Garnier Pure Active Neem Face Wash Review

This review of Garnier Pure Active Neem Face Wash is not so much about its colour, consistency, price or fragrance*. Those are secondary issues. The main thing is if it will work for you. Let’s find out.


water, coco-betaine, PEG-8, sodium laureth sulphate, PEG-120 methyl glucose dioleate, sodium chloride, disodium cocoamphodiacetate, tea tree leaf oil, zinc gluconate, sodium glycolate, melia azadirachta leaf extract, tetrasodium EDTA, menthol, sodium benzoate, salicylic acid, CI 19140, CI 42090, linalool, benzyl salicylate, fragrance

The first thing is to check if this face wash contains any pore-clogging ingredients. If it did, it won’t be a suprise, since many face washes meant for acne prone skin are highly comedogenic and cause more pimples. Pond’s Pimple Clear White Facial Wash for one.

Skingredients analysis

Garnier Pure Active Neem Face Wash ReviewAcne Mantra Skingredients is a free online tool anyone can use to find out instantly if a skincare or makeup product contains comedogenic or acnegenic ingredients. With Skingredients, you can also check if a single ingredient like Wheat Germ Oil is comedogenic.

There is also a smartphone version of Acne Mantra Skingredients. Get Skingredients on your Android smartphone.

Copy-paste the above list of ingredients in the Skingredients box and we have:

Found 1 acne causing ingredient

Sodium Laureth Sulphate is mildly comedogenic

Mildly comedogenic ingredients don’t cause pimples unless your skin breaks out very very easily. Most people do okay with Sodium Laureth Sulphate.

So this face wash is mostly non-comedogenic and will at least not cause more pimples.

Is Garnier Pure Active Neem Wash effective?

  1. Tea tree leaf oil – research has shown tea tree oil in concentrations of 5% to be nearly as effective as 5% benzoyl peroxide. Since tea tree oil appears closer to the beginning of the ingredient list, there’s enough in there.
  2. Neem leaf extract (mentioned as melia azadirachta leaf extract on the label) – again, % is not mentioned, but given that it is listed nearer the end of the ingredient list, barely above the preservatives, the % of neem may not be significant.
  3. Zinc gluconate – balances oil and helps with healing of skin.
  4. Sodium glycolate – a salt of glycolic acid, helps with fading dark pimple marks by peeling the skin cells.
  5. Salicylic acid – a Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA), a proven anti-acne agent. Prevents blackheads and whiteheads and fades dark marks.


Garnier Pure Active Neem Wash is loaded with anti-acne ingredients in a mostly non-comedogenic gel base. This bodes well for acne prone skin. It will clean the skin well and curb breakouts to an extent. It will also fade pimple marks to a degree. You should also see decent oil-control.

If the rest of your skincare products are non-comedogenic too, you should see a noticeable reduction in pimples with this face wash.

If your skin gets irritated, that is, turns red easily, this face wash is not for you. Tea tree oil, neem and salicylic acid are on their own skin irritants, making this concoction a potential irritant. Sensitive skin folk also watch out for menthol and benzyl salicylate both of which are skin-irritants.

If you use this face wash and see small, white pimples spread over an area, it is most likely the irritation from the strong anti-pimple ingredients. In that case, perhaps reduce the frequency of use to once a day or once every other day.

All in all, a surprisingly non-comedogenic product from Garnier.

* Those still wondering about the colour, consistency, price and fragrance of Garnier Pure Active Neem Wash: green, watery gel, Rs. 50 for 50 gm and fresh herbal.

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