Are cold creams safe for acne prone skin? Can a cold cream cause pimples? To answer this, we put some of the best cold creams available in the Indian market to test. We were looking for the presence of any comedogenic ingredients in cold creams.
A comedogenic substance is something that can block pores in the skin which can result in red, swollen pimples.
A product does not have to be loaded with comedogenic ingredients in order to cause or aggravate acne.
Just one comedogenic ingredient is enough to cause you pimples.
Don’t miss our master list of 70+ Indian skin creams and moisturizers KNOWN to cause acne.
We have highlighted the comedogenic ingredients present in each cream in red.
Dabur Gulabari Moisturizing Cold Cream
ingredients: aqua containing extract of rose, liquid paraffin, cetearyl alcohol, provitamin E, shea butter, sesame oil, glycerin, isopropyl myristate, sodium PCA, dimethicone, petroleum jelly, fragrance, rose oil, ceteth-20, steareth-21, glyceryl stearate, stearyl stearate, streareth 2, sorbitan monostearate, acrylates/C 10-30 alkylacrylate crosspolymer, disodium EDTA, triethanolamine, tetradibutyl pentaerithrityl hydroxyhydrocinnamate, phenoxyethanol, methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben, isobutylparaben, CI 16255
It is debatable whether mineral oil and glycerin are comedogenic. It often depends on the formulation of a product if the mineral oil / glycerin in it will cause breakouts or not.
Pond’s Moisturizing Cold Cream
ingredients: water, mineral oil, glycerin, glyceryl stearate, cyclomethicone, ceteth-2 & stearyl stearate, steareth-21, microcrystalline wax, paraffin, cetearyl alcohol, lanolin, phynoxyethanol, carbomer, triethanolamine, methylparaben, sodium PCA, propylparaben, sunflower (helianthus annus) seed oil, disodium EDTA, BHT, cholesterol, lecithin, stearic acid/palmitic acid, parfum
Ayur Herbal Cold Cream with Aloe Vera
ingredients: aqua, paraffinum liquidum (liquid paraffin), emulsifying wax, triethanolamine stearate, aloe vera extract, rose extract, cucumber extract, propylene glycol, isopropyl myristate, silicon oil, vitamin E, allantoin EDTA, pheonoxyethanol methylparaben, propylparaben, imidazolidinyl urea, fragrance
Aroma Magic Aloe Vera Cold Cream
ingredients (all ingredients not listed): natural waxes, wheatgerm oil, almond oil, aloe vera extracts, lecithin, glycerine, evening primrose oil, rose oil and lavender oil
When they say “all skin types” on the label of this cream, they certainly don’t mean to include “acne prone skin”.
Allow us a bit of a rant but the bane of acne prone skin is the phrase “suitable for all skin types“. This misleading phrase has cost many a face full of pimples and actual scars to show for the rest of their lives. What will it take for these companies to act more responsibly toward “all skin types”? Fewer profits maybe. And we don’t mean it for just this cream – the “all skin types” epidemic is widely prevalent, Indian brand or not.
Some companies do say that their cream is for dry skin. But acne prone skin can get dry too. Because of that many of us are lead into using these cold creams. And before you know it, pimples pop up like land mines. Until these companies get clear about the unsuitability of their product for “all skin types”, all risk is on the person using the product.
ingredients: aqua, paraffinum liquidum (mineral oil), cera microcristallina, glycerin, lanolin alcohol, paraffin, panthenol, decyl oleate, octyldodecanol, aluminum stearate, citric acid, magnesium sulfate, magnesium stearate, parfum, limonene, geraniol, hydroxycitronellal, linalool, citronellol, benzyl benzoate, cinnamyl alcohol
Palmolive Charmis Cold Cream
ingredients: all we know is that it contains mineral oil and glyceryl stearate. While mineral oil may still be let off the hook on a good day, glyceryl stearate is a mildly comedogenic ingredient. Glyceryl stearate is used as a thickener in creams and lotions.
Emami Cold Cream
ingredients: we couldn’t get our hands on the full ingredient list, but the malai ingredient they talk about is thickened milk. Can fat from milk cause acne? Maybe.
Jovees Himalayan Cherry Cold Cream
Now this cream has wheatgerm oil. If you have spent more than a minute reading this post, you will figure it out yourself.
See our recommendations for moisturizers and creams safe for oily acne prone skin.