Comprehensive List Of Non-Comedogenic And Comedogenic Ingredients- Dermatocare’s ingredients guide

Written By Dr Surbhi, MD Skin

Last updated: 19/09/18

Comedogenic ingredient means a particular ingredient which can lead to comedones or black/whiteheads if applied on oily or acne prone skin as determined by rabbit ear assay. If you have resistant pimples or comedones beyond 25 years of age, scanning the ingredient list for the absence of comedogenic ingredient and also for the presence of non-comedogenic alternatives, is recommended to rule out acne cosmetica.


 

However, scanning each product for these acne-causing ingredients is tedious; you can simply read Dermatocare Reviews on Top Anti-acne Skincare Products to find non-comedogenic products for your acne-prone skin.

I have listed the detailed list of comedogenic ingredient in my book, “Acnefied- the war against acne begins here!This book also highlights dermatologist recommendations on Acne diet, skincare regime, home remedies, and products.

Should I avoid comedogenic ingredients?

If you have oily or acne prone skin you should avoid:

  • Comedogenic ingredient with grade 3-5 altogether.
  • Comedogenic ingredient with grade 1-2 only if they are mentioned among top 5-10 in the list, meaning that ingredient is present in high concentration in that product.

However, testing of the final product is a better indicator than scanning the ingredient list because the same ingredient might lose comedogenicity if mixed with other solvents or diluted to lower concentrations.

What is the authentic list of comedogenic ingredients?

There are many lists of comedogenic ingredients available online, each providing slightly different information. We use the list published in this article: https://journal.scconline.org/pdf/cc1989/cc040n06/p00321-p00333.pdf

Acetylated lanolin alcohol Fairly high comedogenicity
Almond  oil Moderately low comedogenicity
Apricot  kernel oil Moderately low comedogenicity
Avocado oil Moderately low comedogenicity
Beeswax Moderately low comedogenicity
Butyl stearate Moderate comedogenicity
Capric acid  Moderately low comedogenicity
Caprylic acid  Low comedogenicity
Carnuba  wax Low comedogenicity
Ceteareth  20 Fairly high comedogenicity
Ceteareth-20 Moderately low comedogenicity
Cetyl acetate Fairly high comedogenicity
Cetyl alcohol Moderately low comedogenicity
Cocoa butter  Fairly high comedogenicity
Coconut  butter  Fairly high comedogenicity
Corn oil Moderate comedogenicity
Cotton  seed oil Moderate comedogenicity
Ctearyl alcohol Moderately low comedogenicity
D & C red #17 Moderate comedogenicity
D & C red #19 Moderately low comedogenicity
D & C red #21 Moderately low comedogenicity
D & C red #27 Moderately low comedogenicity
D & C red #3 Moderate comedogenicity
D & C red #30 Moderate comedogenicity
D & C red #33 Low comedogenicity
D & C red #36 Moderate comedogenicity
D & C red #4 Moderately low comedogenicity
D & C red #40 Moderately low comedogenicity
D & C red #9 Low comedogenicity
Decyl oleate Moderate comedogenicity
Di (2 ethylhexyl) succinate Moderately low comedogenicity
Dimethicone Low comedogenicity
Dioctyl  malate Moderate comedogenicity
Dioctyl  succinate Moderate comedogenicity
Eicosanoic acid  Moderately low comedogenicity
Ethylhexyl  palmitate Fairly high comedogenicity
Ethylhexyl  pelargonate Moderately low comedogenicity
Evening  primrose  oil Moderate comedogenicity
Glyceryl  tricapylo/caprate  Low comedogenicity
Glyceryl stearate  NSE Low comedogenicity
Glyceryl stearate SE Moderate comedogenicity
Glyceryl-3-diisostearate Fairly high comedogenicity
Hexylene glycol Moderately low comedogenicity
Hydrogenated vegetable  oil  Moderate comedogenicity
Isocetyl alcohol  Fairly high comedogenicity
Isodecyl oleate Moderately low comedogenicity
Isopropyl  isostearate High comedogenicity
Isopropyl  linolate Fairly high comedogenicity
Isopropyl  myristate High comedogenicity
Isopropyl  palmitate Fairly high comedogenicity
Isostearyl isostearate Fairly high comedogenicity
Isostearyl neopentanoate Moderate comedogenicity
Jojoba  oil Moderately low comedogenicity
Lanolin wax Low comedogenicity
Laureth-23 Moderate comedogenicity
Laureth-4 High comedogenicity
Lauric acid Fairly high comedogenicity
Lauric acid Fairly high comedogenicity
Mink  oil Moderately low comedogenicity
Myristic  acid Moderate comedogenicity
Myristyl  lactate Fairly high comedogenicity
Myristyl  myristate High comedogenicity
Myristyl alcohol Moderately low comedogenicity
Oleth-10 Moderately low comedogenicity
Oleth-20 Low comedogenicity
Oleth-3 High comedogenicity
Oleth-3 phosphate Moderately low comedogenicity
Oleth-5 Moderate comedogenicity
Oleyl alcohol Fairly high comedogenicity
Olive oil Moderately low comedogenicity
Palmitic  acid  Moderately low comedogenicity
Peanut  oil Moderately low comedogenicity
PEG  100 distearate Moderately low comedogenicity
PEG  15 0 distearate Moderately low comedogenicity
PEG 16 lanolin (Solulan 16) Fairly high comedogenicity
PEG 20 stearate Low comedogenicity
PEG 200 dilaurate Moderate comedogenicity
PEG 8 castor oil Low comedogenicity
PEG 8 stearate Moderate comedogenicity
PG caprylate/caprate Moderately low comedogenicity
PG dicaprylate/caprate Low comedogenicity
PG dipelargonate Moderately low comedogenicity
PG monostearate Moderately low comedogenicity
Phytantriol Moderately low comedogenicity
Polyglyceryl-3-diisostearate Fairly high comedogenicity
PPG  10 cetyl ether Moderate comedogenicity
PPG  2 myristyl  propionate Moderate comedogenicity
PPG  5 Ceteth  10 phosphate ·       Fairly high comedogenicity
Sandalwood seed oil Moderately low comedogenicity
Sesame oil Moderate comedogenicity
Shark liver oil Moderate comedogenicity
Sorbitan  isostearate  Moderately low comedogenicity
Sorbitan  oleate  Moderate comedogenicity
Soybean oil Moderate comedogenicity
Squalane  Low comedogenicity
Steareth-10 Fairly high comedogenicity
Steareth-2 Moderately low comedogenicity
Steareth-20 Moderately low comedogenicity
Stearic acid  Moderately low comedogenicity
Stearic acid: TEA  Moderate comedogenicity
Stearyl alcohol Moderately low comedogenicity
Stearyl heptanoate Fairly high comedogenicity
Sulfated  jojoba oil Moderate comedogenicity
Triethanolamine Moderately low comedogenicity
Water-soluble sulfur  Moderate comedogenicity
Xylene  Fairly high comedogenicity
Zinc oxide  Low comedogenicity

We also refer the same list while assessing the ingredients for recommending the products customised to skin type and concerns in our PRODUCT SECTION.


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