In our last article on comedogenics, we’ve covered the online tools that can help you check for comedogenic ingredients online. As you should be well aware by now, comedogenic ingredients are the ones that block the pores of your skin, thus facilitating the appearance of pimples. Doing some more in-depth research we have come up with a list of non comedogenic oils that you can use in case your face is prone to acne breakouts. Here are some decent alternatives to the all famous coconut oil that everyone seems to love, but unfortunately is highly comedogenic. The comedogenic rating of every product has been checked using multiple tools and then finally checked against relevant data from the American Association of Dermatology and the Journal it releases.
The list of non comedogenic oils
The first thing that made it on our list is of non comedogenic oils is Argan Oil, and for a good reason. Argan oil is extracted from the root of the Argan tree, native to Morocco. Being rich in both Vitamin E and fatty acids it will do miracles for your skin. It will restore the elasticity of your skin and being non comedogenic it will not clog the pores of your face. The added benefit of Argan oil is that it will re-hydrate your skin as well as lips. This will in turn reduce the number of wrinkles you have, helping the skin restore It’s elasticity. Being rich in nutrients and especially anti-oxidants, it will help in the healing of any scars that you might have from previous breakouts, or even cuts and burns. It really is a all-in-one go-to oil for any person suffering from acne. The American dermatology association gives it a comedogenic rating of 0, which means there is literally zero risk of pore-clogging.
Rosehip Seed Oil
Another superstar in the facial skin care is Rosehip Seed oil. It is made from the seeds of the Rosehip fruit, native to Chile. Talk about exotic oils! The uses of it date back to the ancient Maya and the Native Americans using it for it’s healing properties. Just like Argan oil, Rosehip Seed oil is full of nutrients, namely vitamins and essential fatty acids. It will help your skin rejuvenate and restore elasticity. As we are all aware acne scars can be a pain to deal with, but Rosehip Seed Oil has got your back. Using it will help you get rid of the scars or any wrinkles you have picked up on your tours around the sun. An added extra with this oil Is that it will level any differences in skin tone that you might have from sun exposure or healed scars. The American Dermatologist association gives it a comedogenic rating of 1, meaning that it’s highly unlikely that this oil will cause a breakout. Still, being very light and ironically, non oily we cannot recommend it enough.
Hemp Seed Oil
Hemp Seed Oil has been used in Asia since the beginning of recorded history. Eastern cultures give it huge importance as a treatment for a lot of stuff, one of which, you guessed it, acne and skin care. Hemp Seed oil has been forgotten by Western Culture for many years due to the stigmatization of the recreational use of marijuana, but Hemp Seed Oil that is sold legally over the counter, contains virtually zero THC (the active compound in marijuana). After being avoided for 5 centuries, it is time for Hemp Oil to make a return and take it’s place among other uniquely non comedogenic oils. It’s rich both in Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids, in a ratio very similar to that present in the skin. This makes it perfect for treating your dried up skin. It will also promote skin rejuvenation by healing any scars or wrinkles. The American Dermatologist association gives it a comedogenic rating of 0, just like Argon Oil, making it one of the more highly recommendable non comedogenic oils.
To conclude this list, we included a flower oil. Safflower oil comes in two variants, one is rich with Linoleic acid, the other one with Oleic acid. The first is recommended for skin care, while the latter one for cooking (Wanted to say before you run to the kitchen). If you have been snooping around the internet reading about acne, you will by now know that Linoleic acid is very effective in battling acne but unfortunately, the body cannot produce it. Safflower oil has the highest content of Linoleic acid among commercially available oils. It acts as a moisturizer, not letting the water leave the skin. It will also help the skin repair itself and to some extent reverse the aging process. Being a non comedogenic oil, it will not further damage your skin or clog your pores. The American association of dermatologist gives it a comedogenic rating of 0, meaning it’s totally safe for people with acne prone skin. An added bonus with this oil is that it will also neutralize any smells that your skin might produce.
