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12+ Best Moisturizers for Oily Acne Prone Skin in India

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Moisturizers, creams for acne prone skin care

With tons of moisturizers in the Indian market, finding an oil-free moisturizer that suits your oily acne-prone skin is not easy. A moisturizer for oily / acne prone skin must be non-comedogenic.

Oily skin can become dry in certain areas of the face. Sometimes the dryness is just around the nose and mouth or between the eyebrows. You need to use a non-comedogenic moisturizer even for these dry areas. That is because no matter where you apply a moisturizer, it can trickle down to the rest of the face during the course of the day and cause pimples.

You also need a moisturizer if you are using any peeling agents for the treatment of acne – glycolic acid, salicylic acid, Retin A or benzoyl peroxide. A good oily skin moisturizer should hide and heal the flakiness caused by drying acne treatments.

Using cold creams on acne prone skin can worsen the acne. We checked the suitability of some the commonly available cold creams in India for acne prone skin.

Also see which moisturizers to not use: 70+ Indian skin creams and moisturizers KNOWN to cause acne.

Here is a list of some of the best oily skin moisturizers in the Indian market. The list is a mix of herbal and non-herbal moisturizers suitable for both men and women.

Note that these facial moisturizers are not acne treatments, they simply put back moisture into the skin that harsh face washes can take away. If you are looking for an oily skin moisturizer without sunscreen for peeling skin or skin dry from acne treatments, you will likely find one in this list.

Also see our recommendations for the best sunscreen for oily acne prone skin in India.

Best non-comedogenic moisturizers for oily acne prone skin

Sebamed Clear Face Care Gel

Sebamed clear face gel for acne pimplesThis oil-free gel based moisturizer has active natural ingredients and is free of parabens and other irritants. It has the right pH of 5.5 which is the pH of healthy skin as well. The right pH discourages harmful bacteria growth on the skin.

Hyaluronic acid and aloe vera are moisturizing ingredients. Allantoin and panthenol calm the skin, thereby reducing the redness from pimples. Sebamed Clear Face Gel can feel slightly sticky on the face.

This is not a budget moisturizer (price Rs. 500 for 50 ml), but it is an excellent oil-free moisturizer for acne prone skin.

While this post lists some of the best moisturizers, it isn’t updated with every new moisturizer we discover. For latest moisturizer options, check our moisturizer reviews.

Lacto Calamine Skin Balance Oil Control Nourishing Lotion

lacto-calamine-oil-controlLaced with Castor Oil and Glycerin for moisturizing and Kaolin clay to absorb oiliness, Lacto Calamine is a skin care product passed down from generation to generation.

While good for mild pimple prone skin, Lacto Calamine may not be the best choice for you if you have extremely acne prone skin or severe acne. Read a review of Lacto Calamine here.

Lacto Calamine is a budget moisturizer priced at Rs. 45for 30 ml and Rs. 125 for 120 ml.

Johnson’s Baby Oil

johnson's baby oil acne pimplesJohnson’s Baby Oil is mainly mineral oil with vitamin E. It is controversial whether mineral oil is comedogenic or not, but this formulation is light enough to not clog pores.

Mineral oil is largely regarded as non-comedogenic because it is inert and does not react much on the skin. That said, not all mineral oil moisturizers are created equal. So this may not be the best moisturizer, but if you are driven to the wall, where every moisturizer breaks you out, this is worth a try.

Johnson’s Baby Oil is ideal for removing makeup. Using Johnson’s Baby Oil during the day can be difficult due to the obviously oily shine it gives to the face. Here’s a trick. Apply it on your face, leave it for 5-10 minutes and then wash face with a mild face wash (our recommended face washes for acne prone skin).

The price of Johnson’s Baby Oil is Rs. 48 for 50 ml, Rs. 90 for 100 ml and Rs. 165 for 200 ml, making it one of the cheapest moisturizers in the Indian market.

Aroma Magic Hydro Gel

aroma magic hydro gel moisturizer for acneThis is a gel based herbal moisturizer cream rich in lactic acid. It gets absorbed into the skin easily. The ingredient list bodes well for acne prone skin – Seaweed Gel, Beta Carotene, Aloe Vera Gel, Soya Lecticin, Vitamin E, Liposome and plant Squalene.

The lactic acid in this gel moisturizer acts as a mild peeling agent, so over time you see clearer, brighter skin. The price of Aroma Magic Hydro Gel is Rs. 150 for 50 gm.

Neutrogena Oil-free Moisture for Combination Skin

neutrogena-oil-free-moisture-acneThis non-comedogenic moisturizer is also fragrance-free and hypoallergenic, with a dermatologist tested formula. It is mainly suited for combination skin that tends to be dry in some areas (cheeks, around the mouth) and oily in others (forehead, nose, chin).

Neutrogena Oil-free Moisture (this is the one without SPF) is also good for soothing and hiding any skin peeling resulting from harsh acne treatments. The price of Neutrogena Oil-free Moisture for Combination Skin is Rs. 299 for 118 ml. You only need a little bit at a time, so one bottle lasts around 6 months.

