Acne Moisturizers Top Ten Best Moisturizers For Acne


Here is a rundown on some of the best Moisturizers for acne skin in an attempt to bring some order to the hundreds of different products available for the acne sufferer.
The following products are not randomly chosen, the consumer feedback for each of these products has been researched and therefore only those products that had the most positive feedback will appear. Of course, it is not possible to generalize as everyone is different and so is their skin type.
As well as a persons tolerance of certain ingredients contained in acne moisturizers , some products, while being perfectly fine for most may not have made it to this list as they may have caused more irritation overall to users.
This is my prime consideration and is probably yours too, nobody wants to use a product that is more likely to cause them discomfort, therefore by removing those from the list that have consistently caused problems for users the field is narrowed quite considerably to make it easier for you to make your own choice of acne moisturizers.

Complex 15 Therapeutic Moisturizing Face Cream
Complex 15 Therapeutic Moisturizing Face Cream made by Schering-Plough Healthcare, is an excellent light moisturizing cream that is eminently suitable for acne sufferers.
First and foremost it is non-comedogenic, this means it will not clog the pores on your skin and worsen your acne condition.

It is a very thin, lightly formulated product so it will be of the most use to people in warmer
climates and of particular use in the summertime, in colder areas or during the winter you may need to switch to something that offers a little more protection to drying.
This is an un-perfumed product and therefore has little or no smell, it will also help to soothe your skin particularly if you have been using an acne treatment like Benzoyl peroxide.
On most people it will dry to a dull finish and will not leave skin looking to shiny.
This product has been around a long time and is well liked by many, because of it’s lightness.
Complex 15 Therapeutic Moisturizing Face Cream has also been formulated as a lotion, this is available in 8 oz bottles


The Good
Quality product from a trusted company
Light non-greasy formula
Soothes the skin
Reduces dryness caused by other treatments
Reasonably priced

The Not So Good
Little or no sun protection factor (SPF)
Not suitable for cold weather protection
Comes in small 2.5 oz tubes
May require several applications


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Cerave Moisturizing Lotion

Cerave Moisturizing Lotion is certainly one of the best moisturizing lotions for acne, it is thinly formulated, non-greasy and may be used all over the body, which makes it especially suitable for back and chest acne.
Users have said Cerave leaves their skin feeling great after use, smooth and velvety, glowing but not shiny, it is also unperfumed, so there is no residual smell.
It is easy to apply via the pump dispenser which is a generous 12 fluid ounce size.
The makers claim that one application will effectively hydrate the skin all day long, this may well be true under ideal circumstances but it will most certainly depend on ambient conditions, at any rate this is a clinically proven skin hydration product, so it will do what it says on the label.
At around $17 a bottle it may seem expensive, but bear in mind this is a large 12 fluid ounce bottle, so it will last a long time and therefore over time works out relatively lower in cost compared to other products.

Cerave Moisturizing Lotion – Summary

The Good
Moisturizes well and protects from dryness
Leaves skin feeling smooth
Reasonably priced
Thin and easy to apply
Available in pump dispenser
Good for use under makeup
One of the best acne moisturizers

The Not So Good
Some of the ingredients in Cerave moisturizer may cause irritation, so it will not suit


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Neutrogena Moisture Oil Free Formula Moisturizer

Neutrogena Moisture Oil Free Formula Moisturizer, is definitely one of the best products around from an established company, comes in two versions both with UV protection and without, go for without unless you really need it.

This product is particularly good if you have oily skin and after application produces a matte-effect to the skin’s surface, this may not last throughout the day with oily skin however.
There is no smell to this product and it hydrates the skin well, one point may be to not use too much at once as it may take a while to absorb.
Neutrogena Moisture Oil Free Formula moisturizer is recommended by some dermatologists as it is non- comedogenic.
Not the cheapest around but comes in several sizes, this one is definitely worth a try especially if your skin is oily.

Neutrogena Moisture Oil Free Formula Moisturizer – Summary

The Good
Effective skin hydration
Recommended by dermatologists
Non-greasy formula
Controls oil and dulls shiny skin
Will not cause acne breakouts
SPF formula available

The Not So Good
Not the cheapest


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Clean & Clear Oil-Free Dual Action Moisturizer

Clean and Clear Oil-Free Dual Action Moisturizer is a non-greasy medicated formula with a slight smell, it moisturizes the skin well and is relatively inexpensive.
This product is probably less than suitable for people with sensitive skin as it can cause quite a stinging or burning sensation when applied, some users reported a worsening of their acne after application, so once again this seems to be a product that will not be good for all skin types,that said it is especially good for oily skin and will leave a pleasant matte sheen to it.
Contains salycic acid a tried acne remedy, this may account for the burning sensations felt by some users if their skin is not accustomed to its use.

