Comedogenic ratings and what that means to you…



A big word that really just refers to the ability of an oil to clog your pores, measured on a scale of 0 to 5.

A rating of 0 – almost no chance that the oil will clog your pores.

A rating of 1 - a slight chance that the oil will clog your pores.

A rating of 2 - the oil will not clog pores for MOST people.

A rating of 3 - a lot of people will break out using this oil, but depending on their skin type, a lot of people may not break out, so a bit of a gamble.

A rating of 4 - MOST people will break out using this oil unless they have a good tolerance to it. (It largely depends on a number of skin type factors.)

A rating of 5 - a guaranteed chance of breaking out. Few people can tolerate oils rated at 5.

So why is this important?

Well, if you are going to be placing any oils on your skin, you need to know what the possible effects of those oils may be. Of these, the carrier oils have the biggest impact.

Not all of us are lucky enough to have “normal” (let’s not get into what normal may or may not mean) skin. For the sake of this bit of info, let’s just say, skin that is neither oily or dry.

Though, even those with normal skin can have a reaction to an oil that has a high comedogenic rating.

This is simply because the oil, when applied, enters the pores and creates a blockage, resulting in clogs, pimples, etc.

As stated, although it can affect everyone, the effects are more pronounced in people with oily skin.

So how would you thus know that an oil has a high comedogenic rating?

Well, you don’t have to go and get a qualification to know this.

Just look at the oils contained in the products that you use and do a search against those.

What we can tell you though, is that all of 4 Larks oils have an extremely low comedogenic rating ranging from 0 to 2. Added to this, the fact that due to us blending low comedogenic oils together, the overall factor is lowered well below 2.

Grapeseed – Rating of 1

Argan –  Rating of 0

Jojoba – Rating of 2

At 4 Larks, we take beard (and skin) care seriously and that means that we put your beard first.