If your skin is prone to congestion and breakouts it is best to use non-comedogenic skin care products.
Here we define what non-comedogenic means and explain how to incorporate non-comedogenic products into your anti-blemish skin care routine.
What are non-comedogenic products?
Non-comedogenic is the umbrella term used to describe products that do not contain pore-clogging ingredients.
Pores play a vital role in releasing realising sweat and toxins from the body and if they are blocked, the skin can become congested and irritated. Pores also regulate our skin’s production of sebum oil; the right amount of sebum keeps skin soft and supple, but too much can leave the skin oily and attract acne bacteria.
Not all brands choose to state that they are non-comedogenic on their product labels and if you’re unsure whether a product is non-comedogenic, you can look for clues on the product’s INCI list (ingredients label).
Bulky petrochemical mineral oils and shine-inducing silicones are pore-clogging and commonly added to skin care and SPF sun care products. Once applied to the skin they act like a layer of cling-film, trapping dirt in and stopping the skin from breathing naturally.
All Green People products are non-comedogenic and their plant-based formulas allow pores to perform their natural functions at their very best.
Can non-comedogenic skin care help spots and maskne?
Clogged pores are known to cause the skin to over-produce sebum, and excess sebum attracts acne bacteria. So, if your beauty goal is to control your breakouts, switching to a non-pore clogging regime should be high on your to-do list.
With frequent use, non-comedogenic skin care will help to balance your skin’s sebum production and you should see a reduction in the frequency that you experience blemishes that are not linked to hormonal changes in the body.
It can take time for the skin to adjust to changes to your routine and switching to non-comedogenic skin care will not stop your spots overnight. If your pores are deeply congested, you should consider incorporating a gentle, non-comedogenic foaming face wash and a deep-cleansing face mask into your routine.
Shop non-comedogenic facial wash and mask
Our Coconut Charcoal Purifying Face Mask combines skin-balancing Alpine Willow with detoxing activated Charcoal and Bentonite Clay and draws toxins away from the skin, giving it a clean, fresh feel.
When choosing a non-comedogenic face wash, opt for a foaming cleanser that contains natural spot fight actives such as Witch Hazel, Tea Tree or Black Willow Bark and follow with an anti-blemish moisturiser.
Shop non-comedogenic skin care for men
If you have a beard, cleansing it thoroughly with will help to keep breakouts at bay and you can use a non-comedogenic face wash or shower gel to cleanse the beard. It is also a good idea to unclog pores by using a natural face scrub for men every other day. Our No.1 Exfoliating Face Scrub combines naturally exfoliating Cranberry with detoxing Clay to gently unclog pores.
When choosing a beard oil, select a non-greasy oil that is enriched with Tea Tree actives as this will support the balance of the skin while also taming frizzy facial hair.
Shop non-comedogenic skin care for mask acne
In the UK wearing a face mask on public transport, in shops and in restaurants is a legal requirement. While this is thought to help safeguard against the spread of airborne viruses and can stop pollution particles from clogging the pores, face mask friction can aggravate acne-prone complexions.
Applying a non-comedogenic moisturiser with prebiotics each day can help reduce your risk of maskne and mask irritation. Your likelihood of face mask breakouts will be further reduced if you thoroughly cleanse at night with a non-comedogenic foaming face wash.
At night the skin regenerates and pores release sweat and toxins from the body. Applying a light, non-comedogenic night cream or serum after cleansing allows you to feed your skin the moisture skin needs to feel fresh come the morning, but won’t interfere with the skin’s night-time processes.
Is wearing a face mask irritating your spot-prone skin? Check out our tips for protecting skin when wearing a face mask.
Shop non-comedogenic products for back acne
Many men and women in the UK suffer from back acne – also shortened to ‘bacne’. Like acne, spots that appear on the back result from blocked pores and an excess of sebum. If you are prone to acne on your back, applying a non-comedogenic body lotion or a moisturiser made with spot-fighting actives is an effective way to calm and clear the skin on your back and shoulders.
Our best product for men prone to Bacne is the Green People for Men No3 Cooling Moisturiser. Made with blemish-fighting Black Willow Bark and antioxidant Green Tea, when applied to the shoulders it reduces blemish redness and helps to stop spots from forming.
Making subtle changes to your shower routine by switching to non-comedogenic shower gel and non-comedogenic shampoo can also help to reduce your risk of forehead acne and back acne.
Considering changing to natural, non-comedogenic skin care? Our customer care team are ready to help you build your anti-blemish routine and can be contacted on 01403 740350.