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12+ Face Washes for Oily / Acne Prone Skin

If you are seeing your face get shiny by mid-day because of oiliness, a face wash for oily skin can help you remain shine-free longer.

The list below shows our picks from some of the best face washes for oily and acne prone skin in India. They work well for oily, combination and acne prone skin. If you are struggling with excessively oily skin, consider these stronger face washes for very oily skin.

If herbal products are your thing, see the best herbal face wash for oily acne prone skin.

Cetaphil Cleansing Lotion for Sensitive Skin

Cetaphil cleansing lotion acne pimples Cetaphil Cleansing Lotion is best suited for use when you do not have makeup or sunscreen on your face. This is because Cetaphil is very mild, and not the best for removing every last trace of makeup or sunscreen from your face. Cetaphil will soothe your face and calm any irritation, dryness or peeling you may have from using strong acne treatments.

Cetaphil Cleansing Lotion is best used on a relatively clean face – such as if you went to bed with a clean face and you want to wash your face in the shower next morning. Cetaphil can become your “second” or “comfort” cleanser for when you don’t need your “first” or “real” cleanser.

The price of Cetaphil Cleansing Lotion for Sensitive Skin is Rs. 136 for 125 ml. Cetaphil is available at Indian medical stores and online.

AHAGlow Skin Rejuvenating Face Wash Gel

AHAGlow is one of the very few face wash options in India that have AHA. Why is AHA important for acne prone skin? Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA) exfoliate the skin, keeping skin pores unclogged, thereby preventing acne breakouts. It is a good face wash for oily skin.

AHAGlow Face Wash Gel review (yellow tube)AHAglow has 1% AHA, which is good enough for daily maintenance of acne if you are using other acne treatments alongside.Because of its exfoliation action (you may see skin peeling), AHAGlow also evens out the skin over time (give it 2 months), reducing dark pimple marks and acne scarring. AHAGlow also has aloe vera and vitamin E, in a non-comedogenic gel base. What’s not to like?

The best part? You can use AHAGlow as a spot treatment of acne. Dab a bit of the transparent gel on a newly-forming pimple or cyst and it will most likely subside without leaving a dark spot behind. AHAGlow kind of calms the pimple without bringing it to a white pus-filled head, so you minimize chances of scarring.

AHAGlow lives up to its AHA claim. Just don’t expect any Glow and you will be fine. AHAGlow reduces the redness caused by pimples, likely due to its 5% aloe vera content.

The price of AHAGlow face wash is Rs. 107 for 50ml. AHAGlow is available at medical stores – ask for Torrent Pharma AHAGlow.

See a list of 7 glycolic acid face wash brands in India here.

Kaya Skin Clinic Soothing Cleansing Gel

Kaya Soothing Cleansing Gel for Acne Prone SkinWe have come to associate Kaya Skin Clinic with expensive skin treatments in posh locations. But their products are not just for rich ladies. Kaya Soothing Cleansing Gel is a hidden gem for acne prone skin. Though not an acne cleanser per se, Kaya Soothing Cleansing Gel does have some awesome ingredients that an acne prone skin will love. It is an effective face wash for oily skin.

Apart from gentle cleansing agents, it has Vitamin B3 (Niacinamide) and Zinc Lactate – both of which help with acne and fade hyper pigmentation (dark spots).

It can be used to wash off makeup or sunscreen, except for maybe waterproof makeup. For makeup removal, we recommend using Johnson’s Baby Oil and removing every last trace of makeup before washing the oil off with a face wash.

If you are looking for a basic, non-drying, non-irritating, non-comedogenic face wash, Kaya Soothing Cleansing Gel can be that choice. You can buy Kaya Soothing Cleansing Gel directly from their clinics or order online. Some Lifestyle stores also have Kaya counters.

The price of Kaya Cleansing Soothing Gel is Rs. 550 for 200 ml. Don’t be discouraged by the price tag. The 200 ml bottle lasts 6-8 months easily, making it cheaper than many of the fancier face washes.

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

Aroma Magic Mint Cleanser

aroma magic mint cleanser for acne pimples This one is for herbal fans. Natural extracts of peppermint, spearmint, clove, neem and pure, organic essential oils of geranium, rose and tea tree make up this creamy cleanser. Even though the packaging does not list all the ingredients, and you do see a bunch of oils mentioned, somehow it all works well together. Still, it is best to do a patch test on part of the face before using this cleanser on your whole face.It claims to be soap free, which we assume means it does not contain the dreaded SLS. We do not recommend this for removing makeup, but just as a face wash. Avoid the eye area – clove oil, remember?

Aroma Magic Mint Cleanser also calms the redness caused by acne, so your face looks cleaner, more even toned. The package says to just wipe off the cleaner with wet cotton, but it might be a good idea to wash it off completely with water.

The price of Aroma Magic Mint Cleanser is Rs. 115 for 50gm and is available in beauty shops (Health and Glow) and online. This is one of the best face washes for oily skin.

Ducray Keracnyl Foaming Gel for Acne-prone Skin

Ducray Keracnyl Foaming Gel reviewThe two acne-fighting ingredients of note in Ducray Keracnyl Foaming Gel are glycolic acid and zinc salicylate. Made by Pierre Fabre Dermo-cosmetique France, Keracnyl is marketed in India by Abbott Healthcare. Keracnyl is hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic. It has a sharp smell (did they say hypoallergenic?) which you can feel arise as soon as you get some of the gel out.

Keracnyl can be harsh on your skin if you use it in addition to other acne treatments. This face wash is not really gentle no matter what the package says, but sometimes your skin needs heavy duty treatment. If you are already using strong acne treatments such as Retino-A, Benzoyl Peroxide or Accutane (Sotret), Keracnyl may irritate the skin even further. Keracnyl is best used as a standalone product for maintenance of acne prone skin.

The percentage of Glycolic Acid in Keracnyl (4%) is higher than in AHAGlow (1%).
The price of Ducray Keracnyl Foaming Gel is Rs. 346 for 100 ml. Keracnyl Foaming Gel is available at Indian medical stores (chemists) and online. Learn how you can use this foaming gel as part of a simple 2-step Keracnyl Regimen.

Saslic (1% Salicylic Acid) and Saslic D.S. (2% Salicylic Acid)

Saslic by Cipla is commonly prescribed by dermatologists. Saslic is a foaming face wash with 1% salicylic acid. Saslic DS is the “double strength” version with 2% salicylic acid.

Although it is very effective, Salicylic Acid can irritate sensitive acne prone skin even at 2%. That irritation can lead to whiteheads (pus-filled tiny pimples). Because of this you may think that the acne wash is not working. It is working alright, but it is also irritating the skin, resulting in tiny new pimples. You could try using a milder Salicylic wash (Saslic with 1% Salicylic Acid) if you experience this.

The price of Saslic is Rs. 150 for 60 ml and Saslic DS is Rs. 180 for 60 ml. The product is expensive because the form gets used up very quickly.

Proactiv Solution Renewing Cleanser

The Proactiv Renewing Cleanser is part of the 3-step acne treatment by world famous Proactiv Solution. The Renewing Cleanser is creamy, oil-free and with tiny scrub particles meant for daily use on acne prone skin. The main acne fighting ingredient here is Benzoyl Peroxide which has been proven to kill acne bacteria.

The only catch here is that Proactiv Renewing Cleanser (120 ml) is only available as part of a kit that costs Rs. 3595 (that’s nearly 3600) plus 300 Rupees shipping. You also get their Revitalizing Toner and Repairing Treatment in this pack. This stuff should last about 3-4 months with daily use, which comes to 1000 Rupees per month.

Although there is some form of guarantee that you can return it if it doesn’t suit you, the big bummer is not being able to try these products individually. They want you to buy the whole set also because these products work best in conjunction with each other – the cleanser, the toner and the treatment.

Proactiv Renewing Cleanser is available from proactiv.in. There are some more benzoyl peroxide cleansers in India.

Sebamed Clear Face Cleansing Foam

sebamed-clear-face-cleansing-foam-acneSebamed Clear Face Cleansing Foam has been described by many as the “best gentle cleanser for acne”. Their secret is the innovative anti-bacterial active ingredient Montaline C40 that kills hundreds of thousands of acne bacteria in 5 minutes.

Panthenol (vitamin B5) is good for acne and for smoothing the skin and creating an even tone. So not only does the acne calm down, the overall texture of the skin improves too. Sebamed Clear Face Cleansing Foam also keeps the skin shine free (matte).

The rest of the ingredients soothe the redness and gently exfoliate the skin. The pH value of 5.5 stabilizes the acid mantle, thereby inhibiting acne bacteria growth.

The price of Sebamed Clear Face Cleansing Foam is Rs. 550 for 150 ml. Sebamed Clear Face Cleansing Foam is available at Indian medical stores and online. Read about using Sebamed Cleansing Foam as part of your acne regimen.

Clean and Clear Foaming Facial Wash

budget pimple products in IndiaThis is a budget face wash for maintenance of acne prone skin. Clean and Clear Foaming Facial Wash (gel form) cleans the face thoroughly and gets rid of excess oil.

You will need to use a separate acne treatment for that. Clean and Clear Foaming Facial Wash provides some anti-bacterial protection with Triclosan. It can be a good, basic face wash for daily care of oily acne prone skin. Do not expect it to clear up severe acne though. In fact, it has some comedogenic ingredients that can clog pores, so if you break out easily, skip this.

The price of Clean and Clear Foaming Facial Wash is Rs. 40 for 50 ml.

FabIndia Tea Tree Face Wash

fabindia-tea-tree-facewashEven though FabIndia is notorious for pimple-causing products, this face wash is surprisingly devoid of comedogenic (pimple-causing) ingredients.

At a price of Rs. 165 for 120 ml, it is pretty economical as well.

Ingredients: water, sodium lauryl ether sulphate, cocoamidopropylbetaine, sodium chloride, tea tree oil, salicylic acid, guar gum, turmeric extract, citric acid

Vedic Line Neem and Brahmi Disinfecting Face Wash

vedic line neem face wash gelBrahmi (gotu kola) and neem oil form the main anti-acne ingredients of this face wash. That is not its main distinction though. The cool thing is that this budget face wash, unlike many of the more expensive herbal face washes, does not contain ingredients that can aggravate pimples. Rs. 125 for 120 ml. There is a smaller 50 ml pack for Rs. 70.

Ingredients: water, neem oil, brahmi / gotu kola, tea tree oil, camphor, sodium lauryl ether sulphate, sodium chloride, sodium benzoate.

Another variant is Vedic Line Charcoal Disinfecting & Face Wash.

Jolen Face Wash Gel with Lemon Extract for Oily Skin

At a price of Rs. 125 for 150 gm it will last you 4 months. Other Jolen face washes such as their neem or cucumber one either contain comedogenic ingredients or don’t list all ingredients. This lemon one is their safest one.

Himalaya Purifying Neem Face Wash

This is one of the most popular face washes at Rs. 50 for 50 ml, Rs. 90 for 100 ml and Rs. 125 for 150 ml.

Also recommended:

Kaya Skin Clinic Purifying Cleanser Acne Free (Salicylic Acid)

Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash Facial Cleanser for Acne Prone Skin (2% Salicylic Acid)

If you find that Salicylic Acid products bring your pimple to a pus-filled head and leave a dark pimple mark or scar, try a Glycolic Acid based fash wash. Glycolic Acid can often suppress a pimple without bringing it to a pus-filled head, so you can avoid scarring.

Glycolic Acid is becoming more and more common in Indian face washes. AHAGlow and Keracnyl have Glycolic Acid. AHAGlow is milder with 1% Glycolic Acid whereas Keracnyl has about 4% Glycolic Acid.

A face wash for oily, acne prone skin can often leave the skin dry, stretchy and irritated. There are some ways to avoid it.

One way is to use a cleanser that does not have acne-fighting ingredients and that does only one thing – cleansing. Examples – Kaya Skin Clinic Soothing Cleansing Gel and Cetaphil Cleansing Lotion for Sensitive Skin. It makes sense to use a simple cleanser if you do not have acne all over your face. After you have washed your face, you can apply an acne treatment cream only on the acne prone areas. That will ensure that non-oily areas of your skin do not get unnecessarily dry.

If you must use a face wash with acne-fighting ingredients, you can use a moisturizer suitable for oily skin only on the dry areas afterwards.

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345 Responses to 12+ Face Washes for Oily / Acne Prone Skin

  1. manpreet singh real g sta April 5, 2013 at 6:54 am #

    hello’i thing useing Clean and Clear Foaming Facial Wash but not indai good price

    thank you from’Manpreet Singh Real G sta”2013

  2. Deepak April 10, 2013 at 8:34 am #

    What about this face wash: Nivea For Men Whitening Oil Control ?
    Is that good for oily skin type ? It also comes with a moisturizer which claims to control the face oiliness, but would it clog the pores ?

    waiting for reply thanks

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      AM April 10, 2013 at 9:27 am #

      Deepak, Nivea For Men Advanced Whitening Oil Control Face Wash looks fine for oily / acne prone skin, but not Nivea Advanced Whitening Oil Control Moisturiser.

  3. nikhat April 12, 2013 at 6:20 pm #

    hey! what about fash facewash? is it good?

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      AM April 13, 2013 at 6:10 am #

      Nikhat, Fash is another good face wash for acne prone skin usually recommended by dermatologists. Fash can be a bit drying for the skin and it is suited for very oily skin. It is also available in a foaming formula.

  4. rimd April 13, 2013 at 7:58 pm #


    Absolutely love your site!

    I have mild to severe acne. And scars! I have been washing my face every night with the ganier white scrub fash wash and then applying aloe vera gel. Should i keep at it?

    Also, what do you think of the Lotus Herbals Tea Tree and Cinnamon face wash? Or the Dabur Gulabari face spritzer? And, of course, aloe vera gel…both natural and manufactured (i have the Aroma Treasures aloe vera gel and a real plant!)?

    Would love to hear from you :)

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      AM April 14, 2013 at 12:33 am #

      For severe acne, almost every product is likely to cause breakouts unless they are 100% non-comedogenic. Whether you should keep using Garnier scrub wash is best answered by whether it is helping or harming you acne. Do you see more or less breakouts with it? Scrub based products generally irritate acne prone skin.

      Here’s a plan:
      If you have not visited a dermatologist recently, fix an appointment as soon as you can. Secondly, you will need to switch to a highly simplified skin care routine instead of giving in to the temptation of trying out new stuff just because it is there. Thirdly, spend some time on this website and read a little bit about comedogenic ingredients, face washes (Lotus Herbals one with cinnamon will irritate skin), toners (Dabur Gulabari does nothing special) and moisturizers (Aroma Treasures Aloe Vera Gel clogs pores).

  5. Puneet April 14, 2013 at 7:33 am #

    Hii ur site is really very helpfull for acne prevention. I was using Kaya Soothing ceansing gel from last 2 years and it is really a great face wash for acne treatment and for oily skin. but i recently switched for Garnier men energising gel face wash and suddenly i am again facingn acne problem. Should i stop using it or should continue with Kaya. Hows Fash face wash one of my frnd has recommended it for me. Is there any face pack available for acne prone skin and to remove scars marks. Kindly recommend!!!!

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      AM April 14, 2013 at 9:37 am #

      Puneet, if Garnier Men Intense Fresh Energising Gel Face Wash is the only new skin care item you have been using lately, it is most likely the culprit for the resurfacing of your acne. Although no ingredient in it stands out as strongly comedogenic (glycerin can cause breakouts though), its menthol content could be irritating your skin, in turn causing acne. Fash can be drying to the skin so it is suited for very oily skin. Kaya Soothing Cleansing Gel seems to be a good choice for you.

