Non-Comedogenic Makeup

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Natural makeup is often non-comedogenic.

Non-comedogenic makeup has been shown to reduce the occurrence of blemishes. Acne-prone individuals who choose to wear foundation often turn to this formula, also known as non-occlusive makeup.

Understanding What Non-Comedogenic Makeup Is

Cosmetic companies are known for making promising claims about their products, but because these claims aren't regulated by the FDA, it's important that consumers understand common cosmetic terminology.

Non-comedogenic makeup is makeup that contains ingredients that won't clog your pores. Most non-comedogenic products are oil-free, but not all oils clog your pores, so it is possible to use a non-comedogenic product that contains certain oils. Individuals who are prone to breakouts or who have sensitive skin tend to benefit from using this type of makeup.

Ingredients to Look For

Start your search by looking for all-natural mineral makeup.Just keep in mind that not allnatural ingredients are good for your skin. A quick "highlight reel" of ingredients to look for includes:

  • Aloe vera extract: Soothing, anti-inflammatory and moisturizing
  • Chamomile flower extract: Rich in antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds that can help create smoother looking skin
  • Jojoba seed oil: Natural, non-pore clogging moisturizer
  • Calendula flower extract: Anti-inflammatory compounds that can help irritated skin
  • Witch hazel extract: Natural astringent that can help support normal hydration levels in the skin
  • St. John's wort extract: Rich in antioxidants, this ingredient can help reduce flaking and inflammation
  • Tea tree extract: Natural antibacterial ingredient that can help fight acne and help maintain skin's pH balance
  • Willow bark extract: Naturally produces salicylic acid which can help declog pores and exfoliate skin
  • Bentonite: Bentonite is clay that removes impurities and toxins from the skin

Ingredients to Avoid

When it comes to ingredients to avoid, many makeup experts suggest avoiding products that contain Bismuth oxychloride because it is a potential skin irritant. Natural alternatives to this ingredient include arrowroot and calendula.

Experts also suggest steering clear of parabens and silicone.

Buyer's Guide

Though many companies claim their products are safe for acne-prone individuals, some are more renowned than others when it comes to living up to their promise. Of course, one individual's skin care success story may be another's worst nightmare, so in the end it is important to give each product a trial run.

VMV Hypoallergenics

If you're looking for the "gold standard" in non-comedogenic, hypoallergenic cosmetics, look no further than VMV Hypoallergenics. In addition to providing completely non-comedogenic makeup and skincare products, most of their products are also free of all 76 of the known cosmetic and non-cosmetic allergens. They are also fragrance-free and preservative-free.

Brown Lady Herbal Cosmetics

All of the Brown Lady Herbal Cosmetics are 100 percent vegan and formulated from herbs, rather than minerals. The line is reasonably priced and specifically produced for women with higher levels of melanin in their skin. Although the products are designed for ethnic skin, the lip, blush, and pigment products come in a range of shades.


Almay's name is practically synonymous with hypo-allergenic, non-comedogenic and fragrance-free products. The brand's Clear Complexion Collection is formulated for oily skin types. Each product in the collection contains salicylic acid, which is known for its blemish-clearing properties, as well as aloe and chamomile to soothe and decrease inflammation.

Lola Cosmetics

Created especially for problematic skin, Lola Cosmetics' Liquid Foundation is oil-free, lightweight and water-based. Its antioxidant-rich formula contains vitamins A, C and E. This product is also available in a travel-size bottle. It's perfect for slipping into a purse, but most importantly it makes this product easy to test over the course of several days.

Physicians Formula

Specializing in products formulated for sensitive skin, Physicians Formula offers a foundation collection that is non-comedogenic and fragrance-free. All formulas are appropriate for acne-prone skin. In particular, the brand's Mineral Wear Talc-Free Mineral Foundation is exceptionally gentle, making it suitable for sensitive, breakout-prone individuals who experience frequent irritation.

Trying Products

No matter what the packaging states, the product still may not work for you. A non-comedogenic claim doesn't necessarily preclude the makeup from causing acne or other forms of irritation. It is important to read and understand ingredient lists. Certain additives are more likely to cause breakouts, regardless of whether the product clogs pores or not. If this happens, it's time to move on to something new. Consult your dermatologist if you experience difficulty finding makeup that is appropriate for you.

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