Non Comedogenic Oils

Non Comedogenic Oils Bible! Organic Skin Care Done Right

Replacing your usual skin care cream with an oil can be a very smart choice. Carriers can be used to deeply moisturize and hydrate. They can also be used to prevent wrinkles and acne. Using only good quality, non-comedogenic oils will help you control the sebum production and acne, moisturize the skin, etc.

Carrier oils make great active beauty ingredients. This article is meant to answer all your questions regarding the comedogenicity of vegetable oils. Further on, you’ll read about:


  • An FAQ introductory section. Learn more about the “non-comedogenic” term and why it matters so much in skin care.
  • The non-comedogenic rating of vegetable (carrier) oils.
  • Details about the best carrier oils that are non-comedogenic. I will tell you their benefits for skin and what they blend well with for various skin needs.
  • Find out how to use these oils, and which is good for each skin type.
  • Also, learn about the difference between an oil serum for face and a commercial cream.
  • Last but not least, find out some more really interesting facts. Some refer to a few great essential fatty acids for skin care. I will tell you more about the linoleic acid, squalane, and cholesterol. These acids can soften your skin, maintain it hydrated and elastic and help it heal during and after acne.


FAQ about Non-Comedogenic Oils


You’ve heard about this term everywhere. From skin care products to makeup, they all need to be non-comedogenic. But why is that and why do you need to use these oils, especially if you have acne? Doesn’t putting oils on an oily complexion make the acne even worse?


I’m sure you have quite a few questions about this subject. On that note, let’s begin shedding some light on the matter.


1) What do you mean by non-comedogenic?

Non-comedogenic is a term that defines the ability of a beauty ingredient to let the pores breathe. This means doing it without clogging them.


Comedogenic, on the other hand, is an ingredient that blocks the pores. Clogged pores can become inflamed and cause acne, blackheads, irregular skin tone, etc.


2) Why is it important for the oil to be non-comedogenic?

It is important because each person has a different skin care routine. Their skin may be more or less sensitive to the comedogenicity of oils.


Oily and/or combination skin is more prone to getting frequent acne.  That’s why the right beauty routine should include only oils and products that are non-comedogenic.


  • Non-comedogenic oils will balance the sebum production.
  • They will also nourish the skin with all the essential fatty acids and nutrients it needs.
  • They can also protect against bacteria and inflammation.


This will lead to less and less acne and a more beautiful skin.


Clogged pores cause acne and micro cysts on the face. They can be painful and usually, they leave visible signs deep in the tissue.


Non Comedogenic Oils


3) How to know if an oil is non-comedogenic or not?

There are three criteria that can help you figure out if a carrier oil is non-comedogenic or not.


a) First, there is a special rating scale that refers to the comedogenicity level of an oil. That rating can be known with a little research. I will also tell you more about this rating for each oil.


b) Then there is the freshness of an oil. The closer it is to the expiration date, the more likely it is for that oil to become comedogenic. In other words, once the oils become rancid, they will no longer be non-comedogenic.


c) The third criterion is the oil’s shelf life. Some are more sensitive to light, air and especially heat than others. Carrier oils go rancid; they do not oxidize like essential oils do. Their rancidity (spoilage) can be spotted by smell and color.


A rancid oil goes darker, it can have sediments and will smell foul. Do not use it if you spot these signs. Rancid oils are always comedogenic! This means they will clog the pores and cause acne, and other skin problems.


4) How to maintain your oil non-comedogenic and prolong its shelf life?

When you open a new carrier oil for your beauty routine, you could add in an antioxidant or preservative. The best preservative for carrier oils is vitamin E.


Add 0.5 – 1% (or 30 drops/100 ml (3.38 fl. Oz) of vitamin E in your oil bottles. It can lengthen their shelf life with 6 – 12 months if also stored in a cool, dark place.


5) Do all skin types need to use non-comedogenic oils?

Not all skin types need this type of oils. Dry skin, for instance, needs very thick carrier oils to nourish and soothe it. Normal skin types are lucky because they can do great with any type of oil you put on them.


