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.

**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. I do not recommend any of the pressed Bare Minerals blushes, bronzers or veils.

Ingredient Ingredient
Acetylated Lanolins Laureth-23
Acetylated Lanolin Alcoho Laureth-4
Algae Extract Lactic Acid
Algin Mink Oil
Butyl Stearate Myristic Acid
Carrageenan Myristyl Lactate
Cetyl Acetate Myristyl Myristate
Cetearyl Alcohol + Ceteareth 20 Octyl Palmitate
Cocoa Butter Octyl Stearate
Coconut Butter Oleth-3
Coconut Oil Oleyl Alcoho
Colloidal Sulfur PEG 16 Lanolin
Cotton Awws Oil PEG 200 Dilaurate
Cotton Seed Oil PEG 8 Stearate
D & C Red # 17 PG Monostearate
D & C Red # 21 PPG 2 Myristyl Propionate
D & C Red # 3 Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate
D & C Red # 30 Potassium Chloride
D & C Red # 36 Propylene Glycol Monostearate
Decyl Oleate Red Algae
Dioctyl Succinate Shark Liver Oil
Disodium Monooleamido PEG 2 Sodium Chloride
Disodium Monooleamido PEG 2- Sulfosuccinate Sodium Laureth Sulfate
Ethoxylated Lanolin Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
Ethylhexyl Palmitate Solulan 16
Glyceryl Stearate SE Sorbitan Oleate
Glyceryl-3 Diisostearate Soybean Oil
Hexadecyl Alcohol Steareth 10
Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil Stearic Acid Tea
Isocetyl Alcohol Stearyl Heptanoate
Isocetyl Stearate Sulfated Castor Oil
Isodecyl Oleate Sulfated Jojoba Oil
Isopropyl Isostearate Syearyl Heptanoate
Isopropyl Linolate Wheat Germ Glyceride
Isopropyl Myristate Wheat Germ Oil
Isopropyl Palmitate WXylene
Isostearyl Isostearate
Isostearyl Neopentanoate