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6 Ingredients that Clog Pores — and Where to Find Them

There’s no sugar-coating it: Clogged pores are the worst. Whether you’re talking about blackheads, whiteheads, or full-on pimples, it’s never a pretty situation. Adding insult to injury, preventing blockages is no simple feat. While there are certain ingredients that are more likely to clog pores than others (if you want to get technical, these ingredients are called ‘comedogenic’), there are multiple other factors to consider, points out Emily Arch, M.D., a dermatologist at Dermatology + Aesthetics of Wicker Park in Chicago. “It really depends not only on the ingredient, but also its concentration, how it’s been processed, what other ingredients are in the product and your skin type,” she says.

That being said, there are certain ingredients that are potentially more problematic than others, especially for anyone who’s prone to blocked pores to begin with. Read on to discover six pore-clogging culprits to avoid, plus other helpful expert advice for keeping your pores clear.


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