The Ultimate Guide to Moisturizers for Acne-Prone Skin

Posted on March 24, 2016 by Erin McKelle


Many assume that you shouldn't use moisturizers if you have breakouts or acne-prone skin. But that's not true, you just need to use the right kind!

Not all moisturizers are created equally and using the wrong kind can send your skin into a downward spiral. To help you to keep your skin hydrated while still fighting off acne, here are a few great ones that will work wonders

1. Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel $14.50

This moisturizer is made specifically for oily, acne-prone skin and has been used by yours truly! I’ve known many others who also swear by this moisturizer, since it’s great for hydrating while not making your skin even more oily than it already is.

2. Burt’s Bees Natural Acne Solutions Daily Moisturizing Lotion $17.99

This moisturizer was formulated to keep irritation at bay, thanks to its essential oil contents, as it contains witch hazel and lemon grass, as well as salinic acid. Burt’s Bees products are also known for being very natural and non-toxic, so this is a great option for organic beauty lovers.

3. CeraVe AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion $12.74

This moisturizer includes SPF 30, which will keep you protected from the sun’s UVA and UVB rays. This formula is oil free, so it won’t cause your pores to further clog with excess oil and also includes an anti-inflammatory agent, niacinamide.

4. Eucerin Calming Cream Daily Moisturizer $0.99

If you have sensitive skin and need to use only the most gentle moisturizers out there, give Eucerin a try! I absolutely love Eucerin, as it’s very soothing, contains no fragrances, and is non-comedogenic. It also contains oatmeal, which is a great natural acne reliever.  It also happens to be oatmeal month, making this the perfect time to celebrate this product.

5. Fresh Umbrian Clay Oil-Free Lotion $39.00

Clay is a great natural acne reliever, as it helps to soak up excess oil that clogs pores. The product is also filled with cucumber extract, which helps to relieve inflammation and more extracts than I can list!

6.  Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil-Free Lotion  $26.50

This moisturizer is oil-free, essential for anyone with acne-prone skin, and contains Vitamin E, cylindrica root extract, and antarcticine to help soothe irritated skin and heal any blemishes.

7. EltaMD UV Clear SPF 46 $22.50

I can’t emphasize the importance of sun protection enough! This formula contains SPF 46, giving you one of the highest levels of protection available. It’s oil free and made specifically for sensitive and problem skin. This product is great to layer with another moisturizer, as it’s technically a facial sunscreen and won’t give your skin the nourishing properties it needs on the hydration side of things.

  • Erin McKelle is a feminist blogger and freelance writer whose work has appeared in Bustle, The Huffington Post, and Beautycon. @ErinMcKelle
  • About Us: Arithmetic is a new skincare company focused on helping adults achieve clear, healthy skin.
  • We make the cult-favorite Acne Control Complex spot treatment.

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