Pore Clogging Skincare Ingredients

While you may be tempted to purchase items on high street shops or in drugstores which claim to ‘treat’ acne, we’d always recommend checking the ingredients on the packaging before purchasing.

In fact, you will hear our Clear Skin Specialists telling clients over and over again…“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”. No government agency oversees this, so skincare companies can claim their products clear acne prone skin and have pore cloggers in their ingredient deck.

Natural oils

Natural oils can be some of the worst offenders like cocoa butter and coconut oil which are found in many “organic” skincare 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 Retin A creams, have pore cloggers. Many over-the-counter acne medications also have pore-clogging ingredients. “Oil-free” products can be comedogenic.


The best makeup is one that does not contain comedogenic ingredients. Loose powder, mineral makeup tends to be the safest choice but still should be checked. Liquid foundations all contain pore cloggers and should be avoided.

At Natural Acne clinic, we have been using the GloMinerals Pressed Powders and Concealers for 11 years. They are non pore-clogging, feel great on the skin, look natural and best of all provide amazing coverage. During your initial consultation, we are happy to do a color match for you with theGloMinerals powders or help you decide which colour will suit you best if you’ve had online consult.

Bare Minerals Original Formula loose powder foundation is a safe and popular over-the-counter choice; however, the newer Bare Minerals Matte is NOT a safe choice – it contains ActiveSoil Complex that is causing breakouts for most users. We do not recommend any of the pressed Bare Minerals blushes, bronzers or veils.

Ingredients to Avoid

  • Acetylated Lanolin
  • Laminaria Digitata Extract
  • Laminaria Saccharina Extract (Laminaria Saccharine)
  • 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
  • Plankton
  • Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate
  • Potassium Chloride
  • Propylene Glycol Monostearate
  • Red Algae
  • Seaweed
  • Sea Whip Extract
  • Shark Liver Oil
  • Sodium Chloride
  • Sodium Laureth Sulfate
  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
  • Solulan 16
  • Sorbitan Oleate
  • Soybean Oil
  • Spirulina
  • Steareth 10
  • Stearic Acid Tea
  • Acetylated Lanolin Alcohol
  • Algae Extract
  • Algin
  • Butyl Stearate
  • Carrageenan
  • Cetyl Acetate
  • Cetearyl Alcohol + Ceteareth 20
  • Chondrus Crispus (aka Irish Moss or Carageenan Moss)
  • Chlorella
  • Coal Tar
  • Cocoa Butter
  • Coconut Alkanes
  • Coconut Butter
  • Coconut Oil
  • Colloidal Sulfur
  • Cotton Awws Oil
  • Cotton Seed 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 Monooleamido PEG 2- Sulfosuccinate
  • Ethoxylated Lanolin
  • Ethylhexyl Palmitate
  • Glyceryl Stearate SE
  • Glyceryl-3 Diisostearate
  • Hexadecyl Alcohol
  • Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil
  • Isocetyl Alcohol
  • Isocetyl Stearate
  • Isodecyl Oleate
  • Isostearyl Neopentanoate
  • Kelp
  • Xylene
  • Isopropyl Isostearate Stearyl Heptanoate
  • Isopropyl Linoleate Sulfated Castor Oil
  • Isopropyl Myristate Sulfated Jojoba Oil
  • Isopropyl Palmitate Wheat Germ Glyceride
  • Isostearyl Isostearate Wheat Germ Oil

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About the Founder: Jessica Gremley

Jessica has been a Medical Esthetician, Certified Acne Specialist and Healing Diets Coach since 2003. After struggling with acne for more than a decade, she became determined to find a way to clear acne without pharmaceuticals for herself and eventually, future clients. Today, she offers a complete acne regimen that combines proven non-comedogenic skincare products, natural supplements, lifestyle coaching, and support from trained acne specialists to achieve lifelong clear skin. She and her staff serve locally at Natural Acne Clinic in Wheat Ridge, Colorado and nationally via NAC’s Online Acne Program.

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