A combination or oily skin type needs non-comedogenic carrier oils! They need them to prevent and treat acne and an excess of sebum.


These non-comedogenic oils are also called “dry” oils. They can penetrate the skin fast, without leaving a greasy feeling on the skin. You will find out the right oils to use for your skin type if you continue reading.


6) Doesn’t putting oils on an oily complexion make the acne even worse?

It doesn’t make the acne worse because of several reasons:

  • All skin types need hydration and moisturizing, including oily skin.
  • By applying the right carrier oil on it, you can control the sebum production.
  • With the anti-inflammatory properties of the oils, you can also prevent acne. That way your pores will breathe easier and your face will stay clean and radiant.


7) Which oils don’t clog pores? 

There are many types of vegetable (carrier) oils that don’t clog pores. They’re usually very light and penetrate the skin fast and easy.


They leave it smooth and nourished. Among others, they also prevent water loss. A few examples of oils that don’t clog the pores are Macadamia, Hazelnut, Sweet Almond, etc.


Non-Comedogenic Oil Ratings

In skin care and beauty, there’s a scale from 0 to 5 that describes the level of comedogenicity of carrier oils.


0 = Non-comedogenic

1 = Low comedogenic

2 = Medium low comedogenic

3 = Moderately comedogenic

4 = Moderately high comedogenic

5 = Highly comedogenic


The best non-comedogenic natural oils are rated 0, followed by 1 and 2. I’ve used an oil rated 2 before I used a 0 rated oil, and I thought it was the best oil ever. I have a combination and acne prone skin, and I must say the skin felt really good with it.


These ratings should always be specified in the product description or on the bottle.


Terms like comedogenic or non-comedogenic don’t apply to essential oils.


  • They don’t clog the pores because they don’t contain fatty acids.
  • The molecules of essential oils are all volatile. This means that a part of them gets absorbed into the skin really fast. The other part of those molecules evaporates into the air.


For example, the comedogenic rating for Lavender and Tea Tree oils is 0. This can be said only if you want to refer to them that way. You can definitely say that essential oils are all non-comedogenic.


Popular Non-Comedogenic Carrier Oils


Now you know what the term means and why it matters when you chose the right oil for skin care. Next, you’re about to find out which oils are non-comedogenic.


Take your pick from the following list of non-comedogenic vegetable oils, and start nourishing and caring for your skin the proper way!


1) Argan Oil

Argan oil is non-comedogenic. Its rating is 0.


Non Comedogenic Oils


Benefits for skin:

  • Argan has a light-medium viscosity, which absorbs quickly.
  • It’s one of the non-comedogenic oils high in linoleic acid (Omega 6).
  • It’s also rich in vitamin E. These acids make this oil a great emollient.
  • Argan oil can dissolve the sebum, regulate its production and activate cellular regeneration.
  • It is ideal to maintain the skin hydrated, elastic and firm.
  • Argan protects from the sun’s UV as well. It is considered to have a moderate SPF (sun protection factor).
  • The linoleic acid can calm down burns and irritations.
  • It has been found that Argan oil can maintain the skin complexion fair because it can help even the skin tone by depigmentation.


Argan oil blends well with:

  • Frankincense essential oil, for wrinkles and premature aging prevention.
  • Manuka essential oil or Tea Tree, for acne.



2) Hemp Seed Oil

Hemp seed oil is non-comedogenic. Its rating is 0.


Benefits for skin:

  • Hemp oil is rich in vitamins and essential fatty acids like linoleic acid. Thus, it penetrates the skin very fast.
  • It does not leave a greasy feeling on the skin.
  • Hemp seed oil can prevent premature aging and restore the cellular membrane.
  • Hemp oil is non-comedogenic, which makes it great for oily skin.
  • The oil stimulates the microcirculation. It hydrates deeply and evens out the skin tone.
  • Hemp oil also soothes irritations and inflammations and helps with scars.


Hemp seed oil blends well with:

  • Rose essential oil (Otto) and Apricot oil, to purify and nourish the skin.
  • Cypress and Birch essential oils, for muscle or joint pain.



3) Sunflower Oil

Sunflower oil is non-comedogenic. Its rating is 0.