It this was a list of non comedogenic oils and butters, Shea butter would for sure take the first place. Shea butter is made from the nuts of the Shea tree native to Western Africa. Applying it to your skin has an array of benefits. It will help the removal of blemishes and wrinkles and it will definitely help with any scars that you might have from previous breakouts. Shea butter will also help soothe your skin and facilitate collagen production. Collagen is the main structural protein that your skin uses to build new cells and repair damaged ones. This is exactly what you need for your worn-out skin after continuous battle with acne. It will also help with moisturizing your skin and supplying it with the nutrients and vitamins needed for repair. It has a comedogenic rating of zero, again making it very safe for skin that might be prone to breakouts due to pore clogging.
One last thing that deserves a spot in this list is Mango butter. Although most of you might picture Mango as this tropical fruit-desert, the butter derived from Mango seed is incredibly helpful. Just like Shea butter that we talked about before, it doesn’t have the oily feeling to it. It is, first of all rich in Vitamin C, which will make your skin more plump and youthful, since plump skin translates into tighter look and feel. Furthermore, it will thoroughly hydrate your skin, helping it rejuvenate and repair itself under the protective layer that it provides. It will also help you fight wrinkles and the appearance of fine lines on your face. It is really an all-in-one skin treatment. Mango butter should not be missed by anyone trying to combat acne. It has a comedogenic rating of 0, making it wholly non comedogenic.
Known comedogenic oils
Since this article has gained a bit of traction, we decided to make this article a bit more helpful with adding a list of known comedogenic oils. These oils will surely cause breakouts, or at least mild irritation on acne prone skin. Dissolving some these oils will help you reap some of their benefits, but it’s not an exact science. Therefore, we recommend you avoid these oils completely. In order to navigate the list more easily, follow the basic principles. Comedogenic rating of 3 will cause breakouts on very sensitive skin. A factor of 4 will cause acne on more resistant skin and a comedogenic factor of 5 will surely cause a breakout on anyone with acne prone skin.
Coconut oil – 5
With a factor of 5, everybody that has ever had acne problems should avoid coconut oil completely. Even watering it down will not help reducing it’s high comedogenic factor. Coconut butter is also highly comedogenic (factor 4), so try to limit use as well.
Wheat germ oil – 5
Just as dangerous as coconut oil, wheat germ oil will also cause breakouts. Recommended to avoid. If you still want something similar to wheat germ oil, try Avocado Oil. It has nearly identical nutrients and benefits the skin in a similar way, but it’s comedogenic rating is a modest 2.
Palm kernel oil – 4
Not as dangerous as wheat germ and coconut oil, but still quite high in comedogenic ingredients. You might be able to use it with limited application but always be careful, since uneven distribution or bigger amounts will cause breakouts. A non comedogenic oil substitute, or well, less comedogenic is Panut Oil, with a rating of 2.
Linseed oil – 4
Similar to the palm kernel oil, linseed oil is also not a thing acne prone skin readily welcomes. Limit it’s use or avoid it all together. Use safflower oil instead, it will provide you with the same benefits, minus the acne of course.
Flaxseed oil – 4
At the beginning of the previous century, flaxseed oil was a huge thing in the cosmetic industry. Little did the people know that it causes severe acne breakouts. Try to limit it’s use or avoid it completely. If your skin is extra dry than you might give it a shot, since the skin tends to be more tolerant of it when compared to other types.
Other oils to avoid
Since we covered the big 5 when it comes to pore clogging oils, we will complete the list with oils that may or may not cause breakouts. Every oil in the list is followed by a number, marking it’s comedogenic rating. These oils should not be treated as non comedogenic oils. A rating of 3 will cause acne to appear on sensitive skin, while a rating of 2 will cause breakouts only of the most sensitive of skin types.
Cotton seed oil – 3/4 – depends on the brand
Mink oil – 3
Soybean oil – 3
Almond oil – 3
Carrot seed oil – 3
Peach kernel oil – 2
Apricot kernel oil – 2
Plum kernel oil – 2
Grape seed oil -2
Hazelnut oil – 2
Pecan oil – 2
Papaya seed oil – 2/3 – depends on the maker, rating, however, never exceeds 3
Hopefully you make good use of this list of comedogenic and non comedogenic oils, feel free to shoot us an e-mail or comment below if you have any experience (be it good or bad) with any of the oils mentioned here.
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