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 synonymous with acne; its literal definition is anything that is pore-clogging. There are 120+ 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 work with your skin and are best for your skin.
This is a 0-5 scale where 0 indicates that the ingredient is least likely to clog pores and five is the most likely to clog pores, leading to skin problems.  Some common non-comedogenic 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 and 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

Breakdown of Oils;

Argan Oil - Comedogenic Rating: 0

  • Antioxidant and vitamin E rich
  • Multipurpose - hair, nail, skin
  • Anti-aging and skin softening
  • Helps restore the skin's hydro-lipid layer to reduce wrinkles and fine lines
  • Quickly 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 sebum, able to carry ingredients deep into the 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 damage, and eczema
  • Excellent overall moisturizer
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