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Hi! I’m debating including coconut alcohol in my moisturizer as an emulsifier but am concerned about comedogenicity. I’m trying to find the molecular structure and coming up empty.

Question asked by Mon San on Jun 21, 2018
Latest reply on Jul 9, 2018 by John Kaiser

I know it’s derived from coconut acid and believe the triglycerides are removed but just coming up short. Any help would be greatly appreciated.


I understand cetyl, cetearyl, cetostearyl, and cetyl alcohol 40 are all derived from coconut oil and carry a low comedogenicity. I just really want to be able to explain (and understand!) why this ingredient is ok for acne prone skin (or just leave it out of the moisturizer completely!)


Thank you so much for your time,