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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Comments

    1. Danni Post author

      it may not necessarily mean that. these products are still great for the length for your hair, but if used on the scalp it may cause buildup overtime. But if you are using mineral oil based products, you shouldn’t worry if it will cause acne or clogged pores on the scalp.

    1. Steen How

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

  1. Kashmere Noel
    Kashmere Noel

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

    1. Danni Post author

      Hi Kashmere!
      Different products can have different properties that may make them comedogenic. The comedogenic rating is determined by how much a product blocks the sebaceous glands from producing a “normal” amount of sebum along with whether sebum is over produced or not. Then usually when this happens the glands become clogged which then began to produce bacteria. Also, when the porphyin (a metabolite) of the clogged glands are exposed to light and show “fluorescence” it is usually comedogenic, if not then its non-comedogenic. These ingredients were some of the top ingredients that causes this phenomenon to happen at a high rate.

    1. Felicia Michelle
      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:)

      1. Danni Post author

        Hi Felicia!
        Neem oil is great for dandruff. Some can be sensitive to the smell, but its one of the best dandruff removers.

  2. 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?

  3. Steen How

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

  4. carolyn shy

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

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