Comedogenic Scale for Oils and Butters

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What is the Comedogenic Scale?

The comedogenic scale is ranked by how likely it is that any specific ingredients, such as oils and butters used in cosmetic product formulation, will clog pores. Anyone who is susceptible to acne breakouts and blackheads should avoid highly comedogenic oils, as they are likely to cause recurring acne problems. However, people with drier skin might prefer a more emollient oil toward the middle of the scale.

The scale uses a numbering system of 0 to 5. Here’s how the numbers rank on the scale:

0 - won’t clog pores at all
1 - very low likelihood of clogging pores
2 - moderately low likelihood
3 - moderate likelihood
4 - fairly high likelihood
5 - high likelihood of clogging pores

Non-comedogenic oils are oils that do not clog pores and have a comedogenic rating of 2 or less. And just about any oil with a rating of 5 pretty much guarantees that a person who is prone to acne breakouts will have one.

But so many factors are involved in how a particular oil impacts your skin that there is no way to make an “absolute” prediction.The fact is, everyone’s skin is different, so an oil will impact different people in different ways. For example, avocado oil can be a nourishing oil for some people with oily skin while others who also have oily skin will use it and develop more acne breakouts!

Factors that can lead to this variety of results may include things like skin type, illness, water intake, environmental factors, and other things that can influence the way the oils act on your skin.

In addition to an ingredient's comedogenic ranking, the composition of fatty acids is also useful in determining which skin type will benefit from a particular oil. In this guide, we'll look at both types of information.

