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Pore Clogging Ingredients

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 “Non-Comedogenic” 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.


Below is a list of ingredients to avoid in all skin care, acne care, makeup, and hair products.

Egg and Coconut

Natural Oils

Just Say No!

Warning! 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 even comedogenic.


Check Your Makeup


Loose powder, mineral make-up tends to be the safest choice, but still should be checked.

We like Bare Minerals Original Formula loose powder foundation as a safe choice for your skins; however, the newer Bare Minerals Matte is NOT a safe choice—it contains soil minerals. We do not recommend any of the pressed Bare Minerals blushes, bronzers, or veils either. 

*Any pressed or liquid products should also be checked for

pore-clogging ingredients.

Scattered Makeup


  • Acetylated Lanolin

  • Acetylated Lanolin Alcohol

  • Algae Extract

  • Algin

  • Butyl Stearate

  • Carrageenan

  • Cetyl Acetate

  • Cetearyl Alcohol + Ceteareth 20

  • Chondrus Crispus (aka Irish Moss or Carageenan Moss)

  • Chlorella

  • Coal Tar

  • Cocoa Butter

  • Coconut Alkanes

  • Coconut Butter

  • Coconut Oil

  • Colloidal Sulfur

  • Cotton Awws Oil

  • Cotton Seed Oil

  • D & C Red # 17

  • D & C Red # 21

  • D & C Red # 3

  • D & C Red # 30

  • D & C Red # 36

  • Decyl Oleate

  • Dioctyl Succinate

  • Disodium Monooleamido PEG 2- Sulfosuccinate

  • Ethoxylated Lanolin

  • Ethylhexyl Palmitate

  • Glyceryl Stearate SE

  • Glyceryl-3 Diisostearate

  • Hexadecyl Alcohol

  • Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil

  • Isocetyl Alcohol

  • Isocetyl Stearate

  • Isodecyl Oleate

  • Isopropyl Isostearate

  • Isopropyl Linolate

  • Isopropyl Myristate

  • Isopropyl Palmitate

  • Isostearyl Isostearate

  • Isostearyl Neopentanoate

  • Kelp

  • Laminaria Digitata Extract

  • Laminaria Saccharina Extract (Laminaria Saccharine)

  • Laureth-23

  • Laureth-4

  • Lauric Acid

  • Mink Oil

  • Myristic Acid

  • Myristyl Lactate

  • Myristyl Myristate

  • Octyl Palmitate

  • Octyl Stearate

  • Oleth-3

  • Oleyl Alcohol

  • PEG 16 Lanolin

  • PEG 200 Dilaurate

  • PEG 8 Stearate

  • PG Monostearate

  • PPG 2 Myristyl Propionate

  • Plankton

  • Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate

  • Potassium Chloride

  • Propylene Glycol Monostearate

  • Red Algae

  • Seaweed

  • Sea Whip Extract

  • Shark Liver Oil (Squalene)

  • Shea Butter

  • Sodium Laureth Sulfate

  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate

  • Solulan 16

  • Sorbitan Oleate

  • Soybean Oil

  • Spirulina

  • Steareth 10

  • Stearic Acid Tea

  • Stearyl Heptanoate

  • Sulfated Castor Oil

  • Sulfated Jojoba Oil

  • Wheat Germ Glyceride

  • Wheat Germ Oil

  • Xylene

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Be more VIGILANT! Check your skincare ingredients.

Check your skincare, body and hair product ingredients label.

If you're constantly breaking out, you MUST consider double checking all of your skincare, make up, and hair product ingredient label. This is crucial part of breaking the acne cycle. 

Why do you need to check your products? Ingredients that often marketed as All Natural, Plant Based, Botanical, Marine derived etc. is often formulated with ingredients that can be problematic when using by an acne prone individual. Heavy emollient, Oil like Coconut oil, Isopropyl Myristate and Algae/Seaweed is highly comedogenic will likely clog your pore, irritate the follicle lining and initiate the formation of microcomedone. Which is the very beginning of an acne. 

Visit your trusted Acne Specialist so they can help and guide you on how to find an acne safe products.

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