Reader Q&A: Which Beauty Product Ingredients Clog Pores?

Posted 03/22/11 at 11:11AM by Terri Apanasewicz

Reader Question: How do I know if I will get comedones (blackheads and whiteheads) from using certain cosmetics? In the past I got them when I used some face base and foundations. Are there ingredients that are commonly comedone-inducing?

"Unfortunately," says celebrity makeup artist Terri Apanasewicz, "you really won't know until you use something." She explains, "our skin and chemistry are constantly changing and as a result makeup and skin care products are [pretty much] 'try and see.'"

Many companies make "non-comedogenic" or "non-occlusive" products that don't block pores and, theoretically, don't contribute to comedones as a result. "Here are some of the most common comedogenic ingredients found in skin care and makeup products," says Apanasewicz;
"Isopropyl Myristate, Linseed Oil, Cocoa Butter, Coal Tar, Isopropyl Isostereate, Lanolic Acid, Acetylated Lanolin, Oleyl Alcohol, Octyl Palmitate, Isostearic Acid, Myreth 3 Myristate, Butyl Sterate, Bismuth Oxychloride." Keep an eye out for them while shopping for products.

Ingredients that don't clog pores include almond, olive, evening primrose, peanut, safflower and sunflower oils.

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