What Are Non-Comedogenic Products?

Non-comedogenic is a label that has started to appear on products ever so increasingly these days. These products also assure the buyer that this product is free of any paraben. But what are non-comedogenic products – and what do they do?

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Non-Comedogenic Products

The word comedo is used when an “imperfection” starts to appear on your skin. These marks can be caused by clogged pores and are a mild form of acne. Pores are small openings or spaces on your skin. On some types of skin, they can be enlarged.

The Meaning of Non-Comedogenic

Non-comedogenic means that a product has been created specifically, so it can avoid clogging in skin pores. This can mean well for the user since clogged pores are often the primary reason acne occurs. Generally, most non-comedogenic products are oil-free, although some oils are less comedogenic than others. The most comedogenic oils include coconut oil, cocoa butter, wheat germ oil, flaxseed oil and palm oil. The least-comedogenic oils are neem and hemp seed oil.

Parabens is another ingredient to look out for in your skincare and cosmetics. Parabens are commonly used as preservatives in skincare and makeup. However, some of us do react badly to parabens and some of us do get clogged pores from using items with parabens in them.

However, one should also know that even though these products don’t clog your pores, they don’t promise to treat any skin conditions either. Always check your product's ingredient list and understand the active ingredients on your them!

Acne-Prone Skin

Even though all the cosmetic products you use are safe, the way our skin reacts to these products can be different. People who have acne have to be a lot more cautious when they decide what they’ll put on their skin.

If you want to decrease the oil content on your skin, try to avoid comedogenic products as a whole. Even though oils can be good for the skin, if your skin is oily already, try to look for non-comedogenic products. This will help you keep your skin healthy.

Some of our favourite non-comedogenic moisturisers for every budget are:

1) CeraVe Facial Moisturising Lotion (No SPF): considered a holy grail brand by dermatologists, the CeraVe Facial Moisturiser is non-comedogenic and contains ceramides, which protects and repairs your skin barrier, especially if you used or are using harsh treatments. It retails for £13.00.

2) La Roche Posay Effclar Duo+: another dermatologist favourite, the Effclar Duo packs acne-fighting ingredients and skin protecting ingredients in a light, oil-free moisturiser. Perfect for humid days or hotter days!

3) Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturising Gel with Pump: The lightweight, airy formula glides effortlessly across your base, absorbing fast to avoid any kind of heavy, sticky residue being left over. The oil-free moisturiser is perfect for people that are prone to excess shine. Retails for £31.00