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Comedogenic (pore-clogging) ingredients

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The table below lists ingredients which score a 3 or above on the 0-5 comedogenicity scale. If any of these are within the first seven ingredients on the ingredient list of a product you are choosing, you may want to reconsider. If, however, any of these ingredients are far down on the list, this means the manufacturer may have included it in a very small amount and the product may still be safe to use.


  • 5 Isopropyl isostearate
  • 5 Isopropyl myristate
  • 5 Myristyl myristate
  • 5 Laureth-4
  • 5 Oleth-3
  • 4 Coconut butter
  • 4 Acetylated lanolin
  • 4 Acetylated lanolin alcohol
  • 4 Lauric acid
  • 4 Isopropyl palmitate
  • 4 Isostearyl isostearate
  • 4 Myristyl lactate
  • 4 Stearyl heptanoate
  • 4 Cetearyl alcohol + ceteareth 20
  • 4 Cocoa butter
  • 3 Mink oil
  • 3 Soybean oil
  • 3 Shark liver oil
  • 3 D&C red #30
  • 3 Stearic acid: TEA
  • 3 Myristic acid
  • 3 Buytl stearate
  • 3 Decyl oleate
  • 3 Isostearyl neopentanoate
  • 3 Glyceryl stearate SE
  • 3 Wheat germ glyceride
  • 3 Laureth-23