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Overview of comedogenic oils: choose the right oils for your skincare regime

Oils are an important ingredient in many skin care products, but not all of them are suitable for every skin type. One important factor to consider is the comedogenicity scale of an oil. This scale indicates how likely an oil is to clog pores and cause blemishes. Here is a comprehensive overview of oils and their comedogenicity levels to help you make the right choice for your skincare.

Non- or low-comedogenic oils (rating 0-1)

  • Argan Oil (0)
  • Rosehip Seed Oil (1)
  • Black Seed Oil (1)
  • linseed oil (1)
  • Tamanu Oil (1)
  • Hemp Oil (0-1)

Medium comedogenic oils (rating 2-3)

  • Sunflower Oil (0-2)
  • Jojoba Oil (2)
  • Grapeseed Oil (2)
  • Apricot Kernel Oil (2)
  • almond oil (2)
  • Avocado Oil (2-3)
  • olive oil (2-3)
  • sesame oil (3)
  • Passion Fruit Seed Oil (3)
  • Pumpkin Seed Oil (2)

Highly comedogenic oils (rating 4-5)

  • coconut oil (4)
  • palm oil (4)
  • Wheat Germ Oil (5)
  • Safflower Oil (3-4)
  • Castor Oil (1-5)
  • Hazelnut oil (2-4)
  • cocoa butter (4)
  • Shea butter (0-2)
  • poppy seed oil (5)

Which oil for which skin type?

People with acne-prone or sensitive skin should generally avoid medium and high comedogenic oils and instead opt for non- and low-comedogenic oils. Non-comedogenic oils are particularly good for oily and blemish-prone skin types as they do not clog pores and minimise the risk of skin irritation. These oils are also good for sensitive skin types that may be sensitive to certain ingredients. However, for dry or mature skin types, some low comedogenic oils can also be considered as they moisturise and nourish without clogging the pores.

However, the choice of the appropriate oil should always be individualised and based on the specific needs and reactions of the skin. Before adding a new oil to your skincare routine, it's a good idea to do a patch test and, if unsure, consult a dermatologist to ensure optimal skincare. It is important to understand your skin's needs and choose the right products to ensure an effective and safe skincare routine. Consult a dermatologist if needed to determine the best oils for your individual skin health.

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