Does Maybelline BB Cream or BB Stick cause pimples?


Does Maybelline BB cream in India cause acne breakouts or pimples? Does Maybelline Clear Glow BB Stick cause acne breakouts? Is Maybelline Clear Glow Bright Benefit cream/stick good for oily skin?

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Maybelline Clearglow BB Cream available in India claims to be oil-free, dermatologist tested and non-comedogenic. It is SPF21 / PA+++.


Despite the non-comedogenic claim, Maybelline Clearglow BB cream has reportedly caused acne breakouts for some people, although that percentage is small.


Reason? Ethylhexyl Palmitate which is the third ingredient after water and glycerin, is highly comedogenic. That means it is very likely to clog pores and break out acne prone skin.


The thing is, non-comedogenicity is relative – for a highly acne prone skin, almost everything you use will cause pimples. But if you are using acne treatments or medications alongside, your skin may not be as vulnerable to clogged pores. Apart from this, SPF-containing products commonly break out acne prone skin.


Even if it doesn’t break you out, Maybelline Clearglow BB cream (tube version) can make the face oily, leaving it unsuitable for oily combination skin types.


An alternative is Maybelline Clearglow BB stick that claims to be suitable for oily and acne prone skin. But the stick contains Ethyhexyl Palmitate as the first ingredient, so it is likely that if the BB cream (tube) broke you out, then the BB stick will most likely break you out as well. The stick version contains salicylic acid to curb pimples, but it depends on whether it wins out against the other pore clogging ingredients or not.


If you did want to go ahead and buy Maybelline Clear Glow BB cream/stick anyway, our recommendation would be the BB stick version for oily skin.


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