Benefits for skin:

  • This is a very light and penetrating non-comedogenic oil. You just have to make sure it’s pure, cold pressed and unrefined to get the most of its benefits.
  • Its high concentration of linoleic acid (62%) can help grow new cells and restore the protective barrier of the skin.
  • Sunflower oil can also prevent premature aging because it has strong antioxidant properties.
  • The oil can also fight acne-causing bacteria.


Sunflower oil blends well with:

  • Peppermint essential oil, to stimulate the circulation and hair growth.
  • Cistus essential oil, for a rejuvenated mature skin.



4) Babassu oil

Babassu oil is non-comedogenic. Its rating is 0.


Benefits for skin:

  • Babassu oil is very fluid and easily absorbed. It is high in Lauric acid, which acne prone skin usually lacks.
  • It does not leave a greasy feeling on the skin. Babassu oil can fight free radicals and prevent premature aging. It contains lots of tocotrienols that help with these problems.
  • The oil also prevents dehydration while soothing inflammations.


Babassu oil blends well with:

  • Cinnamon essential oil, for a warming massage blend for the cold season.



5) Baobab oil

Baobab oil is non-comedogenic. Its rating is 0.


Benefits for skin:

  • The oil of Baobab is a great emollient that soothes and repairs the scar tissue.
  • It helps the skin regenerate faster and hydrates it deeply. Baobab is also able to prevent premature aging.
  • Baobab oil is anti-allergenic and anti-inflammatory. These properties make Baobab one of the best non-comedogenic carrier oils.


Baobab oil blends well with:

  • German Chamomile and Calendula oil, for soothing and restoring effects.



6) Camellia oil

Camellia oil is non-comedogenic. Its rating is 0.


Non Comedogenic Oils


Benefits for skin:

  • Camellia or Green Tea seed oil can nourish and soften the skin.
  • It also has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. These properties make Camellia oil a well recommended non-comedogenic oil for facial serums.
  • It is easily absorbed into the skin through the sebum/hair follicles and protects against free radicals as well.


Camellia oil blends well with:

  • Rosewood and Cistus essential oils, for premature aging.
  • Avocado oil and Sandalwood essential oil, to regenerate damaged skin.



7) Camelina oil

Camelina oil is non-comedogenic also. Its rating is 0.


Benefits for skin:

  • This beauty oil is very rich in Omega 3 acids. Today, it’s considered a noble ingredient in many beauty and skin care products.
  • Camelina is very good in anti-aging blends for sensitive skin. Oily or combination skin types are often sensitive.
  • It can also make your skin glow while acting against inflammation as well.


Camelina oil blends well with:

  • Lavender and Roman Chamomile essential oils, to soothe irritation.



8) Hazelnut oil

Hazelnut oil is non-comedogenic. Its rating is 0.


Benefits for skin:

  • Hazelnut is among the best non-comedogenic carrier oils for acne skin.
  • It soothes and nourishes deeply, and prevents dehydration.
  • Hazelnut oil can also repair the damaged tissue and help acne scars heal and fade away.
  • This oil can be used for blackheads and acne, but also to regulate the sebum production.


Hazelnut oil blends well with:

  • Clary Sage and Tea Tree essential oils, for acne serums.
  • Avocado oil and Grapefruit essential oil, against stretch marks.



9) Rice bran oil

Rice bran oil is non-comedogenic. Its rating is 0.


Benefits for skin:

  • Rice bran contains ferulic acid and gamma-oryzanol. They are two essential fatty acids that are considered 10 times more powerful than vitamin E. This means that Rice bran oil is a very powerful antioxidant.
  • It absorbs fast and doesn’t leave a greasy feeling on the skin.
  • Since it contains phytosterols as well, Rice oil can repair scar tissue and reduce inflammations.
  • The oil also contains coenzyme Q10 and other enzymes that have anti-aging effects.


Rice bran oil blends well with:

  • Helichrysum (Immortelle) essential oil, for under eye dark circles.
  • Sandalwood and Cistus essential oils, for irritation and aging signs.



10) Safflower oil

Safflower oil is non-comedogenic. Its rating is 0.


