“Can I use this on my face?”

This is a question many of our customers ask when looking at our solid lotions. Our answer to this question is…maybe. It depends on your skin, and how coconut oil affects your complexion. You see, our solid lotions contain coconut oil. It’s naturally antibacterial and anti-fungal, coconut oil is an excellent moisturizer for your skin. Some people even find it helpful with eczema and psoriasis. But it also scores a 4 on the comedogenic scale.

So what is comedogenic, anyway?

Comedogenic (com·e·do·gen·ic) is a word used to describe substances, and it means that the substance tends to cause blackheads by blocking the pores of the skin.

You may have seen substances, or even products, touted as non-comedogenic. the term non-comedogenic is used to describe substances that do not tend to cause blackheads by blocking the pores. When applied to a product, the term means generally means that the skin-care product has been formulated so that it will not cause blocked pores.

Based on scientific studies, a comedogenic rating scale from 0-5 has been compiled (see the end of this post for a list) The rating indicates the likelihood that a substance will clog your pores.

0 – will not clog your pores.

1 – little chance of clogging your pores.

2 may possibly clog your pores.

3 – likely to clog your pores.

4 – very likely to clog your pores.

5 will definitely clog your pores.

Substances are fine to use on your face, and other acne prone areas, if they have a rating of 2 or below. They are unlikely to cause acne. Conversely, you should avoid using substance with ratings of 4 or 5 on your face.


There are a few things to keep in mind. The first is that your skin is individual, and the ratings were devised using either the rabbit ear test or else groups of people. This means that ratings are a rule of thumb, not written in stone. If you are acne prone, you may want to test the substance to see if it causes a problem for you.


Next, products are made up of a mixture of ingredients (substances). The ingredients chosen, and the ratios they are mixed in, can affect the comedogenicity of the overall product.  But you can’t tell just by reading a label if the product will clog your pores. Just because a product contains a small amount of a level 4 or 5 comedogenic substance does not mean the product will necessarily be comedogenic. That said, if you are prone to acne, and one of the first 5 ingredients is a 4 or 5 on the comedogenic scale, it may cause you problems.


Finally, for products, there is no official designation of ‘non-comedogenic’. It’s a completely unregulated term. It doesn’t necessarily guarantee anything. So, when you see a product promoting itself as non-comedogenic, realize that it can still cause problems.

What Does All of This Mean?

What all of this means is that you should test new products before using them on your face, neck, chest, or back; especially if you are acne prone. These are the areas of the body people are most likely to get acne outbreaks.


How to test a product to see if it will clog your pores: test the product in an area that is prone to acne. If you are fast to break out, then you’ll know soon enough. If it takes a few days, or a few weeks for you, then keep testing than keep testing the area daily. If you breakout on your back or chest, you could spot test there so it isn’t as conspicuous.

How to Test it

For seeing if products with comedogenic substances will be an issue for you test it on an area of skin that is inconspicuous and small. Try it for a few day or give it more time. You may find you have a lotion that is great for your hand legs feet knees and elbows and is also safe for your face. We hope you found this informative about the that big word comedogenic or the term non-comedogenic and how it applies to our lotion and to you.


Consider just giving it a try to see if it works for you. It may cause an outbreak, it may not. What is considered a higher level comedogenic may not affect your skin as much as somebody else. It all depends on your skin.

For more information on the subject of comedogenic substances, and how to properly use comedogenic ratings, check out these blog posts from Lab Muffin, and Complicated Conversation.


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