Best Non-Comedogenic Carrier Oils for Skin & Comedogenic Ratings List

Best Non-Comedogenic Carrier Oils for Skin & Comedogenic Ratings List

Natural skin care is at an all-time high. With organic and homeopathic products working their way into routines left and right, it’s important to know which carrier oils and butters will work with your skin. Find out what the best Non-Comedogenic Carrier Oils for Skin are.

Some butters and oils are fit for everyday moisture and hydration for your face while others might clog your pores and leave you having to start from square one!

Carrier oils are a must when applying essential oils to the skin. To know which carrier oils will work best for your skin, you have to know which are non-comedogenic and where they fall on the comedogenic scale.

What Does Non-Comedogenic Mean? by Loving Essential Oils

What Does Non-Comedogenic Mean?

Great question! First, let’s start with what “comedogenic” is.

Carrier oils and butters have a comedogenic rating, which indicates how likely any given oil is to clog your pores. The comedogenic scale ranges from 0-5 with 0 being the least likely to clog your pores and 5 being the most likely to clog your pores. Clogged pores can lead to acne formation.

So, what does “non-comedogenic” mean? When something is labeled as such, it means that you are at little to no risk of having clogged pores. But as we know, everyone has different skin types so what hydrates one person’s skin may leave another feeling too greasy or bumpy.

Comedogenic Ratings and Skin Types by Loving Essential Oils

Comedogenic Ratings for Carrier Oils

In order to find the perfect carrier oil or butter for your skin, we have to relate comedogenic ratings to skin type. While this scale is very helpful to use when picking out carrier oils, keep in mind that this tool is a guideline. It is important to pay attention to how YOUR skin reacts.

To begin, the comedogenic scale is as follows:

Comedogenic Rating of 0 No risk - Will not clog your pores
Comedogenic Rating of 1 Low risk - Slight chance of clogging pores
Comedogenic Rating of 2 Moderately low risk - Will not clog pores for MOST people.
Comedogenic Rating of 3 Moderate risk - Breakouts depend on skin type. Many people will break out.
Comedogenic Rating of 4 Fairly high risk - Most people will break out but depends on skin type.
Comedogenic Rating of 5 High risk - Will cause breakouts. Few people can tolerate this type of oil.


Comedogenic Ratings and Carrier Oils by Loving Essential Oils

12 Best Non-Comedogenic Carrier Oils for Skincare

Common noncomedogenic oils for the skin or to use as carrier oils for essential oils. These include:

  1. Hemp seed oil
  2. Argan oil
  3. Grapeseed oil
  4. Jojoba oil
  5. Sunflower oil
  6. Sweet almond oil
  7. Rosehip oil
  8. Sea Buckthorn oil
  9. Hazelnut oil
  10. Castor oil
  11. Pomegranate oil
  12. Neem oil

Comedogenic Ratings and Skin Type

When looking at comedogenic ratings and skin type, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you can never use a product with a comedogenic rating of 5, and it doesn’t necessarily mean that those products are bad for you either.

Butters and oils that are higher on the comedogenic scale are good to have in the cabinet in extreme situations. For example, cocoa butter (rating of 4) and wheat germ oil (rating of 5) are high on the comedogenic scale but they are excellent remedies for super dry, cracked or damaged skin!

If your skin is particularly irritated in certain places, you’ll want to stick with an oil or butter that is low on the scale. Rosehip oil (rating of 1) is great for redness and inflammation while neem oil (rating of 1-2) is also excellent for soothing irritated skin.

Normal Skin: Jojoba oil, hemp seed oil, sweet almond oil, grapeseed oil, sunflower oil

Dry Skin: Olive oil, avocado oil, sweet almond oil

Oily Skin: Sunflower oil, jojoba oil, grapeseed oil, sweet almond oil

Mature Skin: Sesame oil, jojoba oil, rosehip oil, apricot oil and sweet almond oil

Sensitive Skin: Sesame oil, sweet almond oil, apricot kernel oil, jojoba oil

List of Non-Comedogenic Oils by Loving Essential Oils

Comedogenic Ratings for Carrier Oils and Butters

When looking for a facial carrier oil, check out this list of comedogenic scores and see where the oil falls to avoid skin breakouts. Some carrier oil ratings may vary depending on the oil composition so that is why you may see a range and not a single rating.

Carrier Oil

Comedogenic Rating

Apricot Oil 2
Argan Oil 0
Avocado Oil 2
Baobab Oil 2
Castor Oil 1
Cocoa Butter 4
Coconut Butter 4
Coconut Oil 4
Fractionated Coconut Oil 2-3
Grapeseed Oil 1
Hazelnut Oil 1
Hemp Seed Oil 0
Jojoba Oil 2
Kukui Nut Oil 2
Mango Butter 2
Moringa Oil 2-3
Neem Oil 1-2
Olive Oil 2
Pomegranate Oil 1
Pumpkin Seed Oil 2
Rosehip Oil 1
Safflower Oil 0 (high linoleic only)
Sea Buckthorn Oil 1
Sesame Oil 2
Shea Butter 2
Sunflower Oil 0
Sweet Almond Oil 2
Wheat Germ Oil 5

Wrapping Up Noncomedogenic Oils

To find you’re the perfect comedogenic rating and oils for your skin, you’ll have to get to know your skin and body a little bit better. And remember that you always need to use a carrier oil or butter when applying essential oils topically to your face or body to keep your skin feeling good and to avoid skin irritation.

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12 Best Noncomedogenic Oils for Face by Loving Essential Oils

Jennifer Lane - Certified Aromatherapist

BIO: Owner and founder of Loving Essential Oils. I am a Registered Nurse and Certified Aromatherapist that loves to look toward essential oils and aromatherapy for all natural physical, emotional and spiritual support. I love creating and sharing DIY Essential Oil Recipes & Blends. Thank you so much for allowing me to be part of your essential oil journey!

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