Carrier Oils & Their Comedogenic Level

With natural skin care on the rise and face oils back in its glory, it is important to understand which carrier oils are suitable for your skin - one factor to observe is the comedogenic level. Carrier oils are essential when applying essential oils to skin as essential oils need to be diluted for safety of use. 

What Does Comedogenic Mean?

Comedogenic is synonyms with acne, its literal definition is anything that is pore-clogging. There are 120+ of comedogenic ingredients known in the beauty industry, scientifically proven to trigger and cause breakouts for acne prone skin. 

It is vital to know the comedogenic level of carrier oils in oil based products - to find the products that works with your skin and are best for your skin.

Those who are prone to breaking out, blackheads, and whiteheads should avoid highly comedogenic oils while people with dry skin could benefit from more emollient oils to nourish and protect the skin. 

The Comedogenic Scale is a 0-5 scale where 0 indicates that the ingredient is least likely to clog pores and 5 being the most likely to clog pores, leading to skin problems. 

Some common noncomedogenic carrier oils include: 

Argan oil
Grapeseed oil
Jojoba oil
Sunflower oil
Sweet almond oil
Rosehip oil
Sea Buckthorn oil
Hazelnut oil
Castor oil
Pomegranate oil
Neem oil
With that said, here is a breakdown of the best oils for each skin type 
Normal Skin: Jojoba oil, sweet almond oil, grapeseed oil, sunflower oil
Dry Skin: Olive oil, avocado oil, sweet almond oil, argan oil
Oily Skin: Sunflower oil, jojoba oil, grapeseed oil, sweet almond oil
Mature Skin: Sesame oil, jojoba oil, rosehip oil, apricot oil and sweet almond oil
Combination: argan oil, tamanu oil
Sensitive Skin: Sesame oil, sweet almond oil, apricot kernel oil, jojoba oil
 

Argan Oil - Comedogenic Rating: 0

Antioxidant and vitamin E rich
Multipurpose - hair, nail, skin
Anti-aging and skin softening
Helps restore skins hydro-lipid layer to reduce wrinkles and fine lines
Easily absorbs without leaving a greasy residue

Castor Oil - Comedogenic Rating: 1

Detoxing and purging
Increases cell turnover - minimizes signs of aging, effective acne treatment
Use to thicken and condition hair, prevent and treat scars, athlete’s foot

    Rosehip Seed Oil - Comedogenic Rating: 1

    High in fatty acids - nourishes, smoothes and softens skin
    Regenerates, firms, and improves skin elasticity
    Reduces scarring, improves skin texture
    Calms inflammation and redness

      Tamanu Oil - Comedogenic Rating: 2

      Rich in antioxidants and fatty acids
      Antibacterial - suitable for acne-prone skin
      Healing for inflamed and irritated skin, stretch marks, sunburns, and scars

      Jojoba Oil - Comedogenic Rating: 2

      Light-weight, fast absorbing, and non greasy
      Anti-inflammatory
      Moisturizing and healing for all skin types
      Mimics skin’s own sebum, able to carry ingredients deep into skin

        Avocado Oil - Comedogenic Rating: 2

        High in omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins A, D, and E
        High in anti-inflammatory sterolin and other antioxidants
        Heals age spots, blemishes, sun damages, and eczema
        Excellent overall moisturizer

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