Himalaya Clarina Anti-Acne Face Wash Gel

by Geeta on August 24, 2011 · 23 comments

Himalaya Clarina Anti-Acne Face Wash Gel

Hi there everyone! I’m back with the next tool in my acne fight strategy. Today, I’m going to tell you about this face wash from Himalaya called “Clarina Anti-acne Face Wash Gel.”

Are you guys wondering if you have seen this on shelves before? Probably not, because it seems to be for exports, being a new addition to Himalaya family, but still you can get it in India, either order online or call up a direct Himalaya outlet in your city. They have developed a whole new Clarina range with blemish cream and face pack, etc.

Himalaya Clarina Anti Acne Face Wash Gel

About the Product:
As the name suggests, it is an anti-acne wash for oily and acne-prone skin.

Rs. 50 for 60 ml tube. (They sell it for anywhere from US $8-$15 in other countries, what a rip-off).

White plastic tube with a green flip-open cap. Gel looks brownish-yellow.

What it Claims (From the Himalaya Website):

Clarina anti-acne face wash gel has anti-inflammatory, antiseborrheic, keratolytic, wound-healing, antioxidant, and antibacterial activities. Clarina anti-acne face wash gel inhibits the production of reactive oxygen species (ROS) by its antioxidant activity, thus reducing inflammation mediated by acne-causing bacteria. (After reading through all theses gibberish medical terms, all I could understand is that it kills the acne-causing bacteria, enough for me).

Directions for Use:
Required quantity to be applied on moist face in gentle circular motions to work up a lather and then washed off. To be used twice daily (I use it every time I wash my face, which is about 4-5 times a day).

Each gram of Clarina anti-acne face wash gel contains:
Kumari     1.0mg
Nimba     0.5mg
Haridra     0.5mg
Jalavetasa (Salix tetrasperma)     0.1mg

What attracted me to this face wash is the list of contents. Very simple, every day ingredients, which you can find easily anywhere, even in your kitchen and we already know a lot about them.

You can see the list of ingredients in the picture.


1) Kumari – Aloe vera, has long been in use for a host of diseases, particularly those connected with the digestive system; they have also been used for wounds, burns, dermatitis, and other skin troubles.  We don’t need to be convinced of the benefits of aloe-vera anymore. It is used as a base to almost all the herbal cosmetic preparations.

2) Nimba – Neem. It is used for external applications in skin diseases. It possesses antidandruff, antibacterial, anti viral and fungicidal properties. I remember my grandmother throwing some neem leaves in her bath water while boiling it, even brushing her teeth with neem sticks and just eating a few raw neem and curry leaves upon waking up in the mornings. Never heard of her having acne, dandruff, hair fall, etc., and her hair started turning grey only in her 60s.

3) Haridra – Turmeric. Raise your hands if you don’t know the benefits of turmeric . Not a single raised hand , right? Oil of turmeric, distilled from the dried rhizomes, has feeble antiseptic properties. It is an antacid, and, in small doses, acts as a carminative, stomachic, appetizer and tonic. Turmeric also possesses anti-inflammatory and anti-septic properties. Helps in reducing skin-pigmentation, kills germs, and clots the blood in a bleeding wound.

4) Jalavetasa (Salix tetrasperma) – Common name is Wala in Hindi or Willow in English. This is the more active ingredient in this face wash, I think. Willow bark extract (Salix alba) is used in skincare as an astringent and has antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and antipyretic properties. It is also used to stimulate circulation.The main constituents of willow bark extract are phenolic acids; such as salicin, salicortin, fragilin, populin, triandrin and vimalin, as well as flavonoids, tannins and minerals. It contains salicylic acid, which stimulates new cell formation by helping the old skin to slough off. It is also used for the extraction of pure and natural salicylic acid.
Salicylic acid is the most effective remedy in the acne-battle, as per my personal experience.

My Analysis of Himalaya Clarina Anti-Acne Face Wash Gel:

I like this face wash very much. I can’t say if it eliminates the acne directly, but it definitely, is the kind of cleanser needed for oily, acne-prone skin.

