The term noncomedogenic refers to a substance that won’t clog your pores or irritate your skin. Most makeup and skincare products today are noncomedogenic but some still have very heavy substances and additives that can be irritating and cause breakouts. Consider some quick tips on how to choose the best noncomedogenic moisturizer.

1. Look for the right ingredients, in order.

The ingredients on any skincare product can be difficult to understand but they can tell you a lot about how the product will work and if it will clog your pores. Avoid products that contain the words lanolin, petrolatum or isopropyl myristate on the list of ingredients, especially if these ingredients are at the top of the list, as items listed first are in the largest quantity. Paraffin is also very heavy and can easily clog pores and irritate sensitive skin.

On the other hand, glycerin, urea, and panthenol are water-based and better for sensitive skin and for people prone to breakouts. When choosing a noncomedogenic face moisturizer, look for these at the top of the ingredients list.

To help clear up acne, look for salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide in your moisturizer. These will help to clear your skin but they are very drying, so don’t use a product with these every day.

2. Invest in quality.

It’s easy to assume that a more expensive noncomedogenic face lotion is a waste of money but often these have more active ingredients that add moisture back to your skin. Quality lotions and moisturizers will have a higher vitamin content and more emollients to keep skin soft. Cheaper lotions may be less expensive simply because they have a lower concentration of the ingredients your skin needs for moisturizing.

This doesn’t necessarily mean that the most expensive brand is the absolute best; read reviews of products and check the ingredients label before you purchase so you know what you’re getting. However, avoid very cheap products at mass market retail stores that skimp on the ingredients to be able to lower their cost.

Sometimes finding the best noncomedogenic moisturizer takes time and effort but it’s worth it. Clogged pores not only contribute to breakouts but they can enlarge over time, making skin look lined and uneven. Clogged pores are also unhealthy for skin and can make it seem sallow, so take the time needed to find the best product for you.