Let’s talk about comedogenic ingredients. The intense fear, dread, (and wrath from the skin gods) of clogging our pores with certain skin ingredients has been drilled into our subconscious. Here are the top pore clogging ingredients or aka “comedogenic”.

What Are Pore Clogging Ingredients?

The truth is that this list is the opposite of what we used to think.  Yes, we had it completely upside down for almost seventy years.  

Here is the list of ingredients and services that indirectly clog our pores and/or cause unnecessary irritation.  The irony is that these are the very ingredients and services that are guaranteed to clog our pores, encourage acne, blemishes, inflammation, and sun-sensitivity, and hyper pigmentation issues over the long run.  They are a short-term toxic fix that creates long-term problems with the very issues we are all trying to prevent in the first place. We have new understandings now of what our skin needs to stay clear, balanced, healthy, moist, glowing, and to display delayed aging over a lifetime.  We no longer have to choose between a short term bandaid and the real thing of truly preserved skin and unclogged pores.

The Comedogenic Ingredients

I know it can be difficult to integrate new and contrarian information, but I promise you that the rewards are wildly worth it.  Here is the list of what will clog pores and wear our skin out faster.


  • Witch hazel
  • Tea tree essential oil
  • Lavender essential oil
  • Citrus essential oils
  • Benzoyl peroxide
  • Alcohol
  • Oil-free moisturizers


  • Salycic acid
  • Glycolic acid
  • Lactic acid
  • Alpha hydroxy acids


  • Lasers
  • Microdermabrasion
  • Microneedling
  • Conventional retinols 

The Bottom Line On Pore Clogging Ingredients

Yes, we have had it exactly upside down for many years as these very things that we invented to prevent acne and aging have been the very thing that has been sold to us for many years.

It is finally time to grow beyond old misunderstandings, let these dinosaurs die, and implement new information that helps our skin to truly thrive.  The shock and denial of this new information is real.  I remember passing through this phase myself.  However, once you experience the deep healing that holistic resurfacing with Dermal Nutrients delivers, you will soon forget all about them.