What does Noncomedogenic Moisturizer do and what does it Noncomedogenic mean?
In order to understand what “noncomedogenic” means, it may be helpful to break down the word.
A comedo (or comedones, if more than one) is a type of pimple that can form on your skin.
A comedo is the result of a clogged pore. Pores are the tiny openings in your skin that you can see when you look very closely, especially in a magnifying glass. Inside those pores are hair follicles- sacs beneath the skin that house the hair roots.
When your body produces excess sebum (the oily substance on the skin) this excess sebum can combine with dead skin cells and sometimes bacteria to plug up the pore. The result is a pimple – a comedo.
“Non-comedogenic” is a term used to refer to ingredients that do not block pores and promote pimples.