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10+ Herbal / Ayurvedic Acne & Pimple Treatment Creams in India

herbal ayurvedic acne pimple creams in India

herbal ayurvedic acne pimple creams in India

If you are reading this, chances are, you have tried at least one herbal or ayurvedic acne pimple treatment cream.

Here we have compiled some of the best-selling herbal, ayurvedic and natural acne and pimple creams available in the Indian market. Then analyzed their suitability and effectiveness against pimples.

Tread carefully, do a patch test before applying any pimple cream all over the face.

It is believed that being natural, such pimple creams will take time to work. If a natural or herbal pimple cream is not showing results in 1-2 weeks (or worse causing more pimples), it is unlikely that it will start working for you in the future. It is best to stop using it if that is the case.

Herbal preparations such as tablets or capsules are often more effective than herbal creams. See our list of best Ayurvedic medicines for acne in India which includes reviews of Safi, Liv-52, Baidyanath Rakta Shodhak, Surakta, Purim tablets and other herbal medicines for acne.

Rosacnil Gel

What makes us happy to see the ingredient list of aloe vera, cucumber, orange peel, neem, sandalwood, sulphur, honey in a gel base is sulphur. Not too many pimple creams available in India contain sulphur. Sulphur is very effective in drying up pimples without leaving dark pimple marks. So that’s the good point about Roasacnil.

While Rosacnil has worked well for some, for some others it has caused pimples. Most likely culprit is the thick base, which despite being called a gel, and looking nothing like a gel, is possibly comedogenic. Do a patch test first, and if it doesn’t break you out, Rosacnil can be a valuable tool in your acne-fighting kitty.

Acnovin Cream for Acne and Pimples

Acnovin cream for acne pimplesWith Kumkumadi Tailum, turmeric and neem as main ingredients, Acnovin claims to eradicate causative bacteria, promote collagen formation (fill up pitted scars?), remove blemishes and scars and bring a glow to the skin. How does it fair on these claims?

Given a choice, we would pick Acnovin capsules or Acnovin tonic formulation over this cream. Reason? Unknown cream base. And it is not about just this pimple cream. When it comes to ayurvedic or herbal remedies for acne, most companies do a better job at oral remedies rather than topical ointments.

It happens that even though they know and add all the right herbal ingredients, probably because of lack of choice or knowledge, they put these ingredients in a cream or gel base that is most likely comedogenic (skin clogging, acne causing). Even one comedogenic ingredient in your pimple cream can cause you pimples. Also, oral supplements can be more potent and work deeper.

Himalaya Herbals Acne-n-Pimple Cream

Himalaya Acne-n-Pimple CreamIf you have a case of very very mild pimples, this pimple cream is worth a try. With its herbal ingredients of masur dal (lentils), silk cotton tree, alum, aloe and nirgundi, this acne and pimple cream can dry up pimples without leaving a dark spot behind. But remember we said a very very mild case of pimples.

Himalaya Clarina Anti-Acne Cream

Himalaya Clarina anti acne creamThis herbal acne cream has zinc and aloe vera, apart from Vatada, Matsyakshi, Manjishtha and Tankana, all good-for-skin ingredients. We found a research paper titled Evaluation of efficacy and safety of Clarina cream in newly diagnosed and previously treated cases of acne vulgaris. (The research paper is not available to common public anymore)

The research showed significant improvement in the occurrence of blackheads, whiteheads and pustule pimples from the second week of starting Clarina use. Use of Clarina also resulted in significantly improved moisture level of the skin from second week onward.

So this is what research says. What do users say? Use this cream at night because it leaves a white cast (due to zinc), leave it on overnight and wait for 2 weeks.

Vicco Turmeric WSO skin cream

Vicco Turmeric skin cream in IndiaVicco Turmeric has long been hailed as an herbal acne cream. The main ingredient is 16% turmeric that is good for acne prone skin and pimples. It is available in two versions – the regular one and the newer WSO version which is Without Sandalwood Oil.