Benefits for skin:

  • This oil penetrates the skin really well and fast, without feeling greasy.
  • Safflower is high in linoleic acid (omega 6). That makes it great for regenerating the tissue and fighting off free radicals.
  • The oil of Safflower is a great non-comedogenic oil because it can also stimulate the microcirculation and prevent dehydration.
  • It repairs and nourishes oily and combination skin. Safflower oil can help with the treatment of eczema as well.


Safflower oil blends well with:

  • Rosewood and Green Myrtle essential oils, for anti-aging serums.
  • Cypress and Cumin essential oils, for facial redness and irritation.



11) Watermelon seed oil

Watermelon seed oil is non-comedogenic. Its rating is 0.


Non Comedogenic Oils


Benefits for skin:

  • Among the best non-comedogenic carrier oils we have Watermelon seed oil. It absorbs really well into the skin and it’s a great emollient.
  • This oil is great for regulating the sebum production. It can also revitalize the skin and maintain it elastic and firm.
  • Watermelon oil can help the skin regenerate. It also improves the skin tone.


Watermelon seed oil blends well with:

  • Clary Sage and Atlas Cedar essential oils, for sebum regulation.
  • German Chamomile and Cistus essential oils, to rejuvenate and prevent premature aging.



12) Poppy seed oil

Poppy seed oil is non-comedogenic. Its rating is 0.


Benefits for skin:

  • Poppy oil is another great carrier oil that contains high amounts of linoleic acid. That makes it great for soothing inflammation.
  • The oil is great as a moisturizer.
  • It has quite a unique skin feel. Poppy seed oil absorbs slower than other non-comedogenic oils, but it feels very light. It doesn’t leave greasy traces on the skin either.
  • The oil can also repair the skin tissue.
  • As a note, there are no opiates or alkaloids in Poppy seed oil. Because of that, it’s very safe to use it as beauty ingredient in your organic skin care.


Poppy seed oil blends well with:

  • Lavender, Chamomile and Camellia oil, for acne and to balance the sebum production.
  • Patchouli and Frankincense, for anti-aging serums.


All these oils are all rated 0 on the comedogenicity scale. This means they are safe to use for oily and mixed skin types. They do not clog the pores. Thus, acne is no longer a threat.


Nonetheless, non-comedogenic oils rated 1 and 2 are also safe to use on acne prone skin.


A cosmetic butter is a vegetable oil but in a solid form. They contain many essential fatty acids that can help the skin just like carriers.


The following list includes other oils and butters with low and medium comedogenicity. Both oily and combination skin types may react differently to these oils. It is always best to try more non-comedogenic carrier oils to find the one that suits your skin best.


Waxes can sometimes be used for skin care as well. Because of that and their content of fatty acids, waxes enter the rating system of comedogenicity as well.


Non-comedogenic oils and butters (and waxes) that are rated 1:
  • Black seed (Nigella)
  • Candelilla wax
  • Carnauba wax
  • Calendula
  • Ceresin wax
  • Grapeseed
  • Emu
  • Lanolin wax
  • Sesame
  • Soy
  • Castor
  • Pomegranate
  • Rosehip seed
  • Sea Buckthorn
  • Neem
  • Marula
  • Cucumber seed
  • Shea butter
  • Mango butter


Non-comedogenic oils and waxes that are rated 2:
  • Almond
  • Avocado
  • Borage
  • Beeswax
  • Borage
  • Evening Primrose
  • Jojoba
  • Macadamia
  • Olive
  • Pumpkin seed
  • Tamanu


Using the above lists and information, you now know which oils are non-comedogenic (with a 0 rating). You also know which ones are low to medium comedogenicity (1 and 2 ratings). As I said, experimenting is the best way to find the right oils for your skin type and needs.


Non Comedogenic Oils


How to Use Non-Comedogenic Carrier Oils in Beauty and Skin Care


The good news about natural non-comedogenic carrier oils is that they can be used as they are. It is not mandatory to mix them with other oils for a good beauty routine and a healthy, glowing skin.


