Q. Hi: Could you please tell me if this ingredient that I am finding in products is Non-comedogenic. I can not find the answer to my question anywhere. If you know, please reply. Thank you so much.
A. Hi Karen, Okay, here's the scoop... Capric/Caprylic triglyceride, as you've probably found out through your research, is also known as fractionated coconut oil. What does fractionated mean?It basically means separated. Coconut oil is a very complex oil, consisting of many types of fatty acids. Some fatty acids are solid at room temperature, some are liquid. When you heat up coconut oil, it all melts and turns in to a complete liquid. But as you cool it, some of it turns in to solids (the saturated fats)while some stays liquid (the medium-chain fatty acids). At a certain temperature, the solids are separated from the liquids. This is done physically, not chemically, by either a press or by centrifuge. So, that's the good news here--capric/caprylic triglyceride (we'll call it CCT from herein) is an unadulterated natural ingredient because there are no solvents used. In fact, the solid part of the oil is what we use to make our coconut wax candles! So, in theory, the CCT shouldn't be comedogenic because it's liquid at room temperature, and thus should remain liquid on and in your skin and not clog pores.
If you're getting clogged pores (comedones) or pimples from a product and you think that it's the CCT, there is an explanation.... Clogged pores usually consist of a blend of sebum (our skin's natural oil), keratin masses (proteins), and dead skin cells. When sebum lipids leak in to the skin below and in to the deeper skin tissue, it causes infection (a pimple). This infection is typically caused by the grouping of the free fatty acids of the skin sebum. There is naturally occurring bacteria in our skin that feed off of oil, breaking the oil down in to smaller pieces called free fatty acids. Medium chain fatty acids as found in CCT are great food for this bacteria. So, theoretically, the CCT could be feeding the bacteria on your face, which then in turn create free fatty acids, which can then exacerbate acne.... However, this science is still being debated, so there really is no definite 100% answer. That's probably why you can't find straight answer about it online!The bottom line is that CCT on its own doesn't clog pores, however, it may act as the food for bacteria that can in turn, clog pores and cause break outs.
My recommendations for you, if you're experiencing breakouts, is not something you put on your skin, but something you put in your body: flax seeds. They have totally worked for me in balancing my hormones and clearing my skin. For more on how they work, check out this page: http://www.bubbleandbee.com/flaxseeds.html