Vicco Turmeric may not suit everyone. Both the regular version and the WSO have been reported as causing pimples. To read more about Vicco Turmeric and how to use it, read this review of Vicco Turmeric cream for acne prone skin here.

Nomarks cream For Oily Skin Prone to Pimples

(This is in green packaging with herbal actives) Ingredients: amla (Indian gooseberry), aloe, lemon, rose, mint, camphor and Kayaputi (white tea tree) oil. The main acne fighting ingredient here is Kayaputi oil or white tea tree oil, which is an anti-septic. The lemon in it helps to fade dark pimple marks.

Eraser Acne and Pimple Cure Cream

Claim: With its unique herbal formulation of Masoor, Phikari and Haldi (Tumeric), Eraser Acne & Pimple Cure cream helps to soak up the excessive oil present in acne prone skin – nurturing your skin with its cooling, healing and antiseptic properties.

Our view: Eraser Acne and Pimple cure cream contains Wheat Germ oil, one of the most comedogenic substances, which means it is extremely likely to cause or worsen your pimples.

Baba Ramdev Divya Kanti Lep

Although Diva Kantilep seems to be a face pack, this lep can be used as a pimple balm. It has a strong smell and leaves a yellow cast on the skin (due to Henna leaves and turmeric in it). It is best used overnight and washed off in the morning. It does not cure pimples overnight, but the cooling sensation can calm itchy or painful pimples instantly. It has to be used regularly in order to see results. Kanti lep does contain camphor which is mildly comedogenic.

Tea Tree Oil

While we are on the subject of herbal remedies for acne, how can tea tree oil be left out? It is a potent remedy that can dry up pimples fast.

Tea tree oil can irritate the skin, so don’t soak your skin in this oil. Use a tiny amount, say, just dip a cotton bud (or Q-tip) and dab it on the pimples. Using too much of it can leave dark marks behind as pimples dry up. Just for the record, tea tree oil has a very strong smell.

Tea tree oil is available in India through The Body Shop and Aroma Magic brands. There are other herbal brands also with tea tree oil products.

Lotus Herbals Tea Tree Anti-Pimple & Acne Gel

With no ingredients other than tea tree oil listed on the label, our best guess is that it is mainly tea tree oil in aloe vera base plus yellow colouring and fragrance. Perhaps don’t expect it to clear up your skin of pimples or scars or pimple marks. Think of it as a simple moisturizing gel for acne prone skin and you will not be disappointed.

Himani Boroplus Anti-Acne Cream

With clove oil and camphor for controlling acne, tea tree oil and eucalyptus oil for preventing germ build up and nutmeg oil to reduce scarring, Himani Boroplus Anti-Acne Cream looks good with all-herbal actives. We do not have access to the full ingredient list, so it is hard to say if this cream is non-comedogenic or not.

People often give up on herbal or natural pimple creams because either such pimple creams don’t work or they take too long to work or cause more breakouts. There is almost always a good reason for that. Read on.

Sometimes, makers of herbal products feel almost obliged to throw in “nice-sounding herbal ingredients” just for the sake of adding them. Adding too many filler ingredients can thicken the base of the cream and make it practically useless (even harmful) for acne-prone skin.

Unnecessary fillers also reduce the potency of the cream overall because then you need tons of it to show effect.

In India, we have some of the best natural ingredients available for fighting pimples. But by the time they reach us in tubes and jars, they have already been adulterated with artificial colouring, strong fragrance, harmful preservatives and acne-causing thickeners.

That is what forces people to choose prescription pimple creams over herbal ones.

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24 Responses to 10+ Herbal / Ayurvedic Acne & Pimple Treatment Creams in India

  1. A.Hari March 25, 2013 at 5:56 am #

    Iwould like to buy Eraser(acne & pimple cure crream).
    please sujjest me were it is available exactly in chennai market.fyi.

