How To Choose a Moisturizer that Won't Clog Your Pores

Face moisturizer is a tricky thing. On the one hand, you’ve gotta use it- a good moisturizer protects, hydrates, and balances your skin. On the other hand, the wrong one can send your skin into breakout mode. That’s why normal, combination, and oily skin types want to make sure your using a non comedogenic (aka non pore clogging) moisturizer. But how do you know which one to choose?

Check the Label

Unless you have dry skin, thicker moisturizers are problematic- they take longer for your skin to absorb, so they sit on top of your skin and clog your pores. Before you purchase a moisturizer, look out for these thicker, pore clogging ingredients:

Petrolatum: Manufactures like petrolatum because it’s cheap - it’s a byproduct of the oil industry which makes it very economical. But petroleum seals off you skin, which means it doesn’t allow air to enter or escape. This literally clogs your pores- any excess oil or dirt is now tamped down in there.

Coconut oil: Some people swear by coconut oil for their hair and skin, and it is indeed an antioxidant packed oil with unique health benefits. But what makes it special- its mix of saturated fats and lauric acid- can often wreak havoc on skin. if you’re someone prone to breakouts, coconut oil is pretty much the worst oil you can be using- it is one of the most comodogenic oils out there.

Butters: Unless you have very dry skin or are using it specifically in an under eye cream, avoid any type of butter on your face. Shea butter, cocoa butter, and any oils that are solid when at room temperature are highly comedogenic.

Go With Lightweight and Hydrating

Now on to what you want to look for in a good, non comedogenic moisturizer. You want moisturizers that are lightweight and use ingredients like hyaluronic acid to hydrate skin without clogging pores.

There are also certain types of oils that are both hydrating and non comedogenic. These include jojoba oil, sunflower oil, caprylic/capric triglyceride aka fractionated coconut oil (this is coconut oil where the long-chain fatty acids that make it solid at room temperature are removed), and argan oil. These oils will all nourish and balance skin without causing your skin to breakout.

If you're looking for a good non comedogenic moisturizer, we recommend Alder New York's lightweight Everyday Face Moisturizer. It is formulated with sunflower oil (an antioxidant rich, free radical fighting oil on the good list), the aforementioned skin plumping hyaluronic acid, and nourishing oatmeal extract to hydrate and moisturizer, minus the pore clogging.

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