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moisturizers for acne-prone skin

Sephora customers often prefer the following products when searching for moisturizers for acne-prone skin.

If you have acne-prone skin, you know that the right products can make all the difference. Moisturizers are a must-have for anyone who wants to keep their skin looking young and healthy. They help to prevent dryness, redness, and wrinkles, and they can help your skin look and feel more plump and radiant.


I use to have the oiliest skin around my nose, causing pimples, but ever since using this I’ve had zero breakouts. ...After 3 uses, the very noticeable breakout on my face completely vanished. After a week of using this product all of my acne was gone, and my skin looked smooth and clear.

Which skin type is it good for?
✔ Oily
✔ Combination

What it is:
A lightweight gel that simultaneously mattifies and hydrates for up to eight hours while minimizing the appearance of pores.

Solutions for:
- Oiliness
- Dryness
- Pores

If you want to know more…
Skin has a matte finish that feels soft and hydrated for up to 8 hours, and pores look instantly smaller. With regular use, pores are less clogged and skin is less shiny.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
- Parabens
- Sulfates
- Phthalates

What else you need to know:
Erase shine while keeping skin hydrated with this light, refreshing gel.


This is the best moisturizer for break outs....Ever since I’ve been using this for the past month my skin has barely broken out....Good for combination skin...I have combination skin and I’m acne prone. I have a few break outs and this helps with my dry patches without further causing more break outs.

What it is: An acne treatment and oil-free moisturizer in one formulated with one percent salicylic acid to help clear and help prevent breakouts and blackheads.

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Acne and Blemishes, Dryness, and Pores

Formulation: Lightweight Lotion

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Salicylic Acid 1%: One of the most effective ingredients at clearing acne, it gently exfoliates surface skin cells helps to help unclog and purify pores.
- Bamboo Charcoal: Known as the "black diamond," and made by burning bamboo stalks at extremely high temperatures, it transforms into a porous, micro-fine powder that’s capable of absorbing 100 times its weight in impurities.

Laura MercierTinted Moisturizer Natural Skin Perfector Broad Spectrum SPF 30

Size: 1.7 oz/ 50 mL·ITEM: 2250710

Color: 1W1 Porcelain - fair warm

3K Reviews


Not for Oily Skin...It has good coverage it’s more like a very light foundation rather than just a moisturizer. It gave me a few pimples so careful if you have acne prone skin....Best tinted moisturizer!!!...It has the most amazing coverage and moisture to it without feeling heavy. It makes my skin look so even! I have sensitive skin and this did not irritate my skin or make my acne-prone skin break out at all.

What it is: A bestselling tinted moisturizer with a new and improved formula, infused with skincare benefits for up to 24-hour hydration and SPF 30 sunscreen to protect.

Coverage: Light

Finish: Natural

Formulation: Liquid

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, and Combination


Highlighted Ingredients:
- Macadamia and Kukui Seed Oils: Help increase the skin's moisture levels long-term for up to 24 hours of hydration, while reducing the signs of visibly dry skin.
- Silica Treated Pigment: Helps create a soft-focus effect for a naturally dewy finish.
- Tamarind Seed Extract: Locks in moisture and gives enhanced antioxidant protection.


Made me breakout...I was really excited about it but it just didn’t work for my skin. I have very acne prone skin, the cause of which is usually hormonal. ...I received this product for free in exchange for my honest opinion. I have dry, acne prone skin. This worked great for me as I did not break out and it prevented me from getting additional break outs.

What it is: A lightweight moisturizer with innovative Teatreement™ Solution that targets new and existing imperfections while hydrating blemish-prone skin.

Skin Type: Combination and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Dark Spots, Acne and Blemishes, and Oiliness

Formulation: Liquid

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Teatreement™ Solution (Tea Tree Leaf Extract, Tea Tree Leaf Oil, 4-Terpineol): Removes impurities and supports skin‘s pH balance.
- Green Calming Complex (Green Tea Extract, Aloe Vera Leaf Extract, Chamomile Flower Extract, Pinus Pinaster Bark Extract): Soothes and hydrates.


No breakout here.. I am loving it!...I really like how it quickly absorbed and the very fresh delicate scent. My skin is loving it. I have been using it for 2 weeks and it is shocking to me that I have not had a breakout. ...I love how weightless this product is. I breakout often and this didn’t make me break out. I will buy this in the future

What it is: An oil-free, fast-absorbing moisturizer that provides weightless hydration without clogging pores and keeps skin looking fresh, hydrated, and balanced.