Essential oils though, they need to be diluted in a carrier oil before topical application. They have to be diluted because they’re very concentrated essences. If applied pure, they may burn or sensitize the skin.


Carrier oils contain only fatty acids, plus traces of vitamins and minerals. They’re extracted from kernels, seeds or pulp via the cold pressed method. This method preserves all their nutrients best.


They can successfully replace a skin care cream. Carriers will do a lot more good to the skin than anything else commercial.


You can use your non-comedogenic oils as cleansers!
  • Simply apply a small amount on a cotton pad and wipe your face clean of makeup and dirt.
  • This method will ensure that the skin is not stripped of its natural oil (sebum). That will prevent excess oiliness, which will lead to less and less clogged pores.


You can also use these vegetable oils as moisturizers!
  • Once the skin is clean, nourish it with a non-comedogenic oil for your skin type.
  • Depending on the oil used, your face could enjoy natural SPF protection too. The skin will also benefit from vitamins and other essential fatty acids your body can’t produce. Omega 3s and 6s are such acids that the skin needs on a daily basis to regenerate and maintain elastic.


Best Non-Comedogenic Natural Oils per Skin Type

The best thing you can do for your skin is to use the proper oils. There are quite a few different skin types and each needs different nutrients, vitamins, and essential fatty acids. These needs usually depend on the lifestyle and the diet of a person.


If that person takes enough Omega supplements, his or her skin will perhaps need just water to become radiant. If another has an unbalanced diet and is stressed, his or her skin will look dull and dehydrated.


That’s where non-comedogenic oils enter. Every skin type needs hydration, no matter the problem.


But some oils don’t work the same as for others. Let’s take a couple of carrier oils that are popular in beauty routines:


Jojoba oil

Is Jojoba oil non-comedogenic? Jojoba is one of the famous oils used and mentioned in acne treatments.


This oil, which is, in fact, a liquid wax, has a low to medium comedogenicity rating. As you’ve probably seen in the above list of non-comedogenic oils, Jojoba oil is rated 2.


Some people have had very successful experiences using Jojoba for acne skin. While others, like me, haven’t gotten along so well. This means that for some, Jojoba oil can be non-comedogenic.


Its medium viscosity mimics the natural sebum very well and tricks the body into thinking it doesn’t need to produce more. But at the same time, under certain circumstances, that viscosity could also block the pores.


Non Comedogenic Oils


Another example is Coconut oil.

The Coconut oil comedogenic rating is nowhere near 0. As popular and beloved as Coconut oil is, it is not among the non-comedogenic oils. It has a rating of 4, which means that Coconut oil is comedogenic.


Generally speaking, using Coconut oil on your face will clog your pores and cause more acne! I feel like stressing this out simply because the oil is so very popular in skin care. But, as I said, skin types are different and some people may do just great using it.


Try it and give it 3 days to see whether it causes more acne or not. Also, use it sparingly and massage it really well into the skin. As an observation, if you think about using beeswax, I advise against it. Beeswax is comedogenic (rating: 5) and very occlusive.


Is Rosehip Oil a good non-comedogenic?

Another very popular and beloved carrier is Rosehip oil. It’s rated 1, which means there’s a very low risk of clogging pores. Using very small amounts of this oil can be very nutritious for oily skin. Thus, if you want to give it a try, you’re safe to use it.


What about Shea butter (Karité)?

The Shea butter comedogenic rating is 1, just like Rosehip oil. Butters are known to be very thick and heavy and are usually recommended for people with dry skin. Well, Shea butter is different, just like Mango butter.


If you have an oily skin, you can give Shea butter a try. The risk of clogged pores is very small. Another good beauty oil is Marula. The Marula oil comedogenic rating is 1, which is safe to use on oily or combination types.


For each skin type, I would recommend the following:

Dry skin – If you have this skin type, you don’t have to worry about clogged pores. But if you still do, then I suggest using non-comedogenic oils for dry skin that have a rating of 2: Jojoba, Avocado, Olive, Almond, etc.


Normal skin – this skin type is pretty rare. If you have it, you’re lucky. You can use any type of oil you like, as long as you “listen” to your skin’s needs.


