The Best Moisturizers for Acne-Prone Skin
Yep, you know it's important to apply moisturizer to keep your complexion hydrated. But, what's the point of including the step in your skincare routine if you have an oily, acne-prone complexion that already has enough moisture to fill an Olympic-size pool?
Contrary to what you might believe, using a daily moisturizer on acne-prone skin isn't going to clog pores and make you breakout. "It is still important to moisturize acne-prone skin to keep the skin barrier intact," explains New York-based dermatologist Dr. Elizabeth Hale. "If someone is breaking out but drying out their skin with acne products, scrubbing with harsh exfoliants, and not moisturizing, their skin will get irritated and look more inflamed."
Dr. Hale recommends a lightweight, oil-free moisturizer that isn't too thick or packed with petroleum or ceramides. Even better if the formula you use for daytime includes SPF 30 or higher. "During the day, a moisturizer with SPF is key to prevent prolonged redness and hyperpigmentation from breakouts," she explains.
Here, we've rounded up the best facial moisturizers for acne-prone skin.
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Differin Oil Absorbing Moisturizer With Sunscreen
Differin Gel is one of the most recommended over-the-counter acne treatments by derms and the brand's moisturizer gets their seal of approval, too. It's formulated with oily and cominbation skin in mind, so it doesn't contain any ingredients that make skin more greasy and prone to breakouts.
Peter Thomas Roth Ultra-Lite Oil-Free Moisturizer
This lotion-gel dries down almost instantly so you don't have to play the waiting game before you move on to applying your makeup.
Boscia Green Tea Oil-Free Moisturizer
The addition of green tea in Boscia's moisturizer calms down angry inflamed skin from breakouts — and the harsh treatments you might be using to clear your skin.
Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel
For many of us, this cult-favorite formula was the first moisturizer we used in our teens. High school might be over, but the milky gel is still a staple in medicine cabinets because of its fast absorption time
Shani Darden Daily Oil-Free Moisturizer
From the line of celebrity facialist Shani Darden comes this everyday moisturizer. Even though it's rich with hydrating sodium hyaluronate and glycerin, along with smoothing vitamin E and squalane, it absorbs quickly so your face doesn't have that heavy, greasy feeling.
Cetaphil Oil Control Moisturizer SPF 30
In need of a moisturizer that offers adequate daytime SPF protection, too? Cetaphil's gentle Oil-Control Moisturizer is formulated with SPF 30, the level of coverage recommended by Dr. Hale.
Mario Badescu Oil Free Moisturizer SPF 30
This botanical-packed featherweight cream hydrates, soothes, and shields skin from UV/UVA damage without congesting pores.
Neutrogena Oil Free Facial Moisturizer SPF 35
Neutrogena's drugstore staple formula is hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic, oil-free, and doesn't have any fragrance in it, making it a solid pick for extremely sensitive, acne-prone skin. On top of its gentle ingredients, it also offers SPF 35 protection.