“Non-comedogenic” is a term often featured in modern skincare. It describes a type of ingredient, and understanding what it means can help with targeting, managing and reducing some skin concerns. The experts at La Roche-Posay are here to help you understand what non-comedogenic means, get the most out of non-comedogenic product application as well as appreciate their benefits. In this article we will explain which skin types will benefit from non-comedogenic skincare products and finally lead you through a quality non-comedogenic skincare routine.
WHAT DOES NON-COMEDOGENIC MEAN?
Non-comedogenic refers to products, formulas and ingredients that are designed to help prevent pore blockage and the formation of blemishes. Non-comedogenic formulas aim to prevent the formation of comedones, which are also known as blackheads or whiteheads. Open comedones (blackheads) turn black when the melanin on the surface of our skin is oxidised. Closed comedones (whiteheads) have a white appearance because the pore is completely blocked.
Comedones form when excess sebum (skin oil) or impurities block a pore, causing the pore to swell outwards. Non-comedogenic skincare helps reduce the opportunity for comedones to appear. Some examples of common non-comedogenic ingredients are:
· Vitamin C
· Aloe vera
· Hyaluronic acid
· Salicylic acid
WHAT SKIN TYPES BENEFIT FROM NON-COMEDOGENIC PRODUCTS?
Non-comedogenic skincare products are beneficial for all skin types, but given that they aim to reduce pore blockage, they may provide most benefit for those with oily skin, combination skin and mild acne-prone skin.
Oily skin occurs when enlarged sebaceous glands overproduce sebum, resulting in a shiny or sometimes greasy appearance.
Combination skin involves having patches of both oily skin and dry skin. Some areas of the skin are producing too much sebum, and other areas not enough, resulting in a varied appearance.
Mild acne-prone skin commonly presents as the recurrence of pimples and blemishes. This can be caused by excess sebum, genetics and external factors.
One common factor amongst skin types that non-comedogenic skincare can benefit is the overproduction of sebum. Excess sebum can trap sebaceous matter into pores, as well as block pores by itself.
LA ROCHE POSAY’S NON-COMEDOGENIC SKINCARE ROUTINE
Everyone can benefit from a quality non-comedogenic skincare routine, but if you’re experiencing any of the above skin types, this routine may benefit you the most. La Roche-Posay’s non-comedogenic cleansers, serums, moisturisers and sun protection work in harmony to address a variety of skin concerns. Repeat this skin routine twice a day, every morning and night, excluding sun protection during your nighttime routine:
1. Cleanser (AM and PM)
2. Serum (AM and PM)
3. Moisturiser (AM and PM)
4. Sun protection (PM only)
1. USE A GENTLE CLEANSER
Non-comedogenic face cleansers can effectively remove impurities from the face, providing the first step to clear pores and preparing the skin for efficacious ingredients later in the routine.
The Effaclar Foaming Gel Cleanser is specifically formulated for oily and mild acne-prone skin, helping to rebalance the skin by reducing any excess oil, as well as any visible redness. It’s infused with thermal spring water and zinc PCA to support the skin moisture barrier and target the causes of blemishes.
The start of any skincare routine should gently remove impurities as well as any make-up or product build up. Toleriane Caring Wash Cleanser is another option to begin your non-comedogenic skincare routine, comfortably cleansing the skin while maintaining the skin’s natural moisture.
2. ADOPT AN EFFICACIOUS SERUM
Once your skin is cleansed, face serums can impart effective ingredients into deep layers to address skin concerns. For those with oily or blemish-prone skin, seek a gentle serum that contains non-comedogenic ingredients such as niacinamide and vitamin C.
For oily skin seeking to rebalance, the Pure Niacinamide 10 Serum can improve hydration, brightness and smoothness. This step can help to stop excess sebum from producing if your skin is dehydrated.
For those wanting an anti-blemish regime, Effaclar Anti-Acne Salicylic Acid Serum can visibly diminish the appearance of breakouts and redness. The topical application of salicylic acid is characteristic of non-comedogenic products, refining pores and helps clear imperfections by reducing swelling and unclogging blockage.
3. APPLY A BALANCING MOISTURISER
Moisturisers clarify skin texture, and both deliver and seal hydration. Non-comedogenic moisturisers possess powerful ingredients that target various skin concerns.
For those with combination skin or oily sensitive skin, the Toleriane Dermallergo Fluid Lightweight Moisturiser delivers a comforting formula that delivers long-lasting hydration. Infused with La Roche-Posay’s innovative prebiotic sphingobioma, this moisturiser supports the skin’s microbiome and helps minimise skin sensitivity – see the full Toleriane range for more.
If you’re seeking to visibly reduce mild acne-prone skin, Effaclar Duo+M Anti Imperfections Moisturiser is specifically formulated to target blackheads, blemishes and post-acne marks. Possessing salicylic acid, this moisturiser is gently exfoliating and can help clear pores to further prevent breakouts.
4. LOCK IN BENEFITS WITH SUN PROTECTION
The final step of any optimised non-comedogenic skincare routine is sun protection. Ultraviolet (UV) light can damage our skin over time, encouraging signs of ageing, blemishes and uneven skin. Sun damage can gradually happen over time, which is why it’s important we apply non-comedogenic products every day and protect our skin throughout the seasons.
To help prevent the recurrence of excess oil or blemishes on our skin, Anthelios XL Anti-Shine Dry Touch Facial Sunscreen SPF50+ delivers broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection. Featuring a lightweight, non-comedogenic formula, this sunscreen absorbs easily and provides a comfortable finish to your skincare routine.
When rebalancing combination skin, the Anthelios Invisible Fluid Facial Sunscreeen SPF50+ is a recommended option. The lightweight formula protects the benefits of your non-comedogenic skincare without clogging pores. Finally, the invisible finish of this sunscreen makes makeup application easy.
ALWAYS READ THE LABEL. FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS FOR USE.
Apply 20 minutes before sun exposure. Sunscreen is only one part of sun protection so wear protective clothing and seek shade. Avoid prolonged sun exposure. Reapply every 2 hours and after swimming, towelling and perspiring in accordance with directions.
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