Normal skin types would do great with non-comedogenic oils that seal in the moisture and nourish deeply. They can be Safflower, Camelina, Hazelnut, or they can be Sea Buckthorn, Tamanu, Avocado, etc.


Combination skin – With this skin type, you might have to apply 2 different oils. Does it feel oily in the middle (T-zone) and dry on the outside? Or is it oily only in the middle and normal on the outside?


Knowing these things may help you come up with the best skin care routine.  Non-comedogenic oils for combination skin rated as 0 and 1 would be the perfect starting point.


Oily skin – With this skin type is easy to know what to do. Simply go for the 0 rated oils. They are non-comedogenic and you can add them to your natural skin care regimen. Non-comedogenic oils for oily skin: Hazelnut, Watermelon, Macadamia, Rice bran, etc.


For more diversity, use an oil with natural SPF in the morning and a sebum regulator at night. The good part is that most non-comedogenic oils for oily skin I gave you the details for, can regulate the sebum production.


The Benefits of Using Non-Comedogenic Oils for Face

A natural oily serum for skin care is superior to any facial cream you find on the market. It is so simply because it’s natural and unadulterated.


A commercial skin care cream or lotion contains:

  • Synthetic preservatives.
  • Texture agents.
  • Mineral or silicone oils.
  • Emulsifiers (to blend watery ingredients with fatty ones).
  • Not enough antioxidants to actually make a difference. Somewhere around 2% of the cream contains beneficial nutrients.
  • Colorants.
  • Synthetic fragrances.
  • PH modifiers.


A beauty serum that contains non-comedogenic oils doesn’t need all these synthetics. Oils can be used as they are and still feed your skin everything it needs.


For an enhanced action, you can add in essential oils or natural vitamins. That way you know exactly what you put on your face, and you can address certain skin problems whenever you need it.


Oil blends for face have a higher quality than commercial creams, and they are also economical.  1 ½ fl. Oz (~50 ml) of carrier oil can last for at least 6 months.


On a short-term, commercial skin care products can also be beneficial, but on a long-term, oils are the best. They can improve the quality of your skin and take years off your face.


It has already been proven that daily moisturizing with carrier oils can help the skin look and feel younger.


Non Comedogenic Oils


Best Essential Fatty Acids in Non-Comedogenic Oils and Their Effects on Skin Quality


Various essential fatty acids can be found in different carriers. The most important ones are those that the body alone can’t produce. They’re called linoleic acid (omega 6) and alpha-linolenic acid (omega 3).


If they can’t be produced then they need to be obtained from external sources. For internal benefits, you can use supplements, and for external benefits (the skin) you have carrier oils. Plants are great fatty acid sources.


The whole body needs these acids to maintain healthily and properly working. That means the skin also needs them for the same reasons. That’s why they’re called essential fatty acids.


Non-comedogenic oils for the face are excellent emollients. Emollient beauty oils can:


  • Make the skin very soft and smooth to touch.
  • Hydrate the skin.
  • Make it more elastic and flexible.


The skin is made of many intracellular lipids. The most important ones are called ceramides. These ceramides form the protective barrier of the skin. Using natural or synthetic ceramides can help the skin’s protective barrier remain intact.


Excess washing can remove the ceramides and disrupt the protective skin barrier. This leads to a more sensitive and drier skin.


They also act as emollients, but they’re too expensive to find or make. Because of that, other sources of pseudo-ceramides have been found.


One of them is called cholesterol and can be found in plants and other natural sources. Cholesterol can be found in our natural sebum as well. When you wash your face with soaps and other commercial products, you strip your skin of all these essential fats.


Did you know that one of the best sources of vegetable cholesterol is sheep’s wool?


Non Comedogenic Oils, lanolin


Yes, wool produces lanolin (wool grease). Lanolin can be found, among other ingredients, in many skin care products. Skincare cholesterol is not the same as blood cholesterol and it does not affect the latter in any way.


Cholesterol is used for smooth, soft and hydrated skin. It can also build new cells and maintain the integrity of the existing ones.


