Pore Clogging Ingredients List

Pore Clogging Ingredients in Skin Care

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 “noncomedogenic” on the bottle. No government agency oversees this so skincare companies can claim their products promote clear skin and have pore cloggers in their ingredient deck.

Many professional skin care products, natural skin care products, organic skin care products and even acne skin care products can have pore-clogging ingredients. No government agency oversees this, so skincare companies can claim their products promote clear skin and have pore cloggers in their ingredient deck.

There are many ingredients that sound wonderful for your skin, but can be some of the worst offenders. Natural oils like cocoa butter and coconut oil which are found in many “organic” skin care lines will wreak havoc with acne-prone skin. Other oils such as jojoba, olive and lanolin are mildly comedogenic and can be a problem if formulated with other comedogenic ingredients.

The prescription product Retin A (the cream form) has isopropyl myristate – a potent pore-clogger. Some other prescription products are comedogenic as well. Many over-the-counter acne medications also have pore clogging ingredients. “Oil-free” products are not necessarily safe either.

These are all the ingredients that can aggravate acne.

Acetylated Lanolin

Laminaria Digitata Extract

Acetylated Lanolin Alcohol

Laminaria Saccharina Extract (Laminaria Saccharine)

Algae Extract




Butyl Stearate

Lauric Acid


Mink Oil

Cetyl Acetate

Myristic Acid

Cetearyl Alcohol + Ceteareth 20

Myristyl Lactate

Chondrus Crispus (aka Irish Moss or Carageenan Moss)

Myristyl Myristate


Octyl Palmitate

Coal Tar

Octyl Stearate

Cocoa Butter


Coconut Alkanes

Oleyl Alcohol

Coconut Butter

PEG 16 Lanolin

Coconut Oil

PEG 200 Dilaurate

Colloidal Sulfur

PEG 8 Stearate

Cotton Awws Oil

PG Monostearate

Cotton Seed Oil

PPG 2 Myristyl Propionate

D & C Red # 17


D & C Red # 21

Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate

D & C Red # 3

Potassium Chloride

D & C Red # 30

Propylene Glycol Monostearate

D & C Red # 36

Red Algae

Decyl Oleate


Dioctyl Succinate

Shark Liver Oil (Squalene)

Disodium Monooleamido PEG 2- Sulfosuccinate

Shea Butter

Ethoxylated Lanolin

Sodium Laureth Sulfate

Ethylhexyl Palmitate

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate

Glyceryl Stearate SE

Solulan 16

Glyceryl-3 Diisostearate

Sorbitan Oleate

Hexadecyl Alcohol

Soybean Oil

Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil


Isocetyl Alcohol

Steareth 10

Isocetyl Stearate

Stearic Acid Tea

Isodecyl Oleate

Stearyl Heptanoate

Isopropyl Isostearate

Sulfated Castor Oil

Isopropyl Linolate

Sulfated Jojoba Oil

Isopropyl Myristate

Wheat Germ Glyceride

Isopropyl Palmitate

Wheat Germ Oil

Isostearyl Isostearate


Isostearyl Neopentanoate




Content provided courtesy of Face Reality Acne Clinic; Wendy Christman is a Certified Acne Specialist through the Face Reality Acne Clinic.