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      AM March 25, 2013 at 6:21 am #

      Hari, try a medical store in your area. You can also get it from a Health & Glow store in Chennai. Eraser is also available online at flipkart.

  2. Sanu May 22, 2013 at 1:31 am #

    I have been having acne vulgaris from past 3 years. From a year I have been using proactive kit and it has reduced though few pimples keep coming now and then. I had a fair complexion. But because of all these treatments my facial skin has become dry and dark. Few red marks on my cheeks as well. I also use keracynl while washing my face in the night. I purchased neutrogena oil free moisture with spf 15(facial moisturiser with sun protection) today. I am not sure if it will keep my acne in control or aggravate. Please advise. Also if i want to switch out of proactive which facewash n moisturiser should i go for? Fairness cream to erase all dark marks and spots???

  3. Farrah malik June 7, 2013 at 5:13 am #

    you carnt go wrong with herbal creams the natural ingreinits r the best

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      AM June 7, 2013 at 5:14 am #

      Farrah, check out this information about herbal creams.

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      TejuPriya June 7, 2013 at 10:43 am #

      farrah herbal formulations are good..but they are often added with artificial preservatives,chemicals to enrich his absorption capacity,life,fragrance,cream consistency etc..for example fab india de pigmenation cream contains iso propyl mystrate and palmitate which are highly comedogenic..

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    aru June 15, 2013 at 8:17 pm #

    herbals creams are good..they are effective too…if u use them properly..i personally like non chemical creams, because its almost more than two years i have been fighting my skin problems,nd using chemicals have jus worsened my situation skin is very very sensitive/

    and besides acne my biggest problem is my red cheeks….so now it always scares me to use any chemical based products..

    but these is my personal experince..

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      AM June 16, 2013 at 7:47 am #

      Hi Aru, check out this post testing if herbal creams are better than non-chemical ones.

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      TejuPriya June 16, 2013 at 10:26 am #

      Aru using wrong products without prior knowledge will not do any good..yes herbal us good but they are loaded with chemicals to improve the color,smell,shelf life,creamy texture for easy absorption,parabenS etc..so they are not 100% herbal..

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    aru June 15, 2013 at 8:38 pm #

    i personally have used nomarks,vicco turmeric,himalaya acne n pimple. and clarina…

    NOMARKS is really very effective in clearing marks and improvement in complexion,but it also give me breakouts..may be because i was using pink one..green was not available at store near my place…

    vicco turmeric–at one point in my life it really turned me into cindrella…i really miss those days..when i was using vicco turmeric i never used to rub it on my skin..it gets absorbed then i put i little extra on acne and scars…my face used to look yellow..but i was very satisfied by its results.

    himalaya acne and pimple–it was my first herbal cream which i started using. same way i never rub it very much..i mean a little…and i usually used it in eveing for not more than 2 hours..and wash it off by 8-8.30 in evening.

    i satrted using herbals in 1 month of these year only…everything was going good but in starting of march…i started getting sudden breakouts…i dnt knw what went wrong..now m very sad,,,i have got lot of pimples..

    currently m using nothing…acne mantra has advised me to use sebamed face wash..but i havent started using it…m going t get it tommorow.and see how it works

  6. aru June 16, 2013 at 9:41 am #

    hii acne mantra.
    i have read your posts about herbal creams in india
    are herbal really good/better,?

    and i am not pointing fingers at you…but it is giving an impression that like you are discouraging people from using herbal creams

    and after reading overall i concluded that acne mantra is all about keracnyl,sebamed,glyco 6 and kaya skin clinic..and none of these is a indian brand.

