Wonky talk: Comedogenicity Rating (will it clog my skin?)

06/24/2012

In For the Mixtresses: Castor + Hemp Herbal Facial Cleansing Oil, I mentioned how both castor and hempseed oil are ideal for oil-cleansing because they both have relatively low comedogenic ratings, meaning they are less likely to clog your pores and irritate acne-prone skin. There are many other oils that can substitute in the recipe—check this handy chart first to learn its comedogenicity rating:

Comedogenic RatingsĀ (causing acne)

0 – Will not clog pores
1 – Low
2 – Moderately low
3 – Moderate
4 – Fairly high
5 – High

Almond oil 2 Hydrogenated vegetable oil 3
Apricot oil 2 Jojoba oil 1, 2
Avocado oil 2 Lanolin wax 1
Beeswax 2 Mineral oil 0
Calendula oil 1 Mink oil 3
Camphor 2 Olive oil 2
Camphor oil 2 Peanut oil 2
Candelilla wax 1 Petrolatum 0
Carnuba wax 1 Pomegranate oil 1
Castor oil 1 Rosehip oil 1
Ceresin wax 0 Safflower oil (high linoleic acid variety only*) 0
Cocoa butter 4 Sandalwood seed oil 2
Coconut butter 4 Sesame oil 2
Coconut oil 3, 4 Shark liver oil 3
Corn oil 3 Shea butter 0
Cotton seed oil 3 Soybean oil 3
Emu oil 1 Squalane 1
Emulsifying wax NF 2 Sulfated jojoba oil 3
Evening primrose oil 2 Sunflower 0, 2
Grape seed oil 1, 2 Tamanu oil 2
Hazelnut oil 2 Wheat germ oil 5
Hemp seed oil 0
Hydrogenated castor oil 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This chart is based on data from Beneficial Botanicals and Illumineat. If these sources rated an ingredient differently, I listed both ratings in the chart. You can visit these sources for the comedogenicity ratings on botanicals, herbs, emulsifier’s, alcohols, and other cosmetic ingredients.

Do you have sensitive or acne-prone skin? What ingredients do you avoid?