Lotus Herbals Aloehydra Aloe Vera Moisturizing Gel

Lotus Herbals Aloehydra Aloe Vera Moisturizing GelThis is basically aloe vera gel with added nutrients. It is difficult to tell what else is included because of an incomplete ingredient list on the label.

This aloe vera moisturizer does sink into the skin easily without leaving a greasy shine or causing breakouts. The price of Lotus Herbals Aloehydra Aloe Vera Moisturizing Gel is Rs. 245 for 100 gm.

Patanjali Aloe Vera Gel

This is another aloe vera gel that has been rated highly as an Indian moisturizer for acne prone skin. Availability is a problem with Patanajali products, but you can find their cosmetic products such as this aloe vera gel in general stores. The price of Patanjali Aloe Vera Gel is Rs. 75 for 150 ml.

Another aloe vera moisturizer is Aloe Veda Aloe Vera gel. It is 98% organically grown aloe vera with 2% green tea and no preservatives.

L’Oreal Dermo Expertise HYDRAFRESH All Day Hydration Aqua-Essence

Inside a bulky glass container comes an extremely lightweight formula that is HYDRAFRESH Aqua-Essence. Note the “Essence” part because HYDRAFRESH is available as an Aqua Gel and Aqua Cream as well. Its green tinge camouflages any redness on the face and makes it look even-toned (green neutralizes red). It absorbs instantly, leaving no greasy residue.

loreal-hydrafresh-aqua-acneDabbing a tiny amount of this gel-cream over any dry patches or peeling skin instantly smooths it out. Dry peeling skin is a common problem if you use medicated acne treatments. Even though this is a light moisturizer, the packaging does not say non-comedogenic anywhere. To be on the safe side, use tiny amounts of it only on dry peeling skin where you don’t normally get pimples such as around the nose, between the eyes, right around the lips etc.

The price of L’Oreal HYDRAFRESH Aqua-Essence is Rs. 449 for 50 ml. One jar lasts a long while since you need a minuscule amount to cover the whole face.

Proactiv Green Tea Moisturizer

This is a gel based moisturizer that sinks into the skin easily. It is specially formulated for acne prone skin. If you have skin peeling or flaking from drying acne treatments, this moisturizer may not be enough to hide that. For hiding flaking of skin, we recommend tiny amounts of Neutrogena Oil-free Moisture for Combination Skin (listed above).

Proactiv Green Tea Moisturizer is available from proactiv.in in India. The price of Proactiv Green Tea Moisturizer is Rs. 799 for 30 ml plus Rs. 150 shipping.

Kaya Skin Clinic Skin Nourisher

This moisturizer meant for oily acne prone skin contains aloe vera, rose extract and almond oil. Even though it has been clinically tested to be non-comedogenic, it does contain almond oil which may cause acne for some, so do a patch test before using on the whole face.

The price of Kaya Skin Clinic Skin Nourisher is Rs. 680 for 50 ml.

Clean and Clear Skin Balancing Moisturizer

clean-and-clear-moisturizerThis is an oil-free creamy moisturizer that can be used for maintenance of oily acne prone skin. This is the only moisturizer in the list that contains Salicylic Acid, an acne-fighting ingredient.

It should not be used on dry, flaky areas (around the nose, between the eyebrows) as it contains Salicylic Acid which can cause more peeling and irritation in those areas. Also it must not be used near the eyes to avoid irritation.

Clean and Clear Skin Balancing Moisturizer is another budget moisturizer priced at Rs. 50 for 50 ml.

Jojoba Oil

(various brands) Pure Jojoba Oil has been hailed as a natural moisturizer for oily acne prone skin due to its sebum-like composition. Aroma Magic and Aloe Veda (available online) are two Indian brands that make Jojoba Oil for skin care. Jojoba Oil is not cheap by any means, but you only need a few drops at a time. Be aware that all sources of Jojoba Oil may not be non-comedogenic.

Some of the moisturizers in the list contain oil or are oils themselves. It is important to understand that not all oils case acne.

Sometimes facial moisturizers for oily acne prone skin leave the skin shiny and oily looking. An effective way to combat oiliness due to a moisturizer is to apply the moisturizer, leave it on for 10-15 minutes on the face and then wash the face with a mild face wash. This will ensure skin absorbs all the moisture it needs and the rest is washed off, without leaving a pore-clogging oily film on the skin.

Which moisturizer do you use for your oily skin?

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96 Responses to 12+ Best Moisturizers for Oily Acne Prone Skin in India

  1. sandeep March 25, 2013 at 11:17 am #

    please tell me a suitable face wash and cream as my face is very oily and pimple prone..

  2. zeeshan zia April 19, 2013 at 11:03 am #

    hi……..
    firstly thnx for replying me with regards to face wash…………..now i wanted to ask is Kaya Fairness Nourishing Night Cream with Anti-Oxidants good to apply in acne prone skin…………

  3. john mercury April 27, 2013 at 6:35 pm #

    hi…………….
    is it safe to use Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisture SPF 15 ,i am actually asking due to the spf factor on pimple prone skin. also i have cyst pimple on my forehead now what should i do………..

