The Top 5 Products or Ingredients that Are Actually Comedogenic (Pore-Clogging) – The Answers May Surprise You

5 Pore clogging products

In this post I will be channeling my inner scientist. Yes, I have my lab coat, microscope, and loop ready to go. For a lot of us, when we started our healthy hair journey, what was the hair product that we are always told that causes clogged pores on our scalp?

Hair grease right? Good ole’ petroleum. But let me let you guys in on a secret, according to the list of comedogenic (pore clogging) ratings of products, mineral oil and petrolatum had a rating of ‘O’. This means that mineral oil, petroleum jelly, etc. do not clog pores. Surprised?

Well you haven’t seen nothing yet, below we have listed 5 products or ingredients that can actually clog your scalp. So before we begin let me break down what comedogenic is. Comedogenic basically is a term for something that is pore clogging. This includes your skin and scalp pores.

There is a Comedogenic Rating chart that shows the ratings of various oils, waxes, detergents, etc. This was created through the Journal of American Academy of Dermatology.

The rating goes from 0 being non-comedogenic to 5 being highly comedogenic. The ingredients below are some of the highest rated ingredients on the chart.

1. Coconut Oil/ Comedogenic rating: 4 


COCONUT OIL

GASP. Y’all when I saw this I almost died. I am a lover of coconut oil. I use it on my strands and sometimes even my scalp to relieve itchiness. I mean, come on, for most of us coconut oil is our holy grail.

It makes our hair shiny, moisturizes our strands internally like our number one love, water, and it prevents hydral fatigue. And on top of that, it is an anti-bacterial and antifungal. But did you know that it is 4 on the comedogenic chart? That means that it is at high risk of clogging your pores.

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About Danni


Hi All! I am Danni and I am a staff writer here at BHI. I am a Graphic Design major and a long time resident of Washington DC. I have been on a healthy hair journey for 3 1/2 years. Within those years , I have went through a relaxed hair journey, a natural hair journey in which I big chopped twice(2nd big chop occurred in November 2013) texturized and now I have big chopped a THIRD TIME! I am 100% natural and here to stay. I am super excited to share information that I learn along the way to those who are just as into healthy hair care as I am and wish everyone best wishes on their healthy hair journey!

About Danni


Hi All! I am Danni and I am a staff writer here at BHI. I am a Graphic Design major and a long time resident of Washington DC. I have been on a healthy hair journey for 3 1/2 years. Within those years , I have went through a relaxed hair journey, a natural hair journey in which I big chopped twice(2nd big chop occurred in November 2013) texturized and now I have big chopped a THIRD TIME! I am 100% natural and here to stay. I am super excited to share information that I learn along the way to those who are just as into healthy hair care as I am and wish everyone best wishes on their healthy hair journey!

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Naima Watson

Wow, still not giving up my coconut oil though, lol

Tsebo Kobbina

Shocked what does this mean back to product with mineral oils

Janice Roye-Walker

I aint ever giving up coconut oil HOLY GRAIL! Lol

Janice Roye-Walker

I’ve checked other websites and castor oil is 1 which is low u learn something new everyday!!

Steen How
Steen How

I was just about to look up castor oil! I love that

Kashmere Noel

It would help to understand Why these clog pores? What is it about their make-up that makes them comedogenic?

Felicia Michelle

What products are good for dandruff?

Sub-Zerro Miller

DONT WORRY ABOUT IT BEAUTIFUL! UR TOO PERFECT FOR THAT .

Felicia Michelle

Lol sir I just like to know these things and I know the women here know some good products:)

Sub-Zerro Miller

You are too considerate Mz Fe-Fe . lol

Felicia Michelle

I could get on Google and look some stuff up,but I like to know from other’s personal experience on what’s good. Thank u though:)

Brianna Lewis

Aloe Vera juice mixed with water helps with that and itchy scalp.

Felicia Michelle

Thanks Brianna Lewis:) Pure aloe vera juice?

Phoenix McGee

I love my hair but hair care in general has gotten too complicated for my taste.

Miss D
Miss D

Danni,
It’s “per se” not “per say.” I’ve seen that written incorrectly several times on this site. Maybe the copy editor is asleep?

Lasilia Imnottheonenottoday Thornton

im not giving up my coconut oil

Steen How
Steen How

Great article! I never known about this subject. Thinking outside the box! I love it 🙂

carolyn shy
carolyn shy

Could you site the source for this info or the scientific study?

Tanya Manyuira

No way!! My beloved coconut oil 🙁 …Oh well!! You live n learn, thanks for the post! <3