Wouldn’t it be great if you could look at a skincare product and know if it’ll clog your pores or not?
Well, you sort of can. Just look for noncomedogenic on the label.
What the heck does noncomedogenic mean?
A comedone is a pimple. Comedone is their scientific name. Pimple and zit are just nicknames.
It follows that noncomedogenic is something that doesn’t clog pores and give you pimples.
Noncomedogenic made its debut on acne-fighting products but marketers soon realised its potential and started plastering it everywhere.
Are noncomedogenic products safer?
This is the tricky part. No one knows exactly what gives you pimples or not.
Yes, we have lists of comedogenic ingredients but these studies were done on rabbits. A lot of scientists don’t believe the results apply to humans.
But even when an ingredient has a proven track record for leaving pimples on too many faces, it doesn’t necessarily mean it will give everyone a pimple.
Whether you get a pimple or not also depends on its concentration and your skin type. For example, coconut oil may give oily skin a bad breakout but leave dry skin totally flawless. To complicate things even more, even oily skin may survive coconut oil unscathed if only a few drops of the oil were present in the cream.
In other words, noncomedogenic isn’t a 100% guarantee you won’t get pimples. Plus, non-comedogenic products may still have alcohol, essential oils and another nasties that can irritate your skin or dry it out.
The Bottom Line
If you have acne, oily or breakout-prone skin, looking for noncomedogenic products may be a good way to start your search for your next HG. But don’t stop there. Take a look at the ingredient list to make sure there are no nasties in it.
Do you use noncomedogenic products? Share your experience in the comments below.
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