Medical experiments have found that acne-prone skin types lack linoleic acid. Important amounts of linoleic acids can be found in almost all the non-comedogenic oils on the list I gave you a bit earlier.


Whatever linoleic acid you may have in your body, it’s usually not enough to get to the skin as well. That’s why a linoleic acid deficiency in your skin cells may dry the skin and cause acne, cysts, and allergies.


Linoleic acid is also part of the sebum’s composition, just like cholesterol. This essential fatty acid helps prevent dehydration while nourishing the skin.


Non-comedogenic oils high in linoleic acid:

  • Poppy seed
  • Safflower
  • Sunflower
  • Hemp seed
  • Argan.
  • Etc.


Oleic and Lauric acids are also beneficial to the skin. They can make the skin cells more receptive to all the other ingredients. These acids can improve the skin’s elasticity while strengthening its protective barrier as well.


Linoleic and Lauric acids have also been found most effective at inhibiting the action of P. acnes bacteria. These two essential fatty acids have anti-inflammatory effects.


There is another important fatty acid found in the sebum. It is called squalene and it maintains the integrity of skin cells, especially after sun exposure.


It can protect the skin from other sources of radiation as well. Squalene is produced by the body, but it can derive from plants and animals as well.


After the age of 30, the body starts to slow down the production of squalene. This leads to skin dryness. It gradually leads to a weaker protective barrier too. Bacteria and free radicals may penetrate easier and affect the skin cells.


That can be avoided if you supply your skin with this and other essential fatty acids needed to maintain young for as long as possible. Luckily, non-comedogenic oils can provide all these important nutrients.


Through hydrogenation, squalene becomes Squalane, which oxidizes at a slower pace. Because of this and its deep moisturizing effects, it is often used in emollient products.


Squalane is non-comedogenic, antibacterial and doesn’t have that oily feel to the skin. That makes it a good non-comedogenic oil to use for the face.


However, natural squalene (the fatty acid from which Squalane is obtained) can be found in Olive oil and Argan oil. Olive oil is low to medium non-comedogenic. Its rating is 2, which makes it good for combination skin.


I would not recommend it for oily skin types though. It works better if it’s used in small amounts, mixed with non-comedogenic oils rated as 0.


Other oils that contain natural squalene are:

  • Amaranth seed.
  • Sunflower.
  • Cottonseed.
  • Corn.
  • Soybean.
  • Palm kernel.
  • Palm oil.
  • Rice bran.
  • Wheat Germ.


From this list, only Soy, Sunflower and Rice bran oils are non-comedogenic though.



I admit I also learned a lot while doing research for this article. I enjoyed writing it and I hope you’ll find this information useful enough to help you get the skin you deserve.


I do want to remind you that you have to use the right non-comedogenic oils for your skin type. That could be the difference between flawless skin and a skin with problems.


Experiment with as many non-comedogenic carrier oils as you want and learn what your skin likes best. Take care of it because in a long term you will look amazing, no matter the age.

Which oil is your favorite and how does it work for your complexion? Have you thought of replacing it with a new one from the list I gave you? I’ll be looking forward to all of your answers!


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23 thoughts on “Non Comedogenic Oils Bible! Organic Skin Care Done Right”

  1. By far the best article on carrier oils. I am making my kids’ skin care and it enlightened me more on what carrier oil is best for each of them. I so adore rice bran oil and regard it as superman of all the carrier oils. I just discover it today while in the grocery, purchased it to use in my DIY green tea whipped face cream. The oil is so light that it felt nourishing w no greasy feel. Then i read this article. I’m glad I discovered Rice Bran oil.

    1. Hello Cia,

      Thank you for you kind words. Positive feedback is always awesome 🙂
      And yes, I agree. Rice bran oil is very light and has many great effects, including anti-aging.
      I hope I’ll see you around.

  2. Great, thorough, article! I’m 39 with combo skin and so far hemp oil keeps my skin really clear but not moist enough. I’ve started rosehip oil and that moisturizes better and longer but my skin is not as clear. Still playing around with a combo…thanks for great info! 🙂

  3. Thank you so much for sharing your research in this article! I truly enjoyed reading it! I found that moisturizing with grapeseed oil works best for my (temperamental) skin. I include a few drops of tea tree and frankincense essential oils in there as well. Thanks again!

