A comedogenic substance is homemade
You can't get rid of a clogged pore anyway: the skin's own sebum can also have a comedogenic effect. The fat mixture that your sebaceous glands produce themselves can clog the pores. The composition and amount of sebum varies from person to person. If it is particularly tough or there is simply too much of it, it will not drain properly.
For people who tend to have oily skin, blemishes can also occur if they treat their skin with absolutely nothing. Here it is of course important not to add anything to the skin that additionally clogs the pores. Instead, plenty of moisture is called for.
☝️ Do you have oily or impure skin? Below is a care tip for you!
Ingredients work together
Secondly, ingredients in cosmetics do not work in isolation. They complement each other and intensify or weaken certain effects. That way, the whole product doesn't clog pores because one of its ingredients is on the list. Maybe it comes in a small dose. Or other ingredients specifically counteract clogged pores, for example by softening cornifications.
Does oil clog pores?
That's a question I get a lot. Oils in particular have a reputation for causing pimples. Comedogenic ingredients can be found in all possible categories such as emulsifiers, consistency enhancers and even surfactants. On the other hand, many oils are not comedogenic at all. The claims "oil-free" and "non-comedogenic" are two completely different things. It is therefore not true that oil basically clogs the pores. Your skin actually needs lipids to function properly.
Facial oils are specially composed for this delicate area of the skin. However, you must not apply oil as lavishly here as you would for an aromatic back massage. It's not the oil per se, it's just the amount the skin may react to. One or two drops of facial oil are enough. Also, always apply oil with moisture. The skin needs water to absorb the lipids.
💡 By the way, there are oils especially for impure skin. They have an antibacterial effect and regulate sebum production. For example, discover the Five Facial oil for blemished skin with Black cumin oil – he even has a own article.
Are rich oils more likely to be comedogenic?
Some oils are absorbed super quickly, others spread a little more slowly on the skin. These oils tend to feel firmer or heavier. Shea butter, argan oil and jojoba oil, for example, spread rather slowly. However, none of them are comedogenic. With coconut oil it is the other way around. It feels super light on the skin but is classified as comedogenic. Accordingly, consistency has nothing to do with comedogenicity. You don't have to be afraid of rich oils in facial care. They just seem a lot longer.
A change in care takes time
If you are trying out a new face oil or other natural cosmetic product, give it some time. Your skin works with the active ingredients in it. If you have previously used conventional cosmetics, it will initially strain your skin. It's like the first days of work after vacation.
Keep at least 4 weeks! That's how long it takes your skin to renew itself. During this time she gets used to new things. More on this under Skin renewal: How quickly does your skin get used to new ones Care? But you should stop using a product if it burns or itches. This could indicate an allergic reaction.
Who should be aware of comedogenicity
As I said, you basically have a comedogenic substance on your skin, sebum. If this is already causing you problems, you should rather use non-comedogenic products. So if you suffer from oily skin, impure skin or acne. Everything here is poison that could fuel impurities further. And experiments are particularly frustrating. Appropriate skin care is the be-all and end-all for these skin conditions. It should:
- Encourage the removal of dirt.
- Relieve inflammation.
- Prevent calluses.
- Regulate sebum production.
- Provide plenty of moisture.
☝️ Reading tip: Under Care for oily skin properly you will find step-by-step instructions for your morning and evening routine.
Comedogenicity has a quite individual effect. This is because ingredients interact with each other and with your skin. Because it also produces a comedogenic substance, sebum. This also shows that comedogenicity does not have a K in healthy or even rather dry skin. O -criterion must be. Sometimes the benefits of a comedogenic oil outweigh the disadvantages. Some even have very good experiences with it.
If you have oily, impure or acne skin you should avoid comedogenic ingredients. They can amplify your problem. But that doesn't mean that you should generally avoid oils. They are important for skin health. And not all oils are comedogenic. For example, you can safely use argan oil, shea butter and jojoba oil. Black cumin oil even counteracts skin impurities.