Not All Oils Are The Same - Luxurious Face Oil - Sabyolé Beauté

Some oils can clog your pores while others will not.

So how does one know which beauty face oil is suitable? Let’s start with the comedogenic ratings, but we won't stop there.

Comedogenic means there is a possibility or tendency for pores to clog. If pores are clogged, it disrupts the natural process of the skin to rid itself of an estimated 500 million skin cells daily.

This process is called desquamation. Our skin is divided into 2 main structural layers; the dermis and the epidermis. Desquamation occurs at the epidermis, which is the outermost part of our skin; what we see. When this process is disrupted, it can cause a multitude of skin issues, including but not limited to acne, whiteheads, blackheads, flaky dry skin, dry patches, dullness and the list goes on.

In 1972 Dr. Albert M. Kligman and O. H. Mills published a paper on the comedogenicity of cosmetic products. They used bunny rabbits (unfortunately) by applying different substances to the inside of their ears and checking to see if they developed microcomedones. The comedogenic scale was developed from this research. Individual ingredients are assigned a rating from 0 to 5. The higher the rating, the more likely the ingredient would have a tendency to clog pores.

0→ Non-comedogenic = Doesn’t clog pores
1→ Slightly comedogenic = very low chance of clogging pores
2→ Moderately comedogenic = may clog pores on some and not others
3→ Comedogenic = will clog oily skin type and acne prone
5→ Highly Comedogenic = will clog pores

luxurious face oilThe method used (Rabbits versus Human skin) left reasonable doubts as to the accuracy and consistency of the test. In recent years, new methods were used to test the accuracy for the comedogenic ratings. It was determined that some ingredients considered likely to cause pores to clog in rabbits were not, when tested on human skin.

This does not render the comedogenic rating scale completely useless, as the tests were done using pure ingredients, not mixed or diluted ingredients. That is to say, a lower percentage of an ingredient versus its pure form, can make a difference. However, staying away from ingredients scoring 3 and above might not be a bad idea.

Now we know that clogged pores are not ideal for the comprehensive health of the skin, however, it is not the sole cause of some skin issues. Clogged pores alone, may not be the only cause of acne, blemishes, dull, dry skin, whiteheads and blackheads to name a few. There are many contributing factors, such as diet, hormones, environmental and psychological stressors, medication, using too many products, allergens, bacteria, et-cetera.

Sabyolé Beauté uses only ingredients low on the scale as a precautionary measure. Our luxurious face oils are plain and simply from plants. We never include synthetics, artificial ingredients or unsafe chemicals in our products. We also believe in science and work with a team of chemists to make sure we are delivering products that have not only benefited our family for centuries but that mitigate skin inflammation and are safe.

*Microcomedones are the smallest of all acne blemishes


Milstone, Leonard M. “Epidermal Desquamation.” Journal of Dermatological Science 36, no. 3 (December 1, 2004): 131–40.

 Albert M. Kligman and O.H Mills. Acne cosmetica 

Draelos ZD, DiNardo JC. A re-evaluation of the comedogenicity concept. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2006;54:507-512.


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