Whether you have oily, dry, combination or acne prone skin, comedogenic ratings can help you choose which oils and butters best suit your skin type.

A comedogenic rating is the tendency of an oil, butter or wax to clog your pores depending on your skin type. The ratings start at 0 and go through 5. The higher the number the higher chances of the oil to clog your pores and cause acne. 

0 – Not Likely to Clog Pores
1 – Low
2 – Moderately Low
3 – Moderate
4 – Fairly High
5 – High

Oily and acne prone skin types should be using oils that have a 0-1 rating, anything higher you are running the risk of clogged pores and more breakouts.

Normal/Combo skin type should use oils with ratings up to a 2.

Dry/mature skin type should use oils with ratings up to a 3. 

Any oil and butter with ratings above than 3 is more ideal for your body, hair and eye area rather than your entire face.

 

The composition of fatty acids of each oil and butter below is also useful in determining which oil is the perfect fit for a particular skin type. Two of the most important fatty acids are:

Linoleic Acid

Non Clogging

Has anti-aging, barrier protective, soothing, and balancing properties

Is most suitable for oily and acne-prone skin

Is an omega-6 essential fatty acid not produced by body.

Oleic Acid

Clogging

can help with dry and sensitive skin, reducing skin sensitivity

Is an omega-9 fatty acid

 

 

Below is a detailed table of the comedogenic ratings of some carrier oils, butters and waxes, along with the best skin types for each:

Name

Comedogenic Rating

Skin Type(s)

Composition

Apricot Kernel Oil

2

Combination, Dry

High in Oleic Acid

Argan Oil

0

Most Skin Types

High in Oleic Acid, Linoleic Acid

Avocado Oil

3

Dry, Acne-Prone

High in Oleic Acid

Beeswax

2

Combination

High in Linoleic Acid, Moderate Oleic

Carrot Seed Oil

3-4

Dry, Mature

High in Oleic Acid

Cocoa Butter

4

Ideal for Body/Eye Area, not for Oily/Acne-Prone

High in Oleic and Stearic Acid

Coconut Oil

4

Very Dry, Best for Body Use

High in Lauric Acid

Primrose Oil

2-3

Oily, Acne-Prone, Combination

High in Linoleic Acid, Moderate in GLA

Hemp Seed Oil

0

Most Skin Types, including Oily/Acne-Prone

High in Linoleic Acid, Moderate in Linolenic Acid

Jojoba Oil

2

Most Skin Types, including Oily/Acne-Prone

High in Eicosenoic Acid

Mango Butter

2

Most Skin Types

High in Oleic Acid, Moderate in Stearic Acid

Rosehip Seed Oil

1

Oily, Acne-Prone

High in Linoleic Acid, Moderate in Linolenic Acid

Shea Butter

0-2

Normal, Dry

High in Oleic and Stearic Acid

Sweet Almond Oil

2

Dry, Sensitive, Acne-Prone

High in Oleic Acid