Skin Type: Normal, Combination, and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Dryness, Dullness and Uneven Texture, and Oiliness

Formulation: Lightweight Cream

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Sodium Hyaluronate (Hyaluronic Acid): Helps skin attract and retain moisture, leaving it appearing plumper and smoother.
- Hydrolyzed Collagen: Helps visibly plump the look of skin and restoresuppleness.
- Red Algae Extract (Chondrus Crispus Extract): Helps nurture and visibly soften skin with nutrients.

tarteMaracuja Hydrating Tinted Moisturizer

Size: 1 oz/ 30 mL ·ITEM: 2343556

Color: 46N tan-deep neutral - tan to deep skin with neutral undertones

299 Reviews


I really like the consistency and coverage that this product provides, but the product itself has caused me to "breakout" everywhere it touches! Sadly, I have to stop using this product....No coverage but a glowing radiant colour. Did not cause breakouts ( I break out on pretty much any product)....Causes Breakouts

What it is: A vegan, ultralightweight tinted moisturizer that delivers sheer coverage while infusing skin with maracuja super fruit for up to 12 hours of hydration and wear.

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Hyaluronic Acid: Delivers moisture, visible firmness, and suppleness.
- Maracuja Oil: Rich in essential fatty acids and vitamin C for firmer-, brighter-, smoother-looking, more hydrated skin.
- Turmeric Root Extract: A soothing ingredient that helps reduce the appearance of redness.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of parabens, formaldehydes, phthalates, mineral oil, and triclosan. This product is also vegan, cruelty-free, and gluten-free.


This moisturizer is hydrating but not oily or heavy. I am not prone to breakouts but I feel this provides gentle exfoliation to keep my skin looking fresh and keeps any occasional breakout at bay. ...Soaks in very quickly. I have dry skin prone to breakouts when I use moisturizers and I haven’t broken out with this.

What it is: A lightweight, glow-boosting sheer tinted moisturizer that leaves skin effortlessly dewy and protected with mineral SPF 20.

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, and Combination

Skincare Concerns: Pores, Dryness, and Dullness and Uneven Texture

Formulation: Lightweight Gel

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Papaya Extract: Exfoliates and nurtures skin with brightening properties.
- Tangerine Fruit Water: Helps support natural collagen and reduce the appearance of puffiness for youthful-looking skin.
- Aloe Extract: Moisturizes and soothes skin.

Laura MercierMini Tinted Moisturizer Oil Free Natural Skin Perfector Broad Spectrum SPF 20

Size: 0.85 oz/ 25 mL·ITEM: 2454395

Color: 1C0 Cameo - fair with cool undertones

236 Reviews


Oily, Sensitive, Acne prone skin loves this...I wasn’t sure how this was going to work with my sensitive, oily, acne prone skin. To my surprise, it’s the perfect shade of tint, great coverage for me, gives me a glow that I love & my skin hasn’t complained so far. ...This is not a foundation so it will not cover up everything like redness ,acne, scarring and pimples. Overall I am very impressed.

What it is: A mini-size, lightweight tinted moisturizer with a cult-favorite formula that provides sheer coverage and a blurred matte finish.

Coverage: Light




Highlighted Ingredients:
- Oil-Absorbing Powders: Help keep skin shine-free with a natural, demi-matte finish.
- Licorice Root Extract: Soothes irritated or troubled skin.
- Vitamin E: Helps protect against damaging effects of the sun.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of parabens and sulfates SLS & SLES.

What Else You Need to Know: This cult-classic tinted moisturizer provides demi-matte, sheer coverage that quickly gives skin a soft-focus effect.


I’ve had a little congested pore (whitehead pimple) underneath the tender area right below my eye. ...I don't even have acne but.....It's worth noting, I do not have acne prone skin at all. I have completely blemish free skin that doesn't even produce it's own oil anymore thanks to a round on accutane years ago.

What it is: An adaptogen-rich, oil-free moisturizer that visibly minimizes current and future breakouts while you sleep.

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Acne and Blemishes

Formulation: Lightweight Cream

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Salicylic Acid 1%: Visibly minimizes acne blemishes and blackheads.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of parabens, phthalates, and sulfates SLS & SLES. It is also vegan, cruelty-free, and comes in recyclable packaging.

What Else You Need to Know: Jack Black’s proprietary AHA, BHA, and plant-based acid blend exfoliates dead skin for a visibly smooth, balanced, texturally refined, bright, and clear complexion.


Great Moisturizer for Acne-prone skin...It is one of the only moisturizers that does NOT make me break out!...Great for oily/combination skin...Nice lightweight moisturizer. I wear a mask all day while I’m working and this has really helped with the maskne breakouts.

What it is: This gel moisturizer hydrates and cleanses skin.

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Dryness, Acne and Blemishes, and Oiliness

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Salicylic Acid: Helps exfoliate, visibly refine, and smooth.
- Sustained Release Hyaluronic Acid: Enhances skin's ability to attract and hold water within its surface for intense, long-lasting hydration.
- Korean Red Pine Extract: Interrupts bacteria signals that can lead to visibly irritated skin.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of parabens, formaldehydes, phthalates, mineral oil, oxybenzone, and sulfates SLS & SLES. It is also gluten-free and cruelty-free.

What Else You Need to Know: This gel moisturi

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