80+ Acne Causing Face Creams & Moisturizers in India (Master List)

india skin cream moisturizer that can cause acne

acne causing skin creams in the Indian market

This is a list of face creams and moisturizers available in the Indian market that are reported or suspected to be comedogenic (skin clogging, acne causing).

When you read this list, you can be sure that the creams and lotions listed here have caused pimples to someone, somewhere.

What it means for you is that if you have acne prone skin, these products can cause or aggravate your acne too.

There are two reasons some of these products may still work for you without breaking you out:

  1. your skin is acne prone but can tolerate mildly comedogenic products
  2. you are on prescription medication (tretinoin, antibiotics, creams and spot treatments) that keeps acne in check

Products labelled non-comedogenic can still cause breakouts, so it is not enough to read the label.

When a product does not “suit” your oily acne prone skin, there is always a good reason. You just need to look deeper.

One of the comedogenic ingredients commonly found in skin creams and moisturizers is Isopropyl Myristate. Isopropyl Myristate is a solvent used to thicken the consistency of products and enhance their absorption through the skin. Isopropyl Myristate is highly comedogenic, which means it is very likely to cause acne or worsen existing acne.

Another commonly found comedogenic ingredient in face creams and lotions in India is Wheat Germ Oil. Although Wheat Germ Oil is an anti-oxidant and rich in Vitamin E, it is also highly comedogenic.

Some creams do state on the label that they are meant for dry or normal skin, in which case we cannot always blame them for causing pimples in acne prone skin. This list contains moisturizing creams and lotions meant for all skin types simply so that their unsuitability for acne prone skin can be highlighted.

Remember, even a single comedogenic ingredient in what you use on your skin is enough to cause acne.

Don’t lose heart, there are quite a few good moisturizers in India suitable for acne prone skin.

Now it is your turn to be an acne reporter. Did we miss out a cream? Let us know in the comments if a skin cream or lotion caused you pimples and we will add it to the master list.