    • Avatar of AM
      AM April 28, 2013 at 1:51 am #

      Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisture SPF 15 claims to be non-comedogenic, but the reports of it causing pimples on acne prone skin have been mixed. It is better suited to oily / combination skin that is not prone to breakouts. You need to use a spot treatment on the pimple such as benzoyl peroxide or glycolic acid ointment before applying any moisturizer. Read this post about acne creams to learn what you can use.

  4. john mercury April 30, 2013 at 10:55 am #

    hi……………
    thnx for the reply…………actually a few doubts to get cleared
    1)i have rashes like pimpl on my forehead and a few with pus. so which face wash would u recomend.right now using sebamed from the last week(not much improvement)
    2)i want to use benzac ac gel……….but am worried if that will darken my skin.though i will apply it only in my forehead……….will it darken out my whole face. and using sunscreen over my face give me more pimples
    3)i am having bitter gourd juice every morning…………..but not helping much
    so what do i do now…………..plz help

    • Avatar of AM
      AM April 30, 2013 at 11:24 am #

      Hi, can you please create a new question for this here: http://acnemantra.com/questions Q&A section is the best place to discuss your acne regimen.

  5. manjeet May 7, 2013 at 4:01 am #

    hi!!!!my skin is oily n acne prone n have some pimples.plz recommend me some oil free gel moisturizer

    Thank u..

    • Avatar of AM
      AM May 7, 2013 at 4:07 am #

      You could use Lotus Herbals Aloe Hydra Moisturizing Gel or Aroma Magic Hydro Gel for moisturizing the skin.

      Manjeet, you just posted in the sunscreens post that you are using Lotus Herbals Safe Sun Sun Block Cream Indian Summer Formula PA++ SPF 30 and that it is working fine for you. But if you are still getting pimples as you just mentioned in this comment, I suspect that sunblock not working fine for you. It is likely clogging your pores and causing more pimples. It is better you switch to a different sunscreen. I have made recommendations in that comment.

  6. poonam May 7, 2013 at 4:30 am #

    Hi ,i use sebamed products which are awesome for sensitive skin sebamed sunscreen lotion is the best only the problem is its too expensive and are only available in metro cities.

  7. manjeet May 9, 2013 at 2:40 pm #

    thanx for the suggestion acne mantra..i have not many pimples on face, bt when pimple appear it left black spot afterwards.suggest me some treatment for the black spots

    Thank u..

    • Avatar of AM
      AM May 10, 2013 at 3:47 am #

      You can switch to using AHAGlow face wash twice a day to reduce dark spots. You will see a difference in a month. In 2 months, you should see a definite difference.

  8. Avatar of Sheldon
    Sheldon May 11, 2013 at 4:46 pm #

    hey, where can i get this Aroma Magic Hydro Gel ? I walked into 3 pharmacies and they said they dont have it.

    • Avatar of AM
      AM May 12, 2013 at 2:35 am #

      You will find Aroma Magic products at a beauty store. Try New U or Health & Glow outlets if you have them in your city. Or you can order online from flipkart.com / healthkart.com / medplusbeauty.com

  9. Avatar of neha
    neha May 19, 2013 at 9:58 pm #

    Hi!! thanx for providing such useful information about acne and its remedies,,…

    i m 27 year old..i have APST 3 super oily skin.. i had acne about 9 and 3 years back for

    which i used clindamycin topical gel only.. now again i have breakouts since 1 month for

    which i am consulting to a dermatologist..he has prescribed me fash face wash,topical

    clindamycin and 3.5% benzoic peroxide and systemic minocycline..since there was no

    improvement so now he has prescibed me isotretinoin for 20 days..

    still i have black scars due to my previous acne.. i also have mild acne problem prior to my

    menstrual cycle..

    uptill now i was scared of using any chemical on my face including sunscreen and

    moisturiser.. i used to do makeup occasionally only for any family event or party.. even

    then i had breakouts after that..

    after reading ur blog, i am thinking of including toner, moisturiser and sunscreen in my daily

    routine.. please tell me the suitable ones for me??

    • Avatar of AM
      AM May 20, 2013 at 8:59 am #

      Your dermatologist sure is in a hurry to prescribe people isotretinoin. Because of a real possibility of dangerous side effects, Isotretinoin is used as a “last resort” for acne treatment, not just because a topical anti-biotitc and benzoyl peroxide didn’t work.

      Among other side effects, Isotretinion can make skin very sensitive to the sun so chances of tanning and sun burn are high. It makes sense to use a sunscreen. I’m afraid I’m not authorized to add to or modify your prescription so you will need to see your dermatologist for recommendations on moisturizer and sunscreen. Toners are not a necessary part of skin care regimen as modern face washes and moisturizers contain many of the ingredients toners are touted for. You will also need to discuss with your dermatologist why they think nothing other than isotretinoin will help you.

      If you ever decide to go off isotretinoin, Starter Acne Regimen would be a good place to start.

