The Best Moisturizers For Acne-Prone Skin

Our recommendations are all soothing, hydrating, and mattifying!

If you have an acne-prone complexion, that doesn't mean you get a free pass to skip moisturizer. In fact, you need it more to balance out your skin's oil-production levels and prevent future breakouts from occurring. In case you don't know, having a dehydrated complexion leads to your pores producing more sebum. More oil = more chances of new zits forming.

But you can't just use any moisturizer! If the consistency is too thick and heavy, expect to say hello to new pimples, whiteheads, and blackheads! On the other hand, if it's too light, it won't balance out your complexion against all the drying acne treatments you're using. The best way to go is via light, yet intensely hydrating, gels and creams. Those won't leave your skin slick and shiny.

Below, we listed down the best moisturizers that can clarify, hydrate, and soothe your stressed-out skin!

1. In Her Element Rose Gel Serum Moisturizer

This fast-absorbing gel moisturizer is actually a two-in-one product: A serum and a moisturizer. Not only can it smooth out your pores and fine lines, brighten your complexion, and fade dark spots and acne marks, but it can also shorten your skincare regimen. It's perfect for tamad days!

Price: P895

Size: 30 g

Where to buy: InHerElement.ph

2. Herbs And Hyssop The Clear Facial Oil

Just because you have acne-prone skin, doesn't mean using a facial oil will instantly make your skin break out. With the right ingredients, a face oil can actually do wonders for your complexion. Take the Herbs And Hyssop The Clear Facial Oil, for example! It has jojoba oil and rosehip oil, both of which soothe acne and help fade acne scars and marks, and tea tree oil, which we all know is an excellent acne-fighting ingredient. The best thing about this oil is it's lightweight, moisturizing, and gentle on the skin.

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Price: P379

Size: 15 ml

Where to buy: Shopee

3. Mizon Snail Recovery Gel

With 74 percent snail extract, this Korean cult fave helps repair damaged skin, making blemishes and the marks and scars they leave behind disappear faster. It also has Hyaluronic Acid, which is famous for its abilities to retain moisture. So whether you apply this in the morning or at night, your complexion will feel ~cool and hydrated~.

Price: P550

Size: 45 ml

Where to buy: The Skincare Curator

4. Celeteque Hydration Facial Moisturizer

A fast-absorbing hydrogel formula that will leave your complexion hydrated and nourished, but not oily! It contains a Triple Moisturizing System—glycerin, provitamin B5, and aloe vera—to keep your skin nourished and soft all day and night.

Price: P250

Size: 100 ml

Where to buy: Watsons, SM Beauty, Mercury Drug, all leading supermarkets

5. Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer SPF15

Cetaphil's no-muss, no-fuss daily moisturizer is lightweight, fragrance-free, and won't clog your pores. It also had SPF15, so this will give your complexion a bit of protection when you're outdoors! But don't forget, you still need to wear additional sunscreen on top of this to better shield your skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays.

Price: P943

Size: 118 ml

Where to buy: Robinsons Department Store, Watsons, SM Beauty

6. VMV Hypoallergenics Hydra Balance Moisturizer

Yes, this moisturizer is made for combination skin, but it can also work for those with oily and acne-prone complexions. It hydrates without clogging pores or leaving you with a shiny T-zone. And because VMV Hypoallergenics excludes allergy-inducing ingredients from their products, you know you won't have an adverse skin reaction with this one.

Price: P905

Size: 120 ml

Where to buy: Trinoma, SM Beauty, Landmark Department Store, Watsons Podium, Glorietta 3

7. Bioderma Sebium AKN Fluid

This contains Fluidactiv, a patented complex which specifically works to regulate the quality of your skin's oil production. It helps prevent your natural oils from becoming sticky and thick, which will lessen the chances of getting new blemishes. This moisturizer is also formulated with AHAs and salicylic acid to refine and smooth out each pore and pimple you have.

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Price: P1,118

Size: 30 ml

Where to buy: Watsons, SM Beauty

8. COSRX Oil-Free Moisturizing Lotion

A moisturizer specifically made to hydrate and treat sensitive, irritated, blemished, or freshly-exfoliated skin. And since this oil-free face lotion has a pH level of 5.5, it's actually gentle enough to be used by any skin type! So whenever you feel like your skin is red or if there's a pimple you wanna calm down, you know what to use. ;)

Price: P980

Size: 100 ml

Where to buy: Watsons, The Skincare Curator 

9. Alpha-H Clear Skin Daily Moisturizer

Formulated with hyaluronic acid, tea tree oil, green tea, and 10 percent glycolic acid, this moisturizer has the ~*dream*~ combination to combat acne and at the same time nourish it. Aside from getting rid of blemishes, it also refines pore size, clarifies the skin's surface, and reduces scars and marks.

Price: P1,635

Size: 30 ml

Where to buy: Sephora.ph

10. Mamonde Rose Water Gel Cream

Created with Bulgarian Damask roses, give this soothing rose-infused beauty product a try! Its lightweight gel texture is a treat to apply on skin, giving it the TLC it needs. Once you smell this moisturizer, you'll fall instantly in love.

Price: P750

Size: 80 ml

Where to buy: Althea

11. Laneige Water Bank Gel Cream

It may say that it's only suitable for normal to combination skin types, but the Water Bank Gel Cream actually works wonders for acne-prone complexions. How? Its refreshing formula prevents excess sebum production, lessening the chances for a new batch of red, angry pimples!

Price: P1,460

Size: 50 ml

Where to buy: Althea

12. The Body Shop Tea Tree Blemish Fade Night Lotion

An anti-bacterial, soothing, and hydrating gel-lotion that will make managing oily and acne-prone skin easier. It helps to quickly clear up spots while you catch up on your Zzzs, thanks to its main ingredient: Community Trade Tea Tree Oil. The best part about this moisturizer? It's 100 percent vegan!

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Price: P895

Size: 30 g

Where to buy: Robinsons Galleria, Trinoma, SM North EDSA, SM Megamall, Shangri-La, The Podium, Greenbelt 4

13. Banila Co Hi Bye Soothing Barrier Cream

Sometimes, those who have acne-prone complexions also have super sensitive skin. This is caused by a weak or damaged skin barrier; making it easy for harsh environmental factors like dirt and pollution to easily penetrate your skin and trigger breakouts.

To help repair your skin barrier, try Banila Co's Soothing Barrier Cream. The cinnamon, green beans, and oregano-rich formula can easily be absorbed by your pores to soothe, fix, and moisturize your complexion! By doing so, it will help prevent moisture loss, excessive sensitivity, and new zits! 

Price: P950

Size: 40 ml

Where to buy: Glorietta 4, SM North EDSA, Trinoma, SM Mall Of Asia, Landmark Department Store

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