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The 20 Best Moisturisers for Acne

By Hannah Liddle and Rebecca Jenkinson - 11 months ago | Updated
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Suffering from acne isn’t uncommon. It affects roughly 80% of the British population aged 11 to 30. Whether it’s hormones or genetics, there are ways to treat your acne breakout and soothe your skin once and for all. And it starts with proper skin care. Looking after your skin should be number one priority if pimples are getting you down; as long as you keep your skin clean and hydrated, your complexion will be normalised.

Often, if you suffer from spots, you may believe it’s due to being over-hydrated. However, there’s a difference between being hydrated with water and being congested with oil. Your skin may develop more sebum than is required, and with nowhere to store it, it sits on your face and clogs up your pores, thus leading to unwanted breakouts.

The best way to balance your oil levels is to flush out the excess and replace it with water hydration. This means using products that are known to deeply clean out your pores and send a surge of water moisture into your epidermis: products that are oil-free, soothing and harmonising.

So, without further ado, here are the 20 best moisturisers for acne.

Yes To Tomatoes Daily Balancing Moisturiser

Yes To Tomatoes Daily Balancing Moisturiser

Affordable and effective, this Balancing Moisturiser by Yes To is made from 99% natural ingredients and is enriched with soothing tomatoes. It may sound a little weird, but trust us, tomatoes are an excellent source of antioxidants and anti-inflammatories. And not only do they calm and protect, but they also soak up acne-causing oil, keeping your skin under control and harmonised.

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La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo [+] SPF 30

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo [+] SPF 30

Want to banish those blemishes? Make salicylic acid your BFF and you’ll never have to worry about those breakouts again (it’s basically acne’s arch nemesis). Salicylic acid penetrates deep into the pores and, as it's oil-soluble, soaks up excess sebum while exfoliating skin cells and dissolving blackhead bacteria. Pretty cool, right? And La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo is loaded with the stuff.

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Jan Marini Bioglycolic BioClear Lotion

Jan Marini Bioglycolic BioClear Lotion

Combining glycolic acid and salicylic acid, this BioClear Lotion works in many wonderful ways to help clear up acne and minimise enlarged pores. These two acids are a godsend when it comes to exfoliation, lifting away oil, dirt and grime before revealing a brighter, fresher complexion. Plus, with thanks to its azelaic acid properties, this lotion also helps fade any scarring, marks or discolouration. A breakout-busting must-have!

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Dermalogica Soothing Hydrating Lotion

Dermalogica Soothing Hydrating Lotion

Non-comedogenic and non-acnegenic, this moisturiser is perfect for those who have oily skin and are looking for something that will calm their breakouts and mattify their complexion. Saw palmetto has been a skincare staple for years and is utilised for its purifying and oil-controlling properties. It also carries potent antiseptic properties and ensures your skin remains free from bacterial congestion.

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Vichy Normaderm Anti-Blemish Care

Vichy Normaderm Anti-Blemish Care

11 years of research has gone into creating this Normaderm Anti-Blemish Care moisturiser and you’ll see why. It’s Vichy’s most powerful moisturiser yet and delivers proven results. Designed to tackle hormonal blemishes, this lightweight moisturiser offers 24 hours of hydration while it gets to work on soaking up sebum and bringing harmony to your complexion. The results are truly radiant.

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Liz Earle Skin Repair - Normal/Combination

Liz Earle Skin Repair - Normal/Combination

Formulated with naturally-active ingredients – including avocado and borage plant oils – this Liz Earle moisturiser is silky, lightweight and brilliant at balancing out oily skin. That doesn't mean it'll dry you out, either: loaded with vitamin E, it works to find the perfect balance between hydrated and oily. After just a few uses, your face will feel smooth, soft and conditioned.

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Sukin Blemish Control Oil Free Moisturiser

Sukin Blemish Control Oil Free Moisturiser

This affordable moisturiser is a fantastic option for blemish-prone skin. It has a non-greasy formula that still provides a great boost of hydration. Sukin have used a powerful blend of botanical ingredients to help you achieve smoother, calmer and rejuvenated skin. Plus the natural formula is vegan and is free from parabens, silicones and mineral oil, which makes it perfect for your sensitive skin.

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Dermalogica Skin Smoothing Cream

Dermalogica Skin Smoothing Cream

Yes another Dermalogica mosituriser. We can't get enough. Often acne-prone skin can feel tender and dry and that’s where this Dermalogica god-send comes in. It balances moisture levels so dry skin feels hydrated and nourished. Not to mention, it reduces the appearance of blemishes and spots, as it is enriched with antioxidants and is free from harmful chemicals. This all helps create a youthful, radiant complexion.

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Origins Clear Improvement Oil Free Moisturiser with Bamboo Charcoal

Origins Clear Improvement Oil Free Moisturiser with Bamboo Charcoal

Another fantastic option for blemished skin is this non-acnegenic formulation from Origins. It delivers hydration all day long, while also preventing pesky future breakouts. You can thank the perfect balance of salicylic acid, bamboo charcoal and witch hazel, which will help refine your pores and leaves you feeling fresh and funky.