  10. neha May 20, 2013 at 1:25 pm #

    thanx for your suggestion.. i think since there was no improvement after taking 3 week course of oral minocycline, he switched to isotretinoin.. but i will ask him to reconsider about isotretinoin

  11. Rahul May 24, 2013 at 1:44 am #

    hey!
    I hv acne on my cheeks and sometimes they appear on forehead or chin … the 1′s on cheeks won’t go easily and stays for a long time before it vanishes another has already been popped up they even leave scars behind …I’m 21 n m worried will they get worse as I grow… I wash my face twice a day with a facewash containing 2% salicylic acid for about two 2 3 months ..I agree it works ..bt I want my skin to clean n clear ..what should I do?

    • Avatar of AM
      AM May 24, 2013 at 8:31 am #

      You could try the Keracnyl Regimen and see if that works for you. Also spend some time reading the posts here so you might be able to figure out what exactly is causing your acne.

  12. Avatar of sanu
    sanu May 28, 2013 at 1:13 am #

    Hi Acne mantra,
    I have bought ELOVERA Cream(Glenmark manufactured) for post acne scars treatment.
    Its main composition has aloe extract and vitamin E Acetate & moisturising cream base..
    Other ingredients are white soft paraffin, glycerin refined, glyceryl monostearate (NSE), Cetyl Alcohol, Liquid Paraffin, Stearic Acid, Polysorbate 80, Dimethicone 350, Octyl Dodecanol, Allantoin, Methyl Paraben, propylparaben, Imidurea, Di-sodium Edetate, Triethanolamine. Please advise if i can use this for my acne prone skin. Also if any of the above mentioned ingredients aggravate acne.??? Now my acne has almost cleared out(still have 2or 3) for which i use keracynl face wash and proactive kit.. But my cheeks have become dark brown in color bcos of acne scars.

  13. preethi May 28, 2013 at 5:59 pm #

    i am an teenage girl..i’ve got an acne prone oily skin..though i use sandalwood regularly i am unable to get rid of those marks and damaged skin..how can i overcome this problem??please do suggest me the moisturizer,soaps and all other skin related stuffs to avoid this problem..

    • Avatar of AM
      AM May 28, 2013 at 6:11 pm #

      Hi Preethi, it is impossible to answer so many questions in a single comment. Please spend some time reading the posts here. There is tons of information here about moisturizers, soaps and all other skin related stuff.

  14. mukesh May 31, 2013 at 12:00 am #

    kindly suggest me gud moisturizer as my skin is pimple prone and i have some deep marks because of acnes on my face……….

    nd for the last 7-8 months i have been using Garnier neem active face wash for my face

    i have not been using any type of cream on my face for the last two-three years

    • Avatar of TejuPriya
      TejuPriya June 7, 2013 at 10:57 am #

      a good oil free moisturizer is sebamed clear face gel..other options are lotus aloe hydra moisturizer, clean n clear oil free mosituriser with salicylic acid..kaya pigmenation reducer helps with scars..garnier facewash contains sodium chloride which is comedogenic..so i suggest u discontinue and start aha glow..

  15. nik June 8, 2013 at 12:42 pm #

    hi,
    just wanted to ask that i have a fair skin but now its been so dark that i can see the difference between my body colour n my face colour.
    . Just want to get my FACE COLOUR BACK.

    Could u plz help me in getting that.
    I am using suncote sunscreen gel and nivea dark spot 10 in 1 facewash.
    .
    waiting for the reply. thanx

    • Avatar of AM
      AM June 8, 2013 at 12:45 pm #

      Hi Nik, it’s difficult to tell you everything about de-tanning in this short comment. Check out this article and this article about removing skin darkness including those from acne (if you have any).

  16. Avatar of Honey
    Honey June 21, 2013 at 2:24 pm #

    Hi,

    I tried the Clean and Clear Skin Balancing Moisturizer, and it is breaking me out… I am getting new pimples.. Can you please help me…

    • Avatar of AM
      AM June 21, 2013 at 2:25 pm #

      Hi Honey, it is possible. Salicylic acid based products don’t suit everyone. But first I’d be interested to know what (all) products you’re using right now. Let me know.

  17. Avatar of Honey
    Honey June 21, 2013 at 2:57 pm #

    Hi,

    Im using Kaya soothing Gel and the Kaya suncreen.
    I used to have regular Salicylic peels which my dema gives me and that had helped me. Im trying to fit in a moisturizer.
    Can you please help….

    • Avatar of AM
      AM June 21, 2013 at 3:01 pm #

      Is Kaya sunscreen not moisturizing enough Honey? Aroma Magic Hydro Gel is lightweight moisturizer which will also help with evening out skin tone. Another one is Lotus Herbals Aloe Hydra gel. That is also lightweight.

  18. Avatar of Honey
    Honey June 21, 2013 at 3:30 pm #

    Kaya Sunscreen is kinda okay but not very moisturizing at times… Ill try the ones you had suggested and will let you know… Thanks a ton…
    Is there anything else you think i shd be alergic to(apart from salicylic) as i am breaking out on Clean and Clear?

