Since skin naturally produces an oily lubricant called sebum, applying an oil-based product to your face could result in breakouts if you have acne-prone skin. With so many oil infused skin care products on the market, finding an moisturizer that won’t cause breakouts is almost as easy as finding a needle in a haystack, so we’ve asked the experts at RealSelf (RS) for their top picks.
“When looking for a moisturizer for acne-prone skin women should make sure the label says oil-free and non-comedogenic. [These] products are formulated in a way that avoids breakouts [and] clogged pores,” explains dermatologist and RS contributor Michele Green, M.D.
“Women who are acne-prone should avoid ingredients that are more comedogenic, or more likely to clog pores like cocoa butter, coconut oil, lanolin, shea butter,” warns Dr. Sejal Shah, a New York City-based Dermatologist, and RS contributor.
To keep your skin looking healthy, these doctors suggest using one of the oil-free moisturizers on our list.
Glow Recipe Water Melon Glow Pink Juice Moisturizer
A rich water-based moisturizer with amino acids and hyaluronic acid that's perfect for acne-prone skin.
Tatcha The Water Cream
This oil-free water cream is lightweight and not only provides not hydration, but also delivers anti-aging ingredients without clogging pores. It's ideal for individuals with normal to oily skin.
Pixi H2O Skindrink
This moisture gel is formulated with aloe vera and rosemary extracts to hydrate acne-prone skin without clogging pores.
Mario Badescu Oil-Free Moisturizer
This antioxidant oil-free moisturizer is loaded with green tea extracts and is great for acne-prone skin.
La Roche-Posay Effaclar Mat Daily Face Moisturizer for Oily Skin
This oil-free moisturizer hydrates and mattifies skin. It also contains lipo-hydroxy acid to gently exfoliate the skin and refine pores.
Clinique Moisture Surge 72-Hour Auto Replenishing Hydrator
A water gel moisturizer infused with antioxidants to hydrate acne-prone and oily skin without clogging pores.
Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel
An extra light, milky gel that's great for hydrating acne-prone skin, leaving it feeling silky smooth.
Cerave AM Facial Lotion
This non-comedogenic moisturizer is great for normal to dry skin and contains sunscreen as an added bonus.