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      TejuPriya June 16, 2013 at 11:29 am #

      Oh my god seriously what is this?
      Acnemantra does not endorse any brand or product..
      They are time tested products just not in acnemantra or india..universally accepted acne treatments..google and see..
      She is not against indian brands/products..she doesnt support any brand.,they are reviews..if u dont accept then fine do not throw blind accussations at acnemantra..i have used those products and are working for me and so many others on acnemantra..if u are objecting everything on acnemantra why bother be a part of this community u resent so much?acnemantra never forced or endorsed any product,,they are friendly suggestions which have worked for us..u know nothing about herbal treatments in indian market..just wait till community members read this comment.,u are very wrong..this is not right of u to say such comments..

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      AM June 16, 2013 at 1:10 pm #

      Hi Aru, Acne Mantra exists to present information about what products may or may not be good for acne prone skin. It doesn’t matter if they are herbal or not. Did you spend any time reading the reasoning we have given for why certain herbal creams are not suitable for acne?

      I’m just going to repeat it in case you missed it – herbal formulas often contain all the right ingredients needed to help acne prone skin. But more often than not, they are dispensed in a comedogenic base that causes more pimples. You’ve yourself burnt your fingers with Nomarks cream right? This was the reason why.

      We’re not anti-herbal at all. Herbal products often make our recommended lists which you will see if you spend some more time reading more posts. Aroma Magic, Lotus Herbals, Raktashodhak Bati, Medimix etc. are suggested very commonly so I’m not sure what gives you an anti-herbal idea unless you just read one post and rushed to comment.

      Products like Sebamed, Keracnyl, Glyco 6 are talked about because they have actual research backing their effectiveness and people are getting real results from using them. Most of the people who land up on Acne Mantra are those who have tried all kinds of home remedies, herbal remedies, quick fixes and random tips which have not worked for them. People simply don’t have too many positive things to say about herbal formulas. If we hear more people sharing their experiences, we’ll cover more herbal products. It is as simple as that.

      It is not about Indian brands, herbal brands, pointing fingers, brain washing or forcing advice at all. There is no agenda. The only goal is to be helpful.

  7. zeeshan zia June 16, 2013 at 4:22 pm #

    acne mantra had helped me to an extent keep pimple at bay………….though i recently got a few of them……………….acne mantra does not endorse any brand or product…………..when u say ” acne mantra is all about keracnyl,sebamed,glyco 6 and kaya skin clinic..and none of these is a indian brand”………………..it doesnt make sense…………because these products helps keep pimple at bay………………what is the use of using local brands when they do nothing to keep pimple at bay……………

  8. akshat July 16, 2013 at 9:51 pm #

    Is melas anti acne cream is good for oily acne prone skin.

  9. hunny July 22, 2013 at 5:25 pm #

    i have oily skin and frim past 3 years i tried lots of cream but it cant be able to satify my need which i want and now a days i have pimples on my cheeks and little bit on forehead plz guide me which face wash and acne cream i ha e to used to stop all these bloody pimple

  10. sufiya July 28, 2013 at 12:12 am #

    hi,I want to know if melas skin cream is good for removing dark spots…are there any good herbal skin lightening creams you know would work best….

  11. nithya m July 30, 2013 at 12:53 am #

    hi,i’m suffering from pimples, scars ,for this i lack my confidence too,so please help me i need a one product to removing pimples and marks and scars too and i need a available product name

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      TejuPriya July 30, 2013 at 11:54 am #

      Hi Nithya calm down..You are not alone as you can see here.. :)
      There is no quick fix to Acne..One product cannot make a difference in treating acne..
      Look into one of the regimen,which is help you better..
      Also read up tons of informative articles on acnemantra and educate yourself on do and donts ,products,treatments and you can choose products for yourself.. :)

  12. priyanka August 24, 2013 at 4:06 pm #

    HI am………I M suffering frm pimples in my cheeks n day by day it become worst…..i used many products bt it works fr som days n again breakouts came…..i went to dermatologists too he gav me some tablets n some facewash n some gel bt it works for certain months.wen i stppd using the product sem thing occurd .i m habing pimples frm 5 yrs .pls suggest me some good cream as m skin is too sensitive n oily.pls hlp me