loose powder foundation is a safe choice; however the newer Bare Minerals Matte is NOT a safe choice – it contains ActiveSoil Complex that is causing breakouts for most users.
Any pressed or liquid products also should be checked for pore-clogging ingredients. We do not recommend any of the pressed Bare Minerals blushes, bronzers or veils.
|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|