10+ Pimple Causing Anti-Acne Creams

pimple cream causing acneNormally, you would not suspect your anti-acne cream to be worsening your acne.

This is a list of anti-acne creams in India that have comedogenic ingredients. So instead of curing pimples, they could actually cause more pimples.

There is no reason to doubt companies’ intentions. They are trying to get the best product out. But acne is unforgiving.

One wrong ingredient and the face could break out in red, swollen bumps that will likely leave permanent scars.

Some of them may still be okay for mild cases of acne, Acne Prone Skin Types 1 and 2 may still be able to work with these and be okay, but if your skin breaks out easily (severely acne prone, Acne Prone Skin Type 3), it would be wise to stay away from these creams.

Acne creams with comedogenic ingredients

Product name  comedogenic ingredients
Jovees Anti Blemish Pigmentation Cream olive oil, almond oil, coconut oil
West-Coast Clearclin Acne Repair Lotion stearic acid, liquid paraffin
Shahnaz Husain Shaclove Cream For Pimple Prone Skin castor oil (mildly comedogenic)
This could actually be a pretty good acne cream but only key ingredients are given. We don’t know what constitutes the cream base. It has some good-for-skin ingredients: light kaolin, zinc oxide
Richfeel Anti-Blemish Cream (jar packaging) isopropyl myristate (highly comedogenic)
Natural Bath & Body Seabuckthorn Acne Control Cream isopropyl palmitate (highly comedogenic)
Natural Bath & Body Anti Blemish Skin Lightening Cream sesame oil, emulsifying wax
Oshea Herbals Neempure Anti Acne & Pimple Cream castor oil, almond oil, emulsifying wax, stearic acid, wheatgerm oil, cetyl alcohol
Dr. Batra’s Natural Anti Acne Cream olive oil, wheatgerm oil, cetearyl olivate, sorbitan olivate
Shahnaz Husain Shablem Blemish Cover Cream paraffin, liquid paraffin (cream base ingredients are not mentioned, they might be comedogenic as well)
Eraser Acne and Pimple Cure Cream wheat germ oil
Fabindia Clove Acne Control Cream isopropyl Palmitate
Just Herbs Blemfree Anti Blemish Cream Avocado Oil, Shea Butter, Grapeseed Oil, Jojoba Oil

Now here is a list of acne creams that do not list all the ingredients on the label. Only key ingredients, if at all, are mentioned. When using these, you’re on your own.

It is impossible to say anything about their non-comedogenic property, let alone the anti-acne action. If the above table is any clue, well over half of these products could be comedogenic.

Some of them have been known to work for mild acne, but severely acne prone should tread carefully with unknown ingredients.

Acne creams that don’t list full ingredients

  1. Revlon Touch & Glow Pimple Corrector
  2. Vaadi Herbals Anti Acne Cream
  3. Vedic Line Charcoal Acne Control Cream with Tea Tree Oil
  4. Vedic Line Neem & Brahmi Cream
  5. Biotique Bio Winter Green Spot Correcting Anti-Acne Cream
  6. Biotique Bio Chlorophyll Oil Free Anti-Acne Gel & Post Hair Removal Soother
  7. Shahnaz Husain Shaclear Skin Clearing Anti Pimple Lotion
  8. Votre Acne Clearing Mousse
  9. Sattvik Acne Treatment Powder
  10. Richfeel Anti acne pack
  11. Acnes Powder Lotion
  12. Acnes Sealing Gel
  13. Himalaya Herbals Acne-n-Pimple Cream
  14. Sattvik Organics Acne Cream
  15. VLCC Acne Control Teatree Spot Gel
  16. VLCC Acne Care 3 Day Acne Corrector
  17. Oxy Glow Neem & Laung Pepper Anti Acne Cream
  18. Bio Sindhura Pigmentation and Pimples Serum
  19. Aaranyaa Anti-Acne Gel
  20. Nomarks Acne Pimple Cream

It is only a coincidence that majority of them are herbal creams. Simply having herbal active ingredients does not make a product herbal. Almost all of these creams use the same chemical cream base, fragrance and preservatives that “chemical-loaded” creams do. That they don’t mention all the ingredients doesn’t mean they don’t contain any chemicals.

Given how much is at stake, you cannot afford to give rogue anti-acne creams chance after chance. You need to look past the packaging, the claims, the price and the brand loyalty.

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