What are non-comedogenic oils?

What are non-comedogenic oils?

Comedogenic rating is the ability for the oil to clog your pores. It starts at 0 and goes through 5. The higher the number the higher chances you have to the oil clogging your pores. Acne, oily and combination skin types should be using oils that have a 0-2 rating. Dry and mature skin types should be able to use oils with ratings up to a 3.

0 – Does not clog pores

1 – Low risk of clogging pores

2 – Moderately low (May clog pores for some but be fine for most)

3 – Moderate (Will most like clog acne prone/oily skin type, but may not clog dry skin types. It all depends on the skin type)

4 – Fairly high (Clogs pores for most people)

5 – High probability your pores will become clogged


When purchasing a facial oil, always check the comedogenic rate. Non-comedogenic oils don’t clog pores, they can be used on many types of skin, from dry to oily. Examples:

 -  Argan Oil can be used on a dry and oily skin at the same time. Its ability to balance the sebum makes oily skin less oily and keeps dry skin well moisturised. Comedogenic rate of Argan Oil is 0 (zero), means it doesn't clog pores. It absorbs easily and doesn't leave a greasy residue. That's why it is also used for double cleansing method.
Fenugreek Oil is another example of non-comedogenic oil that not only moisturises the skin but also gets rid of blackhead and keep pores clean.
Non-comedogenic oils help to keep moisture in the skin without increasing breakouts. As we mentioned earlier, you can also use non-comedogenic oils to cleanse your face. Apply Argan Oil or Fenugreek Oil as you would apply a face mask. Massage the oil into the skin for a few seconds and leave it on for a few minutes. Remove with a wet warm towel, focus on the areas such a nose, cheecks, forehead. Next, follow up with a gentle water-based cleanser.


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