Does Rosehip Oil Clog Pores? [Happy Pores Series]

By Valeria D.

April 18, 2020

acne, comedogenic, diy, rosehip oil

Welcome to the “Happy Pores” series. 

Rosehip oil can be used for many things. I’ve used the oil to reduce my visible chickenpox scars. It’s been the oil in helping fade the scars over time.

While a product is good for one thing, that doesn’t always translate into everything. So what we have to ask ourselves in this series is this: does rosehip oil clog pores?

If I'll base my answer on my experience, I can confidently say rosehip oil does not clog pores. But of course, anecdotal evidence is clearly not enough. So I sat down with good ‘ole Google and did my research. 

All the reliable sources say this: rosehip oil, as a dry oil, does not clog pores. It is non-comedogenic.

Yay! That’s a good first step

But is that all?

If you’re a returning reader on the “happy pores” series, you know we dig deeper.

The consensus says rosehip oil will not clog pores. But you can still read testimonials saying otherwise. So what gives?

Can clogs really happen? If it does, what can you use instead of rosehip oil? And, is there a way to know beforehand if an ingredient will clog pores?

In this post, we’ll find all the answers to these questions together. 

Rosehip Oil and Pores: Can Clogs Happen?

can rosehip oil clog pores?

For us to come to a neat conclusion on rosehip oil and pore-clogging, let’s look at the facts. What does rosehip oil do to our pores? Can clogs really happen?

In most sources, you’ll find rosehip oil recommended often to acne-prone skin. Just from that, you can see how rosehip oil must be far from being pore-clogging. There are two facts about rosehip oil that makes it work for acne. 

First is rosehip oil’s linoleic acid content.

Studies show acne-prone skin tend to have low linoleic acid levels. This is often cited as one of the reasons the skin develop acne. Why is that? As the experts explain, linoleic acid affects the skin’s oil production. The result is thick oil that can clog the pores. 

Here’s where rosehip oil comes to the rescue. Rosehip oil is famous for having high linoleic acid content. When applied on the skin, rosehip oil can aid acne-prone skin’s deficiency in linoleic acid. Look at this study that did just that. The result: less clogged pores and lesser chance for acne to develop!

For the second fact, rosehip oil contains vitamin A.

Alongside linoleic acid, vitamin A helps in regulating the skin’s oil production. So there's no excess oil when vitamin A is on the watch. Plus, vitamin A helps in reducing harmful bacteria on skin. This means C. acnes, the acne-causing bacteria, will cower in fear when you apply rosehip oil on your skin.

Along with these two, rosehip oil has tons of other benefits to offer. You can read more about that here.

So can clogs happen when using rosehip oil? Based on years of studies, rosehip oil does not clog pores.

Still Getting Clogged Pores? Here are Alternatives for Rosehip Oil

buckwheat oil noncomedogenic

What if you’re still getting clogged pores from rosehip oil? Does that mean the years of studies on this oil are nonsense? Thankfully, those studies are solid. The clogged pores you’re getting may just be telling you rosehip oil’s not for you.

As sad as that is, everyone's skin differs vastly from each other. So even though rosehip oil is unlikely to clog pores, there is still a possibility it may clog yours.

Now, what if you still want the benefits rosehip oil offers? Luckily, there are alternatives to what rosehip oil can do. Here’s a list of oils to try when rosehip oil falls short for you.

1. Evening Primrose Oil

  • Helps in keeping skin’s moisture barrier healthy
  • Aids in fading post-inflammatory erythema (PIE)
  • Regenerates skin
  • Improves skin smoothness

2. Hemp Seed Oil

  • Balanced in omega 3 to 6 
  • Contains vitamin D
  • Provides hydration to skin
  • Soothes inflamed skin
  • Helps skin fight aging

3. Papaya Seed Oil

  • Packed with vitamins A, C, and E 
  • Helps lighten scars and hyperpigmentation
  • Maintains skin elasticity
  • Stable source of omega 6 and 9 

4. Sea Buckthorn Oil

  • Contains omega 7 for boosting skin protection
  • High in vitamin A, B, C and E 
  • Helps skin achieve a healthy glow

If you’ve got a bottle of rosehip oil laying around, you can still make use of it! You can use rosehip oil as a body oil to get some moisture going. You can also use it to nourish your hair. 

The Secret Weapon to Avoiding Clogged Pores

Remember I mentioned I would help you navigate the pore-clogging skin care world with confidence?

Wouldn’t it be great if you had a way to know which ingredients are likely to clog your pores?

There is a way we can avoid pore-clogging ingredients. With this, you won't need to patch-test. This is the secret weapon to keeping your pores clog-free!

Okay, I won’t keep it a secret any longer. This weapon is a powerful sheet with pore-clogging ingredients.

Some people say they’ve used it so much they’ve memorized all the ingredients.

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.” Yes, even though the ingredients say otherwise. "Non-comedogenic" has become a marketing term to sell you more products. Of course, it’s a different case when you don’t get clogged pores easily. You can disregard those labels and this secret weapon.

With the **comedogenic list sheet**, I was less worried with the products I reached out for. I could 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!

Get your copy here:

Get our comedogenic (pore-clogging) ingredients list when you subscribe to the Glowing You newsletter for free.

Final Thoughts

Rosehip oil is such a widely beloved facial oil. So much so that it’s uncommon for people to suspect it of clogging pores. But even with the seemingly safest ingredient, it can never hurt to ask.

What’s your experience with rosehip oil? Did it clog your pores or help you clear them? Share your experience down in the comment section!

Stay tuned and take skin care!

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