      Face packs are some of the weakest treatments for acne and acne scars because being rinse-off products their ingredients do not get enough time to act on the skin. Have a look at these acne creams. Acne scar treatment can be done once acne is under control.

  6. JAI April 14, 2013 at 9:52 am #

    I want a face wash for spots and mild acne. Please reply which is better, Sebamed Face Cleansing Foam or Saslic 1%?

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      AM April 14, 2013 at 10:21 am #

      If I had to choose, I would pick Sebamed. But this post gives you information on both the face washes, so go ahead make your own choice.

  7. zeeshan zia April 16, 2013 at 8:02 pm #

    i am a 18 year old boy. i have been getting a lot of pimples on my forehead……..and a very few on my chins…also my skin is not too oily though it is somewat in between sensetive and oily.i have been using ponds pimple clear fashwash along with garnier roll on for pimples but it seem garnier is causing me pimples with pus and also leaving black marks on my face………so can you please tell me which will work good for me from this list………………
    and thanks a lot for doing such great work on acne………….keep up the good work……………..please reply……………..and thnks a lot…………

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      AM April 18, 2013 at 10:36 am #

      Zeeshan, Pond’s Clear Pimples Facial Foam is laced with acne causing ingredients – myristic acid (first ingredient!) and lauric acid stand out immediately. You are right about the Garnier Pimple roll on – it seems to bring a pimple to a white head and also leaves a dark mark behind. I guess stop using these products right now.

      If your pimples are not worrying you enough to visit a dermatologist, you could try using Sebamed Clear Face Cleansing Foam which is great at preventing new pimples and clearing dark marks.

  8. Marium April 18, 2013 at 11:49 am #

    I have big pores on my t-zone, and i want to know what face wash should i use , I live here in Pakistan, or what can I do to minimize my pores? I have tried almost everything from cleansers, to scrubs to toner , I am confused now.

  9. Bobby April 21, 2013 at 3:19 pm #

    hi first time iam trying 30% glycolic acid peel for acne scars. please suggest me good face wash….

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      AM April 21, 2013 at 3:25 pm #

      Bobby, glycolic acid peels are best done under the care of a professional. If you are consulting a dermatologist / esthetician for this peel, they are the best person to suggest a suitable face wash.

  10. Sonya April 23, 2013 at 10:26 am #

    Hi how about Shahnaz hussain’s face wash?? Do they really work on sensitive skin.

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      AM April 23, 2013 at 12:02 pm #

      Which one do you want to know about? Shahnaz Hussain’s products are notorious for breaking out people. If you tell us which face wash you are talking about, we can tell you more.

  11. Munira April 24, 2013 at 7:00 am #

    Hi, I found this site helpful in terms of information about acne face washes. But I am confused about using the right product now. I have oily skin and prone to acne (sometimes very much), but not too sensitive. I had been using the proactive solutions for the past 3 years, but due to some problem with their current batch, there has been extreme reverse effects, leading to acne and dark spots. I have also heard about Neutrogena (oil-free) being the next best and from the above posts can the Kaya acne face wash be recommended? Can you please suggest the right one?

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      AM April 25, 2013 at 4:12 am #

      Munira, if you liked Proactiv’s cleanser more, you could try a face wash called Brevoxyl Creamy Wash that contains 4% benzoyl peroxide and can be got from medical stores. Proactiv’s cleanser contains 2.5% BP, but then your skin is not very sensitive so it should be fine. If you liked Proactiv’s toner more, try AHAGlow face wash which contains 1% glycolic acid. Proactiv toner’s main ingredient is glycolic acid. If you want to up the amount of glycolic acid in your face wash Keracnyl with 4% glycolic acid is a better choice. Kaya Skin Clinic Soothing Cleansing Gel has undergone a recent formula change.

      For spot treatment Benzac AC is a 2.5 % benzoyl peroxide gel that is proven to reduce bacteria by 94% within 48 hours of commencing treatment. It is a water based benzoyl peroxide treatment that absorbs excess oil, kills bacteria and does not excessively dry skin. Benzac AC gel is available in 2.5% and 5% concentration.

  12. Baarish April 26, 2013 at 7:37 am #

    Thank you very much for information that you have compiled here, Has been extremely helpful

    How many times does one use the cleanser in a day ?

    Does one use it once i.e. the end of the day ?

    Could you provide some guidelines…


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      AM April 26, 2013 at 7:48 am #

      Baarish, using a cleanser two times a day, no more no less seems like the golden rule. If you want to go the whole nine yards, use a very mild cleanser such as Cetaphil or similar in the morning. That’s because you’re going to wake up with a pretty clean face if you washed your face the night before.

      Cleansing in the evening should have 2 steps – makeup or sunscreen removal with a makeup remover, followed by a face wash. Even face washes that claim to remove makeup may leaves traces of sunscreen or makeup on the skin, that can slowly drill down into the pores, leading to breakouts in the long term. Makeup removers are better at this job. Even sunscreen does not come off fully with a regular face wash. For the evening cleanser, use something that cleans well, but does not irritate the skin.

  13. Baarish April 26, 2013 at 8:06 am #

    Was using Himalaya the moisturizer till now, never realized it was comodogenic , although acne was not consistent but intermittent depending on the work pressure and sleep, eitherways that is gone for sure,

    Going to try Cetaphil in the morning & AHAGlow in evening would that be good ?

    Thank you once again for all the info that has been compiled here.

    Note : my id might have been a bit misleading but will not require the makeup removal process

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      AM April 26, 2013 at 8:09 am #

      Cetaphil and AHAGlow sound good. Makeup remover is suggested for removing sunscreen too, even if you don’t wear any makeup.

  14. Mohini April 27, 2013 at 2:52 am #

    hi i read ur site n found it realy well i had acne problem in my teen now m 22 dont hv pimples but my cheeks hv big pores now n i dont like them pls suggest me to get silky soft skin….


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      AM April 27, 2013 at 7:57 am #

      Products that contain salicylic acid or retinol can unclog pores and make them look smaller. Exfoliating products like these also increase cell turnover rate, causing new cells to come to the surface, creating silky soft skin. For an instant reduction in pore size, use a mud mask. These are not permanent treatments. Once you stop using the creams, the pore size will go back to normal. You can shrink pores permanently with non-ablative laser treatments.

  15. rohit April 28, 2013 at 6:10 am #

    Hello ,
    I am 24 year old . I am experiencing acne on my face , sometimes they are very severe. After the acne has gone it also lives a dark spots on my face which does not go for about 1 -2 months. I came across your website and felt very happy to get useful information.

    I am thinking to buy Kaya Skin Clinic Soothing Cleansing Gel but you have mentioned they have changed the contents of it so I am confused to buy or not. Please Help. Right now I am not using any special face wash or cream on my face.

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      AM April 28, 2013 at 9:14 am #

      Rohit, if acne isn’t bothering you enough to warrant a visit to a dermatologist, try Sebamed Cleansing Foam for 2 weeks, twice a day. At night, use Glyco 6. Read about using Glyco 6 here. During the day, use Clean and Clear Skin Balancing Moisturizer. After a week into this regimen, introduce Suncote Gel only if you see a definite reduction in breakouts. Then let me know, I’ll tell you more.

      Also read this acne regimen for men and women.

  16. Radhi April 28, 2013 at 1:18 pm #


    Quite a refreshing write up from an Indian author.
    What are the cleansers available in India for Rosacea? I was using Rosanil while in UK but can’t seem to find an equivalent here. Acne cleansers don’t work for Papular Rosacea.

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      AM April 29, 2013 at 4:56 am #

      Rosanil is a prescription skin cleanser. A drugstore alternative in India can be Clinique Redness Solutions Soothing Cleanser, although it doesn’t have the same ingredients. Clinique has a whole line of skin care called Redness Solutions, targeted toward rosacea. They are a bit pricey. A dermatologist will probably be able to prescribe a more economical medicated cleanser. Thanks for your kind words, too.

  17. Ajay April 29, 2013 at 6:00 am #

    Iam Ajay,25yr old .Iam extremely happy regarding content of your website which would be very useful to millions of people suffering from acne .Mine is oily/acne prone skin.What about VLCC matte look suncreen and jovees skin toner I have pitted scars.iam using glyco 10% cream.how long i have to wait to see the results?

    Thank you.

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      AM April 29, 2013 at 7:50 am #

      Improvement in acne scars depends on the shape and depth of pitted scarring. If scars are deep, any topical treatments will only show marginal improvement. You could alternate glycolic acid with a retinoid such as Retino-A (prescription only) or Yugard retinol cream. Retinoids word under the skin, thickening it and promoting production of collagen. Also, I’ll be writing about laser treatments and other clinical scar treatments soon.

      VLCC Matte Look sunscreen has a ton of oils including wheat germ oil, so I’d switch to a non-comedogenic sunscreen. Both of Jovees toners – cucumber and rose toner don’t seem to do much for the skin, you can skip them if you like.

      Since you are already using a strong exfoliant (10% glycolic acid), chances of these products clogging your pores are minimal, but still you can get better sun protection from using a broad-spectrum lightweight sunscreen that will not leave your face looking greasy.

  18. revathi April 29, 2013 at 9:41 am #

    Though the website info r much given idea abt face wash…..but i have doubt that i want to ask u…..actually my skin has some acne prone pimples and black marks…my age is 23..but before i never get pimples lyk now…am using khadi neem herbal face wash…in dis face wash the ingredients are tea tree oil , wheat germ oil, olivera n neem oil….actually myself before buying a product i ll give more preference in ingredients…even my skin is little bit oily its lyk T-zone…
    will u please tell me whether am using the correct face wash r not and all my friends r suggested to change to THE BODY SHOP tea tree face wash ..so am confusing will u please suggest me a good face wash for my skin…….and i want a info about if i change any face wash what type of ingredients i want to prefer….

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      AM April 29, 2013 at 10:54 am #

      Khadi Neem Herbal face wash will cause more pimples. Since you pay attention to ingredients, read this post which will tell you why Khadi Neem face wash is not right for you and you will get the answer.

      The Body Shop tea tree face wash is a pretty harsh product with alcohol and menthol among other things. TBS face wash is nothing special. If you do want to try a tea tree face wash, Aroma Magic Neem and Tea Tree face wash is a better choice. It does not have parabens, soap, alcohol, artificial coloring or fragrance.

      Remember, a face wash is almost always never enough to completely clear the skin. You will need to use acne treatment alongside to achieve that.

  19. revathi April 29, 2013 at 6:36 pm #

    Thank u, for giving a valuable info about face wash….you preferred me to use to use aroma magic neem and tea tree face wash if i use this is their any result in clearing the acne…moreover please suggest me a good acne treatment product after using the face wash….actually past days my skin is very clear with acne free…..but now all my relatives and friends are wondered of seeing my face….please suggest me a good treatment product for acne free….and i get tired of using diff face washes from past days to present….if any of my friends suggest to use a diff face wash i get tempt and started using a product…but now i decided to use only 1 face wash which i do not move to another so please suggest me a good face wash…its request…..

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      AM April 29, 2013 at 11:48 pm #

      As I said before, a face wash alone is not enough to clear the skin in most cases. Aroma Magic Tea Tree face wash is just one step in the whole regimen you need to follow to achieve clear skin.

      The root of the problem is that you are jumping from one face wash to another simply following random advice from your relatives and friends. You are not working with your skin type. I cannot help you with that. Spend some time reading this website – there is hours and hours of information here. That knowledge will help you create a skin care routine for yourself. Then if you have any specific questions, I will be happy to help.

  20. Anjana choudhary May 1, 2013 at 12:16 pm #

    i have oily skin and specially T-Zone is highly oily and acne prone, i m using benzyl peroxide 2.5% but i am having dark spots. i tried neutrogena products but i get more problems and pimples also get increased. now i m using dove deep pure face wash it works for 3 hours after that i get oil on my face. kindly suggest me face wash for oily skin and any cream or moisturizer for summers. if any other treatment required for my skin plz suggest.

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      AM May 2, 2013 at 12:36 am #

      A face wash for very oily skin is Kaya Skin Clinic Soothing Cleansing Gel. This is going to keep the skin clean, but a face wash is not enough to completely clear acne. For that you need to use a treatment that stays on the skin instead of being rinsed off. Can you post the rest of your acne regimen query in the Q&A section please?

  21. samir May 2, 2013 at 5:48 pm #

    hi there i have mild acne . which face wash should i go for ethiglo, sebamed or keracnyl.

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      AM May 3, 2013 at 2:27 am #

      A face wash alone is almost never enough to completely clear the skin. What other products are you using alongside? That will decide whether Sebamed or Keracnyl is a better choice. I need to know the ingredients of Ethiglo to be able to tell you more.

  22. surekha May 4, 2013 at 7:35 am #

    hi thanks for your valuable info… im 20 years girl having oily skin wit pores nd acne..by above answers that you gave i got an idea that i should use cleanser which contains salicilic base..am having an idea of using biotique products can you suggest me a facewash and acne treatment products from biotique which suits to my skin…and thanks again.

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      AM May 5, 2013 at 2:03 am #

      Surekha, if you can tell me your APST skin type, I can tell you which products from Biotique will suit your skin. I need to know that because if your acne is moderate / severe, herbal remedies will be largely ineffective. Is there a reason you only want to use Biotique products and nothing else?

  23. samir May 4, 2013 at 12:28 pm #

    at the moment i am not using anything

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      AM May 5, 2013 at 2:04 am #

      Then Keracnyl.

  24. BUNTY May 5, 2013 at 2:26 pm #

    hii this bunty i am aged 18 years i want to get a glowing skin can u recomend some tips & facewash’s for me

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      AM May 6, 2013 at 12:36 am #

      You need to tell me more than this for me to tell you anything. Is your skin acne prone, do you get pimples? What other skin care products are you using?

  25. jitender May 5, 2013 at 7:28 pm #

    hii..im suffering from acene on my face..my skin is so oily..recently i wer used klien face wash and for back acne soapex soap..nothng can work gud ..plss suggest me face wash which controls new breakouts and reduces acne marks …plzz help me out….

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      AM May 6, 2013 at 12:51 am #

      “Nothing can work good” because you are picking up products randomly, without knowledge about what they do, what their ingredients are and if they can actually cause more pimples. Try Keracnyl face wash two times a day. You will need to use a sunscreen every day – try Suncote gel. And spend some time reading this website, there’s tons of information here that will help you make smart choices about your skin care products.

  26. jitender May 6, 2013 at 2:03 am #

    which sunscreen i will be using..and for back acne …what will i do…for my shoulder,chest,arms ..i have many acne and popules on my back….pls suggest me best …which is easily available at chemist…

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      AM May 6, 2013 at 2:27 am #

      Try Suncote Gel which is a sunscreen. Remember, a face wash is almost never enough to completely clear the skin. You will need to use an acne treatment alongside.

      Since the spread of acne is on your body as well, I would advise you to consult a dermatologist as soon as you can. Without looking at the skin, it is difficult to suggest anything. This type of acne requires medical treatment.

  27. fahim May 6, 2013 at 8:53 pm #

    i have a very acne prone skin and my skin is sensitive (the egg shell skin type)………………..u guys rock…………..nice website for acne prob
    now i want to use Ducray Keracnyl Foaming Gel for Acne-prone Skin,can you plz tell me a name of online site where i can buy it……………
    also i before had almost no pimple………………….but from the last past four months i had got plenty of pimple…………….and nothing seems to work…….its been over 3 weeks of using clinmax gel………but no improvement…………..garnier roll on also not working for me…..my pimple jus wont go……………plz help me do something to let them go from my face……..also i have developed a couple of more pimple
    most imp if i apply sunscreen i am sure to get pimple and my skin jus dries out like anything………..so i am getting dark………
    plz help

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      AM May 7, 2013 at 3:36 am #

      You can buy Keracnyl Foaming Gel from a medical store. Ask for Ducray Keracnyl Foaming Gel. Many online shopping websites like medplusbeauty.com also sell it.

