This is a compilation of some of the best Indian herbal / natural / ayurvedic face wash options for combination or oily acne prone skin. These Indian herbal face washes (for men and women) can be used for maintenance of pimple prone skin. Keep in mind just a face wash may not be enough to cure a severe form of acne.
The problem with herbal or natural face washes in India is that a lot of them do not disclose the whole list of ingredients. Another problem is the base used for formulating the face wash. A base is the underlying cream or gel formula in which active ingredients are suspended. Even if a natural face wash contains the right ingredients such as tea tree oil, neem or whatever else, if it is not formulated in a non-comedogenic base, it will cause pimples instead of curing them. This is a major reason natural products fail to work for a lot of people.
This list has been carefully compiled keeping in mind a variety of factors involved in managing an oily acne prone skin. It is nonetheless advisable to do a patch test on part of your face before using them on the whole face. The list is in no particular order.
Also see our recommendations for best face wash for oily acne prone skin in India which lists a mix of herbal and non-herbal face wash options for oily/combination skin.
FabIndia Tea Tree Face Wash
Even 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
Aroma Magic Mint Cleanser
Almost a cult favourite, this lightweight cleanser with a creamy consistency can help mild to moderate cases of pimples. Active ingredients include extracts of peppermint, spearmint, clove, neem and essential oils of rose, geranium and tea tree. This cleanser does not leave the skin dry or stretchy. It is suited for skin that is not overly oily.
Aroma Magic Neem and Tea Tree Facewash
While their mint cleanser is a creamy cleaner that can be wiped off the skin, this neem and tea tree face wash is more like, well, a face wash. It is free of SLS, parabens, alcohol, artificial colouring and fragrance – substances that can cause skin irritation and worsen acne. This face wash leaves skin squeaky clean, so it is suited for those with extra oily skin. It has the right ingredients for preventing acne while healing any existing pimples.
Vedic Line Neem and Brahmi Disinfecting Face Wash
Brahmi (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.
Lotus Herbals TeaTreeWash
With tea tree oil, cinnamon and oak bark as active ingredients, this face wash claims to control oil and provide anti-acne protection without drying out the skin.
Khadi Acne and Pimple Powder Clean Skin
This is a break from all the tea tree stuff we have been listing. It is in powder form and boasts of a unique formulation of herbs like Santra (orange), Jaipphal (nutmeg), Manjeetha, Lodhra, Gulab (rose), Tulsi (holy basil), Haldi (turmeric) and Neem which have anti-inflammatory and cooling properties which help in reducing acne from skin surface.
Patanjali Saundarya Face Wash
The label says all the right things and the ingredient list sounds perfect – orange peel, neem, tulsi and aloe vera. Although not directly formulated for oily acne prone skin, this face wash can be a good choice for daily maintenance of oily acne prone skin. Patanjali products like face wash, aloe vera gel etc. are available in general stores as well. You do not need to look for a Patanjali Chikitsalaya for buying their cosmetic products.
Himalya Herbals Purifying Neem Facewash
With neem and turmeric as the active ingredients, this could be a good choice for you if you get occasional pimples. It is also available as a foaming face wash.
Do you use an herbal face wash for oily acne prone skin?