If you are someone who looks for skincare products deeply, then you must be aware of the term ‘non-comedogenic’. There is no specific definition of this term but in simple terms, you can
understand that those skincare products that help us to avoid skin pore blockages and breakouts are non-comedogenic. Hence, using non-comedogenic skincare products will make your skin dirt-free and oil-free thereby making it healthier than ever. Go ahead to know everything about non-comedogenic products.
How to identify the non-comedogenic products?
Technically speaking, there is no thumb rule by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding the usage of the word ‘non-comedogenic’ for skincare products but there is a comedogenicity scale from zero to five for the ingredients used in the products. The product with a zero score depicts the absence of comedones whereas the number five shows the highest probability of causing breakouts and clogging skin pores.
Normally, an ingredient with a score of more than 2 is known as a comedogenic product. Non-technically, you can check on the face of it. See the label of the product if it says, it’s comedogenic or non-comedogenic. The greasiness or lightness of the product can’t be a dimension of judging the same.
Who should use non-comedogenic products?
As such, anyone can use non-comedogenic products. There are no side effects known yet but it makes the skin dry so, the user needs to use a moisturizer with it. These products work
miraculously well for the below-mentioned people though.
1. People with oily skin
Using comedogenic products on oily skin makes the skin more oily by clogging the already clogged pores. Hence, non-comedogenic skincare products help oily skin people big
time. It controls excessive greasiness and reduces acne by keeping the pores clear. At the same time, it retains the necessary moisture too and makes the skin feel light.
2. People in their 20s and 30s
Hormonal imbalances occur not only during teenage but also in their mid-age. The unstable hormones make the skin quite unpredictable. Such people generally have sensitive skin and face issues like skin lesions, pimples, photoaging, hyperpigmentation, rashes, infection in hair follicles, etc. Non-comedogenic products make their skin a little better.
3. People with uneven skin tone
The uneven skin tone occurs due to the accumulation of dead cells on the skin surface. This not only makes the skin look dull but also gives you a rough feel on touching it. Extreme sun exposure, natural aging, smoking, dry skin, and certain skin conditions like eczema worsen the condition. These factors clog the skin pores and make the skin highly uneven. Non-comedogenic products help in reducing its effects to a great extent.
4. People wearing intense makeup regularly
Generally, makeup products are comedogenic in nature, hence, applying them regularly on skin clogs its pores and makes the skin feel heavy. These days, companies use non-comedogenic ingredients in makeup products so as to prevent skin breakout, acne, and large pores. A non-comedogenic foundation is one such example. It doesn’t clog the pores like the regular ones and hence, makes your skin breathe.
5. People with dry and dull skin
It’s true that non-comedogenic skincare products work tremendously well for oily skin but it doesn’t mean that dry skin people can use comedogenic products. These products clog the
pores, letting the dirt and oil stay on the surface of the skin and also preventing the skin to penetrate the moisturizer. Dull skin becomes duller when it contains oil and dirt and comedogenic products do their best to make it stay like this.
What are the major ingredients of non-comedogenic products?
As aforementioned, comedogenicity is measured on a scale from zero to five, out of which those with 0 and 1 are the best ones to use. Below is a list of natural ingredients that are comprised of non-comedogenic products.
1. Aloe vera (Rating 0)
It’s a great natural moisturizer without giving you a greasy feel. The antioxidants present within tightening the skin and fight sunburn and acne.
2. Sunflower Oil (Rating 0)
Being high rich in fatty acids and vitamin E, sunflower oil works tremendously amazing for skin, locks the moisture, and keeps it hydrated.
3. Safflower Seed Oil (Rating 0)
Its anti-inflammatory properties treat pimples and acne spots. If regularly uses, it helps in unclogging the skin pores.
4. Shea Butter (Rating 0)
It softens the skin without blocking the pores. It’s healing, anti-inflammatory, and anti bacterial properties rejuvenate the skin.
5. Castor Oil (Rating 0-1)
The fatty acids in castor oil are natural humectants that prevent skin from drying and hence, hydrate the skin.
6. Green Tea (Rating 1)
The antioxidant, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory properties help in treating acne, reduce redness, irritation, and premature ageing, and fight against skin cancer too.
7. Squalene (Rating 1)
Squalene balances the oil in your skin and its anti-inflammatory propertiesdiminish the redness and swelling.
8. Grapeseed Oil (Rating 1)
It’s full of antioxidants, linoleic acid, and vitamin E and works great for improving skin tone.
9. Rosehip Oil and Pomegranate Extract (Rating 1)
Rosehip oil prevents acne breakouts and hydrates and smoothens the skin whereas the antioxidant properties of pomegranate fruit extract give you a brighter complexion and protect against UV and ageing exposure.
Precautions to be taken while using non-comedogenic oils
1. Do a spot test on your inner wrist before using it properly and wait for 24 hours to check if there is any reaction or not.
2. These products and oils are to be used externally. Avoid the under-eye area and ingestion.
3. Prefer only the best quality products, go organic if possible. Never use expired products.
4. Follow the storage and usage directions. Consult a good dermatologist before using any product.