      Garnier roll on can leave dark marks behind, so I’d suggest you stop it. I cannot ask you to discontinue Clinmax because it is a prescription medication. But obviously neither of these treatments is helping your skin.

      Even if your sunscreen says non-comedogenic, it can still cause pimples on Egg Shells skin type unless you use an effective acne treatment alongside. Perhaps leave out the sunscreen until you can get some relief from the acne situation. I know we need sunscreen every single day, but if it is aggravating your acne, that’s not good either, right?

      Use Keracnyl twice a day. Nothing else on the face. Then let me know after a week, we can add more products then.

  28. fahim May 7, 2013 at 10:06 am #

    thanks a lot for ur time……………..will keep updating u on my status………….

  29. Ibrahim May 9, 2013 at 6:46 pm #

    hey ,first of all ur website is very useful ,keep doing the good work ! ummm ..my skin type is oily(very oily) and its acne-prone, i don’t get breakouts now and just reddish post acne scars are left on my face since i had many pimples before .Currently i am not using any soap/facewash to wash my face with ,I just use water.Acne doesn’t bother me much though .I was googling for a facewash suitable for oily/acne prone skin and come across ur site but i am a bit confused about which facewash i should go with .thank you!

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      AM May 10, 2013 at 3:45 am #

      Ibrahim, try Ducray Keracnyl Foaming Gel for Acne-prone Skin. It has mild peeling agents that will keep pores unclogged as well as help with reducing the redness. If this foaming gel works for you, you could add in Keracnyl Cream that will speed up sloughing off of the skin cells to further bring down the redness / post inflammatory hyperpigmentation. The whole Keracnyl Regimen is explained here. For now, just try the foaming gel.

  30. Ali May 10, 2013 at 7:19 am #

    Love your page, almost read all your comments as well. I have an oily skin specially on my forehead and a deep acne scar which is as old as 5 years. I am using mederma for the acne scar started using 4 months back and it’s not working as it should. I am using himalaya oil control lemon facewash. And during night I use deriva cms for my mild acne.
    Any suggestion for change in facewash or scar cream or gel from your side???

    Thanx in advance.

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      AM May 10, 2013 at 10:50 am #

      Ali, you can try Ducray Keracnyl Foaming Gel for Acne-prone Skin. It has mild peeling agents that will keep pores unclogged as well as help with reducing any redness you may have from acne. It will also help with oiliness. Deriva-CMS sounds fine as long as you are seeing definite benefit from using it. An effective acne treatment should curb 80% of the acne.

      Mederma works mainly on raised scars and not so much on sunken ones. That’s why you are not seeing much of a difference. Unfortunately, no topical creams can create a big difference in depressed scarring. Keracnyl will help with faster sloughing off of skin cells, so you will see more even, firmer skin gradually. That can improve the appearance of the scar. Adding in a leave-on exfoliant such as Keracnyl cream or Yugard could further enhance collagen formation and fill up the scar somewhat.

      If you are serious, dermaroller (microneedling) could help. For that, you will need to see a dermatologist. Thanks for your kind words. Appreciate it.

  31. Ajay S May 10, 2013 at 7:44 am #

    I have black sports on my nose what do I do about it.
    My skin condition is oily.

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      AM May 10, 2013 at 11:34 am #

      With this little information, I cannot say anything. You have to tell me more. How did you get these black spots? From acne? Do you get pimples?

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    maitreyi May 10, 2013 at 9:32 am #

    hi I seriously want to use AHA glow face wash and some spot tratment. bt to use them do i have to ask for prescription from doctor. please guide. i shall be thankful

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      AM May 10, 2013 at 11:37 am #

      You do not need a prescription for AHAGlow face wash.

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    Ibrahim May 10, 2013 at 10:19 am #

    Thanks a ton!I’ll own this foaming gel today.I also have one more query,I hope u can help me out with this.The problem is my face(except forehead) secrete beyond endurable amount of sebum which is annoying.Is there anything can be done to alleviate it.I heard consumption of dairy products is one of the prime cause behind sebum secretion,do i have abandon it from my diet? Though my favorite dessert is Ice cream.

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      AM May 10, 2013 at 11:43 am #

      Ibrahim, you are starting out with Keracnyl foaming gel which will help with oiliness as well. If that is not enough to curb oiliness, you might want to try out the Keracnyl Regimen to further reduce oiliness and get smoother skin.
      Although there are conflicting reports about dairy products increasing sebum, it doesn’t work the same way for everyone. So it comes down to your individual constitution. To be sure, avoid dairy for a week. Then see if the oiliness comes down. If it doesn’t try the Keracnyl Regimen. If none of this helps, there are more things you can do. Let me know in 4 weeks?

  34. zeeshan zia May 10, 2013 at 12:02 pm #

    this is zeeshan again……………and thnxs for your immense help…………
    actually had my first dermo visit today…………..
    i was actually using sebamed face wash and climax gel for my acne but my dermo had told me that my skin is combination and asked me to use Saslic (1% Salicylic Acid) along with a anti dandruf shampoo…….one oral med for 2 months…………and 2 more diff oinment for my pimple…………..and i am worried about so many pro for my skin and also when i previously used garnier roll on it gave me whitehead with black mark……………..so worried about my Saslic face wash……..i think sebamed works slow but makes your skin soft which is nice to feel
    Also i had developed a red dry spot alittle far from under my eye……………
    so should i act as per the dermo…………….
    ur opinion is very much welcomed………….plz help
    and thnx a lot……………….

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      AM May 10, 2013 at 3:40 pm #

      Zeeshan, it is nice to hear that you sought medical help. I’m not sure why you will need to use so many things at the same time. My philosophy is that you use the bare minimum skin care products that you need to keep acne in check – nothing more nothing less. I can tell you more if you tell me what the oral medicine and 2 ointments are.

  35. zeeshan zia May 10, 2013 at 12:30 pm #

    also are the votre range of products good for acne prone skin…………
    and also i want to become a little bit fairer. will Votre White Essence Brightening Creme Face Wash aggerevate my pre existing acne…………..though i want it for getting my skin fairer…………..not for doing anything to my acne

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      AM May 10, 2013 at 3:22 pm #

      Check out this review of Votre products and also this one to get an idea about the brand.

      For acne prone skin, even if you are choosing a product that is not related to acne, you have to make sure that it doesn’t cause more acne, that is, it is non-comedogenic. You could try Kaya Skin Clinic Nourishing Night Cream with Anti-Oxidants Fairness (Rs. 990 for 50ml) which is non-comedogenic.

  36. zeeshan zia May 11, 2013 at 8:55 am #

    am sorry because couldnt name the products yesterday………..
    so my dermo gave me these pro
    1)oxidon plus……..1 capsule daily for 2 mths
    2)scalpe shampoo……….for my dandruff
    3)saslic ds face wash for my pimple
    4)glocin gel……………once daily every morning
    5)peroduo gel………………..every evening
    6)momli cream………..for the red dry spot on my face for 7 days
    product no 4 and 5 to be applied till my pimple get over
    so wanted ur suggestion…………….m worried because of so many product……….if its ok……..then i will use them all……………..
    and thnx a lot………….
    also my doctor said i have little oily skin……….
    and most of my pimples are deep sitted which had been under my skin for over 4 mths……with some showing up……….and my face is like the sand paper with very minute impurities which are not easy to see but u can feel it its there
    plz help………………

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      AM May 12, 2013 at 3:14 am #

      Hi, check out my answers in the Q&A section. We can continue our discussion in the Q&A section. (you’ll have to create a login to post replies)

  37. Aakash Pyth May 11, 2013 at 12:59 pm #

    hii,,it’s been a real hard time for me to cope up with these acne problem,i had a a treatment for it though but that couldn’t really work out much for me.kindly suggest me some initiatives to have myself get outta this ado.

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      AM May 11, 2013 at 2:45 pm #

      Hi Aakash, I understand your frustration with acne. As you can see on Acne Mantra, you are not alone in this struggle. If you tell me a bit more about your acne situation (what is the nature of pimples, what all products and treatments you’re using), I could give you specific pointers to get started. In the meantime, also look at this daily acne regimen.
      It will be better if we take our discussion to the Q&A section. Could you post your information and questions there please?

  38. Aakash Pyth May 11, 2013 at 1:01 pm #

    plus,i’m havin’ an oily skin too.

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    Ibrahim May 11, 2013 at 2:50 pm #

    Ducray Keracnyl Foaming Gel
    for Acne-prone Skin(100ml) cost is ₹390 ,I hv purchased it just now,but above u hv mentioned its price ₹346.Hv i purchased something else or price has increased.The above tube looks same to that i hv bought.

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      AM May 11, 2013 at 2:54 pm #

      The price might have increased. If it looks like Keracnyl, it is probably Keracnyl, don’t worry.

  40. Vidhi May 12, 2013 at 3:26 am #

    I hav bit dry skin…i use himalaya face wash bt it dsnt seem to work as pimples dnt juz go away..i hav pimplesf on my cheeks n forehead small one…i tried using himalaya clarina cream too bt it seems useless..tired of these pimples because..many pimples on my right cheek they r big n cause redness…because of which i cannot use any make up…please suggest me some good face wash that wil surrly help and ny cream if possible..
    Waiting for ur reply.

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      AM May 12, 2013 at 8:05 am #

      Vidhi, acne is a disease. It won’t just go away unless you educate yourself about choosing and using the right skin care. Himalaya Herbals face wash and Clarina cream are effective for Acne Prone Skin Type 2 but not so much for Type 3. It also depends on what other products you are using alongside – they could be nullifying the effects of anti-acne products and causing more pimples. So you have to be careful about any and all products whether or not they are acne related.

      Your skin sounds like type 3, but do check your acne prone skin type here to be sure.

      Any makeup or sunscreen will continue to cause pimples unless you first get the acne situation under control somewhat. Try AHAGlow face wash twice a day and use Ducray Triacneal cream at night. You will get both these products at a medical store – these are not prescription medicines, but just skin care products. Try this routine for 2 weeks then let me know. Avoid sun exposure as much as possible during these 2 weeks because you will not be using a sunscreen alongside. We will add a sunscreen later. Also avoid the temptation to include new skin care or makeup products in your routine for 2 weeks.

      Also remember that these are suggestions, not guarantees.

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    Ibrahim May 12, 2013 at 5:17 am #

    lip balm for chapped and dry lips?I suffer from this problem even in summer.I know this question is inappropriate for this site,but please let me know.Thanks!

  42. Vidhi May 12, 2013 at 8:12 am #

    Thanks for the advice :)

  43. Vidhi May 13, 2013 at 4:34 am #

    With AHAGlow n ducray cream can i use lotus spf 40 sunscreen cz i m goin out fr two weeks in delhi….cz if i dnt use sun screen i’ll get tan…i have been using lotus spf 40 since 3yrs…cn i continue still??
    Or hav to change it??

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      AM May 13, 2013 at 4:37 am #

      If Lotus Herbals SPF 40 is not causing new pimples, then by all means go ahead and continue to use it.

  44. mack May 14, 2013 at 3:45 pm #

    i facing acne problem mostly on left side cheek for tht i am using Cetaphil Cleansing Lotion for cleansing skin after tht i will apply benzoyl peroxide for acne at night. But benzoyl peroxide making my skin dryness. can i use sebamed for acne and acne marks?

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      AM May 14, 2013 at 4:01 pm #

      Sebamed Cleansing Foam will help with reducing acne and redness of marks, but you will still need to use an acne treatment alongside for full clearing. Try Avene Triacneal at night all over the face instead of benzoyl peroxide. Keep out of the sun and then after 2 weeks of Sebamed+Triacneal regimen, add in a sunscreen. Also try to avoid wiping the face or using a cell phone on the left side as these factors might be aggravating the acne. Also read this acne guide for do’s and don’ts with acne.

  45. pkp May 16, 2013 at 4:38 pm #

    sir i am having pimples on my face and it leaves red spots on face ….. then it turns brown kindly suggest me best facewash
    pimples are coming on my face for last 4 yeras but red spota have sterted coming now…. please sir

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      AM May 17, 2013 at 10:27 am #

      Hi, a face wash alone will not remove acne. It is just one step in the whole skin care routine for acne prone skin. Try the Keracnyl Regimen which has both a face wash plus anti-acne ointment. Do not use anything else besides the 2 products mentioned in the Keracnyl Regimen. Let me know how it goes in a week, then we will add in a sunscreen. Also, read this guide to acne to learn where you might be going wrong in your skin care and how to select products smartly.

  46. Riya May 16, 2013 at 4:45 pm #

    First of all, let me congratulate you as u r doing commendable job. I have a query, I am 26 yr old wd oily t zone. I use neutrogena oil free face wash n Sebamed clear face care gel. As m 26 now I wanted to start an anti ageing cream , can u please suggest one? Also my skin is clear now with no acne marks right now(touchwood!!) should I use products dat contain glycolic acid or shoul avoid them?
    Thank u

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      AM May 17, 2013 at 10:43 am #

      Then you need Avene Triacneal. It is a non-prescription cream that helps with both acne and aging and is suitable for your age. It works to prevent new pimples, reduces redness, has anti-aging benefits and exfoliates the skin to a smoother finish. It is paraben-free, hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic. Triacneal is tolerated pretty well, although you should test on the side of the face for a whole day to see how this works for your skin. You can read about the action and ingredients of Triacneal here.

      Glycolic acid is excellent for both acne and aging concerns. It exfoliates dead skin cells to reveal new, healthy skin cells. Think of it as a very very fine scrub for the skin. Triacneal contains glycolic acid. Thank you for your kind words too.

  47. Riya May 17, 2013 at 2:27 pm #

    Thank u , Ur site hv been a great help, I will definetly buy Triacneal, thanx for your recommendation.

  48. Riya May 17, 2013 at 4:21 pm #

    Sir, I also wanted to know if we compare Triacneal and Vichy normaderm antiimperfeaction rejuvenating night cream, which one z better? I have heard fantastic reviews about vichy from those who are using it, but I am relying on your valuable advice.

  49. Santhosh Krishna May 17, 2013 at 7:41 pm #

    hi i am a 18 yr old boy andd i get a lot of pimples on my cheeks,nose and fore head i have tried many products but they keep on coming again i sweat a lot and have oily skin,…
    my hair are long so they fall on my face more often..
    currently i am using garnier men oil clear face wash and garnier men power light sometimes and twice in a week i use himalaya herbals neem scrub,,….
    are the products am using good or should i stop continuing them ? plz advice sir…

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      AM May 18, 2013 at 8:24 pm #

      The single way to check if a product is good for you is to see if it is helping or harming your skin. What have you noticed by adding each of these products? Did they increase or decrease your acne? You could try the Keracnyl Regimen. Also read this post about hair products causing acne.

  50. Malini May 18, 2013 at 12:35 am #

    Hi, I have been using cetaphil os, cleanser for oily skin for the past 3 months… I was getting pimples with white head and heat boils post pregnancy and one of my friend recommended this product.. But I don’t see any improvement after using, I still get pimples… Can I continue using it or switch to some other product???

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      AM May 18, 2013 at 7:39 pm #

      Cetaphil will not clear up acne on its own. It is just a support product to use when you are using acne treatments alongside. You will be able to choose products smartly when you spend some time educating yourself about the needs of acne prone skin. Reading the articles posted here on Acne Mantra is a good start. After that if you have any specific questions, I’ll be happy to help.

