What if I told you this list could be a massive game changer in finally clearing your acne? Big talk I know. I’ll get to that in a moment. But, first, let’s rewind a bit…
Do you remember when coconut oil was marketed as one of the ‘must have beauty staples’. Articles stating: Why you need coconut oil in your beauty routine were, and still are, plastered all over the internet. Women were putting coconut oil masks in their hair, cleansing their faces with it, and using it a moisturiser all over their body. And like a white sheep, I followed suit. I mean had you seen the skin and hair of the women using it– they were practically glowing!
But what happened to me…I broke out.
The same happened when I switched to all non-toxic, organic and natural skin care, hair products and makeup…I broke out.
How could it be? I was using all natural, organic (and expensive might I add) products and ingredients. Why was I breaking out in deep, red pimples?
Answer: they all had pore clogging ingredients.
What Makes an Ingredient a Pore-Clogger?
A comedone is a clogged pore or hair follicle. If an ingredient is comedogenic or a ‘pore-clogger’, it means it has a natural tendency to clog pores and can lead to the formation of acne. Basically, the ingredient is thicker than our skin’s natural oil (known as sebum). This thick ingredient forms a plug within the pore and traps acne causing bacteria, dead skin cells and sebum underneath. This can result in the formation of blackheads or whiteheads and can eventually lead to more inflamed acne.
An ingredient is scaled from 1 to 5 based on its tendency to clog pores and cause comedones. This is known as the Comedogenic Scale.
0 – non-comedogenic
1 – slightly comedogenic
2-3 – moderately comedogenic
4-5 – highly comedogenic
Natural skin care and products often contain ingredients that are highly comedogenic such as coconut oil, shea butter and algaes – they’re a five on the comedogenic scale.
Just because a product is non-toxic and natural, it doesn’t mean it’s acne safe.
Similarly, products such as Cetaphil and other lotions that are often marketed as “dermatologist recommended for sensitive skin”, contain ceteareth-20 which is also a five on the comedogenic scale. A top pore-clogger.
So now we come back to the game changer in clearing your acne: The Pore Clogging Ingredients List.
This is a comprehensive list of pore-clogging ingredients that have a high comedogenic rating or have a higher tendency to cause acne. This list is your bible– download it, screenshot it to your phone or print it out. Have it somewhere you can access it easily if you’re perusing the supermarket or wanting to try a new skincare or makeup. Use it to crosscheck all your products for pore clogging ingredients including your skincare, makeup, hair products, body wash, sunscreen and laundry detergents.
Every Person is Different
It’s important to remember that everyone’s skin is different. Even if an item is comedogenic and has a high tendency to clog pores, some people just do not break out using these ingredients (or they are #blessed and never break out at all). That’s why your best friend can cleanse her face with coconut oil and your skin goes crazy. People who are acne prone generally are more susceptible to developing clogged pores and acne when using these ingredients.
Why is this list so important? You might have been doing all the right things internally: you’ve worked on your gut, balanced your hormones, cleaned up your diet and are practically a buddhist monk with your stress levels. But if you’ve still got pore-clogging ingredients in your products, you are going to continue to break out. End of story.
Use this list as your ingredient reference guide on your path to clearer skin.
Have you used this list or a similar list? Had you been using products for years and never realised they may have been breaking you out (guilty as charged)? Let me know in the comments; I always love hearing your stories.