This is how the gel looks:


Pros of Himalaya Clarina Anti-Acne Face Wash Gel

1. Gentle, natural ingredients.
2. Good consistency and smell.
3. Contains the source of salicylic acid, which is beneficial for acne.
4. Need a very small amount for normal cleaning.
5. Best thing is that it cleanses without drying the skin. A common mistake made by acne-sufferers with oily-skin is using the products which dry out the skin by stripping it off its natural oils, which results in the skin thinking that it needs more moisture and goes on to produce more and more oil. It’s a vicious cycle. Oily or not, all types of skins need moisture.
6. My skin feels moisturized and smooth, but still clean, after washing.
7. Reasonably priced.

Cons of Himalaya Clarina Anti-Acne Face Wash Gel

1. Need to use more amount for stubborn dirt and oiliness. I use Neutrogena oil-free when my face is oilier or has makeup on it.
2. Does not lather and foam much. Skin doesn’t feel squeaky clean, but that says it doesn’t contain harmful detergents, so it’s actually a pro for me).
3. After rinsing, some slippery residue is left over that I wipe off with toner.
4. Not so much reasonably priced, if using for each and every wash throughout the day, you’ll run out of it quicker.
5. Not easily available.

IMBB Rating: 9/10.

Will I Buy It Again?
Yes, I already have the extra stock, haven’t felt the need to change it yet, give it a try.

Remember to research before buying into anything that you are putting on or inside your body. I will be back with the next acne episode. Have a good health.

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{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

Aruna August 24, 2011 at 3:35 pm

even though I dont have any acne, I am tempted to buy it just for the way you have described it. 😉


Geeta August 25, 2011 at 7:42 am

haha! give it a try then. it has just usual contents, so no harm trying. well lucky u for not having acne :thumbsup:


Parita August 24, 2011 at 3:36 pm

Never saw this range in market…face wash is reasonably priced and looks good for oily skin beauties! :thanks:


Geeta August 25, 2011 at 7:44 am

its not reatailed so much in India yet :waaa: , although I saw it here in Singapore. In india, only the direct Himalaya outlets. :thanks:


jyo August 24, 2011 at 3:52 pm

me want this. :woot: :woot: :woot: ‘ll chk out the store today only. :thanks: for such a nice detailed review geeta. 🙂


Geeta August 25, 2011 at 7:46 am

thanx pretty woman 😉


monika August 24, 2011 at 4:14 pm

I have been quite satisfied with their neem face wash…want to try this too. great review :thanks:


Geeta August 25, 2011 at 7:48 am

I’ve found Himalaya very genuine. Sometimes the products may not make a huge difference, but they certainly contain the genuine ingredients which r reasearched throughly. If u hav acne skin try the Clarina range, it is good. :thanks:


debasmita August 24, 2011 at 4:59 pm

clarina is not sold as a cosmetic product but as a dermatological one……you can get it in medical shops.they also have have an anti acne cream and a mask in this range :))


bhumika August 24, 2011 at 5:30 pm

I quite like Himalaya products..esp Neem one is my HG..but I do not like that slippery effect 😐 so would skip this..


Geeta August 25, 2011 at 7:49 am

true!! no matter how many times u splash the water on the face, it stays. I think its the aloe vera film.


rids August 24, 2011 at 7:19 pm

Not seen dis one


Geeta August 25, 2011 at 7:51 am

for the retail shelves, probably desi public will have to wait for some more time. But their retail store….for sure!!


Rati August 24, 2011 at 8:02 pm

you are doing an awesome series geeta. I am sure this would be helpful. 🙂


Geeta August 25, 2011 at 7:53 am

Thanks Rati! ACNE SUCKS particularly after 30s, so irritating. :yuck: I think me n my growing daughter will have to fight it together when she is in her teens. Can’t let that happen. :waaa: :nababana:


Ritika August 24, 2011 at 8:39 pm

This seems like a good product ,I am definitely buying this one !
By the way Geets,where did you get this ? I havent seen it around :((


Geeta August 25, 2011 at 7:55 am

Chk the Himalaya website, they have listed their retails in all the big cities. If ur city has one, just call them up. I got it in Kolkata and had it home-delivered. If u r in Kol, I can provide their address n ph no. :waytogo:


dimpi August 24, 2011 at 10:03 pm

same….even I haven’t seen this around anywhere??? ?:)


Tanu August 25, 2011 at 12:13 pm

Thanks 4 da review,Geeta! 🙂
Though I dont get acne regularly,my skin is very oily.Since u’ve mentioned dat it doesnt dry the skin or rip it off its moisture content,I think its very good for me!I love such products! :thumbsup:


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