Noncomedogenic. This long, complicated word is appearing on more and more cosmetic labels. But what does it mean?
Definition of noncomedogenic
It’s simple. Noncomedogenic means that it won’t clog pores. It was first used for acne-fighting products, but later brands started to label as noncomedogenic all kinds of beauty products, from anti-aging moisturizers to cleansers to foundations, that don’t contain ingredients that can, by clogging the pores, cause breakouts.
Are noncomedogenic products safer?
Of course, this doesn’t mean that noncomedogenic products are safer. They can still contain ingredients, such as citrus acids, alcohol or retinoids, that can cause irritations, or even allergies, in some people.
Besides, comedogenic ingredients aren’t bad for everyone. If you have acne or oily skin that’s prone to breakouts, comedogenic ingredients, such as coconut oil or isopropyl palmitate, will make things worse. If you use them, you’ll develop pimples and aggravate your acne. But if your skin is dry or normal, you may be able to use comedogenic ingredients without any pimples raising their ugly heads on your face.
The Bottom Line
If you have acne, oily or breakout-prone skin, choose noncomedogenic products. Although they can’t treat or stop acne, they can prevent it from getting worse. They can also help keep your skin fresh and clear.
Do you use noncomedogenic products?