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On a list of beauty terms commonly found on product labels, the word “non-comedogenic” would sit pretty close to the top. In fact, chances are a handful of your favorite skin care and makeup products have “non-comedogenic” plastered on the label, especially if you use products designed for acne-prone skin. While it is a buzzword in the beauty industry, not everyone is aware of exactly what it means. That’s where we can help. Below, we’re explaining the meaning of the term “non-comedogenic” and sharing our picks for our favorite non-comedogenic beauty products to add to your arsenal.
To understand the origin of the word “non-comedogenic,” it’s important to explain what a comedo is, first. A comedo is a clogged pore. A comedo can be closed (also known as a blackhead) or open (also known as a whitehead). The larger a comedo is, the more noticeable it will be. The clog is typically a combination of excess sebum—the waxy substance that lubricates the skin’s surface—dirt, impurities, and dead skin cells. To help reduce the risk of a comedo forming on your skin, experts recommend cleansing twice per day and using non-comedogenic beauty products.
When non-comedogenic is listed on a product’s label it’s an indication that the product has been specially formulated to not clog the pores. Many people wrongly assume that all non-comedogenic products can help address the look of pre-existing acne, but this is not necessarily the case. Non-comedogenic products can reduce the risk of future blemishes forming as a result of blocked pores, which is why they are often recommended for acne-prone skin types.
Want to give non-comedogenic products a try? We rounded up a handful of our favorite non-comedogenic skin care and makeup formulas, below.
L’Oréal Paris Studio Secrets Professional Magic Perfecting Base Face Primer: Are you currently using a primer before your makeup application? If the answer is no, allow this skin-perfecting face primer to change your mind. Suitable for all skin types, this lightweight formula can smooth lines and minimize the look of pores and imperfections. The result is skin that’s velvety smooth and prepped for makeup.
How to use it: After moisturizing, apply the primer onto bare skin. Blend using gentle, circular motions over the entire face. Follow with your foundation of choice. Not wearing makeup? No problem! This primer can also be worn on its own for a flawless matte finish.
L'Oreal Paris Youth Code Texture Perfector Pore Vanisher: There’s no way to get rid of your pores, but there are ways you can minimize their appearance. Tired of staring back at pores that look large and in charge? This pore-perfecting primer can help your pores appear virtually vanished. It’s formulated with airlite powders, LHA, and Perline-P, and can smooth the skin’s surface, absorb excess oil, and help shrink the appearance of pore size over time. In just one day, expect to see a skin texture that’s smoother and more refined.
How to use it: Smooth the pore vanisher over your entire face in the morning and evening. You can opt to use it on its own or as the last step in your skin care routine.
L'Oreal Paris True Match Super Blendable Makeup: The main purpose of foundation is to even the skin’s tone and mask the look of imperfections. While there’s no shame in applying foundation daily, the best formulas are those that blend in seamlessly and don’t look cakey. For an easily blendable formula that can match both your skin tone and undertone, reach for any one of True Match Super Blendable Makeup’s 45 true-to-skin shades.
How to use it: Dot the foundation onto your cheeks, nose, chin, and forehead. Blend the foundation out towards your hairline using your fingers, a makeup sponge, or a foundation brush. For longer-lasting wear, sweep your favorite translucent powder over top.
L'Oreal Paris Infallible Up to 24HR Fresh Wear Foundation: Looking for a non-comedogenic foundation formula that can stand up to just about anything? This lightweight foundation is sweat, transfer, and water-resistant—which is exactly what you need.
How to use it: Apply all over the face with your fingers or a brush, or use a beauty sponge to blend.
L'Oreal Paris Infallible Pro-Spray & Set Makeup Extender Setting Spray: If you’re investing time and energy into your makeup look, of course you’ll want it to last as long as possible. This lightweight, oil-free setting spray can help prolong the look of your face makeup and prevent smudges and smears.
How to use it: Close eyes and spray face four to six times in an X & T motion. Avoid the eyes and shake well prior to use.
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