Clean and Clear Oil-Free Dual Action Moisturizer – Summary

The Good
Medicated formula
Pleasant smell
Moisturizes well
Reasonable cost

The Not So Good
Can worsen acne in some cases
Can cause burning and irritation
No sun factor protection


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DML Daily Facial Moisturizer

DML Daily Facial Moisturizer is one of those products that goes largely undetected maybe because of its unassuming packaging, but this is a super product that is often recommended by Dermatologists.
It is light and creamy with good absorbtion, it is non comodegenic and non irritating in most cases. It is not greasy or sticky and is very easy to apply, leaves skin soft with a nice sheen. In addition DML Daily Facial Moisturizer has a sun protection factor (SPF) of 25 making it ideal for people who need to be outdoors, it is unperfumed and hypoallergenic.
If you have had problems with other moisturizers it will be worth giving DML Daily Facial
Moisturizer a try. It forms an excellent base for the application of cosmetics, and is also available as a lotion. Comes in a 1.5 ounce plastic tube.

DML Daily Facial Moisturizer – Summary

The Good
Moisturizes well and protects from dryness
Leaves skin feeling smooth
Water Resistant
Good for use under makeup
One of the best acne moisturizers
Recommended by Dermatologists
UV Protection (SPF 25)

The Not So Good
A little pricy


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Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream

Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream is another tried and trusted product by many people and has been around for some time, it is available as a cream or a lotion and the large 16 ounce containers give you quite a lot for your money, there are smaller portable sizes available too.
It is non-comedogenic and unperfumed, this is a very good at moisturizing the skin but the cream is rather thick and can take quite a while to apply, it is also slightly greasy to apply as it is so thick, may also leave the skin a little shiny, despite these drawbacks Cetaphil Moisturizer is an excellent product and is perhaps better off used as a night cream, it would not make a very good foundation base for cosmetics, offers very good value though.

Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream – Summary

The Good
Excellent hydrating properties
Good value for money
Very good for dry, flaking skin
Soothing to the skin
Leaves skin feeling smooth
Available as a lotion

The Not So Good
Thick, takes a while to apply
appears a little greasy


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Proactiv Solution Oil Free Moisture SPF 15

Proactiv Solution Oil Free Moisture SPF 15 is another really good product, but it is quite expensive, as its name suggests it is a non-oily and non-greasy formulation that is absorbed easily into the skin if your skin is dry.
It is non comedogenic and should not cause any irritation, apart from the price irs main drawback seems to be it smells a lot like sun cream

Proactiv Solution Oil Free Moisture – Summary

The Good
Excellent hydrating properties
very good for dry, flaking skin
Soothing to the skin
Leaves skin feeling smooth

The Not So Good
Quite expensive
Not quite so good for oily skin
Fragrance like suncream


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Murad Anti-Aging Moisturizer

Murad anti-aging moisturizer is another excellent product but is once again at the high end of the pricing scale.
The list of ingredients for this product is huge mainly because it claims to do other things beside moisturizing, it can help to hide marks and blemishes and helps control oil production in the skin, as its name suggests it also contains anti-aging ingredients that help tone and hydrate the face making the skin appear younger looking, it also has a good sun protection factor.
For a product that does everything this is probably the best but quality does not come cheap.

Murad anti-aging moisturizer – Summary

The Good
Excellent hydrating properties
UV protection
Controls skin oil production
Leaves skin feeling smooth
Developed by Dermatologists
Helps fight acne
Helps minimize blemishes

The Not So Good
Very Expensive
Comes in small tubes


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Eucerin Clear Skin Formula Daily Control & Care Moisture Creme

Eucerin Clear Skin Formula Daily Control & Care Moisture Creme is another excellent product from an old established company and one that is often recommended by dermatologists, no doubt due to its known formulation.
As well as being a good moisturizer Eucerin also helps to unblock pores that making it that much easier to keep skin problems like acne at bay.
Eucerin is non-comedogenic and is non-irritating to bad skin conditions, it is a non-greasy formula and is easily absorbed into the skin.

Eucerin Clear Skin Formula Moisturizer Creme – Summary

The Good
Helps keep pores clear
Oil-free moisturization.
Does not cause irritation
Reasonably priced

The Not So Good
Perhaps a little thick and is better for night care use
Better as an acne treatment than moisturizer


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Ponds Dry Skin Cream

Pond’s Dry Skin Cream may not be suitable for you if you have oily skin, but they also make a different formulation of this product for that skin type.
Having said that this is an excellent cream for other types of skin, it may take a while to absorb and it may feel a little greasy, but at around $8 for a ten ounce jar Ponds cream is hard to fault, it does have a fragrance that you may or may not like but it is not overpowering, it is very gentle an soothing to the skin and leaves it feeling beautifully soft.
It is non-comedogenic so it will not clog up facial pores and of course it may be used all over the body. Probably best used as night cream where it offers exceptional value for money.

Ponds Dry Skin Cream – Summary

The Good
Good hydration properties
Excellent value for money

The Not So Good
Takes a while to absorb
Not the best for oily skin
Slight smell


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