comedogenic ingredients list – UPDATED june 19th

as if the list of cloggy ingredients wasnt long enough, we’ve added a few more!
please keep these things in mind as you read through the comedogenic ingredient list:

-new ingredients are invented all the time but they are rarely, if at all, tested for comedogenicity. our list is largely based on dr fulton’s study in the 1970’s, where he tested each ingredient on bunny ears (bunny ears clog in 2 weeks as opposed to human skin, which can take 6 months). unfortunately, this study was done several decades ago, and any ingredient that has been invented in the meantime has not, to our knowledege, been tested.

-2/10/13 – we’ve updated the list to include ingredients that dr. mark lees, another prominent and respected researcher in the skincare industry denotes as comedogenic..  though we have found that some of these ingredients don’t always clog (notes are added to explain these)

– some product ingredients look ok on paper (like bare minerals or sensodyne toothpaste) but they can still clog – there is something comedogenic in the formulation that is not being fully disclosed. trust your experience. if the ingredients of a product look safe but you are breaking out, stop using it.

-we cannot say with 100% certainty that non-sS products you bring in are acne safe. even if the list of ingredients look ok, we dont know for sure until we test them (which we do with all of the products we sell).

-just because you’re not putting something like laundry detergent directly on your skin does not necessarily mean it won’t aggravate your acne.  using a shampoo with a cloggy ingredient (usually sodium laureth sulfate or sodium lauryl sulfate) can cause not only breakouts on your face, but on your back and chest as well.   cloggy toothpaste can break you out around your chin and upperlip, even if you’re not conscious of it touching those areas.  don’t underestimate the potential of a product to spread and cause breakouts on wide surface areas of your skin!

-hair products in general, are formulated to leave a residue, to coat the hair shaft and make it shine, for example.  so, even if the ingredients look ok, they might be leaving a residue on surfaces that are not washed off regularly (wash your hair every 2-3 days?)  or easily (like pillowcases).

-with these things in mind, here is the updated list:

Acetylated Lanolin 5 Coconut Butter 8 Glyceryl Stearate SE 1
Acetylated Lanolin Alcohol 5 Coconut Oil 8 Glyceryl Stearate 15
Ahnfeltia concinna 11 Colloidal Sulfur 6 Glyceryl-3-Diisostearate 1
Alaria esculenta 11 Corallina Officinalis 11 Grapeseed Oil 14
Algae Extract  11 Corn Oil 15 Haslea ostrearia 11
Algin 6 Cotton Awws 8 Hexadecyl Alcohol 1
Ascophyllum nodosum 11 Cotton Seed Oil 8 Hexylene Glycol 14
Avocado Oil 15 Crithmum maritimum 11 Himanthalia elongate 11
Black Kelp 11 D & C Red # 3 10 Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil 8
Bladderwrack 11 D & C Red # 17 10 Hydrolyzed Lola implexa 11
Blue Algae 11 D & C Red # 21 10 Hydrolyzed Rhodophycea 11
Blue Green Algae 11 D & C Red # 30 10 Hypnea Musciformis 11
Brown Algae 11 D & C Red # 36 10 Irish Moss 11
Butyl Stearate 4 Decyl Oleate 4 Isocetyl Alcohol 1
Carrageen moss 11 Dilsea carnosa 11 Isocetyl Stearate 1
Carrageenan 11 Dioctyl Succinate 4 Isodecyl Oleate 4
Carageenan moss 11 Disodium Monooleamido PEG 2-Sulfosuccinate 1 Isopropyl Isosterate 4
Cetyl Acetate 1 Dulse 11 Isopropyl Linolate 4
Cetearyl Alcohol + Ceteareth 20        (only when both are within the same product) 1 Ecklonia (all 9 species of it)  11 Isopropyl Linoleate 14
Chlorella Botanicals 11 Enteromorpha compressa 11 Isopropyl Myristate 4
Chondrus crispus 11 Ethoxylated Lanolin 5 Isopropyl Palmitate 4
Coal Tar 14 Ethylhexyl Palmitate 4 Isostearic Acid 14
Cocoa Butter 8 Fucus vesiculosus 11 Isostearyl Isostearate 4
Isostearyl Neopentanoate 4 Octyl Stearate 1 Sargassum 11
Kelp 11 Octyldodecanol 14 Seaweed 11
Knotted Kelp 11 Oleic Acid 14 Sea Whip 11
Laminaria digitata 11 Oleth-3 1 Sesame Oil 14
Laminaria longicruris 11 Oleyl Alcohol 14 Shark Liver Oil 9
Laminaria saccharine 11 Olive Oil 14 * Sodium Laureth Sulfate 3
Lanolic Acid 14 Padina pavonica 11 Sodium Lauryl Sulfate 3
Lanolin 15 Palmaria palmate 11 Solulan 16 5
Lanolin Alcohol 15 Peanut Oil 14 Sorbitan Oleate 12
Laureth-4 1 PEG 16 Lanolin 5 Soybean Oil 8
Laureth-23 1 PEG 200 Dilaurate 1 Spirulina 11
Lauric Acid 4 PEG 8 Stearate 1 Squalene 14
Lauryl Alcohol 15 Petrolatum 9 Steareth 10 1
Linseed Oil 14 Petroleum 9 Stearic Acid TEA 7
Lithothamnium Calcareum 11 PG Monostearate 1 Stearyl Heptanoate 4
Lola implexa 11 Phytessence Wakame 11 Sulfated Castor Oil 8
Marine Algae 11 Plankton 11 Sulfated Jojoba Oil 13
Mastocarpus stellatus 11 Porphyra 11 Sunflower Oil 15
Mineral Oil 15 Porphyridium Cruentum 11 Syearyl Heptanoate 4
Mink Oil 8 PPG 2 Myristyl Propionate 4 Tocopherol 14*
Myreth 3 Myristate 14 Polyglyceryl-3-Diisostearate 1 Ulva lactuca 11
Myristic Acid 4 Potassium Chloride 6 Undaria 11
Myristyl Lactate 4 Propylene Glycol Monostearate 1 Wakame 11
Myristyl Myristate 4 Red Algae 11 Wheat Germ Glyceride 1
Nori 11 Rockweed 11 Wheat Germ Oil 8
Norwegian Kelp 11 Safflower Oil 15 Xylene 7
Octyl Palmitate 7