  51. john mercury May 18, 2013 at 3:04 am #

    firstly thnxs for the help of setting up such awesome website
    i had to have a lot of pimples before…………..now only a few are left on my forehead
    i had been using sebamed and ducray in the same time.i mean i foam out my forehead with ducray and the rest of my face with sebamed and then wash off…………………is this bad to do so…………
    also i have very very minute pimple like on my cheeks about 4-5 for the past couple of years.what should i do……………i did use glycol for two weeks but gave up as as i never went off and made my skin very dry

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      AM May 18, 2013 at 7:37 pm #

      Sebamed + Keracnyl on different parts of the face are fine. Do as you think suitable. Pimples staying on the skin for 4-5 years is unlikely. Because I cannot see what’s going on, it is best you see a dermatologist for that.

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    Ibrahim May 18, 2013 at 2:14 pm #

    I hv been using keracnyl facewash since past week as per your recommendation and i would like to thank you for this priceless advice.Results are its quite helping me with redness but not doing much on sebum excretion,in fact sebum production has bit increased.Since redness bothers me way much than sebum, Should i start with keracnyl regimen?Will keracnyl cream work on fading redness?

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      AM May 18, 2013 at 7:27 pm #

      It’s great to hear about your results Ibrahim. Adding the Keracnyl cream (Keracnyl Regimen) will help.

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    Ibrahim May 18, 2013 at 11:04 pm #

    I hope so.Please direct me about how to use this cream,as i am not much familiar with cosmetics.Should i wash my face with water or keracnyl facewash before applying this cream?

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      AM May 19, 2013 at 4:42 am #

      Check out the Keracnyl Regimen post for step by step instruction on using Keracnyl cream and the face wash.

  54. Nikhil May 19, 2013 at 12:36 am #

    Your website has been very informative, but i want to know which face wash can solve my specific problem. I consulted a dermatologist for a treatment but it dint work out well, I am left with small acne with puss in then which keep on growing. I have a bit of oily skin, this small pimples form blackheads on my forehead and cheeks. Please recommend a suitable face wash or a cream which can help. I am using clean and clear foaming wash,but has not done any good. Also is the acne problem related to bad eating habits??

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      AM May 19, 2013 at 4:44 am #

      Nikhil, try the Keracnyl regimen to start with. Also spend some time reading the daily triggers of acne so you will understand what is going on with your skin and how to take care of it properly.

  55. Farhana May 20, 2013 at 10:37 am #

    NEED HELP!!!!!!!!!!

    hi , my skin was never been so sensitive but now a days its became too sensitive. i think because of my parlor (during my facial) used scarab long time . now i am facing lots of white head both in my chicks and t zone .. the white head became painful pimple…. i am too scared now … using clean and clear blackhead cleaning cleanser, neutrogena gel face-wash , neutrogena ultimate sport sunscreen, neutrogena Multi vitamin acne treatment, neutrogena on the spot . please suggest how can i get rid of this white head and pimple ….

  56. fahim May 20, 2013 at 11:38 pm #

    does aha glow face wash helps get rid of existing pimples and give a clear face and prevents further breakouts
    also i used saslic ds before and my experience was hopeless it gave me more pimples with whitehead……………..using any saslic product doesnt suite me………………..so will aha work for me and not give whitehead……………

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      AM May 21, 2013 at 6:16 am #

      Fahim, a face wash alone is never enough to completely clear acne. I cannot give you a guarantee that AHAGlow will definitely clear your whiteheads. You have read the information about AHAGlow. If you feel like, go ahead give it a shot. The ingredients of Saslic an AHAGlow are completely different, so there is a chance AHAGlow may work better for you. Also, you will need to check what other face products you are using that may be causing whiteheads in the first place.

  57. pooja May 20, 2013 at 11:43 pm #

    I am 35 years old. Have oily acne prone skin. For the last few months I have been using clinique face wash toner and gel. It has cleared my skin up. Now, I m looking for something new. A facewash which I could use to remove oiliness, makeup especially in the ni.please could u suggest something.

  58. Rani May 21, 2013 at 5:01 pm #

    I am 21 yr old. I have a type 2 acne prone skin. I have 2-3 stubborn acne which refuse to go and also acne marks from the earlier acne. I have been using Himalaya neem facewash for 2 years which provides temporary relief. please suggest a suitable fashwash and skin care regime.

  59. Farhana May 21, 2013 at 9:03 pm #

    waiting for your kind reply

  60. himika May 22, 2013 at 4:02 pm #

    Hey.. my skin is very oily even after washing my face.. I dont find any glow on my face.. there is dullness on my face whole day.. pls advise me some glowing face wash n cream.. pls really need your help.. pls

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      AM May 22, 2013 at 4:06 pm #

      What face wash are you currently using? Do you get any pimples or is the skin clear?

  61. himika May 22, 2013 at 4:10 pm #

    Hey.. im 22 years old.. n my skin is oily and I also have pores on my cheeks.. there is no glow on my face even after washing my face.. there is dullness on my face whole day.. pls recommend any face wash and also cream or moisturizer which makes my skin glow.. I use Himalaya neem face wash even I go for oxy bleach just for glow.. pls need your help badly.. pls help me.. waitng for ur reply.. thnkz

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      AM May 22, 2013 at 4:15 pm #

      OK, this is just a suggestion, not a guarantee, but you could try AHAGlow face wash twice a day and Elovera IMF cream at night. Try Elovera IMF on the side of the face for 1 day to rule out any chances of pimples. Use a sunscreen during the day.

  62. himika May 22, 2013 at 4:11 pm #

    Ya I do get pimples whenever I eat oily stuffs..

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    sanu May 22, 2013 at 10:01 pm #

    I have been suffering from acne vulgaris from past 3-4 years. Intially when i undertook treatment as per dermatologist instructions, it was all clear in 8 months. But it started again after few months. I tried out so many OTC products like himalaya neem face wash, aquasoft soap, benzac etc. It subsides but i get it again and again. Off late from a year am using proactive, keracynl and take minoz if i am gettin more pimples.. I am also using lactocalamine skin balance daily nouriishing lotion(kaolin +aloevaera) Inspite of all this i still have few pimples on my cheeks. My face has now become dark, esp my cheeks with dark marks and dryness. I purchased neutrogena oil free moisture with spf 15. I m not sure if it ll keep my acne under control or aggravate. I definitely dont wanna be under risk again. Are there any ingredients in dis products that can aggravate acne? Also suggest me with facewash and a fairness cream if i want to switch out of proactive?

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      AM May 24, 2013 at 8:56 am #

      Neutrogena Oil-free moisture is marketed as a non-comedogenic product, and it still works for people with APST 2 skin, but often breaks out people with APSt 3. Check out your acne prone skin type here to see if it might work for you or not. Your skin care routine sounds fine. You might want to check out supplements for acne because if skin care products and antibiotics have not worked, a nutritional deficiency is often a cause.

  64. rahul May 23, 2013 at 5:39 pm #

    My name is rahul and I m 27 years male. I m getting lots of pimples on my face which left dark spots on my face. This has never happen me before but from 4 months its not ending. I m face is bit oily and dark .
    Curently I m using nivea dark spot reduction face wash and moisturiser.I m planing to switch to dermalogica or menscience or neutrogena products.
    Pls recommend me which one is best or any brand u prefer

  65. rahul May 23, 2013 at 5:46 pm #

    Is this recommendation for me

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      AM May 23, 2013 at 5:51 pm #

      It is just a suggestion to check it out and if you think it may work for you, try it out. You’ll have to make the decision to use it or not.

  66. rahul May 23, 2013 at 5:52 pm #

    How is neutregena men face wash

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      AM May 23, 2013 at 6:00 pm #

      As far as I know, there is no men’s face wash from Neutrogena. Care to post the full name of the face wash?

  67. rahul May 23, 2013 at 6:12 pm #

    Neutrogena men invigorating face wash

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      AM May 23, 2013 at 6:24 pm #

      Oh OK, this one is not readily available in India, although the ingredients sound fine for oily to very oily skin prone to acne. It can be a bit drying unless your skin gets quite oily during the day.

      Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Coco Glucoside, Disodium Lauroamphodiacetate, Panthenol, Polyquaternium 7, PEG 120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate, Acrylates/Beheneth 25 Methacrylate Copolymer, Sodium Benzotriazolyl Butylphenol Sulfonate, Menthol, Disodium EDTA, Polysorbate 20, Citric Acid, Methylparaben, DMDM Hydrantoin, Blue 1 (CI 42090), Ext Violet 2, Fragrance

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    sanu May 23, 2013 at 9:41 pm #

    Acne mantra waiting for your suggestions.
    Thanks in advance.

  69. Aditya May 23, 2013 at 10:27 pm #


    My name is aditya i am 26 years old, i have been using BIODERMA SEBIUM FACEWASH for quite sometime now but still i get a lot of acne, please advice how is this facewash and please suggest should i continue with it.


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      AM May 24, 2013 at 8:52 am #

      I’ve checked the ingredients of Bioderma Sebium Purifying Foaming Gel and it looks fine for acne prone skin. The thing is, a face wash alone is almost never enough to completely clear the skin. You will need to check what other skin care products (shaving foam? aftershave? moisturizer? sunscreen?) you might be using that are aggravating the acne.

      You might want to check out the steps of the Starter Regimen or the Keracnyl Regimen if you want a clear skin care plan.

  70. bhuns May 23, 2013 at 10:31 pm #

    i am 27 yrs old working girl,,,,i am facing this acne problem since I was in class 5-6,,i have taken various treatments but once i stop the treatment then again the acne problem is back,,,i am facing severe acne problem with scars all over my cheeks,,,,,

    It feels very bad & discouraging,,,,what needs to be done,,,I am only using Himalaya neem face wash dats it,,,,kindly suggest..???

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      AM May 24, 2013 at 8:34 am #

      For long-standing acne problems, there is nothing I can tell you in this small comment that will completely remove your acne and scars. All I can say is please go through the posts given here – there is hours and hours of information here that will help you chalk out a proper acne regimen including skin care and supplements.

  71. Molim May 24, 2013 at 4:15 pm #

    I have acne cosmetica that makes my skin prone to lots of whiteheads and blackheads due to open pores. I was using Aveene which was non comedogenic but not much effective. Which products would you suggest for my oily skin type? Should I try Kaya face wash that you recommended in previous posts? Thanks

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      AM May 25, 2013 at 2:19 pm #

      Hi Molim, Kaya Skin Clinic Soothing Cleansing Gel is just a face wash which by itself will not work on whiteheads and blackheads. You might want to try the Keracnyl Regimen for these problems.

  72. bhuns May 24, 2013 at 10:09 pm #


    can u plz suggest which face wash to be used,,,,how about neutregna oily acne wash???

    which moisturizer or cream should be used on such skin coz the prblm is acne???

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      AM May 25, 2013 at 6:48 am #

      Hi, I’m afraid this information is not enough to suggest anything. Would you post a new question in the Q&A area with information about what kind of pimples you’re seeing, what all skin care products you are using currently and if you are taking any medication?

  73. Ankush May 25, 2013 at 8:16 am #

    my skin is oily and i have dark circles sround my eyes
    plz suggest me the best face wash or anything else for my oily and dark skin

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      AM May 25, 2013 at 9:43 am #

      Hi, I’m afraid this information is not enough to suggest anything. Would you post a new question in the Q&A area with information about what kind of pimples you’re seeing, what all skin care products you are using currently and if you are taking any medication? Also please read this.

  74. Aditya May 25, 2013 at 4:52 pm #


    As per your suggestion i went through the Starter Regimen, but there are few things i would like to share with you first i had been using sotret 25MG tablets for over six months till march’13 after that i got around 8 phenol yellow peels.

    Now,the sunscreen i am using is ranbaxy’s suncros and shave gel i am using is gillete fusion + for sensitive skin.

    And moisturiser i am using is Korres Wild Rose Moisturizer For Oily/Combination Skin.

    Please suggest and help can i still go for the starter regimen or should i wait for some time and should i stop using any of these products i have mentioned.

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      AM May 27, 2013 at 2:44 pm #

      Hi Aditya, if your current products are keeping acne in check, then you’re good. You don’t need to change your skin care routine. Phenol peels are one of the strongest peels. Also, it hasn’t been very long since you stopped Sotret. So perhaps wait out a bit until your skin calms down more.

  75. jay May 27, 2013 at 8:00 pm #

    I am using sally wash and persol ac 5 gel and himalya neem face pack. Is it good?

  76. jay May 28, 2013 at 9:47 pm #

    Failed to mention i am 17 year old. When i use sally wash i think it causes whitehead.
    I am also using face pack consisting of fuller earth,turmeric,curd,tomato. Is it a good face
    pack? Also suggest a good facewash. Thankyou

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    sanu May 28, 2013 at 10:28 pm #

    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.

  78. sangram mohapatra May 29, 2013 at 4:46 pm #

    i am facing acne problem for a long time .pimples are going and coming frequently and i am really confuse what to do ? i have also some dark spot on my face…now i am using magic fruit face wash from natures….i also have hole on my face …so give me some suggestion quickly…please please….give me some suggestion for using face washes or cream which are available easily so that i can buy and use it… .i am from puri, odisha.

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      AM May 29, 2013 at 4:50 pm #

      Hi Sangram, if you do not take the time to educate yourself about taking proper care of your acne prone skin, any “quick solutions” I suggest are most likely going to fail. Please spend some time reading the posts here on Acne Mantra. There is no shortcut or quick solution to getting rid of acne. Start here.

  79. sangram mohapatra May 29, 2013 at 4:49 pm #

    forget to mention that i am 23 years old

  80. john mercury June 1, 2013 at 12:31 am #

    i have just a few pimples now and after using bp for some time i have flaky red skin……can u plz tell me a good face scrub…………..sebamed face wash……………….i need a face scrub good for acne prone skin…………..i dnt want to use exfoliant like glycol 6 as now my face has some flakiness

  81. Goutham June 2, 2013 at 8:26 pm #

    Sir give me suggestion of an ointment and facewash to reduce oil skin

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      TejuPriya June 3, 2013 at 11:45 am #

      goutham have a look at starter regimen..perhaps keracynl regimen

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    sanu June 3, 2013 at 1:04 am #

    Hi Acnemantra
    Sanu here. I have been having acne problem from past 5 yrs. Initially I consulted a dermatologist and it was all clear in 8-9 months. But after that I kept changing products with no knowlege of comedogenic and noncomedogenic. So my skin started getting worse. I continued trying new products. From a year or so I have been using pro active and keracynl face wash alternatively. My skin gets clear in some days. But after few days again pus filled pop ups. It just keeps coming again and again. Last week my skin was almost clear except 2 small pimples. But since my skin had become completely dry, darkbrown & acne scars on my cheeks, I bought neutrogena oil free moisture with SPF 15 and used that for 2 days. Noticed that pimples are adding on so switched to proactive oil free moisturiser and then applied clean and clear oil control fairness cream on the moisturiser for 3 days.. Also in the night for 3-4 days i applied carofit ultra for skin lightening and acne scars.. I have 2 more new pimples today.. Yesterday I purchased cetaphil and washed my face morning with that.. I am applying proactive repairing lotion on the cheeks completely( button size on large pimples). But of no use because instead of popup reducing in size its getting larger and more red the next day.. I dont understand why proactive and keracynl is not keeping acne in control.. What is the alternative for clearing acne?? Am also taking minoz OD from past 3 days. Last week I dint take it. But prior to tat I took a course of 10 tablets.. I am so fed up with my acne problem.. So embarrassing to even step out of my house with dark marks, big pimples and scars on my cheeks.. Please help.. My skin is very sensitive. It becomes red if i go out in the sun. Skin type – cheeks and forehead quite dry.

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      AM June 3, 2013 at 5:38 am #

      Hi Sanu, would you please be able to post this query in the Q&A section? Comments is not the best place to answer detailed topics. Also, in the Q&A section you might receive replies from community members as well.

