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Breaking Down Oil Cleansers Myths

Navigating the vast ocean of cleansers can be a daunting task, especially for people with sensitive skin prone to acne breakouts. With so many oil cleansers on the market, it's easy to get overwhelmed and feel like you're grasping at straws. But fear not, there are specific ingredients and oils that can work wonders for your skin. Let's delve deeper into the world of oil cleansers and learn about what may be causing your breakouts.

First, let’s learn what the comedogenic scale is.

What is the comedogenic scale?

The comedogenic scale is ranked by how likely it is that any specific ingredients, such as oils and butters used in cosmetic product formulation, will clog pores. Anyone who is susceptible to acne breakouts and blackheads should avoid highly comedogenic oils, as they are likely to cause recurring acne problems. However, people with drier skin might prefer a more emollient oil toward the middle of the scale.

Here are some common ingredients found in skincare products known to clog pores or cause acne.


In the world of cosmetics, silicone is a common ingredient used to create a smoother, more comfortable experience for the user. While it is generally considered safe, some types of silicone should definitely raise a red flag. Ever wonder how it works? Silicone is a barrier on your skin that can impede natural processes like cell renewal and oxygen absorption. Moreover, it has a unique resistance to water which means they can accumulate in your pores over time, creating a buildup of dirt and excess oil. 

Coconut Oil

Ladies, hold onto your skincare routine! Coconut oil might be doing more harm than good to your acne-prone skin. As much as we love it for its moisturising properties and makeup-removing abilities for people with extremely dry skin with no risk of developing acne, it's not the best option for the rest of us.You may be surprised to find out that coconut oil has many different names, such asButylene Glycol Cocoate, Caprylic/Capric/Coco Glycerides, and Cocoglycerides just to name a few. Stay knowledgeable and keep your skin clear! 

Mineral Oil

Are you experiencing frequent breakouts despite using cleansing oils? It could be due to mineral oil – the culprit behind your breakouts. Although mineral oil isn't inherently bad for the skin and is classified as non-comedogenic, it can trap other impurities, like sweat and dead skin cells, leading to clogged pores. This is the last thing anyone with oily or acne-prone skin wants. So, if you're looking to keep blemishes at bay, it's best to avoid mineral oil-based cleansing oils altogether.

F A W N + cleanse2

Fawn labs mindfully formulate all our products to ensure they don't end up clogging your pores or excavate breakouts and acne prone skin. Let's take a look at the ingredients found in our hero product, F A W N +  cleanse². Here are the break down of the comedogenic levels of each ingredient in the cleanser. 

Conclusion? Say goodbye to the fear of breakouts with our Oil-to-Milk cleanser! Our cleanser contains botanical oils which are compatible for your skin. We're smashing the myth that oil cleansers can't be used on oily skin, as our formula is perfect for both dry and oily acne-prone skin types. Trust us, oiliness will never hold you back from having beautifully cleansed, nourished skin again.