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Comedogenic Ratings of Skincare Ingredients | Carrier Oils & Butters

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You’ve seen it on product labels, you’ve read about it when you’re researching your skincare ingredients, but what on earth does comedogenic rating even mean?

Well, no matter what your skin type or the type of products you're making or buying, it’s important to know if the ingredients are comedogenic or non-comedogenic.

Long story short, the comedogenic scale will let you know if your ingredients are likely to clog pores or not.

If an ingredient is comedogenic, it is likely to clog your pores.

If it's non-comedogenic, it is unlikely to clog your pores.

This is a good indicator as to whether or not certain ingredients are better for your skin type than others.

How do I know if a Product is Comedogenic?

The first step in telling if a product off the shelf or a DIY product is comedogenic is to look at the recipe or ingredient list. 

When looking at your ingredient list take note of all carrier oils or body butters and check their comedogenic rating on the table below.

If all the oils have a comedogenic rating below 2, then the product is likely non-comedogenic.

If there are oils on the ingredient like that are a 3 or above on the comedogenic scale, then take note of where they are in the ingredient list.

If that oil is after ingredient 5, then there may not be enough of that oil in the product to clog pores.

Some products that you buy in-store may also bear a ‘non-comedogenic’ label. While it is not a universal label, some manufacturers will have a label or wording on the packaging deeming it non-comedogenic.

Keep in mind that this label is not federally regulated so be sure to look at your ingredient labels as well!

Pore-Clogging Ingredients

I get it, sometimes those ingredient lists can be pretty hard to decipher and you really just need a quick product off the shelf. But, what if it’ll clog your pores and you don’t even know? Good news!

Below is a quick list of ingredients that you may see on a product label, that may or may not be an oil in the comedogenic rating list.

This quick list from Acne.org can be used to check a product ingredient list, if the product contains one or more of these ingredients, and they show up at the top of the ingredient list, the product has a high likelihood of clogging your pores!

You can also take a look at this study on Pubmed listing their findings of some common ingredients in skincare products that are comedogenic as well. I've included them in the list below.

Here's a Quick List of Ingredients to Avoid if you have Acne Prone Skin:

  • Algae Extract
  • Butyl Stearate
  • Carrageenan
  • Cocoa Butter
  • Coconut Butter
  • Coconut Oil
  • D & C Red dyes
  • Decyl Oleate
  • Hexadecyl Alcohol
  • Isopropyl Isostearate
  • Isopropyl Myristate
  • Isopropyl Palmitate
  • Lanolin
  • Laureth 4
  • Moringa Oil
  • Myristyl Myristate
  • Myristyl Propionate
  • Oleth-3
  • Octyl Palmitate
  • Octyl Stearate
  • Palm Oil
  • Propylene Glycol-2 (PPG-2)
  • Red Algae
  • Sodium Laureth Sulfate
  • Soybean Oil
  • Steareth 10
  • Wheat Germ Oil

Choosing the Right Carrier Oils & Butters for Your Skin

cocoa butter and face serum

When picking an oil or butter for your skin, the comedogenic rating is just as important as your skin type!

Always keep in mind what type of skin you have and what works best for you! It’s always a great idea to try new products and oils on a less sensitive area of your skin to see how your skin reacts.

If you have troubled skin or you aren’t so sure where to start, try sticking to non-comedogenic oils when choosing or making your own skincare products

Comedogenic Scale

So what exactly do the numbers on the Comedogenic scale even mean? We've put together a table below breaking it down for you.

Skincare Carrier Oils Comedogenic Ratings

bottles of carrier oils

Below is a quick reference table of common carrier oils and their ratings. You can use this table to see if an oil is comedogenic or non-comedogenic and the likelihood that it will clog your pores.