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      TejuPriya June 3, 2013 at 11:52 am #

      hi sanu firstly calm down and stop trying new products..too much experimenting without prior knowledge damage the skin..proactiv is clearly not working for u..discontinue everything..please read the articles here it will help u pick the right products..specially go through what are comedogenic and non comedogenic ingredients..it will help u pick products safely..products which u are currently using contains comedogenic ingredients hence it is aggravating ur acne..when that happens its a clear sign for u to stop..from my personal experience i would recommend sebamed cleasing foam and aha glow facewash..no sunscreen or any other application for a week..then u add avene triacneal cream for helps with acne and scars and suncote sunscreen for oily skin..all the products are available on healthkart.com,medplusbeauty.com,skinstore.in..
      if ur skin is dry u can sebamed clear face gel..dont lose hope,u have to be patient with acne..starter regimen is very much required

  83. Rahul June 3, 2013 at 10:00 pm #

    Your blog is awesome. I am suffering from mild acne and have acne scars & hyperpigmentation/ dark spots. I am currently using Nivea Dark Spots Reduction Face Wash for men. Is it okay to continue with this or should I switch to some other medium?
    Also, I am using Benzoyl Per-oxide with Garnier BB cream or Sunscreen? I am confused which to apply first?

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      AM June 4, 2013 at 6:51 am #

      Hi Rahul, I don’t have access to the ingredient list of Nivea Dark Spots Reduction Face Wash (unless you post them), so it is hard to tell if it contains any pore-clogging ingredients. You can check using this list of comedogenic ingredients. Also, it is easy to spot if something is right for you or not by seeing if since you started using it your acne has increased or reduced.

      If you are not using anything at night, you could move benzoyl peroxide to night time. Otherwise, BP on top of sunscreen. Sunscreen goes first.

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    TejuPriya June 4, 2013 at 12:38 am #

    Rahul try aha glow or keracynl facewash..for scars mederma or kaya pigmentation reducer..if u are keen on bb creams i would kaya fairness day or night cream..honestly dont keep on trying new products,if u do check for comedogenic ingredients and chalk out if its suitable..also bp irritiates skin ..

  85. Saraswati June 6, 2013 at 7:05 pm #

    I went through this article and it has given me some hope. I’m 24 years old and suddenly have started having acne again after many years (used to have them on my forehead in my teens). This time they are all over my cheeks. I have been trying out lots of home remedies and drinking lots of water but nothing has been working out. Sometimes the acne gets a little better and at other times it seems to get really aggravated. This is perhaps because I’m not able to find out a suitable face wash and cream to treat my acne. I found this article to be really helpful but I’m really confused which face wash to start with. As of now my skin is very oily and parts of my face dry up rarely if I apply to much of the home remedies. Please suggest a face wash and a cream from this list I can start with.

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    TejuPriya June 6, 2013 at 8:32 pm #

    Saraswati try starter or keracynl regimen..starter regimen is aha glow facewash,sebamed cleanding foam..week one no applications,week two add oil free moisturiser like sebamed clear face gel,oil free sunscreen like suncote..for scars u can add kaya pigmentation reducer..you wil see improvement definitely..do not be tempted to add more products..discontinue all the existing products..also do not lose hope..all the best

  87. fahim June 6, 2013 at 10:40 pm #

    is the sebamed clear face Antibacterial cleansing foam same as sebamed clear face cleansing foam…………..
    also is it fine for using for red swollen pimple filled with pus………..

  88. Saraswati June 6, 2013 at 11:04 pm #

    Thanks. Will start with the starter regimen.

  89. vishakha June 9, 2013 at 12:03 am #

    hi…i hav an acne prone skin(sometimes mild and sometimes more) plus oil skin…i use himalaya neem face was nd vicco turmeric cream..my skin gets dry aftr usng d face wash nd also its nt helpng in my acne..kindly suggst a face wash as well as a cream..

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    TejuPriya June 9, 2013 at 7:49 am #

    Starter regimen or keracynl regimen..go through herbal creams article vicco turmeric contains comedogenic substances like sandalwood oil..please educate urself boutcomedogenic ingredients,products and you will be able to judge a product urself..discontinue everything..starter regimen includes aha glow facewash,sebamed cleansing foam..week one no applications including sunscreen..week two add sunscreen like suncote for oily skin..else u try keracynl regimen which contains keracynl cream and facewash

  91. sneha June 9, 2013 at 7:20 pm #

    How to use cetaphil and thanx a lot for the article.

  92. sneha June 9, 2013 at 7:23 pm #

    Thanks for the article n how to use cetaphil ?

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      TejuPriya June 9, 2013 at 7:31 pm #

      cetaphil cleansing lotion which is very mild face wash in gel form..it is used like any other facewash..available at all pharmacies..

  93. Siddharth June 11, 2013 at 10:50 am #

    First of thank you for taking out time and so much effort for helping all of us suffering from acne, which actually becomes a serious problem if not controlled…. So you are helping out many ppl n hats off to you for this.

    Now the matter is that i have extremely oily skin. I do not get regular breakouts. I’ve recently been using Clearsail face wash which was alone more than enough to control pimples and subside the breakouts without scarring. It has salicylic acid in it. Was veryeffective. Now after using this face wash for long time i switched to himalaya neem foaming wash which started causing me pimples instantly. Now my fav Clearasil is not available in my city right now. So was searching for an alternative since my skin is acne prone but no severe problems. … and I perspire a lot. ..a lot. So it has to be an oil free face wash but not too expensive like the abott one you recommended…. so please guide…

    Finally thanks once more for taking out time for me n ask others. ..wishes to you. .!! :)

  94. kj June 12, 2013 at 7:10 pm #

    my skin is quite oily…so wil d cetaphil lotion 4 sensitive skin work??

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      TejuPriya June 12, 2013 at 10:40 pm #

      cetaphil is a mild cleanser suitable for sensitive skin..but not sufficient for oily skin..
      some good facewashes will be aha glow,fash,keracynl help with control oiliness and acne..

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      AM June 14, 2013 at 6:24 am #

      Hi Kj, Cetaphil Lotion for Sensitive Skin will not do much for oily skin. Check out this post for cleansers for very oily skin.

  95. nisha June 14, 2013 at 3:33 pm #

    hi im having pimples and holes in my face,,,my skin is oily 2 ,,,kindly suggets me a face wash and soap to control mu oil an pimples
    Thank you

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      AM June 14, 2013 at 3:37 pm #

      Hi Nisha, you could try AHAGlow face wash which will control pimples and keep skin oil-free for a decent amount of time.

  96. nisha June 15, 2013 at 2:46 pm #

    thnks…does this facewash also wrks gud for holes r does it caue any sideeffects increasing moe holes

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      AM June 15, 2013 at 3:06 pm #

      Hi Nisha, which one are you referring to?

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      TejuPriya June 15, 2013 at 6:41 pm #

      nisha facewash is for cleansing..aha glow helps with breakouts upon prolonged use

  97. MSK June 17, 2013 at 2:27 am #

    Hi AM,
    huge hug from me… thanks for taking the time out and replying to each of our problems….
    spent almost 3 hours reading articles on your site. thank you from the bottom of my heart…
    i am 25 and have the problem of cystic acne prominently (more than a cm in diameter which lasts for months unless broken) along with the regular acne. i was thinking of giving the 2-step Keracnyl Regimen a try before going for Retino-A. looking forward to your valuable suggestion. really appreciate the effort u have put in to create this face saver website.

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      AM June 20, 2013 at 6:52 am #

      Hi MSK, sorry it has taken a long time to get back to you, your comment has been on my mind. Keracnyl Regimen does not sound like a bad idea, although maybe just start with the Keracnyl Foaming Gel first and see how you like it. People with very oily skin aren’t liking this gel very much. Otherwise, it works great.

      Thank you for your kind words. Check out the community section as well. Tons of discussions happen there every day.

  98. nisha June 17, 2013 at 7:09 pm #

    thnks .does ahaglow is suitable for sensitive and oily skin also

  99. James June 18, 2013 at 3:20 pm #

    Can you suggest me the best Face Wash for oily skin, I want my skin to look fairer also. My skin is pimple prone also. white and black heads are there on my skin. pimples created spots and small holes on my cheeks. my skin looks rough spotty and dark with oily look.
    Please help.

  100. rohit June 19, 2013 at 7:44 pm #

    Hi acnemantra ,

    Can you please suggest me good face pack , I got to know from many websites that mud face pack is good for once in week for acne prone oily skin . Please do suggest me the same.

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    TejuPriya June 19, 2013 at 11:28 pm #

    Rohit proactiv refining face mask is one option..it does contain kaolin..

  102. bobby June 21, 2013 at 1:48 am #

    I am using cutishine face wash and I am in second session in dermaroller treatment .Please advice can I use kaya night cream during this process

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      AM June 21, 2013 at 6:31 am #

      Hi Bobby, when is the next dermaroller treatment due? In this case, your doc is the best person to decide if you need to use any supporting treatments. I think it would be okay to use it up to a week before the treatment is due.

  103. love June 21, 2013 at 4:09 pm #

    I am having too many pimples and scars all over my face.I have used too many facewahes and acne cream and they didn’t work and also dulled my complexion.I am currently using neutrogena deep clean facial claenser and nomarks crem for all skin type.please suggest me what to do.i have extremely oily skin.

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      AM June 21, 2013 at 4:12 pm #

      Nomarks has a reputation for causing breakouts. If you are ready to stop trying random face washes, you’ve come to the right place, love. :) The first thing would be to read some posts here (not just this current one) and become familiar with what works for acne prone skin and what doesn’t. Then see if you can come up with a skin care routine for yourself using that information. We’re here anyway to help you with specific questions. Check out the community section as well where there are tons of discussions about face washes, oily skin and what not.

  104. Ajay June 21, 2013 at 6:45 pm #

    What about using femcinol a gel and nivea for men advance whitening oil control facewash for pimples and scars for extremely oily skin.

  105. Akhil June 21, 2013 at 7:31 pm #

    Hey guys
    Please any one tell me from where I can get sebamed face wash in Delhi…please reply asap

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      AM June 21, 2013 at 7:53 pm #

      Hi Akhil, ask for Sebamed Cleansing Foam at one of the bigger medical stores or order online through medplusbeauty.com.

  106. artqueen June 22, 2013 at 3:35 pm #

    i m 22 years old. i suffered a lot out of this acne , oily skin and everything they said.. i consulted dermotologist for my problems… now i m getting out of all my problems like acne , oily everything… still i have blackheads on my nose and under my eyes…what can i do for this problem?… please give some valuable suggestions for me.. i want to try some products for blackheads suggest good one for me…

  107. Chaiti June 23, 2013 at 8:56 pm #

    I am Chaiti, a 41 old mother of 2. Earlier I had lots of pimples, now I get few sometimes.After reading your posts I am now using aha face wash, suncote gel sunscreen & glycol 6 cream.My skin is looking actually polished and fairer & smoother. So I want to thank u so much for such useful & great information. Keep up the good work!

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      AM June 24, 2013 at 5:49 am #

      Hi Chaiti, I’m so happy for you that your skin is getting better. :) See you around.

  108. rohit June 24, 2013 at 10:50 am #

    hi ,

    my sebamed is about to finish , i want to try kaya soothing cleansing gel . should i go for it? i do get still small pimples.

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      TejuPriya June 24, 2013 at 11:33 am #

      rohit still sebamed is better option..add aha glow along with that..

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      AM June 24, 2013 at 11:35 am #

      What’s your full regimen? What other products are you using Rohit?

  109. rohit June 24, 2013 at 2:58 pm #

    hi guys ,

    My regimen consists of sebamed 2 times a day , glyco A at night and Lotus 3 in 1 sunscreen 40SPF in morning and evening. Its now 2 months I am using glyco cream , it works great but the acne marks are taking lot time to disappear, yes positive results by glyco overall only concern is it take long time. I experimented by eleminating glyco A for 1 week and it gave me good results. But for now my skin appears a little dark and oily too . And one more thing its rainy season , I go to college on bike so how can one use sunscreen?

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      AM June 24, 2013 at 4:57 pm #

      Hi Rohit, you could get faster results from using some kind of lightening agent for the dark marks. Did you see this CPP process for dark marks? Kaya Pigmentation Reducer Gel is showing good results for people here. If not Kaya, there are other lightening creams for dark spots.

      Are the rains washing off your sunscreen on your way to college? Is that what you’re saying?

  110. rohit June 24, 2013 at 5:24 pm #

    thanks for reply . Yes rains washing off sunscreen on my way to college..

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      AM June 24, 2013 at 5:26 pm #

      Hi, then maybe wash face with a face wash in college and reapply sunscreen. Possible?

  111. rohit June 24, 2013 at 8:58 pm #

    I think that wont be comfortable and washrooms in my college are not that good . Any other solution,

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      TejuPriya June 26, 2013 at 6:33 pm #

      rohit thats a disadvantage in rainy season..try for a non comedogenic water proof sunscreen..it could last for few hours..if possible try leaving early or take a auto on rainy days..

  112. Trisha June 26, 2013 at 4:48 pm #

    Hi acnemantra. How about Amway attitude face wash? Is it good enough? I am on avene ystheal (retinol) for mild acne and anti ageing benefits. Can i use this face wash or is there a better option?

  113. Trisha June 26, 2013 at 5:18 pm #

    can i use ahaglow face wash? is it sls free?

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      AM June 26, 2013 at 5:21 pm #

      Hi Trisha, it is probably not SLS free. The pack only mentions gel base apart from the active ingredients. I guess checking with the company is needed in this case. The new Aroma Magic White Tea & Chamomile Face Wash is SLS free, paraben free etc and has been getting positive reviews from acne prone people. That is not an exfoliating face wash though.

  114. Trisha June 26, 2013 at 7:19 pm #

    How about Amway attitude face wash?

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      AM June 26, 2013 at 7:32 pm #

      Hi Trisha, I don’t have access to the ingredients of Amway attitude face wash, but if you do, you can use this Android app to figure out if it has any pore-clogging ingredients -> Skingredients app.

  115. floyd June 30, 2013 at 1:17 am #

    kindly do a review on dermadew acne soap..can it be used as a daily cleanser that controls acne

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      AM June 30, 2013 at 6:45 am #

      Hi Floyd, some people here have used Derma Dew soap. Even though a soap alone is not enough to completely clear the skin, it is a decent soap to use along with other anti-acne medications. If you post about it in the community section, you might hear from members who use it.

  116. Althea July 1, 2013 at 2:01 am #

    very informative. iv been using clean & clear for 10 yrs now & works awesum

  117. rahul July 1, 2013 at 5:10 pm #

    i’m using himalya face wash, but still i ‘ve acne and their old scars.
    my skin is oily. i’m not able to find a good face wash or any other product to treat these acne.
    please suggest me some good face wash or any cream.

  118. ishita July 2, 2013 at 6:26 pm #

    hiiii….this is ishita n m 28 years old…..i dnt hv acne nw thnx 2 all dermatologist i went…bt i hv acne marks, large pores on my nose n cheeks, jst cz dermatologists try 2 mk money ot of evry persn so i stoppd visitng dm….cud u plzzz suggest me a face wash toner moisturizer so dat i cn hv a flawless skin…my skin is oily bt nt vryyyyy oily…..m using olay face wash for oily/combination skin. it cleanses the skin bt i dnt thnk its abl 2 control d oil….plzzzzz do suggest me the prodcts i shld use….

