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Pore Clogger Checker

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Pore Clogging Ingredient Checker

We made it very easy for you to check pore-clogging ingredients in your skin care and makeup products. To do this:

  • Google the full name of your product and add ‘ingredients’ at the end. For example: “Neutrogena Deep Clean Cream Cleanser ingredients.”
  • Copy the ingredients deck and insert it in the field below.
  • Hit ‘Check’ and get the results.

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List of pore-clogging (comedogenic) ingredients:

Acetylated Lanolin
Acetylated Lanolin Alcohol
Algae Extract
Butyl Stearate
Carrageenan Moss
Cetearyl Alcohol + Ceteareth 20
Cetyl Acetate
Chondrus Crispus (aka Irish Moss or Carageenan Moss)
Coal Tar
Cocoa Butter
Coconut Alkanes
Coconut Butter
Coconut Extract
Coconut Nucifera extract
Coconut Oil
Cocos nucifera oil
Colloidal Sulfur
Cotton Awws Oil
Cotton Seed Oil
Corn 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
Ecklonia radiata
Ethoxylated Lanolin
Ethylhexyl Palmitate
Glyceryl Stearate SE
Glyceryl-3 Diisostearate
Hexadecyl Alcohol
Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil
Irish Moss
Isocetyl Alcohol
Isocetyl Stearate
Isodecyl Oleate
Isopropyl Isostearate
Isopropyl Linolate
Isopropyl Myristate
Isopropyl Palmitate
Isostearyl Isostearate
Isostearyl Neopentanoate
Jojoba wax
Laminaria Digitata Extract
Laminaria Saccharina Extract (Laminaria Saccharine)

Lauric Acid
Laminaria Digitata
Laminaria Saccharina
Mango Butter
Marula oil
Mink Oil
Myristic Acid
Myristyl Lactate
Myristyl Myristate
Myristyl Propionate
Octyl Palmitate
Octyl Stearate
Oleyl Alcohol
PEG 2 Sulfosuccinate
PEG 16 Lanolin
PEG 200 Dilaurate
PEG 8 Stearate
PG Monostearate
PPG-2 Myristyl
PPG 2 Myristyl Propionate
Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate
Potassium Chloride
Propylene Glycol Monostearate
Red Algae
Shark Liver Oil
Shea Butter
Sodium Laureth Sulfate
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
Solulan 16
Sorbitan Oleate
Soybean Oil
Steareth 10
Stearic Acid Tea
Stearyl Heptanoate
Sulfated Castor Oil
Sulfated Jojoba Oil
Undaria Pinnatifida
Wheat Germ Glyceride
Wheat Germ Oil

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Pore Clogging FAQ's

When seeking to maintain the health and well-being of your skin (especially if you are prone to develop blemishes), you should always exercise caution when choosing skin and hair care products.

Carefully check the ingredient list for any comedogenic (pore-clogging) ingredients, keeping in mind that just because a product’s label says it’s “non-comedogenic,” “oil-free,” or “won’t clog your pores,” doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the best thing for your skin type.

Before you use any product on your face or hair, take the time to investigate its comedogenic ingredients to avoid the likelihood of any breakouts. Additionally, it’s important to check any hair care products applied in close proximity to the face, neck, and back, areas that can also be affected by the products’ ingredients.


There are many chemicals commonly found in cosmetic and hair products that are pore clogging ingredients. Some of these ingredients include:

  • Mineral oil: A common ingredient in moisturizers, mineral oil is a byproduct of petroleum that can clog pores and prevent the skin from breathing properly.
  • Lanolin: A fatty substance derived from sheep wool, lanolin is used in many skincare products but can also clog pores and contribute to acne.
  • Sodium lauryl sulfate: A foaming agent used in many shampoos and cleansers, sodium lauryl sulfate can be too harsh for some skin types and lead to clogged pores.
  • Isopropyl myristate: A common ingredient in creams and lotions, isopropyl myristate can cause the skin to become greasy and clog pores.
  • Silicones: Used in many hair and skincare products, silicones can create a barrier on the skin that can trap oil, dirt, and bacteria and lead to clogged pores.
  • Synthetic fragrances: Many fragrances are made up of chemicals that can irritate the skin and contribute to clogged pores.

It’s important to read the labels of cosmetic and hair products and avoid pore-clogging ingredients and pore-clogging oils if you are prone to acne or other skin issues.



Several types of oils are non-comedogenic, meaning they are NOT pore-clogging oils. These oils can moisturize and nourish the skin without contributing to acne or other skin issues. Some examples of non-comedogenic oils include:


  • Argan oil: A light, fast-absorbing oil that is high in vitamin E and antioxidants.
  • Jojoba oil: A lightweight oil that is similar in composition to the natural oils produced by our skin, making it ideal for all skin types.
  • Safflower oil: A light, non-greasy oil that is high in linoleic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid that helps to keep the skin hydrated.
  • Rosehip oil: A nourishing oil that is high in vitamin A and essential fatty acids.
  • Grapeseed oil: A lightweight, easily absorbed oil that is high in antioxidants and vitamin E.
  • Sunflower oil: A non-greasy oil that is high in vitamin E and fatty acids, making it ideal for dry or sensitive skin.



Several factors contribute to habitually clogged pores, including:

  • Excess oil production: If your skin produces an excess of oil, it can mix with dead skin cells and other debris to clog your pores.
  • Genetics: Some people are genetically predisposed to having more clogged pores and acne-prone skin.
  • Hormones: Hormonal changes, such as those that occur during puberty, pregnancy, or menopause, can increase oil production and contribute to clogged pores.
  • Skincare routine: If you are not properly cleansing your skin or using products that are too harsh or contain pore-clogging ingredients, it can contribute to clogged pores.
  • Lifestyle factors: Certain lifestyle factors, such as a poor diet, stress, and lack of sleep, can contribute to skin issues like clogged pores.

It’s important to understand why your pores become clogged so that you can take steps to address them. This may include adjusting your skincare routine, making lifestyle changes, or seeking the advice of a dermatologist.