Sep 17, 2011

List of Low, Medium and High Pore Clogging Ingredients

I have often found it very confusing as to what I 'should' or 'should not' be placing on my skin in regards to 'pore clogging' and I thought it would be useful for everyone out there who have the same problem as I do to have a reference to turn too. Hopefully the list below will be helpful.  

Low Clogging Probability (non-comedogenic)                            
Almond Oil (Sweet Almond)
Anhydrous Lanolin
Apricot Kernal Oil
Avocado Oil
Bentonite Clay
Candelilla Wax
Castor Oil
Cetearyl Alcohol
Emulsifying Wax NF
Emu Oil
Evening Primrose Oil
Hydroxypropyl Cellulose
Kaolin Clay
Olive Oil
Peanut Oil
Polysorbate 20 and 80
Safflower Oil
Sesame Oil
Stearic Acid
Sunflower Oil
Aloe Vera (cold pressed)

Medium Clogging Probability
Corn Oil
Cottonseed Oil
Glyceryl Stearate SE
Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil
Mink Oil
Soybean Oil
Sulfonated Castor Oil

High Clogging Probability
Cocoa Butter
Coconut Oil
Wheat Germ Oil
Algae Extract
Hexadecyl Alcohol
Isocetyl Stearate
Isopropyl Isostearate
Isopropyl Myristate
Laureth 4
Myristyl Myristate
Octyl Stearate
Potassium Chloride
Red Algae
Sodium Chloride (Salt)
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate


  1. That is interesting! I think Dr. Baumann - a natural skin care line, I'm not specifically convinced about the effectiveness of the products in itself - provides a very comprehensive list of several cosmetic ingredients, its usage, effectiveness, etc. Obviously there is some marketing behind it though and a strong belief in 'all natural products and ingredients'. Still, if you're skin is easily clogged/irritated it might be of some help.
    mm.. the international Dr. Baumann product site, is referring to another page now with a list of cosmetic ingredients, here's the link:

  2. They referred me to the wrong site sorry :(, problem is the English variant was not available for free, but I found another link. Here is the comprehensive list of ingredients according to INCI-designations (according to Baumann and Henrich). If an ingredient is clogging/irritating your skin, this might give some insight (or not :S ):