Can the skin ingredient tool detect botanical names?


Hi @acnemantra i am currently interested in some herbal sunscreens especially biotique red sandalwood spf 50 .i checked it’s ingredients in our skin showed “0 acne causing ingredients”.the ingredients were all botanical names

Santalum album oil (chandal tail) 0.25%, Withania somnifetra (ashwagandha) extract 2%, mesua ferrea extract 1% (nagkesr kwath), Triticum vulgare (Ankurit Gehun Satva) 3%, Honey (Madhu) 1%, Pterocarpus Santalinus Extract (Raktchandan Kwath) 1%, Symplocos Racemosa extract (Lodhra Chhal Kwath) 1%, Terminalia Arjuna (Arjun Chhal Kwath) extract 2%, lotion base QS.

are there really no acne causing ingredients in the above list AM?

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The problem is , they never really reveal the ingredients that compose the LOTION base. That is where the comedogenic ingredients probably exist.


Hi Bargavi, the Skingredients tool does not recognize exotic ingredient names like mesua ferrea extract or chandan tail. We didn’t add them to the database because when companies describe such ingredients on the label, they rarely ever use a standard method. That makes it difficult for a parser to figure out what exactly the ingredient is.

When you go over the ‘Things to Know’ list on the Skingredients page, you will see that an ingredient list containing braces or percentages is not deciphered correctly. That is because, again, this is not a standard practice in an ingredient list. What the tool wants is a list of ingredients with their English names and only commas separating each of them. Something like :

Water, Aloe barbadensis leaf gel, Propylene Glycol, Glycerin, Sorbitol, Pantenol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Allantoin, Sodium Carbomer, Sodium Citrate, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid

Also, one must understand that a lotion base is not a single ingredient, but a ton of chemicals (99% of the time comedogenic). If a company does not list all the ingredients of their lotion base, no tool can figure out its comedogenicity.

Even if a product passes the Skingredients check, one must do a manual check as well. Rule out any oils, butters, lotion or cream bases, incomplete ingredient list and then decide. Skingredients is like a pregnancy test – if it says you are pregnant, then you are. But if it says you aren’t then you could still be. That’s where you have to use your common sense. 🙂


Ok thanks AM.i don’t want to take any risk, for my skin is becoming almost clear.i had like 50 whiteheads around my they re all gone.under the skin painful bumps are healing steadily,dark marks are seems slow but i am thinking slow and steady wins the race :-).

i better ask my derma to suggest me something during my next visit.cos no sunscreen seems enough AM.on a normal day the temperature is 105F in the place i live 🙁

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