Pore Clogging Ingredients To Stay Away From If You Have Acne

As someone who struggles with acne prone skin, one of the first suggestions from my naturopathic doctor was to look over all of my skincare and makeup products, to see if they have any pore clogging ingredients.

It doesn’t make sense to continue to use a product that is just going to keep breaking you out!

To my surprise, most of my “natural” products contained at least a few of these pore clogging ingredients!

Seeing this, I decided to replace a lot of my skincare with brands that were non-comedogenic, because I really did want to clear my skin!

Comedogenic simply means any ingredient that will cause acne by clogging the pores.

Let me warn you, that many brands out there contain the label “acne friendly”, and “non-comedogenic”.

Any brand can claim to have this label, without ever being tested or regulated.

So I highly recommend you to check the label, to see if any of these ingredients are in the product!

I’ve put together a list of ingredients to stay away from as they are known to clog pores and cause acne.

Now remember, everyone’s skin is different, and so what may break me out, may not necessary break you out.

But the fact that you are breaking out, could be the result of one of these ingredients.

Please look it over and compare it to the products you put on your beautiful faces!

Ingredients To Avoid-

*Ingredients safe to use if they do not fall into the top 6-7 ingredients in the product ingredient list.


❀Acetylated Lanolin

❀Acetylated Lanolin Alcohol

❀Algae Extract


❀Almond Oil

❀Apricot Oil


❀Baobab oil


❀Behenic acid


❀BHA (Butylated Hydroxyanisole)

❀Borage oil

❀Butyl Stearate



❀Camphor oil

❀Cetyl Acetate

❀Cetearyl Alcohol

❀Cetearyth 20

❀Chondrus Crispus


❀Coal Tar

❀Cocoa Butter

❀Coconut Butter

❀Coconut Oil

❀Colloidal Sulfur

❀Corn Oil

❀Cotton Awws Oi

❀Cotton Seed Oil


❀D&C Red #3

❀D&C Red #9

❀D&C Red #17

❀D&C Red # 19

❀D&C Red #21

❀D&C Red #27

❀D&C Red #30

❀D&C Res #33

❀D&C Red #36

❀D&C Red #40

❀Decyl Oleate

❀Dioctyl Succinate

❀Disodium Monooleamido PEG 2- Sulfosuccinate


❀Ethoxylated Lanolin

❀Ethylhexyl Palmitate

❀Evening primrose oil


❀Flaxseed oil


❀Glyceryl Stearate SE

❀Glyceryl-3 Diisostereate

❀Groundnut oil


❀Hazelnut oil

❀Hexadecyl Alcohol

❀Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil


❀Isocetyl Alcohol

❀Isocetyl Stearate

❀Isodecyl Oleate

❀Isopropyl Linolate

❀Isopropyl Myristate

❀Isopropyl Palmitate

❀Isostearyl Neopentanoate


❀Kapok seed oil

❀Kusum oil


❀Laminaria Digitata Extract

❀Laminaria Saccharina Extract



❀Laurie Acid


❀Mink Oil

❀Myristic Acid

❀Myristyl Lactate

❀Myristyl Myristate


❀Nahor seed oil


❀Octyl Palmitate

❀Octyl Stearate


❀Oleyl Alcohol


❀Peanut oil

❀PEG 16 Lanolin

❀PEG 8 Stearate

❀PG Monostearate

❀PPG 2 Myristl Propionate

❀Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate

❀Potassium Chloride

❀Propylene Glycol Monostearate


❀Red algae/Rhodophyte*

❀Rice bran oil



❀Shark liver (squalene)

❀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-




❀Wheat Germ Glyceride-

❀Wheat Germ Oil



Wow that is a TON of ingredients!

BUT, if you can take the time to check through all of your products (anything you put on your skin), to see if any of these ingredients are in them, it will help reveal to you if any of your products could be making you break out!

I hope this helps you to see if you need to switch out any of your skincare, makeup, sunscreens, moisturizers, or any other products you apply on your skin!

Comment down below if you need help on finding new products!

Love you all!❤︎