Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Best Acne & Pimple Treatment Creams/Gels

Hi Everyone,

I was going through my to do list for my blog posts and realised I have never done a compilation on best acne treatment creams so I will be listing Best Acne & Pimple Treatment Creams/Gels available in India.Some of the options are available Internationally as well.So lets just quickly brush up on the type of treatments gel/creams available before we proceed to the options available.Often one or combination of two of them give optimum results with respect to acne treatment.

Best Acne & Pimple Treatment Creams/Gels

Serial Number:
Class Of Treatment:
Severity/Degree Of AcneDetailsExamples
Topical Antibiotics
Mild-Moderate AcneTopical Antibiotics are commonly prescribed for Mild-Moderate Acne usually in combination with other stronger acne treatment containing glycolic acid or salicylic acid or retinoid.Topical Antibiotics rarely have any side effects unlike retinoids etc.But greatest disadvantage is antibiotics are not long term treatment for acne because the p.acnes bacteria develop resistance and topical antibiotics stop working on acne.You can read more about it HERE.In such case,it is advisable to switch to glycolic acid or retinoid creams.Clindamycin, Metrogyl
Mild-Moderate AcneNicotinamide is Vitamin B3 derative which treats acne inflammations and lightens blemishes.Glintra Gel, Actreat Gel,Nadoxin Gel
Salicylic acid
Mild AcneSalicylic acid treatments gels are Beta-Hydroxy acid which are commonly prescribed for Mild acne,Open pores and Blackheads.Sebogel, Sebonac
Glycolic acid
Moderate-Severe AcneIt is Alpha-hydroxy acid which kills bacteria,lightens scars and rejuvenates skin.It treats acne as well as acne scars.It also has anti-aging benefits since it promotes collagen synthesis.Olliza gel, Sefpil, Triacneal
Benzoyl Peroxide
Moderate-Severe AcneIt is powerful treatment which effectively kills acne causing bacteria.Benzac AC, Epiduo
Moderate-Severe AcneThe most powerful treatment for acne and scars.Retinoids are Vitamin A derivatives which are very beneficial for skin as they promote collagen synthesis.It treats both acne as well acne scars.It also has anti-aging benefits.Epiduo, Retino A/AC, Triacneal, Nextret Gel,Supatret Gel

1)Metrogyl Gel Plus 

Best Acne & Pimple Treatment Creams

Metrogyl is one of the best topical antibiotics (Ornidazole) which effectively works on acne.It is still my go to acne gel for those pesky period breakouts.Read complete review HERE.

Severity of Acne:Mild-Moderate acne.
Cost: Rs.44 for 30grams.
Rating: 5/5

2)Clindac A

Best Acne & Pimple Treatment Creams

Clindamycin is very commonly prescribed antibiotic for acne.It is available in both gel and lotion variants.But good thing is it is easily available from many brands like Aclin,Cinar Gel, D'Acne, Clintop, Glintra, Clinmiskin, Erytop etc.

Severity of Acne:Mild-Moderate acne.
Cost: Approximately Rs.50-80.
Rating: 3.5/5

3)Glintra Gel / Actreat Gel

Best Acne & Pimple Treatment Creams

This was prescribed by my kaya skin clinic doctor and does not exactly come under antibiotics category.Nicotinamide is Vitamin B3 derivative which treats acne inflammations.

This is a Combination of Nicotinamide + Clindamycin which makes it even more effective gel to combat pimples.I did not get much success with Clindamycin gels but the when combined Nicotinamide,I could see pimples healing faster and breakouts under control.Other products with similar formula Glintra Gel, Femincol Gel, Nadoxin, Clinmide etc

Severity of Acne:Mild-Moderate-Severe acne.
Cost: Actreat Gel-Rs.110 for 20 grams.
Availability:Buy on Flipkart
Rating: 4/5

4)Sebo Gel

Best Acne & Pimple Treatment Creams

This is 1% Salicylic acid+Nicotinamide gel meant for mild acne,open pores and blackheads.Sebonac gel is another similar formula.

Severity of Acne:Mild acne.
Cost: Rs.199 for 30 grams
Availability: Buy Online on Flipkart /Amazon
Rating: 3/5


Best Acne & Pimple Treatment Creams

Sefpil is 5% Glycolic acid+10% Mandelic acid cream excellent for acne scars and hyper-pigmentation.

Severity of Acne:Mild-Moderate-Severe acne.
Cost: Rs.180 for 30grams
Availability: Buy Online on Flipkart /Amazon
Rating: 4/5

6)Epiduo Gel

Best Acne & Pimple Treatment Creams

This is hands down best acne treatment.It has combination of 2 powerful acne fighting ingredients 0.1% Adapelene+2.5% Benzoyl Peroxide.Another similar formula is Periduo Gel,Tactuo Gel.Read complete review of Epiduo Gel HERE.Also check out Epiduo Acne Regimen.

Severity of Acne:Moderate-Severe acne.
Cost: Rs.399 for 15ml.
Rating: 5/5

7)Benzac AC Gel

Best Acne & Pimple Treatment Creams

Benzoyl peroxide is known to kill acne causing bacteria and treat acne.Though you will need additional treatment for treating acne blemishes,dark spots or pitted acne scars.Benzac is available in various strengths of 2.5%,5% and so on.Personally,I have felt Benzoyl peroxide works best in combination with a retinoid like Epiduo.

Severity of Acne:Moderate-Severe acne.
Cost: Rs.150 for 20grams.
Rating: 3/5

8)Avene Triacneal

Best Acne & Pimple Treatment Creams

Triacneal is 5% Glycolic acid+0.1% Retinaldehyde+Effectiose treats both acne as well acne scars.Read complete review HERE.

Severity of Acne:Moderate-Severe acne.
Cost: Rs.1345 for 30ml.
Availability: Buy Online on Flipkart/ Amazon.
Rating: 3/5

9)Olliza Gel

Best Acne & Pimple Treatment Creams

Olliza Gel is 12% Glycolic acid gel which treats acne as well acne scars.

Severity of Acne:Moderate-Severe acne.
Cost: Rs.225
Availability: Buy Online from Cosmonova.
Rating: 4/5

10)Retino A/Retino AC Gel

Best Acne & Pimple Treatment Creams

One of the most common retinoids prescribed by doctors.It available in 2 variants: Retino A Cream and Retino AC Gel with Clindamycin.It is available in various strengths 0.01% ,0.025,0.04%,0.1%,0.5%.I found Retino AC gel works better than Retino A.Similar retinoid gel formulations are Supatret,Nextret Gel,Adapelene Gel.

Cost: Rs.219 for 20grams.
Rating: 3.75/5


1)The above mentioned compilation is for general information purposes only so that you can discuss your options with your doctor and use them under medical supervision only.Some of the options like Triacneal,Ethicare remedies Sebogel,Sefpil,Actreat are over the counter products and are easily available online and offline.
2)Know your Skin type and Severity of acne(Mild/Moderate/Severe Acne) before you explore your options.
3)These acne treatments comes with side effects.Read here: How To Deal With Acne Treatments and Its Side Effects? and What is Acne Purging?
4)Relying only acne treatment cream or gel won't entirely help treating acne so it is important to follow acne regimen and use oil-free and non-comedogenic skin care products.
6)Acne is caused due to hormonal imbalance.If you are suffering from PCOS,Thyroid problems,Insulin resistance etc then read: Acne & Causes Of Acne
5)Try our tested and effective acne regimens which has helped many people clear their acne:
Moderate-Severe Acne: Epiduo Acne Regimen