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The Complete Guide To Non-Comedogenic Oils For Your Face

October 22, 2019 4 min read

The Complete Guide To Non-Comedogenic Oils For Your Face

You’ve probably heard things like: “Non-Comedogenic Oils are great!”, “You absolutelyneeeeeedto use Non-Comedogenic oils for your skin!”, “Non-comedogenic oils workedwonders for me!”

And you’re probably going one of two ways: 

  1. “This is another one of those scientific terms big beauty companies discovered”
  2. “Non-comedo-WHAT-now?!”

The short version is that non-comedogenic oils do indeed work wonders. Butwhat are they, exactly? Let’s find out…

Come-do as you are

“Comedo” comes from the Latin “comedere”, which means “to eat up” and used to describe the worm-like secretions coming out of clogged hair follicles. These days, they’re known by one of two common names depending on how they look: ablackhead or awhitehead,and either come with or without acne.  

You then know the schtick: puberty, genetics, the environment, smoking, certain diseases, diet – all of these, and more – cause excess oil production and combine with the keratin in the hair follicles causing blockage. More oil (called sebum) builds up behind that block and causes the pores to enlarge to a point where they’re visible. Bacteria then starts to set in and causes acne breakouts.  

What we normally do

At this point, you bust out your beauty soaps, ointment and lotion. They clean the skin and get rid of the bacteria as well as the larger oil blocks. Problem solved!

Well, not quite. Most of these products have oils in them.The same oils that caused the blocks in the first place. We’ll get to that later.

Those that don’t have oils in them (like alcohol-based washes), cause skin to dry excessively and basically tells it “HEY, WE NEED MORE OIL HERE!” so oil production goes into overdrive again. 

Well, no problem, I’ll just have to use the products constantly, right?  

WRONG. Our bodies are extremely adaptable and clearing this again and again just tells it to ramp oil production up more and we potentially end up with a bigger problem than before. 

Non-Comedogenic Oils: The Solution

Okay, so let’s go back to non-comedogenic oils. We’ve established that beauty soaps, ointments and lotions have oils in them. They work off the principle that trapped dirt and bacteria should stick to these oils and slough off skin as you wash. The problem we’ve identified is that these oils tend to stick around, cause more blockage and starts a whole new cycle making things worse. What do we do about it?

Enter non-comedogenic oils and the comedogenic scale. Simply put, comedogenicity is the likelihood of how specific ingredients like oils and butters will clog pores. The scale goes from 0-5 and looks like this:

0 – willnot clog pores

1 – very low chances

2 - moderately low chance

3 - moderate chance

4 - fairly high probability

5 - high probability

If you can’t beat them…

All oils scoring a “2” and below are classified as non-comedogenic oils. Human sebum falls squarely on a scale of 4-5 depending on a person’s lifestyle. 

The use of non-comedogenic oils works on the idea that if we can’t avoid having oil stick to skin, what wecando is substitutewhatoilsdostick.

Below is a table showing common oils used in beauty products and where they lie in the Comedogenic Oil scale:


Abyssinian Seed Oil, Argan Oil, Hemp Seed Oil, Mineral Oil, Mowrah Butter, Pistachio Oil, Sal Seed Butter, Safflower Oil (High Linoleic)


Black Currant Seed Oil, Blackberry Seed Oil, Blueberry Seed Oil, Broccoli Seed Oil, Camellia Seed Oil, Castor Oil, Cloudberry Seed Oil, Cucumber Seed Oil, Emu Oil, Goji Berry Seed Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Hazelnut Oil, Kiwi Seed Oil, Meadowfoam Seed Oil, Milk Thistle Seed Oil, Pomegranate Seed Oil, Red Raspberry Seed Oil, Rosehip Seed Oil, Sea Buckthorn Oil, Squalene Oil, Strawberry Seed Oil, Watermelon Seed Oil


Acai Berry Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Andiroba Seed Oil, Apricot Kernel Oil, Babassu Oil, Baobob Seed Oil, Black Cumin Seed Oil, Black Raspberry Seed Oil, Borage Oil, Brazil Nut Oil, Buriti Oil, Cherry Kernel Oil,  Fractionated Coconut Oil, Cranberry Seed Oil, Guava Seed Oil, Jojoba Oil, Karanja Oil, Kukui Nut Oil, Lanolin Oil, Mango Butter, Mango Seed Oil, Neem Oil, Olive Oil, Passionfruit Seed Oil, Peach Kernel Oil, Peanut Oil, Pecan Oil, Perilla Oil, Plum Kernel Oil, Prickly Pear Seed Oil, Pumpkin Seed Oil, Rice Bran Oil, Shea Butter, Shea Oil, Sunflower Seed Oil, Tallow, Tamanu Oil, Tomato Seed Oil, Walnut Seed Oil


Avocado Oil, Chia Seed Oil, Cottonseed Oil, Date Seed Oil, Evening Primrose Oil, Macadamia Nut Oil, Mink Oil, Papaya Seed Oil, Sesame Seed Oil


Carrot Seed Oil, Cocoa Butter, Coconut Butter, Coconut Oil, Elderberry Seed Oil, Flax Seed Oil (Linseed), Marula Oil, Moringa Oil, Palm Oil, Palm Oil, Red


Soybean Oil, Wheat Germ Oil

Of course, each of these, whether they be comedogenic or non-comedogenic oils, have their own properties that contribute to their use in beauty products. This table should just give you an idea what ingredients to look out for if you’re specifically looking to avoid excess oil, acne formationorwant to try out a general use skin cleanser that has minimal chances of irritating your skin; it does not discount their other therapeutic properties. 

Our Products

You can be sure that careful vetting of ingredients went into the creation of each of our facial products and we aim to provide a satisfactory non-comedogenic oil experience resulting to clearer, cleaner and less irritated skin.

Peace of Mind is proud to offer an extensive lineup of products featuring non-comedogenic oils. Our entire line of face products includes non-comedogenic oils! Check it out here:

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