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What does non-comedogenic mean for acne-prone skin?

Non-comedogenic is a phrase that is increasingly appearing on skincare labels, usually listed alongside assurances that a product is paraben free and hypoallergenic. So what exactly does non-comedogenic mean, and why is it important for those with acne-prone skin…

Non-comedogenic for acne-prone skin

The word comedo, or plural comedones, refers to a type of imperfection that forms on the skin. These blemishes are a result of clogged pores and are considered one of the milder forms of acne.

What are pores?

Pores are simply small openings in the skin, for some people they are enlarged, for others you have to look very closely to be able to see them. When excess sebum (a natural skin oil) is produced it mixes with dead skin cells and can clog a pore causing a comedo.

So what does non-comedogenic mean?

Non-comedogenic indicates that a product has been formulated to avoid causing clogged pores. Generally non-comedogenic products will be oil-free. It is important to note however that while these products do not claim to cure or treat acne-prone skin, they make sure the formulations won’t block your pores which can be one of the main causes of spots, making it an ideal formulation in the quest to prevent spots occurring in the first place.

Comedogenic products and acne-prone skin

Whilst all ingredients used in cosmetics are safe, everyone’s skin is different and those with acne-prone skin sometimes need to be stricter with what they use. Avoiding comedogenic formulations could help to cut down the amount of oil that sits on the surface of your skin. Whilst oils are great for the skin, if you already have oily skin it’s probably a good idea to look for an oil-free formulation. This will help to manage your skin’s needs.

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