  119. Anik Ghosh July 2, 2013 at 10:26 pm #

    I have few pimples on my cheeks,,,bt main problem is the dark black spots left by the pimples…I am using Himalaya neem face wash for more than 5 years…Is it a good facewash????…. I also use Lotus spf 40 3 in 1 sunscreen…Now I’m thinking to use glyco 6 cream…is it the best cream for dark spots???…..& can you please suggest shaving cream & after shave for me???? plsss….Is multani mati & sandalwood powder’s mixture with dabur gulabari gulab jal (as facepack) good for my pimples & spots?????? ………….waiting for your reply…..plss…reply

  120. Anik Ghosh July 3, 2013 at 11:52 am #

    Thanks a lot tejupriya…..You guys are doing really really good job….

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      TejuPriya July 3, 2013 at 1:24 pm #

      thank u anik :)

  121. vriddhi July 4, 2013 at 1:38 pm #

    I have a very sensitive and Acne prone skin. every time there is a pimple. It will leave a mark though i touch it or not.

    I use Khadi neem face wah and then khadi alovera moisturiser and khadi sunscreen and yes Niltan spf 25 for the dark spots twice a day (suggested by a dermatologist)

    Do i need to change my skin care regime? I have gone through your posts and found out that khadi neem face wash is not good for acne prone skin

    Can you suggest me the facewash, moisturizer and sunscreen?


  122. Sumit July 4, 2013 at 6:16 pm #

    hi. Is the himalaya Neem facewash any good. I have been using it for quite some time now but it seems to have absolutely no effect at all. :(

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      TejuPriya July 4, 2013 at 6:49 pm #

      hi sumit..if it is helping u then u can continue..
      else go for any of the facewashes like aha glow etc suggested on the page..
      for more info on herbal facewashes check this link

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      AM July 5, 2013 at 8:46 am #

      Hi Sumit, welcome to Acne Mantra. A face wash is almost never enough to completely clear the skin. If you would post in the Q&A area with info about the kind of acne you have, what other (all) products you use on your face etc. then community members will be able to help you.

  123. rahul July 5, 2013 at 1:34 pm #

    mjhe bhi bata do koi,,,, please
    what should i do????
    do u guys have any advice for me as well??

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      TejuPriya July 5, 2013 at 3:36 pm #

      Rahul read various articles on acnemantra,it will help u..and post ur query in the community section :)

  124. manish July 8, 2013 at 6:01 am #

    Hiii…my face full of some white colour pimples type…and when i pressed these some white liquid coming out..what is these acne or pimples…and suggest some cleanser or something for this…..plzz

    • tejupriya July 8, 2013 at 10:51 am #

      hi manish what u describing is called whiteheads and pus oozes from it..
      figure out to acne prone skin type using this link
      u could try starter regimen..for more info and step by step instructions check out this link
      perhaps u could start aha glow and sebamed cleansing foam..
      remember cleanser alone is not sufficient to treat ur acne..choose a regimen containing facewash,oil free sunscreen,oil free moisturizer,topical application like keracynl cream,avene triacneal,glyco etc..
      there are tons of articles here on acnemantra,read that and educate yourself regarding acne..

  125. love July 9, 2013 at 2:23 pm #

    What about using gatsby double action acne cleanseR FOR OILY ACNE PRONE SKIN.

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      AM July 9, 2013 at 2:27 pm #

      I’d need to see the ingredient list to say anything. I can’t find it online.

  126. love July 9, 2013 at 3:00 pm #

    Is nivea for men advance whitening oil control facewash is good for acne and scars.

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      AM July 9, 2013 at 3:04 pm #

      Nivea For Men Advanced Whitening Oil Control Face Wash looks fine for oily / acne prone skin, but not Nivea Advanced Whitening Oil Control Moisturiser.

  127. akshat July 9, 2013 at 3:43 pm #

    Is it safe to use fiama di will aqua pulse mens facewash to reduce pimples and scars.

  128. love July 9, 2013 at 4:04 pm #

    Is fiama di wills aqua pulse facewash is good for oily acne prone skin.

  129. nandu July 10, 2013 at 12:24 pm #

    hey how is clean and clear blackhead clearing daily scrub ?? is it good for removing blackheads? can it be used in the morning followed by clean and clear moisturizer and glomed in the night followed by glyco 6? my APST is 2

  130. dolly July 11, 2013 at 8:39 pm #

    i have too many scratching scars on my hand ‘shoulders and hips it really looks bad i m using halovate-f cream for it plzz suggest me something else .

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      AM July 11, 2013 at 8:41 pm #

      Hi Dolly, this question is not really related to the current post about face washes. You’ll get more replies from community members if you post about it in the q&a section: http://acnemantra.com/questions

  131. Sumit July 12, 2013 at 12:02 am #

    Hi. I have been using Sebamed Clear face cleansing foam for almost a week now. (6 days to be exact) On the third day I could see a distinct clearing up of my skin, but 5th day onwards I feel (& see to some extent )that spots are becoming more visible. (May be it’s because I have not been using a sunscreen. Is it correct) Also after using the facewash, I can feel that my face becomes extremely dry, after a couple of hours and certain areas around the mouth region are flaky. Can I use sebamed mositurising gel on that ? Is it worth the price ? Or do you suggest sth else for that. Also if you could advise me regarding the spots becoming visible all of a sudden, it will be of great help. Thanks in advance. :)

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      TejuPriya July 12, 2013 at 10:17 am #

      Hi sumit..Comments are moderated so takes some time to appear on the page..u can also post questions on the community page..
      sebamed cleansing foam is a mild cleanser and does not cause peeling/dryness..
      what other products are u using?dryness could also be due to onset of winter..
      yes do use a sunscreen also a oil free moisturizer ..neutrogena oil free moisturizer is one option ,it hides flakiness well..sebamed clear gel is a good oil free moisturizer but not enough to cover the flakiness..perhaps because of the dryness the marks are standing out..once the skin returns to normal,it will be fine.. :)

  132. Sumit July 12, 2013 at 1:00 am #

    Hi. I have been using Sebamed cleansing foam for 6 days now (will be a week tomorrow). On the third day I noticed that my skin had a clearer complexion comparatively. hence I kept using it (as per the instructions on the box). But on the 5th day I noticed that some spots are becoming visible. is it because I did not use a sunscreen for the said period ? (Will be getting one tomorrow itself.) Also as I have been using the cleansing foam twice in a day, I have started experiencing extreme dryness around my lower jaw. It looks flaky. Should I also include a moisturizer into this. (May be sebamed clear face care gel. What say ?)
    PS: Extremely sorry for the long ques. :D :D

  133. Sumit July 12, 2013 at 1:02 am #

    Oops. It seems that I have put the same question twice. Couldn’t find my original ques, hence had to put it another time. Extremely sorry fir this.

  134. Shraddha July 12, 2013 at 2:02 pm #

    Hi,I am highly impressed with all the information which you provide on this site.I am suffering from moderate harmonal acne.I have tried using salicylic acid facewashes and they didn’t work for me.my acne is never controlled fully although i even use adapelane gel every night.Should i try AHAglow skin facewash?i usually get red bumps on my face.can it help control my acne?please reply :)

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    TejuPriya July 12, 2013 at 2:28 pm #

    hi shraddha aha glow is a good choice..but facewash alone is not sufficient..
    look into starter regimen fro more info..

    • Shraddha July 16, 2013 at 8:17 am #

      Thank you so much tejupriya.so should i stop using deriva ms( adapelane)?i’ve been using it since june 1 but still i dont find any kind of improvement in my cheek acne.so should i switch to avene triacneal?is it good for sensitive skin?

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      AM July 16, 2013 at 8:25 am #

      Hi Shraddha, we’re not authorized to tell you to stop or modify your doc’s prescription of adapalene. There are two reason why you are not seeing enough improvement yet. Firstly, adapalene shows about 10% improvement per month, so you need to give it about 6 months to see noticeable results. It is a strong acne treatment that has been proven to work but you need to give it time. Read more about adapalene here.

      Secondly, most people who have seen clearing up of their skin have used and stuck to whole regimens with products added thoughtfully instead of trying out random, single products. You’ll benefit most from reading as many posts as you can here. Then check out some of the acne regimens described in the posts. Then decide which one might be suitable for your level of acne. You can achieve clear skin with proper knowledge, a strict skin care regimen and patience. :)

  136. anny July 13, 2013 at 6:54 pm #

    which garnier or ponds facewash are good for skin plzz name it

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      TejuPriya July 13, 2013 at 7:38 pm #

      anny both are comedogenic facewashes..

  137. Sumit July 14, 2013 at 6:34 pm #

    @Tejupriya. Hello Ma’am.Thanks for the prompt reply. As for your question of what products I use, as of now I use Sebamed Face wash twice a day, after that Himalaya Neem facewash (because I don’t feel that clean after sebamed, At night I apply a paste of neem and turmeric (home made) and wash it off in the morning. Also for sunscreen I am planning to use Suncote gel and neutrogena oil free moisturizer as suggested by you. Hopefully this regime is okay or do I need to change sth in this ?

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      AM July 14, 2013 at 6:38 pm #

      Hi Sumit, Tejupriya will reply to your ques. but I just wanted to add that you only try Neutrogena Oil-free after your acne situation is under control. Although it is claimed to be non-comedogenic, it is not lightweight as such. If the skin is not dry or peeling, adding a lightweight moisturizer such as Aroma Magic Hydro Gel will be better. Hydro Gel also has a bit of lactic acid which will peel the skin lightly and fade dark marks. How is Sebamed working for you? Are you noticing clearer skin?

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      TejuPriya July 16, 2013 at 1:10 pm #

      Hi Sumit..Sorry i missed this comment..yes sebamed is very mild cleanser,hence i used it in the morning when your face is almost clean..is himalaya neem face wash working for u?if not i think one of the glycolic acid based facewashes wold be good start..what turmeric are u using?instead of this u can try proactiv refining mask which contains mineral clay,sulphur,tea tree oil among others.suncote is a good option..neutrogena will help with flaking..if not lotus aloe hydra moisturizer is also worth a try..remember to be patient and follow the regimen properly ..once your acne is under control then try cpp regimen for scars..Using too many products is not a good idea..

  138. Sumit July 14, 2013 at 8:13 pm #

    Yeah I think Sebamed is working ’cause the skin is clearing up (Although not as fast I’d like, still being patient about it.) Also do you recommend that I use a depigmentation cream such as Carofit Ultra for faster results ?

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      AM July 14, 2013 at 8:20 pm #

      Hi Sumit, the first goal should be to bring down the acne to near zero. And then add de-pigmentation and exfoliating products. I think you read through the Budget Regimen post to get an idea of what exact steps to follow to get rid of acne + dark spots. Then take it from there. The people who have benefited most are ones who have stuck to a whole regimen which takes care of all the steps. You can still choose products that already work for you, but to get the fundas right, do check out the budget regimen and starter regimen posts. (use the search box to get to these posts).

  139. Sumit July 15, 2013 at 11:17 am #

    Hello again. I believe my acne is down now. As in, I am not getting any breakouts as such (touch wood :D). But there is that one or two odd ones that do pop up once in a while. My major problem is the spots that have been left as a calling card by the previous ones. (especially on the right part of my face,just beside the nose and on the forehead) Is it recommended if I use Triacneal for spot treatment and carofit ultra for depigmentation, or do you recommend something else ?
    PS: Sorry if I am posting this at the wrong place.

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      AM July 15, 2013 at 11:23 am #

      Hi Sumit, you’ll probably not need to use Triacneal. It’s great if you can find it (that’s the difficult part ha ha) and it suits your budget, but you could get the same 6% glycolic acid in Glyco 6 or if you prefer a gel version and your skin is not sensitive then Oilliza gel with 12% glycolic acid. Yeah, Carofit for spot pigmentation. You could just try Carofit on its own first and see if your are happy with the results. The fewer the products, the better.

  140. joe July 15, 2013 at 3:15 pm #

    I have acne moslty on ma chin.i tried using proactiv, neutrogena..nothing worked out.pls help me out

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      TejuPriya July 15, 2013 at 11:09 pm #

      joe acne on chin are is mostly due to hormonal imbalances..u should consult a doctor..

  141. sharmila July 15, 2013 at 9:23 pm #

    hey hi,i am 22 yrs old.i have a combination skin and its very oily in my nose region with black heads.am using everyuth straberry saffron and walnut fairness scrub once in a week,it is good but now for the past one week am getting pimples and dryness.mine is a clear skin and i never used to get pimples before.my friends were telling it may be due to change in climatic conditions but am not happy with that answer.i stopped using my fairness cream before a month.now am not using any moisturizer or fairness cream.i dont know whether its because of that.i was using banjaras fairness cream and am happy with that,should i continue using that ? if not pls recommend me an good scrub,moisturizer and fairness cream which will be available in India.

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    TejuPriya July 15, 2013 at 11:18 pm #

    hi sharmila..scrubs dont go well with acne prone skin..everyuth walnut scrub is loaded with comedogenic ingredients like lanolin,liquid paraffin,cetyl alcohol,apricot oil..banjaras does not disclose full list,its possible that it comedogenic too..scrub is not necessary..use a good glycolic acid facewash like aha glow which not only cleanses but unclogs pores,gently exfoliates and helps with acne and scars..
    for moisturizers look into this link
    for fairness creams
    u should look into starter regimen for acne and scars

  143. Shraddha July 16, 2013 at 7:43 pm #

    Thank you acne mantra..as recomended..i will now stick to adapelene and will include ahaglow facewash to my routine :)

  144. yugandhara July 16, 2013 at 10:42 pm #

    I have very oily skin with pimple. N also big pores on face n my face look dull. Suggest me face wash n cream to reduce pores also I want glow on my skin

  145. Vinesh July 18, 2013 at 5:47 pm #

    i hav oily skin & had been using clean and clear face wash for long time but for the past 4-5 months i switched to Garnier men oil clear deep cleansing face wash ..It is good but the main problem is that its effect doesn’t last for more than 2hrs..my skin becomes oily after every 2 hrs and it becomes quite necessary to was my face every time to remove the oil
    So plz can you suggest some good face wash or cleanser for oily skin ?? Thank You

  146. DDR July 18, 2013 at 10:26 pm #

    I’m 19 yr old and for a long time I had pimples and dark spots I use meny gel and cosmetics for this
    But it is not finished and now the little holes on my chick and pimples and there spots are also.
    What I use for get rid of this problm .
    Pls help mE..
    Thank U

  147. Vinu July 20, 2013 at 12:19 pm #

    Iam on my scooty for most of the day, which makes my skin dark, oily.

    I have used many facewashes to make it oil and dust free. No use.

    Either it makes to dry or too dark .

    So pls suggest me a face wash, which makes my face brighter and acne – free

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      AM July 20, 2013 at 2:58 pm #

      Hi Vinu, what you need is a sunscreen, probably not a change in face wash. You have not mentioned how acne prone your skin is, that is, do you pimples occasionally or frequently.

      If acne is mild or not present, then you could give Lotus Herbals Matte Gel sunscreen a shot. I cannot guarantee that it will totally prevent the oily / dark look, but it is one of the most popular options for oily skin in India.

      For a face wash, again, you’ll have to tell me how bad / not bad your acne is. Then I can tell you more.

  148. Ridhi July 21, 2013 at 11:45 am #


    Need your assistance. I have an oily skin. Earlier was using clean and clear face wash along with Johnson baby lotion as moisturiser. However 2 months back switched to patanjali’s neem and tulsi face wash and along with that was using Johnson baby lotion. However of late I have got many pimples on my cheeks. I used mud pack and at night apply toothpaste (read it somewhere), the size has gone down however the problem Still persists.

