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Comedogenic Ingredients • Official Skin Nutritious List

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Comedogenic Ingredients • Official Skin Nutritious List

Would it surprise you to know that a huge percentage of skincare and makeup products can actually cause acne? Comedogenic ingredients are scientifically proven to increase a class of breakouts called acne cosmetica. There are over 120+ comedogenic ingredients scientifically shown to increase the likelihood of these clogged pore style acne, particularly in acne-sensitive skin. Even one-time use or a one comedogenic ingredient in your regimen can trigger these breakouts if you're susceptible to them.

This is such a common problem in my clinic that approximately 80% of new clients are using comedogenic products. I cannot stress enough the importance to always check every product you use with this list of comedogenic ingredients. Even if most of your products are acne-safe, just one comedogenic product can continue to trigger new bumps. Be vigilant about avoiding these to keep your skin clear!

Beware of untested carrier oils. Most carrier oils used today were not tested in this study such as argan oil, borage oil, hemp oil, macadamia oil, pumpkin seed oil, rosehip oil, tamanu oil, walnut oil. These cannot be confirmed as acne-safe and I strongly recommend to avoid them. 

Sunflower, safflower, jojoba, and all essential oils are acne-safe. While most oils are comedogenic, jojoba, safflower, sunflower, and all essential oils were all found to be acne-safe. Feel free to use these ingredients without worry.

Shop Skin Nutritious for non-comedogenic acne-safe skincare. Our whole skincare line is designed specifically for acne-prone skin types to be 100% non-comedogenic and as non-toxic as possible. 

Check my Acne-Safe Makeup + Sunscreen list for pre-approved products.




  • A & D additive
  • Acetylated lanolin alcohol
  • Almond oil
  • Apricot kernel oil
  • Ascorbyl palmitate
  • Avocado oil
  • Avocado oil, refined
  • Beeswax
  • Betyl stearate
  • Butyl sterate
  • Capric acid
  • Ceramides
  • Cereayl alcohol + ceteareth 20
  • Ceteareth-20
  • Cetearyl alcohol
  • Cetyl acetate
  • Cetyl alcohol
  • Coal tar
  • Cocoa butter
  • Coconut butter
  • Coconut oil
  • Cocos nucifera
  • Corn oil
  • Cotton seed oil
  • D&C red (most pigments)
  • Decaglyceryl decaoleate
  • Deyl oleate
  • Di (2 ethylhexyl) succinate
  • Dioctyl malate
  • Dioctyl succinate
  • Eicosanoic acid
  • Ethoxylated lanolins
  • Ethylhexyl palmitate
  • Ethylhexyl pelargonate
  • Evening primrose oil
  • Flax seed oil
  • Glyceryl stearate SE
  • Glyceryl-3-diisostearate
  • Grapeseed oil
  • Hexylene glycol
  • Hydrogenated vegetable oil
  • Isocetyl alcohol
  • Isocetyl stearate
  • Isodecyl oleate
  • Isoparaffin C9-11
  • Isopropyl isostearate
  • Isopropyl lanolate
  • Isopropyl linolate
  • Isopropyl myristate
  • Isopropyl neopentanoate
  • Isopropyl palmitate
  • Isostearic acid
  • Isostearyl alcohol
  • Isostearyl isostearate
  • Isostearyl neopentanoate
  • Laneth-10
  • Lanolic acid
  • Lanolin alcohol
  • Laureth-23
  • Laureth-4
  • Lauric acid
  • Linoleic acid
  • Linolenic acid
  • Linseed oil
  • Mineral oil
  • Mink oil
  • Mink oil, refined
  • Myreth-3 myristate
  • Myristic acid
  • Myristyl alcohol
  • Myristyl lactate
  • Myristyl myristate
  • Octyl palmitate
  • Octyl stearate
  • Octyldodecanol
  • Olea europaea fruit oil
  • Oleic acid (in natural oils)
  • Oleth-10
  • Oleth-3
  • Oleth-3 phosphate
  • Oleth-5
  • Oleyl alcohol
  • Olive oil
  • Palm oil
  • Palmitic acid
  • Peach kernel oil
  • Peanut oil
  • PEG 100 distearate
  • PEG 150 distearate
  • PEG 16 lanolin
  • PEG 200 dilaurate
  • PEG 8 stearate
  • PG caprylate/caprate
  • Pentaerythrital tetra isostearate
  • PG dipelargonate
  • PG monostearate
  • Phytanriol
  • Polyglyceryl-3-diisostearate
  • PPG 10 cetyl ether
  • PPG 12 PEG 65 lanolin oil
  • PPG 2 myristyl propionate
  • PPG 5 Ceteth 10 phosphate
  • Sandalwood seed oil
  • Sesame oil
  • Shark liver oil
  • Sorbitan isostearate
  • Sorbitan laurate
  • Sorbitan oleate
  • Soybean oil
  • Steareth-10
  • Steareth-20
  • Stearic acid
  • Stearic acid: TEA
  • Stearyl alcohol
  • Stearyl heptanoate
  • Sulfulated jojoba oil
  • Sweet almond oil
  • Triethanoleamine
  • Vitamin A palmitate
  • Vitis vinifera seed extract
  • Water-soluble sulfur
  • Wheat germ glyceride
  • Wheat germ oil
  • Xylene


UNTESTED OILS (comedogenicity unknown, best to avoid) :

  • Argan oil
  • Avocado butter
  • Borage oil
  • Hemp oil
  • Macadamia oil
  • Maracuja oil
  • Marula oil
  • Pumpkin seed oil
  • Rosehip oil
  • Tamanu oil
  • Walnut oil
  • ...and all other carrier oils not listed here.



Elise May, CN + LE, is a holistic esthetician and founder of Skin Nutritious. She has helped over 1,300 clients clear their acne with a unique blend of clear skin coaching, results-based treatments, and holistic skincare.

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Fulton, James E., Comedogenicity and irritancy of commonly used ingredients in skincare products. Society of Cosmetic Chemists, 1989.

Gadberry, Rebecca James. “Introduction to Skin and Biochemistry for Cosmetic Science.” UCLA, April 2015.