Comedogenic Ingredient List: Ingredients to Avoid

Here’s the good news: of all the ingredients in skin care products, there are just a few for which acne sufferers should steer clear. If you find these ingredients in your personal skin care products, think about finding new products! Some products list the ingredients in alphabetical order, and in these cases, it will be impossible to tell whether the offending ingredients make up a large or small portion of the product. In some cases, ingredients are listed by order of abundance. If the offending ingredient is located near the end of that list of ingredients, is likely present in very small proportions, and it may not affect your acne. Keep in mind that 80% of acne is genetically-based, meaning that only a minority of patients have acne due to skin care products causing breakouts. Liquid foundation and blush tend to be the most common offenders overall. For patients with acne breakouts at the forehead and temples near the hairline, be sure to check the ingredients in shampoos and conditioners.
Acetylated Lanolin
Acetylated Lanolin Alcohol
Algae Extract
Alginate or Algin
Butyl Stearate
Cetearyl Alcohol & Ceteareth 20
Cetyl Acetate
Cocoa Butter
Coconut Butter
Coconut Oil
Cotton Seed Oil
D & C Red # 3
D & C Red # 17
D & C Red # 21
D & C Red # 30
D & C Red # 36
Decyl Oleate
Dioctyl Succinate
Disodium Monooleamido PEG 2-Sulfosuccinate
Ethoxylated Lanolin
Ethylhexyl Palmitate
Glyceryl Stearate SE
Hexadecyl Alcohol
Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil
Isocetyl Alcohol
Isocetyl Stearate
Isodecyl Oleate
Isopropyl Isostearate
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
Oleyl Alcohol
PEG 16 Lanolin
PEG 200 Dilaurate
PEG 8 Stearate
PPG 2 Myristyl Propionate
Propylene Glycol Monostearate
Red Algae
Shark Liver Oil
Sodium Laureth Sulfate
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
Solulan 16
Sorbitan Oleate
Soybean Oil
Steareth 10
Stearic Acid Triethanolamine
Stearyl Heptanoate
Sulfated Castor Oil
Sulfated Jojoba Oil
Wheat Germ Glyceride
Wheat Germ Oil