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Completely avoid pore-clogging ingredients to stay clear.

Pore-clogging ingredients are present in the most common and popular skin care, makeup, hair care, and personal care products on the market today. These ingredients have no detrimental effect for many people without acne, but people with acne should completely avoid them.


The best way to be certain that your products will not aggravate acne is to check the ingredient deck. Labels like "noncomedogenic" and "for acne" are essentially meaningless, since no government agency oversees these claims. Products labeled as "natural" and "organic" should also be checked - many pore-clogging ingredients can be organic themselves, such as cocoa butter and coconut oil. Other natural oils, like jojoba oil and olive oil, are mildly comedogenic and can be a problem if formulated with other comedogenic ingredients. The label "oil-free" will not help you, since many pore cloggers are not oils at all.

Products recommended by your doctor or dermatologist are not guaranteed to be free of pore cloggers, either. Commonly recommended brands such as Cetaphil and acne prescriptions such as tretinoin cream contain pore cloggers.​ Trust no one! Make sure either you or your Clear Day Acne Clinic acne specialist has checked the ingredients in every product you're using on acne-prone areas. This may include your makeup, anti-aging serums, shaving cream, makeup wipes, lip balm, shampoo, conditioner, and other hair products.

NOTE: While products containing many waxes and oils may not appear to contain any pore cloggers, enough of these ingredients in a formulation will be likely to break you out. Avoid products that are mostly wax or mostly oil, except for mineral oil, safflower oil, and sunflower seed oil, all of which are completely safe for use by people with acne.

  • Acetylated Lanolin

  • Acetylated Lanolin Alcohol

  • ActiveSoil Complex

  • Algae Extract

  • Algin

  • Butyl Stearate

  • Carrageenan

  • Cetyl Acetate

  • Cetearyl Alcohol only when formulated with Ceteareth 20

  • Coal Tar

  • Cocoa Butter

  • Coconut Butter

  • Coconut Oil

  • Colloidal Sulfur

  • Cotton Awws Oil

  • Cotton Seed Oil

  • D & C Red # 3, 17, 21, 30, and 36

  • Decyl Oleate

  • Dioctyl Succinate

  • Disodium Monooleamido PEG 2-Sulfosuccinate

  • Ethoxylated Lanolin

  • Ethylhexyl Palmitate

  • Glyceryl Stearate SE (Glyceryl Stearate is OK)

  • Glyceryl-3-Diisostearate

  • Hexadecyl Alcohol

  • Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil

  • Isocetyl Alcohol

  • Isocetyl Stearate

  • Isodecyl Oleate

  • Isopropyl Isosterate

  • Isopropyl Linolate

  • Isopropyl Myristate

  • Isopropyl Palmitate

  • Isostearyl Isostearate

  • Isostearyl Neopentanoate

  • Laureth-23

  • Laureth-4

  • Lauric Acid

  • Mink Oil

  • Myristic Acid

  • Myristyl Lactate

  • Myristyl Myristate

  • Octyl Palmitate

  • Octyl Stearate

  • Oleth-3

  • Oleyl Alcohol

  • PEG 16 Lanolin

  • PEG 200 Dilaurate

  • PEG 8 Stearate

  • PG Monostearate

  • PPG 2 Myristyl Propionate

  • Polyglyceryl-3-Diisostearate

  • Potassium Chloride

  • Propylene Glycol Monostearate

  • Red Algae

  • Shark Liver Oil

  • Sodium Chloride

  • Sodium Laureth Sulfate

  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate

  • Solulan 16

  • Sorbitan Oleate

  • Soybean Oil

  • Steareth 10

  • Stearic Acid Tea (Stearic Acid is OK)

  • Stearyl Heptanoate

  • Sulfated Castor Oil

  • Sulfated Jojoba Oil

  • Syearyl Heptanoate

  • Wheat Germ Glyceride

  • Wheat Germ Oil

  • Xylene


*Exercise caution with waxes and oils.

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