    I am thinking of using patanjali’s aloe Vera gel and cetaphil. Please advise in case I should use any other product. Thanks :)

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      AM July 21, 2013 at 1:18 pm #

      Johnson’s Baby Lotion is comedogenic, that is, it clogs your skin’s pores and causes pimples. It is possible this lotion is aggravating your pimples. First of all, you will need to read up on comedogenic versus non-comedogenic ingredients, so you learn how to choose or reject products for acne prone skin. Any ready-made solutions we give you are going to be ineffective in the long run unless you have the background knowledge to help yourself too. I’d say take some time to go through the posts provided here. Pretty quickly you will learn why some of the products you are using may be breaking you out.

      Patanjali’s Aloe Vera gel is good, but it will not be enough to get rid of the pimple problem if that’s what you plan to use it for. You will need to inspect every single product that goes on your face and then take it from there. If you have any questions about products not related to this post about face washes, please post in the community section. We’ll be happy to help you out. :)

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    ridhi July 21, 2013 at 12:58 pm #


    In addition to my above query pimples are also leaving black spots. Please advise accordingly
    I have heard applying 2 portion of glycerin and 1 portion of lemon juice can help reduce the spots. Please help. Thanks in advance :)

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      AM July 21, 2013 at 1:20 pm #

      All the answers you are looking for are present in the existing posts. For example, check out this post about dark spots. I cannot “advise” you, because this is not a consultation. I can give you “information” so you can then choose products smartly, yourself. :) Read about using lemon for acne scars here.

  150. Gurmeet July 23, 2013 at 6:10 pm #

    hi.. plz tell me facewash for getting fair colour of skin.. I have oily skin too due to which I get some pimples also..

  151. Aman July 24, 2013 at 12:16 am #

    Hi, I’m using Fair & lovely multivitamin face wash. Is it okay to use for an oily & ance face?

  152. Banu July 24, 2013 at 10:42 pm #

    Hi i am 22years old and suffering from acne. Since. 3-4years i hve consulted dermatologist. Also. And had undergone treatment but i didnt see much result. I used ointments creams face wash soaps tablets etc by doctor … But now i am using. Benzac ac 5% with tghat. Oriflame black head toner and face wash scrub .i can see a lil difference…but i have acne spots scars vch r nt going plz can u suggest me what can i use facewash for acne and scars to go with complexion to incerease.i already used glyco6 azifastgel acnet soap acnoff soap deriva cms spongy sal…etc..please can u help me out.

  153. ravi July 25, 2013 at 8:20 pm #

    i m hving a oily skin with some dark spot i hve.mild pimple problem
    can u give me a glowing.skin facewash suitable for my skin

  154. Gowthaminaidu July 27, 2013 at 1:53 pm #

    Im very happy after reading this website.. Very informative..
    I hav oily skin and more white heads especially around the chin and nose.I use honey for cleansing in the evening. N during college times I use Lotus 3in1 matte look sunscreen lotion. I started using saliac ( 2%salicylic acid) found that I got small pimples.. Is it due to honey or sunscreen or due to saliac foaming face wash…. Plz suggest me wat to continue and wat not to…

  155. Smriti August 1, 2013 at 11:34 pm #

    hello….i would like to ask lemon and honey is really good for pimples and acne…???

  156. sandhya August 4, 2013 at 1:53 am #

    Could you please provide review on Acne-Aid wash (Stiefel) face wash and Azifast gel?

  157. sushma August 7, 2013 at 10:12 pm #

    Hi…Thanks for all the Info!!

    I have a very small pimples and scars….and I have oily skin. Please suggest a face fash.
    How about FASH face wash?

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      TejuPriya August 7, 2013 at 11:22 pm #

      Hi sushma…only facewash cannot help with acne and scars..
      Look into basic regimen for instructions,product suggestions
      Fash can be over drying if you do not have very oily skin..

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      AM August 9, 2013 at 11:39 am #

      Hi Sushma, Fash is good for oily to very oily skin. Although, a face wash alone is almost never enough to completely clear the skin. If any of the other products you are using (moisturizer, face pack, sunscreen, creams) are pore-clogging, you will continue to see new pimples.

  158. Chandu August 8, 2013 at 10:58 am #


    Your website is awesome and i think you are doing a great job. I am so glad I came across it.

    I am 7 months pregnant now, and after all the glowing months i started to get small pimples or some kind of an acne on my cheeks and chin area.

    My Gync was not too concerned about it and asked me use any face wash/cream i like to experiment with.

    As i cant take any medication for this, which i dont want to do also. I request you to suggest some safe face wash and cream which was just keep my skin healthy and stop from getting worse.

    Please suggest.

    Thanks in advance!

    • TejuPriya August 8, 2013 at 11:33 pm #

      Hi Chandu..Congrats on your baby :)
      Please be very very careful on what you use now..Do not self medicate now..
      Most of them are not allowed before/during/after pregnancy..
      The hormones could be causing this..My suggestion use a good facewash..Dont use any cream as such..
      you perhaps try sebamed cleansing foam and aha glow..
      just confirm this with a dermatologist once before you use..
      take care..god bless you :)

  159. Sushma August 8, 2013 at 10:42 pm #

    Thanks so much TejuPriya:)

    I went through the site and decided to try:

    Keracnyl Foanming face wash + cream.(maily for acne marks)

    N sun screens are very heavy and makes skin oily. So just dont feel like using them:(

    Help me out!!

  160. TejuPriya August 8, 2013 at 11:28 pm #

    Hi Sushma..Sunscreen play pivotal role in acne treatment..
    Especially when you are using exfoliating treatments like keracynl,glyco,retino etc..
    These treatments make skin sensitive to sun so its required..
    plus to preserve the results obtained ,it is necessary..
    my pick is suncote,gel based sunscreen which is safe bet for acne prone skin..

  161. annette August 9, 2013 at 1:22 am #

    hey! m 19 yrs old..i dnt hav a really bad case of acne bt i do break out easily cos my skin is really sensitive nd combination of oily nd dry. m nt vry keen on using acne creams on my face yet cos home remedies of rubbing aloe vera gel or lemon juice work pretty well fr me bt a new pimple evry two days is vry annoying nd wen it heals there is the stubborn dark spot..i hav a fair complexion so they r pretty visible..facewash is a basic thing to be used evryday nd i dnt think iv got da right product yet..i’ve been using mentholatum’s acnes creamy wash bt it leaves my skin vry dry..what do u think of this product? would switching over to AHA glow be a better option ??

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      AM August 9, 2013 at 11:30 am #

      Hi Annette, a pimple every other day is not a mild case of pimples. Still, I believe your pimples are coming more frequently because of using pore-clogging products and lack of information. First, read this post about comedogenic and non-comedogenic ingredients to understand why some of the products you are using are wrong for you. Even if they claim to be designed for acne prone skin. For example, that mentholatum’s acnes creamy wash you’re using is loaded with acne causing ingredients – palmitic acid, myristic acid, lauric acid among others. So please drop it.

      Yes, AHAGlow would be a better choice in this case. Also, you need to stop experimenting with home remedies at least until your skin clears up. Natural doesn’t mean it will not clog pores or harm your skin. Lemon is good for acne scars, but it can also aggravate acne (we had someone who experienced it) because of severe irritation from the citric acid in it. So even with natural products, you are putting strong chemicals (citric acid) on your face which can cause more harm than good. Aloe vera gel is fine.

  162. annette August 9, 2013 at 3:00 pm #

    hey..thnks a ton fr ur feedback..m pretty sure my pimple problem is a result of da mentholatum products i’v been using…recently i used its sealing gel on a pimple nd it literally aggravated into a wound..its much bettr nw only a residual red dry spot is left of it..i guess i got lured by mentholatum’s tall claims of acne free skin bt nw i’v totally revamped my skin product range..started using aha glow facewash nd aroma magic hydro gel fr moisturising my skin fr vich i earlier use to use lacto calamine lotion bt ur articles nd reviews gave me a reality check :-) another thing i wanted to ask is dat shud i strt using sebonac gel fr da residual acne i hav cos i gather frm ur articles dats its pretty mild bt m apprehensive dat it might overdry da skin or darken it or burn it..da mentholatum gel episode has really left me scared…also i hav dese numerous whie head kinda spots on my face..dey r nt filled wid pus or nything neither do they bother me in any way bt they r jst der..will da sebonac gel work on them too??

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      AM August 9, 2013 at 3:08 pm #

      Hi Annette, for now just use AHAGlow and Aroma Magic Hydro Gel and see if pimples calm down on their own. If the situation comes under control within a month, then you may not need to add any acne treatment like Sebonac. I also ascribe to the theory of using as few products as possible. That’s why a lot of these regimens are staggered ones, where you only add what’s needed, if needed. If you still see new pimples after a month or so, you could mix a bit of Sebonac gel with aloe vera gel in your hands and dab gently on acne prone areas. More information about using Sebonac properly is given in the Budget Regimen. Also, all aloe vera gel brands are not created equal. Some contain added oils to make it more moisturizing. I do know that Aloe Veda one and perhaps the Brihan’s one is safe.

  163. annette August 9, 2013 at 3:51 pm #

    thnku sooo much!!! nd keep up da good work ..this website is like da holy bible fr all dose acne sufferers out there..:-)

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      AM August 9, 2013 at 3:57 pm #

      Spread the good word then, Annette, please. :)

  164. sruthi August 10, 2013 at 2:46 pm #

    is ponds pure white a good face wash? i started getting a lot of pimples lately. could u recommend a good face wash that removes the acne but doesn’t make my skin dry.

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      AM August 10, 2013 at 3:00 pm #

      Hi Sruthi, Pond’s Pure White Facial Cleansing Foam (black tube) has comedogenic ingredients (myristic acid, lauric acid) that can actually cause more pimples. Pond’s face washes, no matter what they claim, turn out to be total misses for acne prone skin. For you, I’d pick Sebamed Cleansing Foam. Do remember that all the rest of your skin care needs to be non-comedogenic too, in order to prevent pimples. Stick around and read up some more!

  165. shweta August 12, 2013 at 4:03 pm #

    hiii….well i am searching a facewash for acne? i started getting a small acnes on my face espclly in my cheeks from 2-3weeks..nd mst interstring its disappear when i wake up in mrng,, bt its look wierd when i touch my face..its feel disguessting.rough face.. when sm1 c me from near..i..nd yeah i no pimple prombles..pls recomnd as early

  166. chandu August 13, 2013 at 2:01 pm #

    Hi Teju,

    Thanks so much!!

    I am not taking any medicines for this… and I would make sure that i be extra careful :)
    I will purchase the sebamed face wash and start with it.

    I would skip the cream like you said and probably use the Lotus Herbal Matte Sunblock.
    This should be fine right?


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      TejuPriya August 16, 2013 at 10:59 pm #

      Hi chandu,its sounds perfect..:)

  167. shubham khatri August 16, 2013 at 11:47 am #

    hi i am having pimples from previous 3 years tried many things to get rid of that but was not able to growth hasn t stopped yet please suggest me a mild face wash that can be used regularly without harming my face and pimple

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      TejuPriya August 18, 2013 at 9:54 pm #

      HI Shubham..Try Sebamed cleansing foam ..

  168. Prakash August 16, 2013 at 3:00 pm #

    Hi, I really need a good scrubber to remove my dead cells from the skin. What would you suggest me ? I am already using Sebamed Foam as a Face Wash, but now I also need a scruber too.

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      AM August 16, 2013 at 3:07 pm #

      Hi Prakash, usually scrubs irritate the skin further, but if you did want to, you could use Nivea Visage Skin Refining Scrub. This is only if your breakouts are not too bad and currently under control. If you have any further questions, please just post in the community area. You will hear from many more members about their experiences.

  169. Gurnoor August 16, 2013 at 11:37 pm #

    How to remove redness and acne around nose?
    which facewash should i use ?

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      TejuPriya August 18, 2013 at 9:54 pm #

      Hi Gurnoor..
      AHA glow is a good start for a facewash and for redness use a good moisturizer..

  170. shubham August 17, 2013 at 9:40 am #

    i had some pimples on my chik and in centr of two eyesbrows….so i used the garnier mens facewash…now the pimples leavs dark spots and much more affects on my skin…on the affected part , now there is black pimples,,so plz help…what to do….from 4 to 5 months i never use any product for the problem….
    now i want to clear all the pores..and black spots…

  171. ashish August 18, 2013 at 8:22 pm #

    hi,i am 18 year old …..
    I had many pimples on my face and also dark spots….
    so plz suggest me good face wash that will reduce pimples and dark spot
    and also my face is oily……….
    and also suggest some cream as now i m using fair and lovely men….is it good?or plz suggest ……….


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    atanu_2012 August 20, 2013 at 5:12 pm #

    I am using Himalaya Neem Face wash…i dont know it is comedogenic or not.Can u say that i should use it or not, i’ve acne prone skin.

  173. ram August 22, 2013 at 9:49 am #

    hi acnemantra…

    i am 22 male.
    i have large amount of pimples all over the face.after pimples breakouts its leaving very dark black spots all over my face.when old pimples start to fade new ones are forming simultaneously resulting in black, red spots and makes uneven skintone.

    also i am getting white hard substance(sometimes white semi solid) from my face this makes my face to form tiny tiny holes.this making my skin dull and weak.i do drink a lots water and fruit juices.i am using oly foaming cleanser face wash(hopes this partly works for me).please suggest some creams to control pimples,black spots and to stop white puss to form.please help me out in face wash better than this and should i apply moisturizer ?if its please tell me best cream that suits me.
    sometimes back i also tried clincin,faceclin-A gel which my doctor said but this makes my skin very dry,making skin burning leads to black spots.
    please help me in where to start and what to do?
    waiting for reply :)

    Thank you so much

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      TejuPriya August 22, 2013 at 10:54 am #

      Hi Ram..You are apst 3..
      Look into starter regimen to tackle all your acne issues..It is very effective and many people including me have benefited from it..So that would be a good start for you..Just read through the link for instructions,product suggestions..
      Only one acne cream or product cant really help much..A proper regimen attends to all acne related issues..
      Faceclin is adapelene which causes peeling,it can be countered by adding a moisturizer..
      There are many facewashes from olay..So just check if it is comedogenic or not by using Skingredients online tool
      Further you can post your questions in the community section :)

  174. Rinki Chauhan August 26, 2013 at 1:33 pm #

    Hi, i am 23 yrs old girl, i am facing problem bcz of my acne prone skin and pores on my face, m using oriflame titry facewash, please suggst which facewash should i use.

  175. satendra August 31, 2013 at 2:06 pm #

    Sir, I think my skin is of combination type …..oily near the nose area and forehead area..i need a face wash for clearing pimples and cream for clearing out the dark spits due to pimple. ?….tthanks in adv,….

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      AM August 31, 2013 at 3:16 pm #

      Hi Satendra, you could try AHAGlow face wash or Glomed face wash to help with pimples and dark spots. Ask for any one of these at a medical store. Let me know in 2-3 weeks and I’ll tell you the next step.

  176. Manish September 1, 2013 at 3:46 pm #

    Hi, I have acne and oily prone skin, and I want to fade the dark marks from acne, so from keracnyl foaming gel and sebamed foaming which one of these is the best one ?

  177. parth September 2, 2013 at 4:47 pm #

    I’ve tried proactive…. But only good as long as you use it..after that again got severe acne… I’m looking for panoxyl soap…is it any good ???

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      AM September 2, 2013 at 4:52 pm #

      Panoxyl is mainly benzoyl peroxide, which on brown (Indian) skin especially, can leave dark spots that take forever to fade away – longer than they would have normally. This is the general experience of people using BP products. You probably already know by now that it is usually a full set of products or a system that works well for acne prone skin. Check out these Acne Regimens designed using products easily (and in some regimens inexpensively) available in India.

  178. parth September 3, 2013 at 5:18 pm #

    My mum told me to stop using everything n go for chickpea flour… :/

  179. parth September 3, 2013 at 6:26 pm #

    Also would like to know if alonurish facewash is good or not ???

