Today I really wanted to talk about the misconception that is out there in the beauty world, in particular with today’s craze over organic makeup and skincare. Just because a product contains “natural” or “organic” ingredients, doesn’t mean it will not clog your pores and cause acne or skin irritation. However, I do believe that choosing the right organic skincare with quality ingredients that don’t clog pores, is out there. From my experience before researching pore clogging ingredients, I thought that using natural and organic ingredients, such as coconut oil, would do my skin wonders. And boy was I wrong. I would get huge cystic lumps anywhere I would put coconut oil on my face, and I’m pretty sure I’m not alone. Coconut oil has a rating of 5 (being the worst) as a very comedogenic (pore clogging) ingredient in skincare. Before going to my beloved skin clinic, i was using a lot of mainstream organic skincare that claimed to clear skin, however my beautician said that i didn’t have acne, but rather clogged pores, due to my skincare regime. I was shocked because i had trusted this organic skincare line, however it turned out to clog my skin and make matters worse! And so, instead of using these natural oils on my face, i was put on a water based skincare regime, which seriously saved my skin! From experience, I think that steering clear from mainstream skincare lines claiming to be pure, organic, and made to clear your skin, is the right way to go. Instead, look for niche organic skincare lines that may not be so mainstream, but still heard of, is a start.
Many natural or organic skincare products that are geared towards acne skin and promoting clear skin contain these pore clogging ingredients that rather than help the problem, sadly create the problem. I believe there needs to be stricter government regulations with skincare companies in what “organic” ingredients they use in their product when selling a product geared towards acne prone skin. I don’t think it’s fair that they expect consumers, who aren’t chemists, to distinguish pore clogging ingredients. I’m not saying that every organic skincare line is pore clogging, but it all comes down to the ingredients and what is known to clog pores, as well as what ingredient your skin doesn’t agree with. There are also good oils out there, such as grapeseed oil and avocado oil. I’m still on the hunt for quality organic skincare that doesn’t clog pores; and when I do I will most definitely share with you! I really encourage you to start reading up on all ingredients that you are putting on your skin (whether organic or not); after all your skin is your largest organ.
For more information on pore clogging ingredients that can cause acne, read here