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

Updated 04/03/19

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 oil 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, finding a deeply hydrating oil-free moisturizer is the answer.

Ahead, take a look at our favorite pore-friendly moisturizers.

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. 

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.

Dr. Dennis Gross Hydra-Pure Oil-Free Moisturizer ($78)

A superhero blend of antioxidants, peptides and Dr. Gross's proprietary Chelating Complex, this moisturizer protects the skin from the elements and turns back the clock. 

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.

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 these upcoming blustery months.

Whamisa by Glow Recipe Green Tea Moisturizer ($25)

This new collaboration by Korean Beauty tour de force Glow Recipe and skincare brand Whamisa is a calming, hydrating, and brightening blend that bodes well underneath foundation. 


Juice Beauty Oil-Free Moisturizer ($29)

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.

Kate Sommerville Oil-Free Moisturizer ($65) 

Get your glow on with this firming and plumping lightweight moisturizer, ideal for dehydrated, aging skin. 

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

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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