    • Avatar of AM
      AM June 21, 2013 at 3:47 pm #

      Since you’ve had salicylic acid peels in the past, it is confusing why C&C is breaking you out. Perhaps there is something else in it then. Although it has positive reviews from acne prone people, but you got to go with whatever works for your skin. And sometimes that can be found out only by trying.

  19. Avatar of Honey
    Honey June 21, 2013 at 4:04 pm #

    Thanks AM, My skin is very sensitive and prone to break out.. I have been using only Kaya soothing gel and sunscreen for 4 years and i dont have occasional breakout when im not on my peels. I have used Aroma Magic seaweed facepack before and it did suit me.. So im planning to try Aroma Magic Hydro Gel.. I am hoping this will make my skin better.

  20. Tinka June 22, 2013 at 11:54 am #

    Hi am ugandan and here in uganda we have lots of lotions since even we have a whole flood of indians in uganda then there comes a bundle of lotions.Before i had a pure acne free skin but now am 22 and now my skin is reacting on each and every lotion i use trying to bring a whole bundle of pimples on my fore head i now don’t use any lotion since am confused on which lotion to use am psychologically totured about all lotions so i leave my skin dry and i use lemon,tomato juice,honey and baking soda plus tooth paste to clear my pimples which is working and good but all these leave my skin dry and i don’t use any lotion since am scared lotions will bring back the pimples i just wrote to request you to help me suggest some good lotion that won’t bring back the pimples since the natural products are trying to do their job i just needed to talk to someone sincere who won’t suggest a product because he is a manufacturer like most people do.Sorry for the long message thanx.

  21. Tinka June 22, 2013 at 12:14 pm #

    and me am african i don’t want a bleaching lotion i want something to keep my face from pimples thanx

  22. bhavya June 29, 2013 at 10:14 am #

    hi, i am 16years old. i have acne on my face since 4years.. iv tried alot of creams but nothing works well. iv been using olay natural white healthy fairness since 7months but nw the acne has started to come up again. im confused which moisturizer will work best for me.please recommend me one from the above list that will suit my skin type and will help me deal with acne.

  23. Avatar of TejuPriya
    TejuPriya June 29, 2013 at 12:07 pm #

    Hi bhavya..look into this link for starter regimen
    acnemantra.com/get-rid-of-acne-weeks/
    Or keracynl regimen
    acnemantra.com/keracnyl-acne-regimen/
    Go through step by step instructions ..
    U could start with clean and clear oil free moisturiser perhaps..
    But remember only this can help u..u need include a good facewash,sunscreen,moisturizer,topical allpication like glyco/keracynl etc..its called a regimen..
    Read through various articles on acne mantra on do donts products treatments for acne..
    Its possible that olay is causing u breakouts..it does contsin glycerin which is midly comedogenic..discontinue for few days and figure out..

    • Avatar of TejuPriya
      TejuPriya June 29, 2013 at 4:16 pm #

      Sorry typing mistake i mean to say only moisturiser cant help with acne..

  24. Mrunalmaya mohanty June 30, 2013 at 11:59 am #

    plzz suggest me a best moisturizer for my oily, acne pore skin. by which i can reduce the dark spots & enhanches my skin tone in less budget. plz tell me the procedure of using this product.

  25. Bhavya July 1, 2013 at 7:46 pm #

    @tejupriya – thanx for ur advice. i am surely gonna try this out!

    • tejupriya July 1, 2013 at 10:15 pm #

      u are welcome bhavya..take care :)

  26. Anik Ghosh July 4, 2013 at 10:44 pm #

    Hi,,,I want to ask you guys about body lotion/ body Moisturizer which is suitable for all seasons…I have no skin problems & my skin is quite dry…my age is 21 & my skin is fair…My exposed body parts like hands,neck are quite dark than other body parts…so suggest me a body lotion/ body Moisturizer which is good ….& not very high priced……..

    • Avatar of TejuPriya
      TejuPriya July 4, 2013 at 11:15 pm #

      hi anik there are many good body lotions in the market..u can choose according to ur convenience..budget options are vaseline body lotion..also choose according to skin type..cause dry skin needs good moisturizing..but dont use the same on face..if not lotion even applying vaseline petroleum jelly helps dry skin especially in winter..himalay body lotion is another budget option..
      here is a link,take ur pick
      http://www.goodlife.com/body-lotion/17/196?ref2=menu_dd

  27. Xitij July 15, 2013 at 1:08 pm #

    Hi,Acne mantra,
    Which the best moisturizer for combination skin,I have very oily skin on my nose ,chin,forehead and on apple.I have tried many moisturizer but it makes my skin shiny and greasy.Additional I have completely oily skin on my face.So,please tell me any best moisturizer which does not make my skin greasy and oily so that I can spend whole day without washing face time to time.Please reccommned any good moisturizer which also prevent blackheads and other skin problem like scares.Actually I have scrubbed my acne prone areas on forehead for 10 minutes yesterday which makes my skin super dry and flaky and scary.That’s why I need moisturizer.I have read on healthkart that Sebamed Clear Face gel makes skin shiny so after light massage it on face for 10-15 minutes I can wash it.I means this gel is enough to moisturize my forehead and let me know how much time it takes to get back normal.What about scare can I use any la or ga peel product to fade scare on my forehead.
    thanks.

