Some Oils, Butters and Waxes Clog Pores, Others Dont

Just an FYI for when your shopping around

com·e·do·gen·ic , (kämədōˈjenik) is another one of those words that your computer might put a squiggly red line under. Its actually a medical /cosmetic term to describe the tendency of something to clog pores and cause breakouts. Comedogenic numbers or ratings are values between 0-5 assigned to oils, waxes, butters, botanicals, etc. to measure their relative tendency to clog pores. Everyone has a different interaction with oils depending on pore sizes and skin type, so just because an oil has a rating of 4, doesn't mean that it will clog your pores, it just means its more likely to clog your pores than oils with ratings of 1,2 or 3. 

 

Side note.... When looking at natural 100% saponified SOAP, things are not as simple. You must consider the oils that are converted into SOAP and Glycerin during the saponification process and the ones that are not. The amount of excess oils in the final product depends on the saponifiable and non-saponifiable ingredients and triglyceride (oil) / sodium hydroxide ratios. For example, our SOAP base is made with coconut oil, avocado oil and shea butter and our ratios yield 6% excess oil/butter in the final product. Much of this excess consists of non-saponifiable portions of shea butter and avocado oil. Anyways, a better understanding of saponifiable and non-saponifiable ingredients is required to fully evaluate natural SOAP. However, this list is great for lotions, moisturizers, salt/sugar scrubs, or any other product that isn't natural SOAP. (Most people use this information to decide on face products, as the face is more prone to pore clogging.) 

 

Here is the relative scale  

0 - Will Not Clog Pores
1 - Low
2 - Moderately Low
3 - Moderate
4 - Fairly High
5 - High

 

Here goes the long list.... you might use ctrl + f to find something specific. 

 

Oils and Butters

Almond Oil - 2
Apricot Kernel Oil - 2
Argan Oil - 0
Avocado Oil - 2
Baobab Oil - 2
Borage Oil - 2
Calendula Oil - 1
Camphor - 2
Castor Oil - 1
Cocoa Butter - 4
Coconut Butter - 4
Coconut Oil - 4
Corn Oil - 3
Cotton Seed Oil - 3
Emu Oil - 1
Evening Primrose Oil - 2
Flax Seed Oil - 4
Grape Seed Oil - 2
Hazelnut Oil - 2
Hemp Seed Oil - 0
Jojoba Oil - 2
Jojoba Oil Sulfated - 3
Linseed Oil - 4
Mineral Oil - 0
Mink Oil - 3
Neem Oil - 1
Olive Oil - 2
Palm Oil - 4
Peach Kernel Oil - 2
Peanut Oil - 2
Petrolatum - 0
Pomegranate Oil - 1
Pumpkin Seed Oil - 2
Rosehip Oil - 1
Safflower Oil (Carthamus tinctorius) - 0
Sandalwood Seed Oil - 2
Sea Buckthorn Oil - 1
Sesame Oil - 2
Shea Butter - 0
Soybean Oil - 3
Sunflower Oil - 0
Tamanu Oil - 2
Wheat Germ Oil - 5
Shark Liver Oil - 3

Waxes

Beeswax - 2
Candelilla Wax - 1
Carnuba Wax - 1
Ceresin Wax - 0
Emulsifying Wax NF - 2
Lanolin Wax - 1

Botanicals

Algae Extract - 5
Aloe Vera Gel - 0
Calendula - 1
Carrageenans - 5
Chamomile - 2
Chamomile Extract - 0
Cold Pressed Aloe - 0
Red Algae - 5

 

Vitamins & Herbs

Ascorbic Acid - 0
Black Walnut Extract - 0
Tocopherol (Vitamin E) - 2
Vitamin A Palmitate - 2
Panthenol - 0

Antioxidants

Beta Carotene - 1
BHA - 2

Minerals

Algin - 4
Colloidal Sulfur - 3
Flowers of Sulfur - 0
Potassium Chloride - 5
Precipitated Sulfur - 0
Sodium Chloride (Salt) - 5
Talc - 1
Zinc Stearate - 0

Thickeners, Emulsifiers, Detergents

Carbomer 940 - 1
Hydroxypropyl Cellulose - 1
Kaolin - 0
Magnesium Aluminum Silicate - 0
Sodium Laureth Sulfate - 3
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate - 5
Sorbitan Oleate - 3

 

 

 

Sources

 

Siddons, Sarah.  "Non-comedogenic Skin Cleanser Basics"  20 August 2009.  HowStuffWorks.com. <http://health.howstuffworks.com/skin-care/cleansing/products/non-comedogenic-skin-cleansers.htm>  05 August 2015.

 

Beneficial Botanicals <https://www.beneficialbotanicals.com/facts-figures/comedogenic-rating.html> 05 August 2015.

August 05, 2015 by Jordan Park

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