DIY skin care novices to experts all know and love this ingredient. It’s simple, soothing, moisturizing, tightening, and easy on the money.
Need I say more? It’s aloe vera gel baby! But in all its glory, we still can’t help but wonder: does aloe vera clog pores?
And that's a good question.
Especially if you’re clog prone, it’s like second nature to ask this question. Even the most harmless-looking ingredients can raise your suspicion. And I totally feel you! So, I spent some time searching, and here’s what I found. Aloe vera gel does not clog pores when it’s taken straight from the leaf. This is because aloe vera gel is non-comedogenic. But the same cannot be said for store-bough aloe gels and products.
Great news, right?
Hmm, but what if your current source of aloe vera gel is store-bought? Will that aloe vera clog pores?
To make sure you’re making your pores happy, join me in this post! We’ll look at the difference between fresh and store-bought aloe vera gel. We’ll also consider other aloe vera products. Then, at the end, I’ll share with you my secret weapon in keeping pores happy.
Ready? Read on!
Unclogged Pores: Fresh vs Store-Bought Aloe Vera Gel
In the beginning of this post, I mentioned that aloe vera gel is non-comedogenic. If you’re new to the skin care world, this word might be unfamiliar.
A non-comedogenic product or ingredient cannot cause clogged pores. This is a term we must keep in mind. We want our products and ingredients to be non-comedogenic so our pores stay clean and happy!
In the case of aloe vera gel, it’s non-comedogenic since it doesn’t clog pores. But do note that this is only true when we talk about aloe vera gel in its raw form. Raw or fresh aloe vera gel is the stuff you get from the actual aloe vera plant’s leaves. All-natural and pure, you can be sure that this aloe gel will not clog pores.
But what about store-bought aloe vera gel?
Aloe-vera gels sold in bottles and tubs have a possibility of being comedogenic. Why? More often than not, these products have something else other than the aloe gel. Their formulation may include additives or fillers like dyes, fragrances, and preservatives. Some even claim to have aloe vera gel as the main ingredient. But looking at the ingredients, you’ll see it far down in the list.
Of course, not all store-bought aloe vera gel is like this. But, if you think about it, aloe gel straight from the plant is superior. It's cheaper, pure, organic, and free from additives and fillers. Between the two, the fresh one will make your pores happy. And you can sleep soundly – no longer asking, “does aloe vera clog pores?”
Still Getting Clogs? Other Aloe Vera Products Effect on Pores
Aloe vera gel is a great and cost-efficient ingredient. Of course, lots of brands cashed-in on this ingredient.
Many skin care brands in the market even launched a whole line of products with aloe vera as the star. They come out with well-thought out promotion and beautiful packaging. Considering those, it’s easy to give in and try these products.
But with what we talked about above, it’s better to think twice before giving in.
These products may boast of aloe vera as the star. But along with the star is a cast of ingredients that may not work out well for your skin.
Take for example a toner with aloe vera extract.
It’s logical to put aloe vera in a toner.
Aloe vera has natural properties that help in minimizing the appearance of pores. After using this toner, you may feel the effects instantly. But do not be surprised if by the next day or so, you find your pores clogged and congested.
Along with the aloe vera extract, the toner you used may have been loaded with filler ingredients. Some of these ingredients are included to make the product cosmetically elegant.
These two words communicate that the skin care product is pleasant to use.
In texture, smell, ease of application, and feeling on the skin, a cosmetically elegant product will tick all boxes.
But along with all these good stuff come the risk of having clogged pores. Cosmetic elegance in a product means it includes fragrance, dyes, and even silicones.
These filler ingredients, and not aloe vera itself, may be the reason you still get clogged pores. So, yes, aloe vera is non-comedogenic.
But mixing it with comedogenic ingredients will mean trouble for your pores.
In the end, you’re still better off with getting pure and organic aloe vera gel.
The Secret Weapon to Keeping Your Pores Happy
Wouldn’t it be great if you had a means of knowing which ingredient will clog your pores? That way, you won’t have to ask, “does aloe vera clog pores?” Or any ingredient, for that matter.
What if I tell you that can become a possibility? Yes!
This is the secret weapon I’ve been telling you about in the beginning of this post.
The secret weapon to keeping your pores happy!
Okay, I won’t keep it a secret any longer. This weapon is a simple sheet. It is simple but useful! It lists all the known pore-clogging ingredients in skin care products. With this sheet, it will be easier for you to identify if a product will clog your pores or not.
Believe it or not, some companies label their products as “non-comedogenic” even though the ingredients say otherwise.
"Non-comedogenic" has become a marketing term to sell you more products.
When I found out about this, I was overwhelmed with worry.
I knew then I couldn’t give every product my wholehearted trust just because of the non-comedogenic label.
Because of this, the list was born!
With the comedogenic list sheet, I was less worried with the products I reached out for. I could just look up the product online, check its ingredients, and consult the list.
If any of the ingredients on the product comes up on the list, I’ll quickly erase it from my “to buy” list.
The convenience this list gave me prompted me to share it with you. I placed it in a neat looking file so you can easily download it. It won’t hurt to keep a copy handy. You can check the list as you shop online or even when you go to your nearest stores!
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Even the most natural products can raise our suspicions. And that’s completely fine! Natural doesn’t always mean safe. And taking precautions and safety measures is a sensible thing to do. Especially if our skin’s health is on the line!
I hope that with this post, you will no longer wonder, “does aloe vera clog pores?” And may the list give you the convenience it gave me.
Before we end this, I wonder, are there any other natural products that made you suspicious?
Tell us in the comments!