VLCC Acne Care Oil Control Face Wash with Clove and Menthol

VLCC Acne Care Oil Control Face Wash with Clove and Menthol

Hello Everyone! Today, I’ll be reviewing the VLCC Oil Control Face Wash from their Acne Care range.  I recently ordered this from an e-commerce site.  Read on to know what I like and what I dislike about it.

Product Being Reviewed:
VLCC Acne Care Oil Control Face Wash with Clove and Menthol.

VLCC Acne Care Oil Control Face Wash with Clove and Menthol


INR 49 for 50 ml.

Shelf Life:

36 months from the date of manufacture.

Key Ingredients:

Sodium Laureth Sulphate,Cocoamidopropyl betain,Algae extract,Triclosan,Allantoin,Hydrogenated castor oil,Clove oil,Menthol,Quaternium 73 and Witch hazel extracts.

Product Description by VLCC:

This face wash gently cleanses your face and removes oil without drying your skin,to give a naturally refreshed clear look. Anti-bacterial properties of salicylic acid clear acne by controlling excess oil secretion,thereby preventing occurrence of acne.It is enriched with clove oil known for its anti-bacterial properties that purify and cleanse the skin from within to prevent outbreak and recurrence of pimples.

VLCC face wash

Directions For Use:

Squeeze a small amount on wet palm and apply on face,work up a lather and gently massage in with fingertips.Rinse off and pat dry gently.


It comes in a tube which makes it convenient for use.   The flip open cap of the tube is sturdy but it can be easily opened, without much effort.


The face wash is very, very light greenish in color.


It smells of clove oil.  It has a strong smell.


It is a thick gel-like face wash, but it lathers easily.

VLCC face wash

My Experience with VLCC Acne Care Oil Control Face Wash with Clove and Menthol:

I am someone who suffers from periodic pimples.  By saying periodic, I mean I get pimples mostly in summers or if I don’t wash my face for a really long time, I see 1 or 2 of them on my forehead the next day.  The area of pimples is limited only to my forehead and rarely a pimple appears on my cheeks.  I haven’t got a single one so far on my nose, touchwood!

This time I got them after using the Lakme After Sun Skin Lightening Gel.  I was looking for a good face wash for my zits when I spotted the VLCC Face Wash on a site.  I just used it for 2 days and then gave it to my friend who has a BIG acne problem, want to know why?

VLCC face wash

I have oily+sensitive skin.  When I read on the site that this face wash has menthol, I thought it must be in less quantity and so it won’t irritate my skin, but I was wrong.  I never patch-tested it on my hand like I usually do and that was my mistake.  I directly applied it to my forehead and My God, I couldn’t even bear it for 2 minutes on my skin!

I had not applied it anywhere near my eyes, but still my eyes stung and started watering.  The menthol is so strong! The next day, I took a less amount of the face wash and used it for my entire face and again I couldn’t bear it.  The very next day, I took pictures for my review and gave it to a friend, who’s happily using it now and I guess that’s because she doesn’t have sensitive skin.

Also, I did notice that it kept my face oil-free for close to 3 hours and it was successful in removing all the dirt and grime from my face.  Talking about the pimples, they are still there and now I’m hunting for another face wash that would solve my problem.

Anyway, let me sum up the pros and cons for you:

Pros of VLCC Acne Care Oil Control Face Wash with Clove and Menthol:

  • Face wash comes in a tube packaging which makes it easy to use.
  • It is inexpensive.
  • It contains clove and salicylic acid, things that are great for controlling acne.
  • It lathers well.
  • It effectively removes dirt and grime from the face.
  • Keeps the face oil-free for around 3 hours.
  • It doesn’t dry out the skin.

Cons of VLCC Acne Care Oil Control Face Wash with Clove and Menthol:

  • It has a strong clove smell.
  • It has a lot of menthol, so it irritates the eyes.
  • It contains SLS.
  • It is not for those with sensitive skin.

Will I Buy VLCC Acne Care Oil Control Face Wash with Clove and Menthol Again?

No, I will not.  In fact, I will stay away from products that have menthol.

Will I Recommend VLCC Acne Care Oil Control Face Wash with Clove and Menthol?

I can’t comment on the pimple-clearing claims made by the face wash since I used it only twice.  Those who have oily or combination skin and suffer from acne, but do not have sensitive skin, may try this and see how it works for them.

Like I said, I am on the lookout for a good face wash for my acne, any recommendations?

Also, do comment and let me know what you liked or disliked about this post.

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17 thoughts on “VLCC Acne Care Oil Control Face Wash with Clove and Menthol

  1. ohhh this sounds like really strong 🙁 but nice review 🙂
    even I have very oily skin… I used the himalaya neem facewash- the one with the round bottle and pump- for almost 3 years… it worked very well for my pimples 🙂
    hope you find something soon 🙂

  2. Thanks Noorie for a comprehensive review.I also used himalaya Neem face wash, it worked well for me without drying my skin.Vlcc is a very good brand i especially like the facial kits ..:)

  3. good morning all…
    i liked the new packing of vlcc.. :tongue: :toothygrin: :toothygrin: …
    Thanks fo the review, nw i wont buy it.. :))

  4. Hey noorie do try out the fabindia tea-tree facewash. it is working wonders for me. it has dried out all my pimples within a week. i have very oily skin and it does not dry out my skin even in the winters. :love: :love: :love: :love:

  5. oh inna strong menthol fragrance… 😯 😯 😯 wese i’ve oily n acne prone skin… i’ll give it a try 🙄 🙄 🙄
    :thanks: :thanks: :thanks: for reviewing noorie…
    wese can try himalaya neem range n everyuth facewashes… they’re good… :waytogo: :waytogo: :waytogo:

  6. Try Himalaya neem foaming face wash.. It doesn’t dry skin and makes your soft.. I have been using it for a long time.. I wouldn’t say I didnt get acne or pimples using it .. But it is very less severe when compared not using it.. I realized this when I went for my vacation without this face wash and couldn’t wash my face properly.. I got pimples and acne.. When I came back and started using this, it is amazing, my skin is now clear and with less problems.. But I am sure you can’t expect this face wash to brighten your face like many other face washes..

  7. I don’t like clove and menthol so this is a big no! for me. :nono: :nono: Too bad it stung you :((
    For pimples,you cold try the Himalaya Foaming neem cleanser. I get periodic pimples too and it works pretty good for me. And,it’s cost effective too. :preen: :preen:

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