Does Your Skin Need Non-Comedogenic Products?
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Non-comedogenic products are products which when used on the skin don’t block or clog the pores, allowing the skin to breathe freely, thus, giving it more vitality.
Every now and then there is something new that comes up in the world of beauty, urging us to change our consumption patterns and try something different. After all, who doesn’t want a good skin? And in this attempt to get the skin that shines and is blemish free, people are willing to go that extra mile or two.
Non-comedogenic products are products which when used on the skin don’t block or clog the pores, allowing the skin to breathe freely, thus, giving it more vitality. Products with non-comedogenic ingredients are highly recommended by medical experts and dermatologists for those who have an oily skin and a tendency to sprout acne as using creams which are comedogenic will only worsen the problem.
What is non-comedogenic?
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, a ‘comedo’ is an ‘acne lesion’, a hard blockage created from an excess of sebum in a pore. This blockage can lead to whiteheads, blackheads, and pimples. Hence, ‘comedogenic’ refers to ingredients or products that have a tendency to block pores and promote comedones (plural of comedo) or acne. The term ‘non-comedogenic’ is used to refer to beauty products that are created in such a manner that they work effectively on the skin without blocking pores and creating other skin irritants. The idea behind these products is to use something on your skin that helps it breathe, makes it look great, and does all of this without compromising on the inherent qualities of your skin.
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How do these products work?
It might be misleading to confuse non-comedogenic products with those that keep acne at bay as they are not medicated products in that sense. Having said that, these are designed in a way that the skin pores remain unclogged and are, hence, recommended the most by dermatologists, especially for someone who has a problematic oily skin. The products are not restricted to women alone; men should use non-comedogenic products as well so that bacteria and pimples don’t clog their skin.
Key ingredients to look out for
While there is no guarantee that one cream that works for someone will also produce the same results for another, by and large, dermatologists believe that there are certain ingredients that should be avoided by those who have acne-prone skin in the first place. So if you are looking for a face wash or a lotion, comedogenic ingredients such as cocoa butter, pigments and dyes, coal tar, and isopropyl myristate are best avoided.
Why is it important to use non-comedogenic products?
Nobody wants a terrible skin, and while we are what we eat (so our skin reflects the wellness of our gut) a lot also depends on what we put on our face and for how long. Blocked pores can be really problematic and are the beginning of skin trouble as bouts of acne will inevitably follow. When your pores are blocked there is no outlet for the excess oil which gets trapped within, causing problems. Ensuring that you are using natural products that allow you to breathe easy is a key, and while you want to stay moisturized, don’t do so at the cost of your skin’s long-term health. Spend some time choosing the right moisturizer for your skin type and watch the difference.
So while there is no hard and fast rule when it comes to the use of comedogenic or non-comedogenic products, it helps to be aware, and make the right choice for your skin when out shopping. More so, if you know that your skin requires some extra love and care.