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
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.