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Posted on January 12 2016

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Pore Clogging Ingredients - with Extra Info

What does “Organic” or “Natural” skin care products have that others may not?  Some of the worst pore -clogging ingredients.  Yikes! A good rule of thumb is to avoid products that include these ingredients, the fatty acid isopropyl myristate and isopropyl palmitate, isopropyl lanolate, myristyl myristate, isostearyl neopentonate, and isostearyl isostearate. Other pore-cloggers: algae, seaweed, kelp, potassium chloride, decyl oleate, oleth-3, oleyl alcohol, PPG 2 myristyl propionate, sodium sulfates (sodium lauryl sulfate and sodium laureth sulfate), laureth-4 and laureth-23, acetylated lanolin alcohol,

Adding to the list to avoid look for natural butters like cocoa butter and shea butter.

Be aware of some problem oils:  Coconut, sweet almond, argon, carrot, olive, apricot kernel, palm kernel, Moroccan Oil, vitamin E, wheat germ, sulfated jojoba oil, aromatherapy oil blends, and scented oils.

Safer Oils list: Fragrance-free safflower and sunflower oils are naturally less comedogenic; high-quality mineral oil

But the ad said it was non-comedogenic?  Marketing language sometimes is used to get the unsuspecting seeker to use a product without realizing there may be non-compatible ingredients for their skin type and thus relying on the marketing statements alone…could bring you some results or side effects that are not exactly what you expected.  Sigh….A good rule of thumb is to take the extra time to review an ingredient list and start educating yourself on some of the most offensive pore-clogging ingredients. These Ingredients that might right now be in your make-up, hair care and skin care products.  One way if you a lil busy or lazy is to choose powder makeup over their counterpart favorites…like tinted moisturizers, BB creams and liquid foundations and lets not forget the concealers. 

Checking ingredient list can be daunting at first but the more you do the easier it becomes…If you’re not sure look for reviews and not just one that says this product broke me out, but multiple reviews in similarity making these claims. 

Acne break out or reaction?

A lot of times what I find is my clients will actually have an irritation or reaction to a product that mimics a breakout.  Thus them thinking that whatever was in that product broke them out. While there was something that triggered the reactions, in order to point a finger on exactly what it was is almost impossible without medical testing for sensitivities. 

Pore Clogging Ingredients to watch out for.
Highly 3.0 – 5.0
Acetylated Lanolin
Acetylated Lanolin Alcohol
Algae Extract
Argan Oil (MoroccanOil)
Butyl Stearate
Cetearyl Alcohol + Ceteareth
Cetyl Acetate
Cocoa Butter
Coconut Butter
Coconut Oil
Colloidal Sulfur
Cotton Awws Oil
Cotton Seed Oil
D & C Red # 17
D & C Red # 21
D & C Red # 3
D & C Red # 30, 36
Disodium Monooleamido PEG 2-Sulfosuccinate
Ethylhexyl Palmitate
Decyl Oleate
Dioctyl Succinate
Ethoxylated Lanolin
Glyceryl Stearate SE
Hexadecyl Alcohol
Flowers of Sulfur
Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil
Isocetyl Alcohol
Isocetyl Stearate
Isodecyl Oleate 4 0
Isopropyl Isostearate
Isopropyl Linolate
Isopropyl Myristate
Isopropyl Palmitate
Isostearyl Isostearate
Isostearyl Neopentanoate
Laureth 23
Laureth 4
Lauric Acid
Mink Oil
Myristic Acid
Myristyl Lactate
Myristyl Myristate
Octyl Palmitate (Seaweed)
Octyl Stearate
Oleyl Alcohol
PEG 16 Lanolin
PEG 200 Dilaurate
PEG 8 Stearate
PG Monostearate
PPG 2 Myristyl Propionate
Propylene Glycol Monostearate
Red Algae
squalene, not squalane
Shark Liver Oil
Sodium Chloride (Salt)
Sodium Laureth Sulfate
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
Solulan 16
Sorbitan Oleate
Soybean Oil
Steareth 10
Stearic Acid Tea
Stearyl Heptanoate
Sulfated Castor Oil
Sulfated Jojoba Oil
Syearyl Heptanoate
Wheat Germ Glyceride
Wheat Germ Oil

Highly Irritating Ingredients:
Algae Extract
Benzoic Acid
Butylated Hydroxyanisole (BHA)
Cetyl Acetate
Cajeput Oil
Caprylic Acid
Colloidal Sulfur
Cotton Seed Oil
Flowers of Sulfur
Isocetyl Alcohol
Isodecyl Oleate
Isopropyl Alcohol
Isopropyl Linolate
Isopropyl Myristate
Isostearyl Neopentanoate
Laureth 4
Octyl Stearate
PEG 16 Lanolin
PPG 2 Myristyl Propionate
Potassium Chloride
Sodium Chloride (Salt)
SD Alcohol 40
Solulan 16
Steareth 10
Tridectyl Neopentanoate


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