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The Low Down on Non-Comedogenic Skincare

In the world of skincare, there are thousands of complex words to describe products. It’s all well and good to see a product described with scientific words but if you understand what to look for you will save yourself time, money and avoid the risk of worsening your skin. One of the popular phrases which crops up on skincare products is non-comedogenic, but if you don’t know what it means then it’s a little bit useless, right? Our experts at Mankind are here to inform you of everything you could possibly need to know about non-comedogenic skincare, to ensure you invest in the correct products to include in your grooming routine!

What Does Non-Comedogenic Mean?

The best way to understand the meaning of non-comedogenic is to break down the word. A comedo (or comedones if there is more than one) is type of pimple or lesion forming on the skin. They are the least severe form of acne and usually the result of a clogged pore. If you suffer with blackheads and whiteheads, non-comedogenic skincare will help to prevent your pores being clogged; therefore reducing breakouts. Non-comedogenic skincare products typically have a thin consistency and quite often contain salicylic acid.

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Benefits of Using Non-Comedogenic Skincare

Non-comedogenic skincare products are generally better to use to keep your pores clear; however, they’re also extremely beneficial if you suffer with oily skin and regular breakouts. Products which are labelled as non-comedogenic have been proven to not block pores due to the use of specific ingredients, resulting in overall spot prevention. Whilst they break down the excess oils on the skin to clear your pores, they are gentle enough to not strip your skin of necessary nutrients and moisture. Skincare products with a thick or creamy consistency may clog your pores, restricting your skin from breathing and causing blemishes.

Mankind Recommends

Now we’ve had the low down on what non-comedogenic means, we’ve chosen a few male skincare products available from Mankind which we couldn’t live without. The Shiseido Men’s Cleansing Foam not only cleanses your skin of dirt and impurities, it also smoothes and softens facial hair. If you’re a fan of the clean cut shave, this foam is a perfect pre-shave product for a closer and comfortable shave. If not, then you can rest assured that the pores underneath your breath-taking beard are clean and clear. As dry skin can also cause pores to become clogged, it’s important to exfoliate away the dead skin. Speaking of dead skin cells, the Uriage Hyseac 2-in-1 exfoliating mask contains gentle micro-beads which buff them away, revealing a smooth and more even complexion. Infused with active ingredients, this mask also absorbs impurities to keep your skin soft, supple and refined. The final and one of the most important steps in every skincare regime is moisturising. Alpha-H Daily Essential Moisturiser SPF 50 is an effective choice as you should use an SPF every single day. This moisturiser protects against UVA and UVB rays which prevent sun damage, ageing, free radicals (collagen destroying particles) and other issues including skin cancer. With sweat and water resistant properties, this moisturiser is also ideal for use during sport, for up to four hours to keep your skin hydrated with a matte finish.


Be sure to gradually introduce new products into your skincare routine, so if you react to any new products you can easily detect the culprit! Your skin may take time to adjust to new products, so your skin may suffer from light blemishes before you see the benefits of a new skincare regime.

Do you use non-comedogenic products within your daily skincare regime? Have you tried any of the products we have recommended?

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