Oil comedogenic rating

Oil comedogenic rating

As anticipated in last Saturday’s post on the benefits of using vegetal oils on your skin at night, here is the oil comedogenic rating!

You might have tried facial oils before, because you heard about their anti-aging properties but you ended up looking like a blooming teenager, so cursed at the oil and never tried it again? Well, I feel you and you might have tried an oil with a high comedogenic rating without knowing it would totally clog your pores… Hence this list.

Use this to choose your facial oil wisely. Unfortunately, all oils aren’t created equal when it comes to treating / giving you pimples. I have a highly reactive sensitive combination acne prone skin, and I put oil on my face, and I’m fine. I’m actually better than fine, with the exception of the odd pimple here and there, I have managed to clear my skin and putting oil on my face is for sure one of the healing factors.

Reminder: vegetable oils are amazing when it comes to intensely moisturize your skin, regulate your sebum secretion and protecting your skin as they are full of anti-oxidants, vitamin E and essential fatty acids (omega 3 & 6). Read the full post dedicated to facial oil benefits here.

Oil comedogenic rating: on the scale of 0 to 5, 0 being NOT comedogenic (does not clog pores), 5 being VERY comedogenic (clogs pores):


  • Argan oil (my holy grail, does it all)
  • Hemp seed oil (perfect for oily sensitive skins, should be kept in the fridge)
  • Safflower oil (clears out blackheads, highly moisturizing)
  • Shea butter (ideal in winter when skin feels rough)

Rating 1:

  • Babassu oil (eczema, psoriasis, rosacea)
  • Black currant seed oil (dry, damaged, devitalized skins)
  • Blackberry see oil (blotchiness, large pores)
  • Blueberry seed oil (boosts collagen production)
  • Cucumber seed oil (high in phytosterols, restores elasticity)
  • Emu oil (not a vegetable oil obviously, but very similar to our skin’s essential fatty acid ratios which means it’s the oil that is going to be absorbed the best by our skin)
  • Goji seed oil (emollient and firming, best around the eyes, not full face)
  • Grape seed oil (high in vitamin E)
  • Halzelnut oil (reduces pores)
  • Pomegranate oil (rich in omega 5, nourishes skin and boosts cell regeneration)

Rating 2:

  • Almond oil
  • Apricot kernel oil
  • Avocado oil
  • Baobab oil
  • Black cumin seed oil (calms inflammation, very high in anti-oxidants)
  • Borage oil (regenerates skin)
  • Brazil nut oil (reduces hyperpigmentation)
  • Camphor oil
  • Cherry seed oil (reduces inflammation and gives you oomf)
  • Cranberry seed oil (very emollient)
  • Elderberry seed oil (elasticity and decongesting effect)
  • Evening primrose oil
  • Guava seed oil (reduces pores and tightens the skin)
  • Jojoba oil (be careful with that one cause it is said to have a “purge” effect meaning that you break out a lot when you start using it to detox the skin. As a general rule of thumb I dont buy into the BS of “purging detox effect”, if your skin reacts to it, it’s not good for you, stop using it)
  • Olive oil
  • Peach kernel oil (light emollient, dry sensitive skins)
  • Peanut oil (protects from free radicals, super hydrating)
  • Rosehip seed oil (elasticity, inflammation, gives a glow)
  • Sandalwood seed oil (potent anti-inflammatory)
  • Sweet almond oil (regenerates skin cells)
  • Tamanu oil (heals scars)


Rating 3:

  • Corn oil
  • Cotton seed oil (not many benefits for the skin anyway)
  • Date seed oil (great against UVB)
  • Papaya seed oil (amazing for elasticity, high in anti-oxidants)
  • Soybean oil

Rating 4:

  • Cocoa butter
  • Coconut oil, this is probably the one you used on your face which resulted in making you breakout… There is such a frenzy around coconut oil that people forget how comedogenic it is. It is an amazing oil but not for the face (unless you are one of the lucky few who don’t break out…)
  • Flaxseed oil / linseed oil
  • Palm oil (moisturizes even the driest skins)

Rating 5: TO AVOID

  • Wheat germ oil, shame cause this oil has really great properties but it is a total breakout machine, very few people tolerate it.


I hope this oil comedogenic rating was helpful, I use argan oil every night and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Give it a go 😉

With style,

x M

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