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What Do We Mean by a Non Comedogenic Moisturizer?

What Do We Mean by a Non Comedogenic Moisturizer?

If you’ve ever shopped for skincare products then it is very likely that you may have come across products labelled as non comedogenic. As the skin care industry continues to bloom, curiosity of the ‘what, why & how’ of skin care products have also sparked an interest among the consumers. 


To make skincare easier for you, we’ve discussed the A-to-Z of non comedogenic products in this blog. 


What is Non Comedogenic?


There are certain skin care products that can lead to the development of acne, blackheads and whiteheads by clogging up your skin pores. These clogged pores are known as ‘comedones’. Skin care products that are heavier in their formulation and oily in nature are more likely to result in blocking the skin pores. For those with acne prone skin and oily skin, such skin care products can end up worsening an already existing skin care issue. 


Non comedogenic skin care products are essentially products that are formulated to prevent the clogging of skin pores and thus reduce the potential development of acne, blackheads and whiteheads. Non comedogenic skin products are especially suitable for those with acne prone skin, oily skin, sensitive or combination skin. For those with these skin types or skin concerns like acne, it is recommended to opt for non comedogenic skin care and cosmetic products. 


Skin care products such as moisturisers are essential for all skin types. But some moisturisers are too heavy in their formulation to suit acne-prone or oily skin. Heavy moisturisers may result in an already oily and acne-prone skin type to become more susceptible to clogged skin pores and the development of acne, whiteheads and blackheads. 


Non comedogenic moisturizer is lightweight in formulation and is oil-free and water-based making it suitable for acne-prone and oily skin. Its lightweight formulation helps the moisturisers to penetrate deeper in the skin and also helps to disperse the excessive sebum in the skin pores. Moreover, non comedogenic moisturizers also help remove the dead skin cells from the surface of the skin. 


Benefits of non comedogenic moisturizer


The suitability of any skin care majorly depends on the skin type. While a comedogenic moisturiser may do wonders for others, it may end up backfiring for those with acne prone, oil and/or sensitive skin type. 


Experts and dermatologists agree that non comedogenic moisturizers are the best choice for those struggling with acne and oily skin. Here are a few benefits of non comedogenic moisturizers: 


  • Smooth and Clear Skin: 
  • Clogged skin pores may often lead to a number of skin problems such as acne, blackheads and whiteheads, rough texture, uneven skin tone, acne marks and blemishes, etc. non comedogenic moisturizer, owing to its light weight consistency, easily penetrates deeper in the skin without making the skin appear greasy. Any remaining residues of dirt, grime, dead skin cells or makeup in the skin pores are dissolved by the non comedogenic moisturizer leaving you with a clearer skin and preventing possible skin problems. 


  • Manages Sebum Production
  • Hair follicles are the oil or sebum producing outlets. While natural oil is essential for healthy skin, some people may suffer from excess sebum production which may result in several skin issues including acne. Using non comedogenic moisturizer helps dissolve the excess oil from the surface layer of the skin without stripping it off from essential oil and nutrients. 


  • Nourishes the Skin
  • Majority of the moisturisers available on the market promise to topically deliver necessary nutrients to your skin. But some of the ingredients used in moisturisers may make the skin more greasy. Non comedogenic moisturizers are formulated with ingredients such as benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid and sulphur with non -greasing ingredients. 


  • Fragrance free
  • While sweet smelling skin products may sound appealing, skin care products with fragrances may end up triggering or worsening an existing skin issue. Non comedogenic moisturizers are formulated without fragrances which makes it suitable for those with acne prone and sensitive skin types. 



    Ingredients to Look for: 


    When choosing a non comedogenic moisturiser, there are certain products that you must take into consideration. 


    • Benzoyl Peroxide
    • Salicylic Acid
    • Sulphur
    • Resorcinol
    • Sodium Hyaluronate
    • Ceramides
    • Vitamin E
    • Niacinamide

    There are also some oils that are naturally non comedogenic and help give healthy and glowing skin. 


    • Grapeseed oil
    • Neem oil
    • Sweet almond oil
    • Apricot oil 
    • Olive Oil 
    • Evening Primrose oil

    Dermatologists at SkinQ took special efforts to formulate our Moisture Balm to make it suitable for all skin types whether the acne-prone skin type or the dry skin type. Our Moisture Balm with its non-greasy and lightweight formulation is non-comedogenic. It nourishes the skin and provides hydration to prevent dehydration, dryness and sensitivity of the skin. It also helps repair the skin barrier and improves the skin texture to give you bright, glowing skin. 


    Bottom Line


    Whether comedogenic or non comedogenic, the suitability of any skin care product depends on your skin type and concerns. 


    If you're struggling with acne or oily skin, non comedogenic skin products may be the solution to all your skin woes. But even so, it is best to slowly introduce your skin to new skin care products. And remember, it takes time to see the desired results.
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