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Pore Clogging Ingredients in Skin and Hair Care

Below is a list of ingredients to avoid in all skin care, acne care, makeup, and hair products. 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 “Non Comedogenic” on the bottle. Natural oils can be some of the worst for your skin, 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 prescriptions such as the cream form of Retin-A have pore clogging ingredients. Many over-the-counter acne medications also have pore clogging ingredients. “Oil-free” products can be comedogenic. Oil free only means – no natural oils, there are synthetic oils.

Makeup and Hair Products

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 soil minerals. You must check all your Hair Products, this includes shampoo and conditioner, etc. You will not clear without!

Is it Acne Safe? App

There is an app that can be used available for Apple and Android that is approximately 90% accurate for determining if the product or food item is acne safe. 


  Acetylated Lanolin 

Acetylated Lanolin Alcohol 

Algae Extract 


Argan Oil

Butyl Stearate 


Cetyl Acetate 

Cetearyl Alcohol + Ceteareth 20 

Chondrus Crispus (aka Irish Moss or Carrageenan Moss) 


Coal Tar 

Cocoa Butter 

Coconut Alkanes 

Coconut Butter 

Coconut Oil 

Colloidal Sulfur 

Cotton Awws Oil 

Cotton Seed Oil 

D & C Red # 17 

D & C Red # 21 

D & C Red # 3 

D & C Red # 30 

D & C Red # 36 

Decyl Oleate 

Dioctyl Succinate 

Disodium Oleamido PEG 2- Sulfosuccinate 

Ethoxylated Lanolin 

Ethylhexyl Palmitate 

Glyceryl Stearate SE 

Glyceryl-3 Diisostearate 

Hexadecyl Alcohol 

Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil 

Isocetyl Alcohol 

Isocetyl Stearate 

Isodecyl Oleate 

Isopropyl Isostearate 

Isopropyl Lanolate 

Isopropyl Myristate 

Isopropyl Palmitate 

Isostearyl Isostearate 

Isostearyl Neopentanoate 


Laminaria Digitata Extract 

Laminaria Saccharina Extract 

Laminaria Saccharina



Lauric Acid 

Mink Oil 

Myristic Acid 

Myristyl Lactate 

Myristyl Myristate 

Octyl Palmitate 

Octyl Stearate 


Oleyl Alcohol 

PEG 16 Lanolin 

PEG 200 Dilaurate 

PEG 8 Stearate 

PG Monostearate 

PPG 2 Myristyl Propionate 


Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate 

Potassium Chloride 

Propylene Glycol Monostearate 

Red Algae 


Shark Liver Oil (Squalene) 

Shea Butter 

Sodium Laureth Sulfate 

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate 

Solulan 16 

Sorbitan Oleate 

Soybean Oil (Glycine Soya) 


Steareth 10 

Stearic Acid Tea 

Stearyl Heptanoate 

Sulfated Castor Oil 

Sulfated Jojoba Oil 

Wheat Germ Glyceride 

Wheat Germ Oil 



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