Found: The Best Oil-Free Moisturizers for Acne-Prone Skin

Updated 08/11/19

Let's clear something up right away: Using an oil on your skin isn't always bad. In fact, women whose skin is severely oily will notice a balance in their overall oil production by incorporating facial oils into their routine. And dry skin needs oil in order to combat the lack of natural oil production. However, too much oil mixed with dead skin cells leads to breakouts, which makes the concept of using oil a bit tricky. So if you're prone to clogs and weary of testing out popular facial oils, finding a deeply hydrating oil-free moisturizer is your next best bet.

To help you discover your new skincare staple, ahead you'll find 12 of the best oil-free moisturizers the market has to offer.

Jar of Biossance Squalane + Probiotic Gel Moisturizer on a white background.
Biossance Squalane + Probiotic Gel Moisturizer $52
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Gel moisturizers are a safe bet for those wanting to nourish their skin without a smattering of whiteheads the next morning. This particular formula also utilizes probiotics to keep bad bacteria at bay to make acne even less of an issue while protecting the skin's barrier to lock in moisture. 

Bottle of Boscia Green Tea Oil-Free Moisturizer on a white background.
Boscia Green Tea Oil-Free Moisturizer $38
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Green tea is the ultimate beauty ingredient, especially when it comes to skincare. This moisturizer calms redness, fights signs of aging, and deeply hydrates the skin.

Bottle of Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare hydra-Pure Oil-Free Moisturizer on a white background.
Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Hydra-Pure Oil-Free Moisturizer $78
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A superhero blend of antioxidants, peptides, and Dr. Gross's proprietary Chelating Complex, this moisturizer protects the skin from the elements and helps create a more youthful-looking complexion.

Bottle of Algenist SPLASH Absolute Hydration Replenishing Emulsion on a white background.
Algenist SPLASH Absolute Hydration Replenishing Emulsion $54
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Tired, dull skin is no match for this deeply hydrating and replenishing water-gel emulsion. Revive dry skin and plump fine lines almost instantaneously with this invigorating formula.

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Garnier SkinActive Moisture Rescue Face Moisturizer $7
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It wouldn't be a Garnier product without a healthy dose of fruit, which this gel-cream utilizes to fight free radicals and signs of aging. You can bet on 24 hours of hydration, which is especially key in severely hot and cold temperatures.

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Whamisa by Glow Studio Green Tea Moisturizer $25
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This collaboration by Korean beauty tour de force Glow Recipe (AKA Glow Studio) and skincare brand Whamisa is a calming, hydrating, and brightening blend that bodes well underneath foundation. 

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Juice Beauty Oil-Free Moisturizer $30
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This blend of certified organic grape, pomegranate, soothing aloe vera, vitamins, antioxidants, and nutrient-rich sea algae is designed specifically for acne-prone skin. It gently nourishes to restore balance while brightening and clearing your complexion.

Jar of Kate Somerville Oil Free Moisturizer on a white background.
Kate Somerville Oil Free Moisturizer $65
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Get your glow on with this firming and plumping lightweight moisturizer, ideal for dehydrated, aging skin. 

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Clinique Pep-Start $31
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This primer-moisturizer hybrid instantly blurs imperfections and hides pores while delivering matte moisturization (read: non-greasy, oil-controlled hydration). 

Blue jar of Vichy Aqualia Thermal Rich Oil-Free Moisturizer on a white background.
Vichy Aqualia Thermal Rich Cream $31
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This super-hydrating rich cream contains fortifying and soothing Vichy Thermal Spa Water (sounds fancy, huh?) to lock moisture deep within the skin all day long.

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Volition Celery Green Cream with Hyaluronic Acid + Peptides $55
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Greens are good for you—and your skin. This oil-free celery moisturizer hydrates skin while purifying pores to make them look smoother and smaller with continued use.

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Belif The True Cream Aqua Bomb $62
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If you find that redness and irritation often accompanies your acne-prone oily skin, it's worth checking out this cooling gel moisturizer. It's made with antioxidant-rich malachite, moisture-locking plantin, moisture-attracting oat husk, and pore-minimizing lady's mantle.

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