Acne causing face creams/lotions in the Indian market

  1. Aroma Magic Almond Nourishing Cream
  2. Aroma Magic Aloe Vera Cold Cream
  3. Aroma Magic Almond Nourishing Cream
  4. Aroma Magic Almond Moisturizing Lotion
  5. Ayur Herbal Cold Cream with Aloe Vera
  6. Ayur Herbal All Purpose Cream with Aloe Vera
  7. Biotique Bio Morning Nectar Lightening and Nourishing Lotion
  8. Biotique Bio Coconut Whitening & Brightening Cream (all skin types)
  9. Cetaphil Moisturising Cream
  10. Dabur Gulabari Moisturizing Cold Cream
  11. Dabur Gulabari Moisturising Lotion with Natural Sunscreen and Rose Extracts
  12. Emami Cold Cream
  13. Eraser Ayurvedic PA Skin Cream
  14. Eraser Plus
  15. Fabindia Vitamin E De-pigmentation Cream
  16. Fabindia Vitamin E Daily Moisturising Cream
  17. Fair and Lovely Advanced Multivitamin Daily Fairness Expert
  18. Garnier Essential Care Daily Moisturising Cream
  19. Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream SPF 24
  20. Himalaya Herbals Anti-Wrinkle Cream
  21. Himalaya Herbals Face Moisturizing Lotion
  22. Himalaya Herbals Revitalizing Night Cream
  23. Johnson’s Baby Lotion
  24. Johnson’s Baby Cream
  25. Johnson’s Baby Milk Cream
  26. Johnson’s Baby Wipes (when used as makeup remover wipes)
  27. Jovees Apple and Vera Face Massage Gel
  28. Jovees Wheat Germ with Vitamin E Face Massage Cream
  29. Jovees 30+ Youth Face Cream
  30. Jovees Himalayan Cherry Cold Cream
  31. Jovees Eucalyptus & Coconut Cleansing Cream (for Oily, Sensitive and Acne Prone Skin)
  32. Lacto Calamine Lotion (Classic)
  33. Lakme Fruit Moisture Peach Milk Moisturizer
  34. Lakme Fruit Moisture Daily Glow Lotion Peach And Plum
  35. Lakme Fruit Moisture Honey & Avocado Winter Perfect Day Lotion
  36. Lakme Fruit Moisture Skin Renewal Night Cream
  37. Lakme Perfect Radiance Fairness Day Cream
  38. Lakme Perfect Radiance 4-Week Whitening Treatment Capsules
  39. Lakme Perfect Radiance Intense Whitening Night Repair Creme
  40. Lakme Sun Expert Fairness + UV Lotion SPF 30 PA+ (Oily Skin)
  41. Lotus Herbals Alphamoist
  42. Lotus Herbals Cocofair Coconut Ginseng Fairness Creme
  43. Lotus Herbals Whiteglow Skin Whitening & Brightening Micro-emulsion
  44. Lotus Herbals Whiteglow Intensive Whitening & Brightening Serum
  45. Lotus Herbals White Glow Skin Whitening & Brightening Gel Creme SPF 25 / PA+++
  46. Lotus Herbals Wheatnourish Wheatgerm Oil & Honey Nourishment Creme
  47. Lotus Herbals Papayablem Papaya-N-Saffron Anti Blemish Cream
  48. Lotus Herbals Cocomoist Cocoa-butter Moisturizing Lotion
  49. Lotus Herbals Sheamoist Shea Butter & Real Strawberry 24hr Moisturiser (Dry to Normal Skin)
  50. Lotus Herbals Wheatnourish Wheatgerm Oil & Honey Massage Cream
  51. Lotus Herbals Nutranite Skin Renewal Nutritive Night Cream (breakouts)
  52. Lush Dream Cream
  53. Maybelline Clear Glow Bright Benefit BB Cream SPF21/PA+++
  54. Maybelline Clear Glow Bright Benefit BB Clear Stick SPF21/PA+++
  55. Nivea Creme
  56. Nivea Soft Creme with Jojoba Oil and Vitamin E
  57. Neutrogena Fine Fairness Cream SPF 20 / PA+
  58. Neutrogena Fine Fairness Lotion SPF 30 / PA ++
  59. Olay Total Effects 7-in-1 Anti-Aging Cream (for Normal skin)
  60. Olay Moisturizing Lotion (Pink Bottle)
  61. Olay Moisturizing Cream
  62. Olay Natural White All in One Fairness Day Cream
  63. Olay Natural White All in One Fairness Night Cream
  64. Palmolive Charmis Cold Cream
  65. Patanjali Tejas Beauty Cream
  66. Pond’s Age Miracle Cell ReGEN Day Cream SPF15
  67. Pond’s Moisturizing Cold Cream
  68. Pond’s Flawless White Visible Lightening Daily Cream
  69. Pond’s White Beauty Spot-less Daily Whitening Cream SPF 20 PA++
  70. Pond’s Active Moisture Revitalizing 24 hr Moisturiser
  71. RevAyur Soft Day Cream Enriched with Rosehip Oil
  72. Revlon Hydra Boost Intense Moisture Balance Night Cream
  73. Shahnaz Husain Anti-Wrinkle Cream – Beauty Balm
  74. The Body Shop Nutriganics Smoothing Day Cream
  75. The Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture Cream
  76. The Nature’s Co. Marshmallow Day Cream
  77. Vicco Turmeric Skin Cream
  78. Vicco Turmeric WSO Skin Cream
  79. VLCC Fair Skin Snigdha Face Cream
  80. VLCC Skin Defense Liquorice Cold Cream
  81. Vivel Cell Renew Fortify + Repair Moisturizer

Face creams / lotions that may not be comedogenic

What follows is a list of face creams that may or may not work for acne prone skin. We have been unable to classify them either due to conflicting information or lack of a full ingredient list. Comment and let us know if you have used any of these.

  • Himalaya Herbals Nourishing Skin Cream
  • Garnier Skin Naturals Light Daily Moisturiser
  • Garnier Essential Care Daily Moisturizing Lotion

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