  28. Avatar of Anika H.
    Anika H. July 31, 2013 at 9:11 pm #

    what are the inedients of L’Oreal Dermo Expertise HYDRAFRESH All Day Hydration Aqua-Gel or the Aqua cream ? one of my friends wants to buy it.. she couldn’t find the essence one.. the gel one is available though and of course she is acne prone and combination skinned. will the aqua gel one or the aqua cream one would be safe?

    • Avatar of TejuPriya
      TejuPriya July 31, 2013 at 10:21 pm #

      Hi Anika..Here are the ingredients:
      Aqua, Denatured Alcohol, Cyclohexasiloxane, Glycerol, Silica, Dipropylene glycol, Ammonium polyacryloyldimethyl taurate, Methyl methacrylate crosspolymer, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Triethanoamine, Carbopol, Hexylcinnamaldehyde, Citral, BHA, Poloxamer 338,
      Seawater,Tocopheryl Acetate, Methyl Parahydroxybenzoate, Linalool, Limonene, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Alcohol, Calcium gluconate, Copper gluconate, Zinc Gluconate, Manganese gluconate, Magnesium gluconate, Menthol, Parfum, CI42090, CI 19140.
      aqua gel forms looks like a safe option..

  29. Avatar of anu
    anu August 6, 2013 at 9:06 pm #

    Hello AM
    I’m still looking for a good reasonably priced moisturizer .. i was considering clean&clear oil free moisturiser and neutrogena oil free..but skingredients reveals both of them to have comedogenic ingredients

    Neutrogena appears to have glyceryl stearate which is apparently highly comedogenic and c&c has stearic acid along with a few other mildly comedogenic ingredients .

    would it still be ok to try them ? if so which one would suggest . which moisturiser do you use ?

    • Avatar of AM
      AM August 6, 2013 at 9:10 pm #

      Hi Anu, the Neutrogena one is to be used only when you see obvious peeling or flaking of the skin. That happens when you use strong treatments like Retino-A or adapalene. If your skin is only dry or stretchy, then you can get away with using Lotus Herbals Aloe Hydra or Aroma Magic Hydro Gel.

  30. Avatar of anu
    anu August 6, 2013 at 10:07 pm #

    alrighty :) thanks alot . .. i’ll try the aromq magic one … is aloe veda aloe vera gel also a safe option ? i dont know much about it .. i just came across it on this site

    • Avatar of TejuPriya
      TejuPriya August 6, 2013 at 10:55 pm #

      yes anu aloeveda aloe vera gel is very good..it has 98% aloe vera,2% green tea and vitamin e beads..

  31. Avatar of anu
    anu August 6, 2013 at 11:40 pm #

    that sounds like a great product ! thank you tejupriya :-)

  32. Tina August 7, 2013 at 8:11 pm #

    Hi i am 22 and i used to have a very clear skin untill i put steroidal cream on my face…i used it ocassionally for quite a while and then slowly realised that my skin is turning sensitive..When i googled reviews about betnovate c, was totally scared and stopped it suddenly and this is when my skin even turned worse with breakouts and rashes….Now its almost three months that i abstained from the cream and used some anti acne medications….

    My skin is some what better now, yet unsatisfied and skeptical about using any fairness cream,moisturiser or a sunscreen…So will you please guide me to the best range of products that would help me to maintain a good glowing skin forever..THANKS IN ADVANCE

  33. tasha August 24, 2013 at 5:52 pm #

    i have i pimple prone skin since 5 yrs,i tried all d home remedies as well n i tried lot many produts but all in vain… nw i m using lotus total oil control face wash kindly suggest me a nice moisturser plz plz…

    • Avatar of AM
      AM August 24, 2013 at 8:57 pm #

      Hi Tasha, as popular as they are, home remedies are largely ineffective in curbing pimples. What you need is not just the right products, but the right education about acne so you can stop experimenting randomly and start clearing up your skin systematically. If this makes sense, check out these acne regimens that have helped many people. If not, you could use Aroma Magic Hydro Gel moisturizer.

  34. shivam August 27, 2013 at 2:29 pm #

    i have pimpled face.. i am using himalaya neem face wah daily.. plus i am using emami fair and handsome cream daily.. i also use himalaya neem face pack weekly.. which moisturizer should i use??? and when should i use moisturizer since i use emami cream.. plz help!

    • shivam August 27, 2013 at 2:49 pm #

      i read in your article that emami fair and handsome causes acne.. so which fairness cream should i use dat is affordable??? pls suggest cream as well as moisturizer

    • Avatar of AM
      AM August 27, 2013 at 2:52 pm #

      Shivam, you could give Nivea for Men Dark Spot Reduction Moisturizer SPF 30 a shot. If you are not getting any pimples from using Emami Fair & Handsome you could continue using that as well.

  35. shivam August 27, 2013 at 4:21 pm #

    thanks for your advice..
    can i switch to himalya fairness cream?? is it good??

