Acetylated lanolin is listed by just about every website on the internet as comedogenic. So do you really have to avoid this treasure trove for the skin?……
Well it appears the answer is NO.
Most acne sufferers are familiar with the list of comedogenic ingredients (pictured below) that has been copied in some shape or form by numerous other websites. The list of ingredients states that Acetylated Lanolin causes acne and tells you to avoid it. Take a look at the picture directly below. Acetylated Lanolin is the second ingredient from the top. Now have a look at the ranking….4. Well it’s wrong. It doesn’t cause acne.
This list also has other ingredients wrongly maligned as comedogenic, when in fact they are not. But we will go into that in another post.
Now first things first….where did the list originally come from? Did someone just make it up??
Well some of it has come from a journal article published by the Society of Cosmetic Chemists and the rest of the list is anyone’s guess because they don’t reference the information. Below you will see part of the original source of where this list came from. You can clearly see that Acetylated Lanolin is not comedogenic at all. It is rated a “0”
The evidence is above to show you that the majority of lists circulating on the internet are inaccurate….and this only one example of their inaccuracies. Not only does the table state Acetylated Lanolin is not comedogenic but so does the text of this article.
So do you continue to trust a list that is obviously fraught with errors?
The answer is NO, of course not.
This list is also outdated. There are numerous new ingredients that exacerbate acne that are used in modern formulations that are not on this list.
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Fulton, J. “Comedogenicity and Irritancy of Commonly Used Ingredients In Skin Care Products” Journal of Society of Cosmetic Chemists (40) pp 321-333.