Carrier OilsRating
Abyssinian Seed Oil Comedogenic Rating0
Acai Berry Oil Comedogenic Rating2
Almond Oil Comedogenic Rating2
Andiroba Seed Oil Comedogenic Rating2
Apricot Kernel Oil Comedogenic Rating2
Argan Oil Comedogenic Rating0
Avocado Oil Comedogenic Rating3
Babassu Oil Comedogenic Rating1-2
Baobob Seed Oil Comedogenic Rating2
Black Currant Seed Oil Comedogenic Rating0-1
Black Cumin Seed Oil Comedogenic Rating0-1
Black Raspberry Seed Oil Comedogenic Rating1-2
Blueberry Seed Oil Comedogenic Rating0-1
Borage Oil Comedogenic Rating2
Brazil Nut Oil Comedogenic Rating2
Broccoli Seed Oil Comedogenic Rating1
Buriti Oil Comedogenic Rating2
Camellia Seed Oil Comedogenic Rating1
Carrot Seed Oil Comedogenic Rating3-4
Castor Oil Comedogenic Rating1
Cherry Kernel Oil Comedogenic Rating2
Chia Seed Oil Comedogenic Rating1
Cloudberry Seed Oil Comedogenic Rating1
Coconut Oil Comedogenic Rating4
Cottonseed Oil Comedogenic Rating3
Cranberry Seed Oil Comedogenic Rating2
Cucumber Seed Oil Comedogenic Rating1
Elderberry Seed Oil Comedogenic Rating1-2
Emu Oil Comedogenic Rating1
Evening Primrose Oil Comedogenic Rating2-3
Guava Seed Oil Comedogenic Rating1-2
Grapeseed Oil Comedogenic Rating1
Hazelnut Oil Comedogenic Rating1
Hemp Seed Oil Comedogenic Rating0
Jojoba Oil Comedogenic Rating2
Karanja Oil Comedogenic Rating2
Kiwi Seed Oil Comedogenic Rating1
Kukui Nut Oil Comedogenic Rating2
Macadamia Nut Oil Comedogenic Rating2-3
Mango Seed Oil Comedogenic Rating2
Marula Oil Comedogenic Rating3-4
Meadowfoam Seed Oil1
Milk Thistle Oil Comedogenic Rating1
Mink Oil Comedogenic Rating Comedogenic Rating3
Moringa Seed Oil Comedogenic Rating3-4
Neem Oil Comedogenic Rating1-2
Olive Oil Comedogenic Rating2
Papaya Seed Oil Comedogenic Rating2-3
Palm Oil Comedogenic Rating4
Passionfruit Seed (Maracuja) Oil Comedogenic Rating1-2
Peach Kernel Oil Comedogenic Rating2
Perilla Oil Comedogenic Rating1-2
Plum Kernel Oil Comedogenic Rating1-2
Pomegranate Seed Oil Comedogenic Rating1
Prickly Pear Seed Oil Comedogenic Rating1-2
Pumpkin Seed Oil Comedogenic Rating2
Red Raspberry Seed Oil Comedogenic Rating0-1
Rosehip Seed Oil Comedogenic Rating1
Safflower Oil Comedogenic Rating0
Sea Buckthorn Oil Comedogenic Rating1
Sesame Seed Oil Comedogenic Rating3
Shea Oil Comedogenic Rating0-2
Soybean Oil Comedogenic Rating4-5
Squalane Oil Comedogenic Rating0-1
Strawberry Seed Oil Comedogenic Rating1
Sunflower Oil Comedogenic Rating0-2
Tamanu Oil Comedogenic Rating2
Walnut Seed Oil Comedogenic Rating1-2
Watermelon Seed Oil Comedogenic Rating0-1
Wheat Germ Oil Comedogenic Rating5

Skincare Butters and Their Comedogenic Ratings

bowl of cocoa butter

Below is a quick reference table of common butters used in skincare recipes. You can use this table to see if a butter you would like to use is comedogenic or non-comedogenic.

Skincare Butters Rating
Bacuri Butter Comedogenic Rating4
Cocoa Butter Comedogenic Rating4
Coconut Butter Comedogenic Rating4
Cupuacu Butter Comedogenic Rating4
Kokum Butter Comedogenic Rating0-1
Mango Butter Comedogenic Rating2-3
MuruMuru Butter Comedogenic Rating0-2
Shea Butter Comedogenic Rating0-2

We've provided these ratings as a general guideline. It is always good to test carrier oils and butters to see how your skin reacts to them.

Everyone's skin is different and if you rule out certain ingredients because of their comedogenic ratings, you may miss out on other benefits!

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