Comedogenic - most often pronounced (ko-med-do-jen-isk). When working with skin care products, you'll find many ingredients that can cause or worsen acne-prone skin.

Any such ingredient that can actually "cause" acne is called comedogenic. All of us who struggle with acne-prone skin want to stay as far away as possible from any ingredients that fall into this category. For your convenience, we've compiled a list of many common ingredients including comedogenic oils that may be in your skincare routine right now!

Go through the ingredient list and see if you are using anything that could be contributing to the discomfort.


0 - Will not clog pores 

1 - Low probability

2 - Moderately low 

3 - Moderate 

4 - Quite loud 

5 - High probability of covering pores 


If you are prone to acne, you want to start by sticking to products / ingredients that are predominantly 0, 1 and 2. Those three can be ok if it's a product you rinse off or don't bother you personally. *These are ratings, not hard and fixed laws! Everyone's skin will react differently.

Some people can use ingredients that are number 4 on the comedogenic scale and have no problems at all. Once you start learning what your skin likes best, your skin care shopping will be greatly simplified. Remember to move forward, never try more than one new product at a time on your skin. It can take several weeks for a "problem" ingredient to start showing spots on the skin.

You will want to give it at least four weeks before adding another product to your regimen for testing. If you don't, you could be blaming the wrong product for your problems. Don't forget, no product can cause a pimple overnight! Pimples take 4-6 weeks to form and reach the surface. The only thing you may see with a single application is an irritation or an allergic reaction. The best advice we can give you is this. When you find products that work for you, stick with it!

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