83 Pore Clogging Ingredients to Avoid If You Have Acne

83 Pore Clogging Ingredients to Avoid If You Have Acne

Pore Clogging Ingredients in Skin Care

Below is a list of ingredients to avoid in all skin care, acne care, makeup, and hair products. Do not ever put anything on your skin or your hair without checking the ingredients first, even if it says “Won’t Clog Pores” or “Non- Comedogenic” on the bottle.


Natural oils can be some of the worst offenders, like cocoa butter and coconut oil which are found in many “organic” skin care lines. Other oils such as jojoba, olive, and lanolin are mildly comedogenic and can be a problem if formulated with other comedogenic ingredients. Some prescription products like the cream form of Retin-A have pore cloggers. Many over-the-counter acne medications also have pore clogging ingredients. “Oil-free” products can be comedogenic.


Loose powder, mineral make-up tends to be the safest choice, but still should be checked. Bare Minerals Original Formula loose powder foundation is a safe choice; however, the newer Bare Minerals Matte is NOT a safe choice—it contains soil minerals. We do not recommend any of the pressed Bare Minerals blushes, bronzers, or veils. Any pressed or liquid products should also be checked for pore-clogging ingredients.

Acetylated Lanolin

Acetylated Lanolin Alcohol

Algae Extract


Butyl Stearate


Cetyl Acetate

Cetearyl Alcohol + Ceteareth 20

Chondrus Crispus (Irish Moss or Carageenan Moss)


Coal Tar

Cocoa Butter

Coconut Alkanes

Coconut Butter

Coconut Oil

Colloidal Sulfur

Cotton Awws Oil

D & C Red # 17

D & C Red # 21

D & C Red # 3

D & C Red # 30

D & C Red # 36

Decyl Oleate

Dioctyl Succinate

Disodium Monooleamindo PEG 2 Sulfosuccinate

Ethoxylated Lanolin 

Ethylhexyl Palmitate

Glyceryl Stearate SE

Gylceryl-3 Disostearate

Hexadecyl Alcohol

Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil

Isocetyl Alcohol

Isocetyl Stearate

Isocetyl Oleate

Isopropyl Isostearate

Isopropyl Linolate

Isopropyl Myristate

Isopropyl Palmitate

Isopropyl Neopentanoate


Laminaria Digitata Extract

Laminaria Saccharina Extract



Lauric Acid 

Mink Oil

Myristic Acid

Myristic Lactate

Myristic Myristate

Octyl Palmitate

Octyl Stearate


Oleyl Alcohol



PEG 16 Lanolin

PEG 200 Dilaurate

PEG 8 Stearate

PG Monostearate

PPG 2 Myristyl Propionate

Potassium Chloride

Propylene Glycol Monostearate

Red Algae


Shark Liver Oil (Squalene)

Shea Butter

Sodium Laureth Sulfate

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate

Solulan 16

Sorbitan Oleate

Soybean Oil (Glycine Soya)


Steareth 10 

Stearic Acid Tea

Stearyl Heptanoate

Sulfated Caster Oil

Sulfated Jojoba Oil

Wheat Germ Glyceride

Wheat Germ Oil


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