As an acne-prone person, you have to be very careful not to use products that contain pore-clogging or comedogenic ingredients. These ingredients are not bad ingredients, they are just not to be used on acne-prone skin because they will clog the pores causing more acne. Watch out for products that advertise “oil-free”, “acne safe”, “Noncomedogenic”, these terms are often used as marketing terms to sell products even though they may contain pore-clogging ingredients. It is so frustrating I know, that is why I created this simple search so you can be sure all your products are acne-safe. Be sure to check all of your hair care, body, and makeup products.

To use our search just copy and paste the FULL ingredients from the product’s website (make sure the ingredients are separated by commas and make sure that there are no spaces around any hyphens)

For example, if you are looking up makeup you can go to Sephora, find the ingredients, copy it, and then paste it into our search. Click Check and you will get your results. 

++ These ingredients are based on the study Comedogenicity and irritancy of commonly used ingredients in skin care products by Dr. James E. Fulton. Ingredients were listed by a 0-5 level, 5 being the highest rate of comedogenicity and irritancy, we have listed everything with a level 1 and higher.


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List of pore-clogging (comedogenic) ingredients:

Acetylated Lanolin

Acetylated Lanolin Alcohol

Anhydrous Lanolin

Avacado oil

Almond oil

Apricot kernel oil

Accorbyl palmitate

Algae Extract


Babassu oil



Butyl Stearate

Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter

Candelilla Wax

Carnuba Wax



Carbomer 940

Cetearyl Alcohol + Ceteareth 20

Cetyl Acetate

Cetyl Alcohol

Cetyl Ester NF

Castor oil


Chondrus Crispus (aka Irish Moss or Carageenan Moss)

Coal Tar

Cocoa Butter

Coconut Alkanes

Coconut Butter

Coconut Oil

Cocos nucifera oil

Colloidal Sulfur

Cotton Awws Oil

Cotton Seed Oil

Corn oil

D & C Red # 3

D & C Red # 4

D & C Red # 6

D & C Red # 7

D & C Red # 9

D & C Red # 17

D & C Red # 19

D & C Red # 21

D & C Red #27

D & C Red # 30

D & C Red #33

D & C Red # 36

D & C Red # 40

Decyl Oleate

Dioctyl Succinate

Disodium Monooleamido PEG 2-Sulfosuccinate

Ethoxylated Lanolin

Ethylhexyl Palmitate

Evening Primrose Oil

Glyceryl Stearate SE

Glyceryl-3 Diisostearate

Hexadecyl Alcohol

Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil

Hydrogenated Castrol Oil

Hydrogenated Polyisobutane


Isocetyl Alcohol

Isocetyl Stearate

Isodecyl Oleate

Isopropyl Isostearate

Isopropyl Linolate

Isopropyl Myristate

Isopropyl Palmitate

Isostearyl Isostearate

Isostearyl Neopentanoate

Jojoba wax


Laminaria Digitata Extract

D&C Red #3

D&C Red #4

D&C Red #6

D&C Red #7

D&C Red #9

D&C Red #17

D&C Red #19

D&C Red #21

D&C Red #27

D&C Red #30

D&C Red #33

D&C Red #36

D&C Red #40

Laminaria Saccharina Extract (Laminaria Saccharine)

Lanolin Alcohol

Lanolin Oil




Lauric Acid

Lithium Stearate

Mango Butter

Mink Oil

Myristic Acid

Myristyl Alcohol

Myristyl Lactate

Myristyl Myristate

Octyl Palmitate

Octyl Stearate





Oleth-3 Phosphate

Oleyl Alcohol

Olive Oil

Peanut Oil

Palmitic Acid

PEG 100 Distearate

PEG 150 Distearate

PEG 200 Dilaurate

PEG 2-Sulfosuccinate

PEG 16 Lanolin

PEG 8 Stearate

PEG 20 Stearate

PEG 8 Castor Oil

PG Caprylate/Caprate

PG dicaprylate/Caprate

PG Dipelargonate

PG Monostearate

PPG 5 Ceteth 10 Phosphate

PPG 10 Cetyl Ether

PPG 2 Myristyl Propionate


Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate

Potassium Chloride

Propylene Glycol Monostearate


Red Algae

Sandalwood Seed Oil


Sesame oil

Shark Liver Oil (Squalene)


Shea Butter

Sodium Laureth Sulfate

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate

Solulan 16

Sorbitan Oleate

Soybean Oil (Glycine Soya)






Stearic Acid

Stearyl Alcohol

Stearic Acid Tea

Stearyl Heptanoate

Sulfated Castor Oil

Sulfated Jojoba Oil



Wheat Germ Glyceride

Wheat Germ Oil


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