Comedogenic or noncomedogenic? That is a question.

November 19, 2018





Comedogenic. Noncomedogenic. Who thought of these words? What do they mean? Where were they originated? When did these words become significant? Why do I need to know this? How does it tie in with skin? Don't worry, your questions will be answered. If you have any acne related issues, listen up and take note, this will greatly help. But before we start, can you guess which one Natural Skin Science is? The answer is in our last blog but it will also be at the end of this one. This one is going to be a tad short because the subject is rather simple so let's get to it!


First off, the definition of comedogenic reads "(especially of a cosmetic or skin-care product) tending to clog pores and encourage the formation of blackheads." Noncomedogenic simply means the opposite; your pores will not clog. The origin of the word itself is a bit tricky but the word breaks down into two; "comedo" and "genic." According to Merriam-Webster, comedo means "a small bump or blemish on the skin (as of the face or back) usually containing a plug of sebum in a skin pore: such as" a whitehead or a blackhead, scientifically named closed comedo for the former and open comedo for the latter. This word was first used in 1730 and originated from the Latin word, comedō. The same dictionary states the definition of genic as "produced by; formed from." The first time "genic" was used was in 1918. Who first used these is an answer I could not find but it was most likely a doctor of some sort. The importance of noncomedogenic didn't exist until the 1970's and 1980's when doctors noticed pores becoming clogged after use of certain chemicals. The reason that this needs to be known is because you need to know that what you put on your face matters. The skincare and makeup you choose matters. You need to find products that will not clog your pores. Products that will help maintain clean and clear skin. Products like the Natural Skin Science Bundle. Our Signature Face Wash dives deeply into your pores to give them a clean look and feel. The Radiance Toner will help balance your pH and clean anything that may have been left behind after the wash. Glow Serum will penetrate and absorb into your pores quickly and provide necessary vitamins to hydrate your freshly cleansed and toned skin. If you need a touch more moisture, The Perfect Moisturizer will be your best friend. Since we now know that comedogenic means the clogging of your pores form various products, we can certainly see that this has direct tie-ins with your skin. If you ever see a product that does not say noncomedogenic, flip that baby over and see if its in the description located on the back. If you still do not see it, it most likely will clog your pores right up. One thing to consider is that some products may say noncomedogenic but will still clog your pores. If you are someone who lives on the oily side of the spectrum, you need to avoid heavily moisturizing products like thick creams or the wrong oils. If you live on the dry side, avoid too much of your moisture and any products that are drying. Unless you use these drying products for an oily T-zone, they will over dry your skin and the sebaceous glands will over produce your natural oils which will result in clogged pores. 



If you still have any questions, definitely feel free to message us. Would you like a list of the wrong oils? Comment below and I can whip up a blog about that as well. Also, don't forget that Natural Skin Science is noncomedogenic, natural, 100% chemical and cruelty free, vegan friendly, organic skincare that should change how you feel about your skin in a positive way