In-Depth Comedogenic Scale of Oils and Butters

Name Comedogenic Rating Skin Type(s) Composition
Abyssinian Seed Oil 0 Most Skin Types High in Erucic Acid and Moderate in Oleic Acid
Acai Berry Oil 2 Dry, Mature, Irritated High in Oleic Acid and Moderate in Linoleic Acid
Almond Oil, Sweet 2 Dry, Sensitive, Acne-Prone High in Oleic Acid
Andiroba Seed Oil 2 Dry, Acne-Prone  High in Oleic Acid, Moderate in Linoleic Acid
Apricot Kernel Oil 2 Combination, Dry High in Oleic Acid
Argan Oil 0 Most Skin Types High in Oleic Acid, Linoleic Acid
Avocado Oil 3 Dry, Acne-Prone High in Oleic Acid
Babassu Oil 1-2 Most Skin Types High in Lauric, Myristic and Oleic Acid
Baobob Seed Oil 2 Most Skin Types High in Oleic Acid, Moderate Linoleic
Black Currant Seed Oil 0-1 Dry, Sensitive High in Linoleic Acid + GLA and ALA
Blackberry Seed Oil 0-1 Oily High in Linoleic, Moderate Linolenic Acid
Black Cumin Seed Oil 2 Combination High in Linoleic Acid, Moderate Oleic
Black Raspberry Seed Oil 1-2 Dry, Combination, Acne-Prone High in Linoleic Acid, Moderate Linolenic
Blueberry Seed Oil 0-1 Most Skin Types, especially Oily/Acne-Prone High in Linoleic Acid, Moderate Linolenic & Oleic
Borage Oil 2 Combination, Oily, Sensitive High in Linoleic Acid and GLA
Brazil Nut Oil 2 Dry, Mature High in Oleic Acid, Moderate Linoleic
Broccoli Seed Oil 1 Dry, Best for Night/Hair High in Erucic Acid and Oleic Acid
Buriti Oil 2 Dry, Mature High in Oleic Acid
Camellia Seed Oil 1 Most Skin Types High in Oleic Acid
Carrot Seed Oil 3-4 Dry, Mature High in Oleic Acid
Castor Oil 1 Most Skin Types, including Oily/Acne-Prone High in Ricinoleic Acid
Cherry Kernel Oil 2 Most Skin Types, especially Dry/Irritated High in Oleic and Linoleic Acid
Chia Seed Oil 3 Best for Body Use High in Linolenic
Cloudberry Seed Oil 1 Oily, Acne-Prone High in Linoleic and Linolenic Acid
Cocoa Butter 4 Ideal for Body/Eye Area, not for Oily/Acne-Prone High in Oleic and Stearic Acid
Coconut Butter 4 Very Dry, Best for Body Use High in Oleic, Stearic and Palmitic Acid
Coconut Oil 4 Very Dry, Best for Body Use High in Lauric Acid
Coconut Oil, Fractionated 2-3 Most Skin Types High in Caprylic and Capric Acid
Cottonseed Oil 3 Best for Hair or Body High in Linoleic Acid
Cranberry Seed Oil 2 Dry, Acne-Prone High in Linoleic Acid, Moderate in Oleic and Linolenic Acid
Cucumber Seed Oil 1 Most Skin Types High in Linoleic Acid
Date Seed Oil 3 Dry High in Oleic Acid
Elderberry Seed Oil 1-2 Most Skin Types High in Linoelic and Linolenic Acid
Emu Oil 1 Most Skin Types High in Oleic Acid, Moderate in Palmitic Acid
Evening Primrose Oil 2-3 Oily, Acne-Prone, Combination High in Linoleic Acid, Moderate in GLA
Flax Seed Oil (Linseed) 4 Very Dry, Best for Body Use High in Alpha Linolenic Acid
Guava Seed Oil 1-2 Most Skin Types High in Linoleic Acid
Goji Berry Seed Oil 0-1 Oily High in Linoleic Acid
Grapeseed Oil 1 Most Skin Types High in Linoleic Acid
Hazelnut Oil 1 Most Skin Types, especially Sensitive, Acne-Prone High in Oleic Acid
Hemp Seed Oil 0 Most Skin Types, including Oily/Acne-Prone High in Linoleic Acid, Moderate in Linolenic Acid
Jojoba Oil 2 Most Skin Types, including Oily/Acne-Prone High in Eicosenoic Acid
Karanja Oil 2 Dry, Hair Use High in Oleic Acid
Kiwi Seed Oil 1 Dry, Flaky, Hair Use High in Linolenic Acid
Kukui Nut Oil 2 Dry, Flaky, Hair Use High in Linoleic Acid, Moderate in Oleic and Linolenic Acid
Lanolin Oil 2 Very Dry NA
Macadamia Nut Oil 2-3 Dry High in Oleic Acid, Moderate in Palmitoleic Acid
Mango Butter 2 Most Skin Types High in Oleic Acid, Moderate in Stearic Acid
Mango Seed Oil 2 Most Skin Types, particularly Dry High in Oleic and Stearic Acid
Marula Oil 3-4 Very Dry, Sensitive High in Oleic Acid
Meadowfoam Seed Oil 1 Oily, Acne-Prone, Sensitive High in Eicosenoic Acid
Milk Thistle Seed Oil 1 Most Skin Types High in Linoleic Acid
Mineral Oil 0 Most Skin Types NA
Mink Oil 3 Dry High in Oleic Acid
Moringa Oil 3-4 Dry, Combination High in Oleic Acid
Mowrah Butter na Most Skin Types, especially Dry/Damaged High in Oleic and Palmitic Acid
Neem Oil 1-2 Dry, Acne-Prone High in Oleic Acid
Olive Oil 2 Dry, Acne-Prone High in Oleic Acid
Papaya Seed Oil 2-3 Dry, Acne-Prone, Sensitive High in Oleic Acid
Palm Oil 4 Very Dry, Best for Body Use High in Lauric Acid
Palm Oil, Red 4 Very Dry, Best for Body Use High in Oleic Acid, Moderate in Palmitic Acid
Passionfruit (Maracuja) Seed Oil 1-2 Oily, Irritated, Acne-Prone High in Linoleic Acid
Peach Kernel Oil 2 Dry, Sensitive High in Oleic Acid
Peanut Oil 2 Most Skin Types High in Oleic and Palmitic Acid
Pecan Oil 2 Dry, Combination High in Oleic Acid, Moderate in Linoleic Acid
Perilla Oil 1-2 Most Skin Types, especially Dry High in ALA
Pistachio Oil na Most Skin Types, especially Dry/Damaged High in Oleic and Palmitic Acid
Plum Kernel Oil 1-2 Most Skin Types, especially Mature High in Oleic Acid, Moderate in Linoleic Acid
Pomegranate Seed Oil 1 Most Skin Types, especially Mature High in Punicic Acid
Prickly Pear Seed Oil 1-2 Most Skin Types, especially Oily/Combination High in Linoleic Acid
Pumpkin Seed Oil 2 Most Skin Types High in Linoleic Acid, Moderate in Oleic Acid
Red Raspberry Seed Oil 0-1 Most Skin Types High in Linoleic Acid, Moderate in Linolenic Acid
Rice Bran Oil 2 Most Skin Types, especially Mature/Combination High in Oleic and Linoleic Acid
Rosehip Seed Oil 1 Oily, Acne-Prone High in Linoleic Acid, Moderate in Linolenic Acid
Safflower Oil (High Linoliec) 0 Most Skin Types High in Linoleic Acid
Sal Seed Butter Dry High in Stearic and Oleic Acid
Sea Buckthorn Oil 1 Most Skin Types, especially Mature/Dry High in Palmitic, Palmitoleic and Oleic Acid
Sesame Seed Oil 3 Dry, Irritated High in Linoleic and Oleic Acid
Shea Butter 0-2 Normal, Dry High in Oleic and Stearic Acid
Shea Oil 0-2 Very Dry High in Oleic Acid, Moderate in Stearic Acid
Soybean Oil 4-5 Very Dry, Best for Body Use High in Linoleic Acid
Squalane Oil 0-1 Most Skin Types High in Omega-2
Strawberry Seed Oil 1 Most Skin Types, especially Oily/Acne-Prone High in Linoleic and Linolenic Acid
Sunflower Seed Oil 0-2 Most Skin Types High in Linoleic Acid
Tallow 2 Dry High in Oleic Acid
Tamanu Oil 2 Most Skin Types, especially Scarred/Sensitive High in Oleic and Linoleic Acid
Tomato Seed Oil 0-2 Most Skin Types High in Linoleic Acid, Moderate in Oleic Acid
Walnut Seed Oil 1-2 Most Skin Types High in Linoleic Acid, Moderate in Oleic Acid
Watermelon Seed OIl 0-1 Most Skin Types, especially Oily/Acne-Prone/Sensitive High in Linoleic Acid
Wheat Germ Oil 5 Very Dry/Damaged, Spot Treatment

High in Linolenic Acid

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