Pore Decisions: How to Pick Skincare Ingredients That Won’t Clog Your Pores

At Acne.org.za, we understand that selecting the right skincare products is essential for beauty and maintaining healthy skin. One of the key concerns our customers frequently express relates to the potential of products to clog pores, commonly referred to as comedogenicity. Today, we’re diving deep into how we formulate our products to minimise this concern, focusing on our popular moisturise product.

What is the Comedogenic Scale?

The comedogenic scale is a guideline to predict how likely an ingredient in skincare and cosmetic products is to clog your pores. 

Ratings on this scale range from 0 to 5:

  • 0 indicates that the ingredient is non-comedogenic and won’t clog pores.
  • 1-2 represents a low likelihood of clogging pores.
  • 3 suggests a moderate likelihood.
  • 4-5 indicate a high probability that the ingredient could contribute to acne.

This scale helps you understand product formulations better and make informed choices based on their skin type and concerns.

How We Select Ingredients

In our commitment to transparency, we want to discuss some ingredients in our moisturise that have varying levels on the comedogenic scale and explain our rationale for their inclusion:

  • Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Oil (Rating: 2) – Mimics human sebum, which helps regulate oil production and is generally well-tolerated by those prone to acne.
  • Retinyl Palmitate (Rating: 3) – A form of vitamin A that aids skin renewal and can counteract acne.
  • Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil (Rating: 3) – Provides a rich, emollient texture and is used sparingly to avoid pore-clogging.
  • Glyceryl Stearate (Rating: 1-2) – Helps create a smooth texture and maintains skin hydration.
  • Cetearyl Alcohol (Rating: 2) – A fatty alcohol that conditions and softens the skin without the harsh effects of drying alcohols.

While each ingredient has a comedogenic rating, their inclusion in our formulations is carefully balanced. We select ingredients whose benefits significantly outweigh their risks. Moreover, we combine these with other non-comedogenic ingredients to minimise the potential for clogging pores, ensuring the product remains effective and suitable for sensitive and acne-prone skin types.

Our Formulation Philosophy

Our philosophy is simple: balance and efficacy. We formulate our products to deliver maximum benefit with minimal risk of adverse skin reactions. This means choosing each ingredient thoughtfully and considering its interaction with the entire formulation. Our goal is to create a product that meets and exceeds your skincare expectations while maintaining the integrity of your skin’s health.

Here’s a breakdown of all the ingredients in our 3-step protocol and their relation to the comedogenic scale:

1. Moisturise Product

Our moisturise is crafted to hydrate and nourish the skin while minimising the risk of clogged pores. 

Here’s how its ingredients stack up:

Non-comedogenic (0): Aqua, Propanediol, Zinc sulfate, Squalane, Glycerin, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Hyaluronic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Triethanolamine, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer.

Low to Moderate (1-3): Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Oil, Coco Caprylate, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Polyglyceryl-6-Palmitate/Succinate, Retinyl Palmitate, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil.

This balanced formulation ensures that the benefits of each ingredient outweigh the risks, with a careful selection of emollients and actives designed to nourish without causing acne.

2. Cleanse Product

Our “Cleanse” facial cleanser is designed to effectively clean the skin while being exceedingly gentle to avoid irritating sensitive skin:

Non-comedogenic (0): Aqua, Coco Glucoside, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Glycerin, Polyglyceryl-3 Caprate, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Extract, Polyquaternium-7, Sodium Levulinate, Potassium Sorbate, Panthenol, Hydroxyproline, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium PCA, Vaccinium Myrtillus Extract, Saccharum Officinarum Extract, Acer Saccharinum Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis Fruit Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum Extract.

Generally non-comedogenic: Potassium Laureth-4 Carboxylate, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcinosate, Potassium Cocoyl Hydrolyzed Collagen, Sodium Chloride, Lactic Acid.

The ingredients primarily focus on hydration and gentle exfoliation without compromising the skin’s natural barrier.

3. Treat Product

Treat is specifically formulated to target acne-prone skin with its potent active ingredients:

Non-comedogenic (0): Aqua, Benzoyl Peroxide, Hexylene Glycol, Capryloyl Glycine, Xylitylglucoside, Glycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer.

Low to moderate (1-3): Polysorbate 20, Triethanolamine.

Including benzoyl peroxide, a powerful acne-fighting agent, highlights our commitment to addressing skin concerns effectively, ensuring that active ingredients support skin health without blocking pores.

Tips for Trying New Products

If you’re concerned about how your skin might react to a new product, we always recommend patch testing:

  1. Apply a small amount of the product to a discreet area of your skin.
  2. Wait 24-48 hours to see if there is any reaction.
  3. If there is no adverse response, you should be safe to use the product more broadly.

We hope this explanation helps you understand the careful consideration that goes into each of our products. At Acne.org.za, your skin’s health is our top priority. We’re committed to providing the best products tailored to your skin’s unique needs.

For further questions or to explore our product range, please click on the WhatsApp icon or contact our customer care team at info@acne.org.za. 

We’re here to help you achieve your healthiest, most radiant skin yet!

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