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CeraVe Facial Moisturising Lotion No SPF

CeraVe Facial Moisturising Lotion No SPF

Often when dealing with acne your skin becomes extra sensitive. This lightweight and gentle moisturiser from CeraVe is the perfect remedy. It provides a 24-hour boost of hydration and uses innovative ceramides to restore moisture and protect your precious skin against environmental aggressors. It also has a healthy dose of hyaluronic acid to soothe any tenderness.

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The INKEY List Snow Mushroom

The INKEY List Snow Mushroom

Is your skin feeling a tad inflamed and dry? Look no further than this affordable option. Snow mushroom is a powerful hydrating ingredient that helps calm any redness on the face. It also has anti-inflammatory components which soothes the complexion. The cooling effect of this day moisturiser feels oh-so-comfortable when your skin needs a break.

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Wishful Honey Balm Jelly Moisturiser

Wishful Honey Balm Jelly Moisturiser

Don’t be afraid of deeply hydrating products. This picture-perfect cream offers an intense boost of moisture and nourishment with the star ingredient of honey. It also contains turmeric root extract which offers anti-inflammatory properties and minimises hyperpigmentation from old acne scars. Better yet, it’s non-comedogenic so won’t clog your pores.

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Tata Harper Clarifying Moisturiser

Tata Harper Clarifying Moisturiser

This one is a bit of a splurge, but we promise it’s worth it. Not only does it look the part with that gorgeous jade green packaging, but what’s inside also counts. It contains 100% natural ingredients, such as salicylic acid and superseeds, which help nourish blemish-prone skin without blocking your pores. It also helps balance your sebum production, leaving you with a natural matte finish.

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Clinique Moisture Surge Hydrating Supercharged Concentrate

Clinique Moisture Surge Hydrating Supercharged Concentrate

As an allergy tested and non-acnegenic formula, you can rest assured this product won’t cause a breakout. In fact, you can rely on this moisturiser to offer a burst of refreshing hydration, thanks to the water-gel consistency. It effortlessly melts into the skin and leaves your complexion feeling revived, smooth and plumped up.

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Dr. Barbara Sturm Clarifying Face Cream

Dr. Barbara Sturm Clarifying Face Cream

Another luxury product worth the price tag is the Dr. Barbara Sturm Clarifying Face Cream. This moisturiser is specially designed to tackle blemishes by balancing your natural sebum levels. At the same time, it also acts a potent anti-ageing treatment, helping to smooth fine lines and wrinkles.

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Allies of Skin Molecular Multi Nutrient Day Cream

Allies of Skin Molecular Multi Nutrient Day Cream

Target breakouts with this indulgent day cream. It contains a clever blend of probiotics, antioxidants and nutrients which feed the skin. Not only does it help reduce the appearance of redness and spots, but also protects your skin against environmental pollution and stressors.

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Alpha-H Clear Skin Daily Moisturiser

Alpha-H Clear Skin Daily Moisturiser

Achieve a balanced, healthy visage with this handy moisturiser at your side. It’s the perfect solution for oily and combination skin types as it’s helps swiftly banish blackheads and blemishes. This is all down to the combo of AHAs, glycolic acid and hyaluronic acid which refines, smooths and hydrates the skin.

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YOUTH LAB Balance Mattifying Cream

YOUTH LAB Balance Mattifying Cream

Struggling with oily complexion? We’ve got you covered. Take a peek at this mattifying moisturising cream. It helps regulate and balance your skin’s natural oils, while also improving the appearance of enlarged pores. The fine texture also feels weightless on the skin with a refreshing result.

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Kiehl's Oil Eliminator 24 Hour Anti-Shine Moisturiser For Men

Kiehl's Oil Eliminator 24 Hour Anti-Shine Moisturiser For Men

We’ve all experienced that pesky midday meltdown where our foreheads look a lot shinier than they did at 8am. To keep that shine under control you need to get your hands on this oil eliminating solution from Kiehl’s. It helps absorb sweat and oil, as well as minimising the size of pores. It’s also non-acnegenic and dermatologist-tested so you know it won’t cause future breakouts.

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Paula's Choice Clear Oil Free Moisturiser

Paula's Choice Clear Oil Free Moisturiser

Keep your skin nourished through the night with this fantastic option from Paula’s Choice. It’s specifically designed for beauty lovers with blemishes, breakouts and blackheads. It contains a blend of niacinamide to soothe the skin, ceramides to strengthen the complexion and antioxidants to calm any redness.

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Moisturiser isn't the only solution though. There are also many self-help techniques you can use to treat your acne, such as ensuring makeup is fully removed before bed, avoiding wearing heavy makeup, never squeezing or trying to pop, keeping dirty hands away from your face and drinking plenty of water. Hopefully, these handy tips and best moisturisers for acne will help to reduce breakouts and boost your confidence in the process.

If you want to know more about acne and how to tackle it, check out our blog on adult acne, our guide to body acne and our guide to moisturiser.

Hannah Liddle

Written by Hannah Liddle

Hannah has worked as a writer for over four years and knows beauty, skincare and makeup like the back of her hand.

Rebecca is a content writer with over three years’ experience and a keen interest in cosmetics. Cosmetify allows her to combine her blogging skills with her passion for beauty.