Non-comedogenic oils and butters

Jojoba oil is touted as being the oil which has the closest similarity to our skin’s sebum. Last year, I tried using it as a scalp oil and I got a pimple on my scalp. I was terrified because I had never experienced anything like it. After doing a Google search, I learned that my dear old jojoba oil was comedogenic (having the tendency to clog pores). This doesn’t mean that you can’t use jojoba oil on your face but you should use in caution if you are prone to acne.

I have included a list of oils and butters with their comedogenic rating. It is just a guide because sometimes, you can use an oil with a high comedogenic rating and not develop acne. On the other hand, you can also use an oil with a low comedogenic rating and still develop acne. Do take note that the cause(s) of acne is multifactorial though.

0 – Will Probably Not Clog Pores.
1 – Low chance of clogging pores
2 – Moderately Low risk of clogging pores
3 – Moderate risk of clogging pores
4 – Fairly High risk of clogging pores.
5 – High risk of clogging pores

Rating of 0

  1. Hemp seed oil
  2. Mango Butter
  3. Mineral Oil
  4. Petrolatum
  5. Shea Butter
  6. Safflower Oil (Carthamus tinctorius)
  7. Sunflower Oil 0-2?
  8. Argan Oil – 0/1?

Rating of 1

  1. Calendula Oil
  2. Castor Oil
  3. Emu Oil
  4. Rosehip Oil
  5. Sea Buckthorn Oil

Rating of 2

  1. Pumpkin Seed Oil
  2. Almond Oil
  3. Apricot Kernel Oil
  4. Avocado Oil
  5. Baobab Oil
  6. Borage Oil
  7. Evening Primrose Oil
  8. Grape Seed Oil
  9. Hazelnut Oil
  10. Jojoba Oil
  11. Sesame Oil
  12. Peach Kernel Oil
  13. Peanut Oil
  14. Tamanu Oil

body oil and butter

Rating of 3

  1. Soybean Oil
  2. Shark Liver Oil
  3. Corn Oil
  4. Cotton Seed Oil
  5. Jojoba Oil Sulfated
  6. Mink Oil

Rating of 4

  1. Cocoa Butter
  2. Coconut Oil
  3. Flax Seed Oil
  4. Linseed Oil
  5. Palm Oil

Rating of 5

  • Wheat Germ Oil

For more info on comedogenic ingredients, please read ‘The Bad List: Comedogenic Ingredients And Products’ on Acne.org

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5 Comments

  1. Thank you for this.

  2. I was always under the impression that mineral oil and petrolatum are not good for hair.

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