    • Avatar of AM
      AM August 27, 2013 at 4:26 pm #

      It’s not just about a cream being good, it is about it being acne-safe as well, that is, it should not cause more pimples. Himalaya does not believe in disclosing the full ingredient list, so it is difficult to say if it will cause pimples or not. You have to stop using Emami Fair & Handsome as it is likely adding to your pimples. You could switch to Nivea Dark Spots Reduction SPF 30 as your everyday moisturizer + sunscreen. Apply it in the mornings. Face packs don’t really do much to stop pimples. If you are serious about clearing up pimples, you might check out this Keracnyl Anti-Acne Regimen designed for guys.

  36. shivam September 2, 2013 at 12:52 pm #

    whats your reviews on ayur herbals natural skin glow moisturizer??

  37. Avatar of ruby
    ruby September 11, 2013 at 10:21 pm #

    I got loreal dermo expertise hydrafresh anti shine icy gel..is this the same moisturizer mentioned here..and is this safe for type 3 skin?

    • Avatar of TejuPriya
      TejuPriya September 12, 2013 at 6:47 pm #

      Hi Ruby..It is not suitable for apst 3 which is highly acne prone skin..
      Go for sebamed clear face gel or aloe vera gels..
      You need to pick your products wisely..

  38. Avatar of seema
    seema September 27, 2013 at 6:23 pm #

    Just checked that ALOE VEDA ALOE VERA SKIN NOURISHING GEL says

    “This blend of relaxing Lavender Oil and spicy woodsy Tea Tree Oil combined with Aloe Vera Gel & natural Glycerin helps to balance hormones, is good for balancing the skin, is uplifting and anti depressant.”

    Is that Lavender oil & Glycerin ok for APST 3

    • Avatar of AM
      AM September 27, 2013 at 8:05 pm #

      That is typographical error on their website. They have copy pasted the description for another product there or maybe the description for an old formula for the same gel. This gel, as per the writing on the pack contains 98% aloe vera and 2% green tea only, both of which are fine for acne prone skin.

  39. Avatar of seema
    seema September 29, 2013 at 2:41 pm #

    Ohhh….ok. Thanks for that update sonal.

  40. Avatar of gazala
    gazala September 29, 2013 at 5:48 pm #

    Hey just an update on experience with kaya day cream.
    Unfortunately the product does not work for my face.within 15 days my skin broke out along with red rashes under the eyes cheeks chin n all!!!
    Initially when I started using it caused slight tingly sensation on my face and that was my sign I shud have stopped then but i thought that may be its normal so after 15 days my face is red spotty with rashes anyway Rs.990 down the drain .Am scaredcof applying anything again.
    I am nowleft without any good moisturiser.

    • Avatar of AM
      AM September 29, 2013 at 7:08 pm #

      Thanks for sharing your experience Gazala. It will help others too. The Kaya moisturizer mentioned in this list is Kaya Skin Clinic Skin Nourisher though, which has been tested to be non-comedogenic. You can use the Skingredients tool before purchasing products to check if they contain any comedogenic ingredients.

  41. Avatar of kumaravel
    kumaravel October 18, 2013 at 6:03 pm #

    Hi i am a 20yr old student…is Nivea Advanced Whitening Dark Spot Reduction Moisturiser – SPF 30 a good product for using for pimple prone skin oily skin..

    • Avatar of AM
      AM October 18, 2013 at 7:47 pm #

      Hi Kumaravel, it isn’t a fool proof option if your skin breaks out easily. Even though its ingredients sound all non-comedogenic, someone in the community did report breaking out with it.

  42. Avatar of anikghosh
    anikghosh November 2, 2013 at 11:42 am #

    Hey my skin becomes very very dry in winter(though it is oily in normal time)…I used to use Nivea cream….So what should I use now for my APST 2 skin???????? (I’m now using Lotus sunscreen,Glyco 6, Vaseline dark spot reduction moisturizer & Clean&Clear foaming facewash)……

    • Avatar of AM
      AM November 2, 2013 at 12:46 pm #

      Hi Anik, you already posted this question in the community area. :) Yes, as @rajeev said, you could use Cetaphil Moisturising Lotion. If it feels too thick, mix it with a bit of water between your palms before patting it on. Also, as you mentioned in your question, if you are getting whiteheads, instead of continuing to use your current products, why not play detective and try to figure out which product is the culprit? Check out the Elimination Technique to see what I mean: http://acnemantra.com/acne-regimen-guide/

  43. Avatar of anikghosh
    anikghosh November 2, 2013 at 8:24 pm #

    No,,if I do not use anything,,still I get whiteheads….By the way,,,Can I use Neutrogena Oil-free Moisture for Combination Skin for my dry skin?

    • Avatar of AM
      AM November 4, 2013 at 1:51 pm #

      Hi Anik, since you get whiteheads, you might consider using a proper regimen such as the Basic Regimen. Neutrogena Oil-free Moisture for Combination Skin is fine for very dry skin. But before any of this, you need to figure out your trusted set of products that will clear up your skin of whiteheads. If you need any help with coming up with a regimen or just using the Basic Regimen, post in the community area.