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    Babban September 15, 2013 at 10:26 am #

    kaun sa facewash better hoga,oily skin with pores aur thoda scare

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    Vanshika October 1, 2013 at 1:59 pm #

    Hi AM,

    I visited your site for the first time and browsed quite a lot, Would like to applaud you for putting in so much effort here to help people. :)

    I have a very oily skin and I had a huge acne problem in my teenage which have left me with highly uneven skin(craters on cheek) and dark spots here and there.

    Currently, I have whiteheads on my nose and sometimes blackheads on cheeks and forehead. Also, few painful pimples keep popping up every now and then. Could you please suggest a routine for me? Shall I go with Starter Routine or will Budget routine suffice?

    Currently, I am using Oriflame Purifying Wash and Tone gel for face wash and apply Patanjali Aloevera gel or Green leaf Cucumber gel and mix it with animate vitamin E face oil, at night.

    Thanks!! :)

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      AM October 1, 2013 at 4:00 pm #

      Hi Vanshika, great to have you here. From what it sounds like, you do not need to use a strong regimen like the Starter Regimen. Check out the Basic Regimen (hit the search on the right side). Also, check your existing products for comedogenic ingredients using this Skingredients tool: http://acnemantra.com/comedogenic-ingredients/ Thirdly, do go through this page to get a head start on this acne situation: http://acnemantra.com/how-cure-acne/ Feel free to post in the community area with your questions. :)

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    jay singh October 31, 2013 at 9:39 am #

    Hi ACNEMANTRA you always solve my queries.
    A big thankyou.
    My que. is I am using brevoxyl face wash(BP-4%)
    and acnesol ge with codox tablet.
    Is it with??
    Should I go with it??
    please help

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      AM November 1, 2013 at 11:35 am #

      Hi Jay, You’re welcome – feels nice to get thanked sometimes. :) Brevoxyl is benzoyl peroxide based and Acnesol is clindamycin (oral antibiotic). Plus, Codox is an oral antibiotic. So this is a pretty strong prescription. Hopefully, this was given for a short term. If this is working for you for now, definitely stick to it. If any part of it is giving you any problems though, just post in the community section with your question.

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    shikha November 21, 2013 at 5:01 pm #

    hello, I am 26 years old girl and having acne problem from teenage. I have also taken doctor treatment which control my acne and have stopped that treatment in last year Oct. But again I am facing the acne problem from this month. I was using Benxoyl Peroxide cream face wash and Cetaphil face lotion both on alternate days.
    When I am having the same problem again than I continue to use the same face washes again but now NO result shown. What should I do?
    I have also listen about AHAGlow Gel facewash and Sebamed clear cleansing foam Facewash…..so should I try these or not?
    My skin is oily and very sensitive.

    Plz reply me fast.

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      AM November 21, 2013 at 5:05 pm #

      Hi Shikha, welcome to Acne Mantra! Will you please stop posting the same comment all over the place? I get it, you want a fast reply, but you need to be patient girl. We’re not running an instant reply service here. :)

      As you await replies, have you taken the effort to look around the website and start reading up some of the information that is already available? This Start Here link for example, which is mentioned right at the top of the website? http://acnemantra.com/how-cure-acne/

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    suman saha November 21, 2013 at 11:40 pm #

    Hello..I have dry pimples and dark spots on my face..what should I use?

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      AM November 22, 2013 at 10:45 am #

      Hi Suman, welcome to Acne Mantra! There is no quick answer to this question. Start here http://acnemantra.com/how-cure-acne/ then work your way up to clear skin. :)

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    amisha November 22, 2013 at 10:33 pm #

    Hi…..m using cetaphil cleansing lotion for sensitive skin daily in mrng nd night nd aftr washng my face in nght I apply retino a .25% as recommend by my doctor. …….bt still I hv acne marks that are not fadding away ……m using this regime daily for apprx 2 months…….m jst thnkng can I apply any other face wash in mrng and cetaphil in nght only bczzz my skin becomes oily after applyng cetaphil lotion or should I jst stick to it

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    shikha November 25, 2013 at 2:35 pm #

    hello..thanks for your reply. Yes i have read all your website contents as well as the questions raised by another peoples and only than i asked my question. If you are able to answer my question, plz reply otherwise i can concern with some dermatologists.


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      AM November 25, 2013 at 2:40 pm #

      Shikha, please consult a dermatologist then. :) Good luck!

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    danish January 30, 2014 at 2:15 am #

    I have oily face, my face is quite prone to pimples and I am using nivea advanced whitening oil control facewash 10 in1 from 2 weeks but it hasnt reduced my pimples. After using facewash the pus gets removed from the pimple.Is it bad? Should I continue to use it?

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      AM January 31, 2014 at 11:17 am #

      Hi Danish, a face wash alone is almost never enough to control pimples. At the same time it is quite likely that nivea advanced whitening oil control facewash itself contains pore-clogging ingredients that are blocking your skin’s pores and causing more pimples. Please go over this post to see what I mean: http://acnemantra.com/comedogenic-noncomedogenic-difference/
      Pus getting removed to me sounds like it bursts the pimples, which can spread infection and cause more pimples.

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    nerd February 9, 2014 at 8:34 pm #

    @acnemantra Don’t u think Clean & Clear should not be here in this thread given the fact that it has been advised at a lot of places in AM that it should not be used because of its pore-clogging ingredients?
    Though it has been mentioned that if sm1 has skin which gets breakouts by any product, then sh should not use it, there are lots of comedogenic products which are like that.

    Isn’t it a time to remove it from the list?
    By the way, will be happy if you include CLEAN & CLEAR and JOLEN FACE WASH in the review section.

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      AM February 11, 2014 at 10:44 am #

      Hiya Nerd, this post is about face washes for oily skin and C&C kind of makes the cut because it seems to work well for oily skin that is not acne prone. It has highly comedogenic ingredients in it and a suitable warning has been put in place in this post. I’ve added it to the reviews section here: http://acnemantra.com/reviews/clean-clear-foaming-facial-wash/ Do share your review of it.

      I’m having difficulty getting hold of the full ingredient list of Jolen Lemon Extract Face Wash. I had the tube with me somewhere but I threw it away. Full is not available on the Internet. If you have it, then consider uploading it using the brand new media tab in your profile.

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    sachin February 12, 2014 at 11:01 am #

    Hello,I have dry and acne prone skin,which face wash is suitable for me.presently I m using clean&clean face wash
    thank you

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      AM February 12, 2014 at 11:11 am #

      Hi Sachin, Cetaphil Cleansing Lotion for Senstive Skin in the morning and Kaya Soothing Cleansing Gel in the evening (cleans well without drying much) should work for you. Neither of these contain anti-acne medication because it can be very drying and also you do not need to use drying, harsh anti-acne ingredients all over the face. Clean & Clear face wash isn’t suitable to acne prone skin, but only oily skin that isn’t prone to acne.

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    sachin February 12, 2014 at 8:00 pm #

    Thank you for ur suggestion
    I will definitely try this products
    but as mentioned in ur post Kaya Smooting Cleansing Gel is useful for Oily Skin but I hv Dry skin is that right for me?
    and I also hv black spots suggest something for tham
    Thank you

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      AM February 13, 2014 at 10:04 am #

      Hiya Sachin, Cetaphil Cleansing Lotion is for the dryness and Kaya Skin Clinic Soothing Cleansing Gel is to ensure a good clean at the end of the day. It is not as drying as some of the face washes meant for oily skin that rip the skin of all moisture. Cetaphil will not suffice for the evening – it is a very mild face wash for when you wake up with a more or less clean face.

      If you notice dryness after Kaya Cleansing Gel, it is okay to wash it again with Cetaphil once. Cetaphil may feel like it is not coming off completely, but that is okay – it needn’t even be washed off, it can be wiped off. For tan and black spots please the just use the community area where you will find thousands of answered questions on these topics as well as helpful community members. Also if acne isn’t under control, do take the time to read the “New? Start Here” link at the top of the the page. It will help you get on the right track fast.

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    sachin February 13, 2014 at 2:27 pm #

    Thank you so much

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    Daksh February 25, 2014 at 3:17 am #

    the ingredients of ahaglow mentioned on the tube are – Bronopol, Disodium EDTA , Sodium Hydroxide, Tween 80, Cresmer RH 40, Proteol Oat, Oramix NS10, Sodium Lauryl Sulphate and colored Millicapsules.

    In the online tool to check comedogenic ingredients Sodium Lauryl Sulphate is showing as highly comedogenic then how come this face wash finds such high rank in the list of face washes for acne prone skin ??the ingredients of ahaglow mentioned on the tube are – Bronopol, Disodium EDTA , Sodium Hydroxide, Tween 80, Cresmer RH 40, Proteol Oat, Oramix NS10, Sodium Lauryl Sulphate and colored Millicapsules.

    In the online tool to check comedogenic ingredients Sodium Lauryl Sulphate is showing as highly comedogenic then how come this face wash finds such high rank in the list of face washes for acne prone skin ??

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    Gauri March 2, 2014 at 9:55 pm #

    Hi, I’m 14 years old. I first started getting zits when I was 12. Puberty, I guess! Anyway I’ve been using Deriva CMS and Aziderm 10% for almost a year now. I have dark, reddish-brown spots on my cheeks and forehead. The gels have been working pretty well for me as I get zits only occasionally on my cheeks and around my hairline ( 3-4 a week on an average) but they leave marks, which I hate. The zits, when they appear, are reddish and sometimes with white heads. I have been using Khadi face wash for about 6 months and that too works well for me. But, none of these things have been successful in eradicating the problem. Rather, they maintain my skin condition because if I were to stop using any of this for a few days, my skin would be terrible. So, I really want to know whether there is anything- any face wash, any gel- that would help get rid of zits once and for all? You seem to be very knowledgeable in this area and so I ask you.

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      AM March 3, 2014 at 12:19 pm #

      Hi Gauri, it is great that you have worked out a repeatable way to clear up your skin. You can always fall back to the routine if any new product backfires.

      Out of the two problems that you are facing currently, pimples and dark marks from them, I’m thinking dark marks are what you want to tackle first? If so, this 3-step CPP Process will help you. http://acnemantra.com/rid-acne-marks-dark-spots/

      If you are using the Khadi Neem Face Wash, it contains wheatgerm oil, which is notorious for causing breakouts. The thing is, even if the underlying cause of acne is hormonal, continuing to use pore-clogging products can worsen the problem. Hormonal changes affect the skin’s ability to protect itself from clogged pores and resulting infections which show up as pimples.

      You could switch to one of the face washes mentioned in the CPP Process. That will help with both pimples and dark marks. You will see why, in the post.

      While you are here, take the time to go over this orientation post slowly, carefully, following every link and it will clear up many things: http://acnemantra.com/how-cure-acne/

      By the way, it is rare to see a 14 year old sound so mature and clear. :) You have restored my faith in the Indian education system.

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    Gauri March 3, 2014 at 7:37 pm #

    Hi AM.
    Okay, first of all, I’m really flattered by your compliment!
    I have checked out the CPP Process and it has proven to be very informative (love the table you’ve made, very organised) So, Khadi face wash is out and I’m going to ask my mom to get me the face washes you’ve recommended.
    Also, I want to take the time out to tell you how amazing this website is. I feel like Columbus when he discovered America!
    Here’s to a clear, zit-free skin!

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      AM March 4, 2014 at 10:23 am #

      Hi Gauri, ask you mum to get just one of the those face washes – possibly AHAGlow. It has the least % of glycolic acid. For sunscreen, I’d recommended Sebamed Suncare Spray SPF 30. It will prevent marks from darkening. This sunscreen is safe even for children. Just saying. Aziderm itself has lightening properties, so you do not really need to use Kojivit as a dark spot treatment. Just adding an exfoliating face wash + daily sunscreen should bring good results.

      There’s also a community area where all the action happens. http://acnemantra.com/questions/ Stick around, read up, make friends and clear up your skin while you are at it. :)

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    Gauri March 8, 2014 at 10:36 am #

    Hey AM I just wanted to know, is there any alternative for Sebamed because it isn’t available anywhere. Not that I know of at least. Looking forward to hearing from you. Thanks a ton.

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    Utsav April 6, 2014 at 11:31 am #


    I’ve been treated once for severe acne. Generally, I’ve acne problem which are mostly on the forehead and some on the neck, because of shaving, probably! I’ve mild oily skin and hence I choose products carefully and quite skeptical to use any new products. I live at Ahmedabad and the heat is unbearable so I use ‘Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunblock’ before I leave for college and it hasn’t caused any break out yet. For cleansing, I use the Himalaya Neem Face Wash which I use at night before bed and apply ‘Skinlight’ which was prescribed by the Doctor. But still a few tiny acne are there on the forehead, so I was thinking of using ‘Sebamed Clear Face Cleansing Foam’ as an alternative to the Himalaya Neem Face Wash. And I don’t use any moisturiser on the face, since it’s enough oily already! I’ll be really grateful if you could suggest me any better alternatives to the products I already use along with any addition or reduction in the regimen I follow. And a note, I avoid aloe vera, since I’ve Sinusitis problem. Thanks in advance.

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      AM April 6, 2014 at 5:35 pm #

      Hi Utsav, Skinlite cream contains a corticosteroid Mometasone which is contraindicated (disallowed) for use on acne prone skin. Steroid ointments like these are meant to be used for no longer than 5-7 days at a time, and certainly not as daily treatments. Long story short, Mometasone can thin out the skin abnormally and cause pimples.

      There are tons of cases of people having damaged their skin, this is the latest one from the community: see the discussion about Momeking, which is like Skinlite http://acnemantra.com/questions/acne-problem-2/ Among their other side effects, corticosteroids are denied for use on acne prone skin mainly because they ’cause’ pimples. This may be a reason why you are still seeing a breakout here and there despite using tretinoin (Skinlite also has it).

      To remedy this, ask your doctor to switch you to plain tretinoin such as Retino-A or Nexret Gel so that you can still get the benefit of tretinoin without the harmful effect of Mometasone. At this point, you do not need to add Sebamed Cleansing Foam. Neutrogena Oil-free Moisture for Combination Skin is one moisturizer option for those on strong treatments like Retino-A, but it is not foolproof in terms of pore-clogging. That is something you could try.

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    prakash April 25, 2014 at 1:55 pm #

    Hello sir

    Thank you so much sharing this

    I have bought 2 things

    i am listing them down here

    im confusied if using this BP and garnier moisturizer together is ok or not

    Benzac AC 2.5% = http://3.imimg.com/data3/AO/KI/MY-8612369/benzac-ac-2-5-gel-500×500.jpg

    I am worried cause it has also Glycerol and acrylates co- polymer

    and last one moisturizer

    garnier Men powerlight sweat + oil control fairness moisturizer = http://naturebreed.com/image/cache/data/garnier/garnier-men-powerlight-sweat-and-oil-control-fairness-moisturiser/garnier-men-powerlight-sweat-and-oil-control-fairness-moisturiser-3642-850×825.jpg

    please let me know if im ok to go with these product

    just waiting for your green sign


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      AM April 28, 2014 at 10:07 am #

      Hi Prakash, the BP gel can help with preventing new pimples as well as drying up the existing ones. You need to use it all over acne prone areas and not just as a spot treatment. For now, BP sounds fine. Once acne calms down, you could switch to milder options.

      I do not have access to the ingredient list of garnier Men powerlight sweat + oil control fairness moisturizer, so I can’t say if it blocks pores and causes pimples. If you could upload a picture of the ingredient list from your profile -> media tab, I can tell you if it is acne-safe or not. Also, be sure to use a non-comodogenic face wash only. Himalaya Purifying Neem Face Wash is one such option. Any other products also have to be non-comedogenic (non pore clogging).