Ah, acne. I think we can all agree that they’re no fun — having them and treating them are equally challenging. Looking for the best moisturizers for acne-prone skin can also be a difficult and tedious task. But it’s not an impossible feat! With the right knowledge and tips, you’ll inch closer towards your goal of finding a hydrator that actually helps your skin and doesn’t exacerbate your problem. How do you do that?
What to look for in moisturizers for acne-prone skin
It’s important to look for products without ingredients that could potentially make your acne worse. You’ve probably heard of ‘comedogenic’ and ‘non-comedogenic’ products. Simply put, comedogenic ingredients have a tendency to produce blackheads or acne. And, as you may have surmised, non-comedogenic ingredients don’t have this tendency.
But the best moisturizers for acne-prone skin are not only non-comedogenic, they also contain ingredients that help kill acne-causing bacteria and soothe redness and inflammation. Look for products that contain benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, alphahydroxy acids, retinol, centella asiatica, and tea tree oil.
Here are some you can try.
The best moisturizers for acne-prone skin that are available in the Philippines
The Ordinary Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA Moisturizer
This moisturizer has Natural Moisturizing Factors (NMFs) made up of amino acids, hyaluronic acid, ceramides, and more to ensure that the skin is hydrated and protected.
Celeteque DermoScience Hydration Facial Moisturizer
This Filipino water-based, oil-free moisturizer has a Triple Moisturizing System that aims to hydrate the skin not just on the surface but deep into its other layers. It’s also fragrance-free. Read our review here.
Origins Clear Improvement Oil-Free Moisturizer with Bamboo Charcoal
Want an anti-acne treatment and oil-free moisturizer in one? This light cream from Origins is what you need to get. It contains salicylic acid and bamboo charcoal that exfoliates and glycerin and squalane that hydrates.
COSRX Purefit Cica Cream
This cream from COSRX promises to soothe, calm, strengthen and protect your skin. It boasts not only of one type of centella ingredient but 7 — that’s centella asiatica extract, centella asiatica leaf extract, centella asiatica root extract, asiaticosode, aciatic acid, madecassic acid, and madecassoside.
Dr. Jart+ Cicapair Cream
Repair and relieve acne-prone skin with this recovery cream packed with centella asiatica and panthenol.
Face Republic Cica Gel Moisturizer
Treat this as your gateway to the world of cica. This K-beauty moisturizer is lightweight and soothing — not to mention affordable too. Those qualities make this one of the best moisturizers for acne-prone skin in our book. Read our review of this product here.
Neutrogena Hydroboost Water Gel
Probiotics are said to be great at keeping the skin’s flora balanced. This means the skin is in its optimal health and acne will be at bay. This fan-favorite lightweight moisturizer from Neutrogena is packed with probiotics that aim to deliver hydration and promote skin barrier strength.
Pixi Skintreats Clarity Lotion Oil-Free Moisturiser
The aloe vera and willow bark extract from this moisturizer soothe the skin while niacinamide and allantoin strengthen the skin so it won’t be susceptible to issues like acne.
The Body Shop Tea Tree Night Lotion
The Body Shop’s Tea Tree Oil has been a holy-grail targeted treatment for those with acne for decades now. Well, there’s a moisturizer now too.
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