DMP Definitions – Comedogenic

You’ve probably heard or read ‘Non-Comedogenic’Β on skincare packaging before. Today I talk about Comedogenic, it’s meaning, why you should avoid ingredients that are and a shout out to my favourite brand!

Definition:

‘Comedo’ meaning blockage and Comedogenic meaning that the ingredient has the potential to block your pores which causes blackheads, whiteheads or a full blown breakout of bacterial acne. If you have a very oily, sensitive or acne prone skin type, at all costs avoid these ingredients. They can be found in cleansers, moisturizers, makeup/cosmetics, masks, sunscreen, shaving foam, body washes and even certain types of oils and are know irritants. Sometimes it’s as simple as getting familiar with certain ingredients. Although if you’re not a trained professional this can be a little difficult of course but achievable the more you read and learn πŸ™‚

Catch these guys out next time you’re reading the back of your skin product/cosmetics you plan to slather all over your face.

Types of Comedogenic Ingredients Include:

  • Essential oils, coconut oil, any oils from from plants
  • Dyes and colors
  • Fragrance
  • Menthol
  • Parabens

When you use a product with Comedogenic ingredients you immediately run the risk of blocking your pores as it does the opposite of what you wish to achieve. It could very well be a certain product you’re using in your current daily routine that you’re completely unaware of. So time to get savvy on those words!

Why You Should Avoid Comedogenic Ingredients:

We look for cleansers, sunscreens and moisturizers to help our skin out in one way or another. Whether it be to unclog, clean, exfoliate, protect or give coverage if we use these skin care products on a daily basis you can imagine the risk you run creating a breeding ground of bacteria and mountainous red, black and white bumps *ick* and an endless cycle that never seems to clear.

My Favourite Brand for Comedogenic Free Products:

Neutrogena is far becoming my ultimate favourite brand of skin care line to which I personally own moisturizers, sunscreen, cleansers and face masks and more as I know that some, (can’t assume all) have friendly reminders somewhere on the packaging that they’re non-comedogenic meaning you’re safe from any harsh ingredients you could possibly break out to. Now that’s piece of mind for someone like me who can get a little confused with ingredients listed on the back.

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Do you know any brands that you see list their products as, “Non-Comedogenic“? I’d love to know your recommendations as well so let me know below.

Remember to love your health πŸ™‚

Dee X

10 Skin Care Definitions You Ought To Know

Methylchloroisothiazolinone, methylisothiazolinone, benzalkonium chloride, yeah I’m not even going to try and pronounce those words. I don’t blame you if you try and can’t either!

However this got me thinking about other acronyms and their definitions that I use all over this blog and on my videos.

When I first got into skin care and researching all the beautiful ingredients that could benefit my skin, I was thrown into the deep ocean of words and things I had never heard of. AHA this and BHA that, what’s an HA or sphere?

Like you may be wondering what these common phrases and acronyms are, let me help you learn a thing or two πŸ™‚

  1. AHA – Alpha Hydroxy Acid – Mix of natural and man made ingredients to remove and exfoliate the top layer of skin to reveal the better skin underneath. Helps with skin cell turn over.
  2. BHA – Beta Hydroxy Acid – Work much the same as Alpha’s however target the upper most layer of skin and the pores which can help if you suffer from constant breakouts and acne
  3. Comedogenic – Ingredients that plugs the pores at the hair follicles and creates breakouts
  4. Emollient – Protective layer that can be applied over the top of moisturizers to lock in more hydration
  5. Exfoliation – Process of removing dead skin cells from the surface of the skin
  6. HA – Hyaloronic Acid – Technically a moisturizing agent that keeps the skin plump and hydrated
  7. Moisture skin barrier – layer of skin that protects from bacteria and what you should keep the most hydrated for an optimum complexion
  8. PIH – Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation, brown, dark purple, red, pink spots or marks where the post trauma has occurred. Takes a while to fade depending on how fast your skin heals
  9. UVA – Rays cause aging and wrinkles going down deep into the skin causing premature aging and wrinkles
  10. UVB – Burn the skins surface and is the cause of skin cancers

That’s all for now folks. Any other words you’re unfamiliar with? Let me know in the comments below.

Remember to love your health!

Dee X