Blocked pores get a whole scientific word all to themselves, you’ll see it hanging around on the odd foundation or face treatment bottle and that’s COMDEOGENIC, or the one you’ll see on the bottle NON-comdeogenic. Fancy words for this beautiful potion will not block your pores. Now that’s what we’re talking about!
THE SPOT CAUSING RATING SCALE
When non-comdeogenic is seen on a bottle it’s the moment a spot sufferer stops thinking and START’S reaching. It’s like a little promise to the spot sufferer that this won’t make things worse. But what happens when something doesn’t say that magic little word? Should we steer clear of everything without it? #DontTakeMyToysAway
Well… did you know, there’s a whole list of ingredients that are pore-blockers, in the skincare world it’s called the comedogenic rating scale, de-fluffing that means a Monica style organised list of ingredients that don’t do too well for spot prone skin. #GetEmOuttaHere
The scale starts from 0, and travels 5 steps to a rating of ‘high’ also known as I can pretty much guarantee you some spots if you are prone.
WHAT IS PORE BLOCKING
Before the dawn of makeup, was there such a thing? Spots were mostly caused by our skins own oils, when there was just a bit too much juice going around or when that juice had a ‘make-over’ and changed a bit too much for our skin NOT to notice. THAT was the moment a spot pocked its head above the parapet.
With the BOOM of beauty, there’s so much more that we can use on our skin. That means we can put oils on skin that it never dreamed in a million years it would get to drink. Some of these miracle workers will be like liquid gold to our skin and sneak in like they were ghost writing the next blockbuster, others just can’t help but draw attention to themselves and skin ‘just don’t like that’ so it kicks back, HARD with an outbreak of spots.
THE SCALE TO REMEMBER – ‘COMEDOGENIC SCALE’ – INGREDIENTS KNOWN TO BLOCK PORES
The BADASS guys of the pore blocking world score a 5 or 4 on the scale of pore blocking. So you can be armed the next time you’re looking at an ingredient list… just for you friends, I have made a Pinable and trusty steer-clear sheet of all the top ‘ratter’s’ that your likely to find in your beauty bottles. Beaucience also has its OWN BOARD (aw, how handy!), where you can find this pinable along with lots n lots of others.
SOME STAND OUT INGREDIENTS
A lot of these are going to be ingredients that make you go, ‘what the HELL are they?’, but there’s a couple that you might even see starring a lead role in your creams, there might even be a ‘paparazzi’ shot of them on the label.
Welcome to the stage COCONUT OIL and COCOA BUTTER. These guys get a 4/5 on the pore blocking skill scale. I’ve heard a lot of people saying they just DO NOT get along with using RAW coconut oil. This is probably because you have easily block-able pores and coconut oil is a step too far for your skin. On the other hand, if you’re reading this and your like, I use it ALL the time AND straight from the pot in its 100% coconut oil goodness, well my lovely you have ab-FAB skin and probably aren’t going to suffer much blocking from any of these ingredients #CanWeSwapSkin.
THE BIGGER PICTURE
Think of this like chocolate, because what bigger picture is there if it’s not chocolate? WELL we all know what chocolate tastes like, we all know what strawberries taste like, but chocolate and strawberry together (and you get the strawberry crèmes that DISSAPEAR like some kinda black magic happened in the sweetie jar!), and you got a completely NEW flavour, add a little vanilla and a hint of raspberry and its pretty hard to imagine what the taste sensation will be.
This is how the pore blocking scale works for your skin. If there’s an ingredient in there that’s known to get down ‘n sticky with your pores AND it’s high up on the ingredient list, then it’s wise to stay away. IF it’s low down, like it’s just won a limbo contest, then the pore blocking nature of it is probably so diluted that skin just won’t know.
So scout out the top 2/3 lines of your ingredient list for pore blockers and likelihood is you can forget the rest. The more sensitive your skin, the further down you should read.
THINGS THAT YOU MIGHT THINK ARE PORE BLOCKING, TURNS OUT THEY AREN’T
It’s like being a kid again and trying to push a square block through a triangle hole, do you remember those ‘brain teasers’? However much we pushed that square just weren’t going nowhere.
It’s easily assumed that ingredients like waxes or non-absorbing ingredients like mineral oil will block pores and cause you spots. That’s because they look so thick n sticky, how could they not? It’s just a case of right size fits the right hole.
That sticky stuff, if you put on a science-y pair of insanely magnifying glasses would be made of loads of little building blocks. It’s the size of those that matters the most. If they are too big, they just aren’t getting anywhere near the insides of your pore #Locked&Sealed, if they are much, much smaller, then blocking is not likely a problem. It’s when the perfect combination of RIGHT size RIGHT pore happens that it makes a COMEDONE, aka the humble spot.
There’s lots of other reasons why we get spots, but it’s nice to know that it’s not going to be from something we choose to put on our skin ‘ey! Unless, you know, it’s Halloween and we wanted to look really authentically scary *wink wink*.