Argan Oil: comedogenic or non-comedogenic?

Argan Oil: is it comedogenic ?

The question regarding the comedogenic properties of skincare oils is increasingly raised. Argan Oil too does not escape this concern.

So let us be straightforward: Argan oil is non comedogenic. Its comedogenic rating is zero. And this is very good news for those who love this oil or those having non-comedogenic concerns.

That being said, let us dive more to understand what comedogenic means. What makes argan oil non-comedogenic and what you need to know before purchasing an authentic non-comedogenic argan oil.

What is the meaning of comedogenic oils?

A comedogenic oil tends to clog the pores of the skin and thus tend to promote the development of comedones. These are blackheads that can turn into acne pimples or even micro-cysts. An oil is all the more comedogenic when it is thick, not very penetrating and when it is oxidized. There are different levels of comedogenicity which are related to at least two factors:

  • The composition and speed of penetration of the oil. The richer an oil is in oleic acid, the more difficult it is to penetrate and the more it will clog the pores of the skin
  • The sensitivity of the oil to oxidation. An easily oxidizable oil (sensitive to light, air and heat) is quickly rancid (vinegar smell) and comedogenic, regardless of its comedogenicity index.

 Comedogenic oils rating

 The 5 levels of comedogenicity are as follows:

  • Index 0: these are oils that are not at all comedogenic such as: Argan*, Avocado, Babassu, Baobab, Shea and mango butter, Camellia, Camelina, Hemp, Prickly pear*, Jojoba*
  • Index 1: they are not very comedogenic: Calendula, Safflower, Rosehip, Pomegranate, Guava, Inca Inci, Marula, Castor, Sesame ...
  • Index 2: they are not very comedogenic: Apricot, Sweet almond, Sea buckthorn, Safflower, Calophylle, Chaulmogra, Kukui, Maracuja, Macadamia, Nigella
  • Indices 3 and 4: they are comedogenic: Cocoa butter, Borage, Chia, Carrot, Coconut, Cotton, Linen, Corn, Peach pit, Palm, Rosehip, Cocoa…
  • Index 5: they are very comedogenic: Wheat germ

This does not mean that you should stop using your oils (or creams) with an index greater than 3. Each skin is unique and reacts differently to an ingredient. However, if you have an oily or acne prone skin, you should actually avoid oils with an index greater than 3.

What makes argan oil non comedogenic

Argan or argan oil is a vegetable oil produced from the fruits of the argan tree. Once harvested, the fruits of the argan tree are cold-pressed to extract organic argan oil. Argan oil is rich in vitamin A, vitamin E (Tocopherol), antioxidants and essential fatty acids. Its comedogenic index is 0 which makes it a non-comdogenic oil par excellence. 

What you need to know to fully benefit from the non-comedogenic properties of Argan Oil

But then is any argan oil product non-comedogenic? A priori yes, but things are a little bit trickier. To benefit from the non-comedogenic properties of argan oil, consider the following hierarchy for buying safely:

  • Step 1: ask yourself the following question: Do you trust the seller? Faced with this imbalance in the law of supply and demand, it is tempting to market low-end oils by passing them off as argan oil. Being considered a luxury item, argan oil is often counterfeit. Under these conditions, it is essential for the consumer who wants to have a skincare product with high cosmetic value to distinguish a quality argan oil from scams.

    Having confidence in your seller is a must. 

  • Step 2: now you have selected a seller you trust. It can be either a major cosmetic brand or a niche brand. Ask yourself the following question: what is behind the name 'argan oil' marked on the product label. Many products claiming to contain argan oil often contain only a very small part. The first thing that consumers must ensure is the argan oil content of the product. To do this, you must consult the list of ingredients on the label or in a specific tab of the product on the seller's website, which ranks them in order of decreasing %. Remember If argan oil is mixed with other oils, then its non-comedogenic properties are no longer guaranteed.

  • Step 3: pay attention when testing your argan oil. The color of cosmetic argan oil is light yellow. The smell of cold-pressed organic argan oil is similar to that of hazelnuts or to that of roasted almonds. Nothing to do with the goat smell of some very low-end "argan oils" !!!

Argan Oil is a definitely a natural gold treasure of Morocco. Its benefits for hair, face and body skin outperform nearly all other oils. All you need in order to reap these benefits is to find a trustworthy source of pure, unprocessed and unmixed organic argan oil.

* available in our Skincare Collection

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