  4. I love this article! I’ve loved rice bran oil for quite a while, and I use it in my baby products quite a bit. I’d like to know if you have, or know where I can find information on rice bran wax. I’ve searched for a few days now, and no luck. Just plenty of articles on rice bran oil. I am trying to find out if it can be used in lotions. I also want to make a baby butt balm with it.

  5. Great Article. Thank you for being thorough on your explanation about the oils. I have read many of your articles and they always have something interesting and exciting to learn about. Im changing my oil recipe today!

  6. Getting started in a serious way. All of this was so thorough and helpful. My skin (age 70) is somewhat damaged I feel, red and irritated. Excited to try some of the Non Comedogenic oils. Considering Safflower oil with cypress & Cumin. Or the Safflower alone. Another is the Watermelon Seed Oil with German Camomile & Cistus as it rejuvenates. Was trying Fractionated Coconut oil since I had it as a carrier. After reading all above, realized why it was not working. Hope I can find these Non Comedogenic oils in small bottles.

    1. Hi Kay,

      I’m glad my article helped you and I’m also glad you’ll be trying all those nice new blends.
      I’m sure you’ll be able to find non comedogenic oils in smaller bottles too.
      They usually come in 100 ml or 50 ml recipients, or less.
      Take care 🙂

  7. Holley Petitta

    What a blessing your article! I have been searching things for just a month or so. My Daugher has cystic acne and we have tried many things and everything helps for a minute. She has PCOS so there are many things involved. But I have been looking for non comedigenic oils that won’t clog her pores worse. We decided to do oil cleansing with jojoba and caster oil ( though it completely freaked her out) we went a head and just tried. Believe it or not it is helping. Now what I am struggling with is what brands, what companies really produce 100 % organic pure cold pressed of these oils. Can you help me with any of this? Please or where do I go and who do I trust? Thanks

    1. Hello Holley,

      I’m glad the oil cleansing method works for your daughter. As for brands, I don’t buy from specific names. All I care about is the purity and extraction method of the product, which you can check out by asking for its GC/MS report. I have an article on how to choose your oils if you want to find out more.

  8. Thank you so much for writing this article! I’m planning on making my own facial moisturizer, as the one I’ve been using is quite expensive and has all kinds of things in it that I’d rather not have on my face. This has been, by far, the most comprehensive and clear article that I’ve found about carrier oils and comedogenic ratings. I feel so much more informed and excited to start experimenting with these oils. After reading this, I’ve decided to try a mix of shea butter, hemp seed oil, and olive oil for my normal/dry skin, with some combination of tea tree, lavender, and rosehip essential oils.

    1. Glad I could help, Karen 🙂
      Your blend sounds great and I hope you have a nice experience with it.

    1. DJ, Rosewood is an essential oil, and essential oils are non-comedogenic by nature.
      They don’t clog the pores because they don’t contain fatty acids.

  9. Wow!!! Love, love LOVE your article. I was searching for info on Amla oil trying to see if there was an essential oil (Rose Geranium, Heilichrysum or something) to mix with it for better moisturizing and discovered your article. I have dry skin and have been experimenting with Rosehip, Coconut, Sweet Almond and now Amla. I learned from you to give it a little more time to see what works. I’m still having a few bumps/acne from time to time but because I only use an oil for a day or 2 before I switch to something else, I’m not sure which oil is best for me. I’m 58, due to genetics, my skin & complexion are pretty good. Most people think I’m in my 30’s. I’m just trying to find something to keep me from waking up one morning looking like the picture of Dorian Gray!!!! 😁

    1. Lol, JRene.
      It sounds to me like you’re quite safe from that 🙂
      As for the best oil, all of them can help the skin with something new.

      As long as it’s non-comedogenic enough for your skin type, it should all be okay. Some oils have that “purging” effect (bumps, acne, etc.). Sweet Almond is one of them.

      You’ll find more details about it in one of my article (Sweet Almond and dark circles).
      Best of luck in finding the best oil combo.

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