IPCA Acne UV Gel Sunscreen Review

Last updated on 29 October, 2021

We all know how important Sunscreen is for skin protection. With the onset of summer in India it is important that you regularly apply Sunscreen to the body parts which are exposed to the sun. Sunscreen should also be used during winters and also even if you are indoors. So skipping your sunscreen can be considered as a skin sin.

We all have been in a phase where we are yet to find a good sunscreen or are not satisfied with the sunscreen we are using. I have finally found out a sunscreen which works best for my oily, acne prone skin. This sunscreen was recommended to me by a fellow blogger Savita Sharma. Let’s check the Review of IPCA Acne UV Gel SPF 30 PA+++.

IPCA Acne UV Gel Sunscreen Review

IPCA ACNE UV Gel has a leaflet inside the outer card packaging ( so below information is taken from the leaflet)

What is a sunscreen?

A sunscreen is a formulation aimed at reflecting or absorbing the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays. An unprotected prolonged exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays can cause skin damage, eye damage, immune system suppression, and even cancer.

What is SPF? SPF stands for sun protection factor. All sunscreens have a sun protection factor (SPF) number mentioned on the packaging or label. It is mainly a measure of UVB protection.

When to use a sunscreen? Everyone should use sunscreen every day. The sun emits UV rays all year around. Even on cloudy days, harmful UV rays can penetrate your skin. Sunscreen is a must for those who have had dermatological procedures done, or use AHA, BHA, retinoid, retinol in their routine.

How to use a sunscreen? Apply generously and evenly over the exposed surface of skin 15-20 minutes before sun exposure or as needed. Reapply after every 3 hours or after swimming, perspiring or towel drying. Reapplication of a sunscreen is very important which many people neglect.

IPCA Acne UV Gel Sunscreen Review

Brand Claims of IPCA Acne UV Gel Sunscreen

ACNE-UV gel has UVA & UVB filters to provide broad spectrum protection. It also helps to improve skin hydration.

  • Non-irritant
  • Alcohol and dye free
  • Without colour additives
  • Paraben free

Ingredients IPCA Acne UV Gel Sunscreen

Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate, Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine, Octyl Methoxycinnamate, Titanium Dioxide and Silica and Dimethicone, Diethylhexyl Butamido Triazone, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Diethylhexyl Syringylidene Malonate, Cyclopentasiloxane and Dimethicone Crosspolymer & Dimethicone, Fragrance

Direction For Use

Apply liberally & evenly on the face, neck and exposed area of the skin 20-30 minutes before sun exposure. Re-apply every 2 hours after continuous sun exposure, swimming or excessive perspiration. 

Texture, Fragrance and packaging
The texture of the sunscreen is cream and gets applied like a gel. The product has a little clinical fragrance which isn’t irritating, bothering or a lingering one. The packaging of the product is simple tube as shown in pics.

The sun protecting ingredients in this sunscreen are

  • Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate
  • Diethylhexyl Butamido Triazone
  • Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine
  • Titanium Dioxide

My experience with IPCA Acne UV Gel Sunscreen

I have oily and acne prone skin and my skin can’t tolerate any product which is heavy in oil or emulsifiers. Coming back to the sunscreen review the Acne UV Gel is a mattifiying sunscreen and doesn’t give any white cast or oily feeling to the skin. The unique oil free formulation of Acne UV Gel is good for oily and acne prone skin.I have used the product with and without moisturizer and it works both ways perfectly for me. I don’t use any heavy moisturizer during the day and mostly use Sebamed Clear Face Care Gel or Hyalugel Hyaluronic Acid Gel.

I have used the sunscreen regularly for two months and am fully satisfied with the performance of the Acne UV Gel. The sunscreen does not make my face sweat or give me any acne. I have also been out in a hot afternoon after applying this sunscreen and it absolutely didn’t make my nose sweat. On some occasions I have forgotten to remove the sunscreen before calling it a night and still it didn’t clog my pores or give me any acne. Although it’s not recommended to hit the bed before removing the sunscreen or makeup.

One day I applied the Sebamed Clear Face Care Gel and before even it was absorbed, I started applying the Acne UV Gel. To my surprise when I rubbed the product on the skin in two opposite directions it crumbled. The point here being it’s oil free and not applying the sunscreen before the moisturiser is fully absorbed. Also this sunscreen won’t be suitable for people with dry to normal skin as it is a mattifiying one and crumbles if you try to apply on a dry skin or rub it fast in two opposite directions on the skin. IPCA Acne UV Gel will be suitable for combination to oily skin. Overall speaking IPCA Acne UV Gel SPF 30 PA+++ is my favorite sunscreen and I am going to repurchase it again and again.

The In or IPCA Acne UV gel benefits

  • Amazing sunscreen for oily acne prone skin
  • Oil free and Paraben Free formulation
  • Doesn’t give any white cast, oily or greasy feeling
  • Works well with or without moisturizer
  • Works well under a BB cream
  • Doesn’t make the face sweat even in hot afternoon
  • Doesn’t clog pores or give me acne
  • Water resistant and dermatologically tested
  • Contains UVA and UVB filters to provide broad-spectrum protection
  • Suitable for combination, oily and acne prone skin
  • Available offline at chemist as well as online

The Out or IPCA Acne UV gel side effects

  • A bit pricey, although it’s worth every penny
  • Won’t suit dry or normal skin
  • Contains Silicone ( although it is much lesser in concentration as it at the end of ingredients list)

Price, Shelf life and Availability – 775 INR for 60 gms with a shelf life of 2 years. Available offline at chemist as well as online. Buy from Amazon.in

IPCA Acne UV Gel SPF 30 PA+++ Review

IPCA Acne UV Gel SPF 30 PA+++ has become my holy grail sunscreen. The oil free and non comedogenic formula is amazing for oily, acne prone skin. The sunscreen doesn’t sweat at all which is a huge plus for some people like me in summers. I would highly recommend combination to oily skin type people to try IPCA Acne UV Gel SPF 30 PA+++ at least once.

About Sonali

Sonali, is a skincare aficionado who tackles one skin problem at a time. She has been blogging at Skincare Villa since 2016 and is a Certified Formulator for making dry powder based masks and cleansers.