What in the world does non-comedogenic mean?

Have you heard this bizzare term? If you live in the skincare realm, like us, you definitely have. And while it's a term I don't necessarily know how to say out-loud, I know exactly what it means when I see it. 

So let's talk about what non-comedogenic means and how its important for you and your skin.

Simply put, non-comedogenic means that a product contains ingredients that won't clog or block the pores on your skin. Substances that do block pores, or comedones, are known as "comedogenic". 

Why is this a big deal?

Products that do not clog pores will help reduce the chances of acne, blackheads and pimples. Some examples of non-comedogenic ingredients include aloe vera, glycerin, and grapeseed oil.

So does that mean that comedogenic ingredients are bad?

Not necessarily. If you don't suffer from oily or acne prone skin, you may be fine. However, someone with oily skin may want to steer clear. 

Take a look at some of these common comedogenic ingredients:

  • Coconut Oil
  • Avocado Oil
  • Cocoa Butter
  • Argan Oil
  • Shea Butter

These ingredients are well known for hydrating dry skin and providing deep, long-lasting moisture. 

It's quite possible that like me, you want non-comedogenic products on your face because you have oily skin there but gravitate towards comedogenic products for your body because your skin can get dry and irritated. It's up to you to decide what's best for you and your skin.