  44. Avatar of anikghosh
    anikghosh November 5, 2013 at 12:26 am #

    My whiteheads are very very small in size…then should I include Sebonac Gel in my routine?????? Do a post for winter/cold creams as well…Is Neutrogena Oil-free Moisture for Combination Skin fine for super dry skin particularly in winter??? (Because normal moisturizer & winter/cold cream is quite different to me )

  45. Avatar of anikghosh
    anikghosh November 5, 2013 at 1:08 am #

    Hey AM,,I have just read that Neutrogena Oil-free Moisture is not good idea for super cool days…The review says that during extreme winters it is not sufficient to provide enough moisturization … So what is the opt??? tell me quickly,,

  46. Avatar of cherry
    cherry November 21, 2013 at 12:22 pm #

    have anyone faced any breakouts from using lotus aloehydra aloe vera gel????? :/

  47. Avatar of tanwar
    tanwar December 29, 2013 at 1:31 am #

    hey! i m a boy nd i got 1 or 2 pimple once in a weak ..so i want a gd moisturizer that will not block my skin pores and would not cause any more pimples…plzz help me out

  48. Avatar of Cheree
    Cheree December 31, 2013 at 11:40 am #

    Hi! I have a highly acne-prone skin. In summers, my skin feels really oily most of the time, so, I don’t feel like applying anything on it. Can you suggest whether I should apply a moisturizer in this case and if yes, which one? In winters, my nose and are around lips becomes highly dry and rest of the skin becomes ok. However it is still highly acne-prone. In this case, which moisturizer should I apply. I am tired of using any acne-treatment products, so, I have stopped using them altogether. As far as peeling is concerned, I see whiteness and flakiness on nose. Please suggest which moisturizer would suit me?

  49. Avatar of Haseeb Alam
    Haseeb Alam January 19, 2014 at 5:41 pm #

    Hi Acne Mantra…

    I am using Retino-A without consulting doctor. Because my friend had used it and told me that it is effective for Blackheads and Whiteheads.

    But I am using it from last 3 weeks and having headache and it makes my skin flakess, dryness, peeling.

    So I want to confirm whether it is normal or not?

    Please Help me…

  50. Avatar of Vivek Maestro
    Vivek Maestro March 27, 2014 at 1:21 pm #

    on my face , i have oily part around my nose and dry white part around my chicks on both sides , and some small black acne on my cheeks .whenever i wash my face with soap , after some times it becomes white around my cheeks and little dry .
    what soaps or moisturizer i should use and how ??? what are the measures should be taken for prevention ????

    • Avatar of AM
      AM March 28, 2014 at 10:04 am #

      Vivek, for prevention measures and understanding exactly what kind of products to use and what to avoid, this link will help you: http://acnemantra.com/how-cure-acne/ After that, you could go to the reviews section to zero in on face wash / moisturizer.

  51. Avatar of Anand
    Anand March 31, 2014 at 12:08 am #

    I Read All Reviews And Did not understand properly because of so many products so pls tell me which moisturizing lotion is good and suncream

    • Avatar of AM
      AM March 31, 2014 at 7:37 am #

      Anand, products have to be chosen based on your particular skin concerns. Please post your question in the community area with details about what products you using right now, whether your skin is oily or not, and if you get pimples: Post here: http://acnemantra.com/questions/ask/

  52. Avatar of Anand
    Anand March 31, 2014 at 12:09 am #

    Is It Dove soap good or bad

    • Avatar of AM
      AM March 31, 2014 at 7:38 am #

      No. Dove is comedogenic, that is, it blocks your skin’s pores and causes pimples. If you need more information on this, please see this link: http://acnemantra.com/comedogenic-noncomedogenic-difference/

      From now, please post your comments under relevant post only. This post is not at all about soaps or face washes.

  53. Avatar of Anand
    Anand April 1, 2014 at 11:20 pm #

    I tried in relevant post but it didnt work that way

  54. Avatar of Anand
    Anand April 1, 2014 at 11:24 pm #

    I know sorry

  55. Avatar of Nikita Patil
    Nikita Patil April 17, 2014 at 12:49 pm #

    Hey I m hving oily acne prone skin in summer .can u suggest some good moisturizer.

  56. Avatar of ashu
    ashu April 21, 2014 at 1:46 am #

    hello.i am tired of from these acne .again and again it occired on my face since last 5 or 6 year .suggest me some products that i get rid of it.

    • Avatar of AM
      AM April 21, 2014 at 9:54 am #

      Hi Ashu, yes acne is a difficult situation to be dealing with. 5-6 years is a long time of struggle, yes. I’d say start reading here so you can finally start treating acne with a step by step systemactic approach: http://acnemantra.com/how-cure-acne/ If however, you are interested in only product names, you could look into the reviews section for people’s recommended prodcuts: http://acnemantra.com/reviews/

  57. Avatar of ashu
    ashu April 21, 2014 at 5:02 pm #

    is ahaglow face wash
    ,aroma magic hydrogel and suncros sunscreen is good for use