What Does Non-Comedogenic Mean?

Non-comedogenic skin products are those that are less likely to cause pore blockage or breakouts. It is derived from the word “comedones,” which means the small bumps or papules commonly found on people with acne. These bumps are normally caused by blockage of the pores. If you are prone to clogged pores or have blackheads, you can reduce the number or likelihood of breakouts by using non-comedogenic skincare products.

While these products do not increase the likelihood of breakouts, they do not treat acne or related conditions. They may also be labelled “oil-free” or contain oils that are less likely to cause breakouts. Some of the non-comedogenic oils include those derived from sunflower, sweet almond, grapeseed, neem and hempseed. Other ingredients that are generally considered non-comedogenic include Vitamin C, aloe vera, rosewater, dimethicone and allantoin.

Which Products Are Non-Comedogenic?

Any product used on the skin can be non-comedogenic. The most common product types that you should consider checking to see if they are non-comedogenic if you are prone to breakouts include moisturizers, foundations, skin cleansers, sunscreen and toners.

In addition, you should use the products sparingly, as even the non-comedogenic ones can block pores if overused. Besides, cleanse thoroughly before going to bed with a gentle cleanser or just water and soap to open up the pores.

While the word “non-comedogenic” is not a medical term and the ingredients have not been proven by the FDA, they can help deal with breakouts where blockage is the main issue. If you are not sure which product to use, contact a dermatologist.


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