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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.

GLAMGLOWGLOWSTARTER™ Mega Illuminating Moisturizer

Size: 1.7 oz/ 50 mL·ITEM: 1826437

Color: Nude Glow

1.8K Reviews


I also have acne prone skin and I’ve had no break outs....I always break out when I use moisturizer is this the first one I have not broken out since I've started using it

What it is: A daily illuminating moisturizer to give your skin an instant hydrated glow—with hyaluronic acid, green tea, and highlighting pearl particles, your skin will be moisturized, energized, and glowing.

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, and Combination

Skincare Concerns: Dryness, Fine Lines and Wrinkles, and Dullness and Uneven Texture

Formulation: Cream

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Hyaluronic Acid: Provides hydration.
- Jojoba Oil, Shea Butter, and Ceramides: Help restore moisture balance.
- Green Tea: Helps energize skin.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of sulfates SLS and SLES, parabens, phthalates, and mineral oil. This product is also vegan.


Great for mature breakout-prone skin...I am unfortunate enough to be 50 and still suffering from acne breakouts. This is the only product I've found (and I've tried many) that adequately moisturizes my skin without causing clogged pores and breakouts. ...It has helped with lighten my blemishes/redness from previous breakouts, helps calm current breakouts, and does not cause any break outs!

What it is: A vegan, soothing gel cream formulated to leave blemish and breakout-prone skin comfortable and calm while helping to combat the appearance of blemishes.


Stinky Moisturizer...I could even handle a couple of break outs but not the smell!...Happy Skin Microbiome...I love this moisturizer. Using products to hydrate and help balance out my skin microbiome has really cleared up the mild persistent acne I dealt with for so long.

What it is: A multi-biotic moisturizer (pre-pro and post) that helps to brighten, balance the skin pH level, and promote healthy skin.

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Dark Spots, Dullness and Uneven Texture, and Fine Lines and Wrinkles

Formulation: Cream

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Yogurtene Balance 5%: Helps to provide skin with all the benefits of yogurt by reducing bad bacterica and replacing with good bacteria.
- Brightenyl 2%: Helps to provide an even skin tone by brightening and restoring skin to its natural tone, reducing darkening and controlling redness.
- Squalane 2%: Provides super hydration while supporting oil control.


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: 2250595

Color: 2W1 Natural - light warm

2.9K 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.


Light moisturizer for oily, acne-prone skin...I am in my mid-40s. I think acne-prone people with oily skin or combo skin that leans oily will enjoy this moisturizer. ...I bought this when it first came out since I really wanted a moisturizer that was mattifying (because I’ve got semi-oily skin) AND had salicylic acid (because I’m acne-prone).

What it is: A lightweight, oil-free matte gel moisturizer that visibly clears, hydrates, and soothes dry, flaky, overly treated blemish-prone skin.

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Pores, Blemishes, Oiliness

Formulation: Lightweight Gel

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Salicylic Acid 0.5%: Over-the-counter level clears the look of blemishes and helps prevent future breakouts.
- Seboclear™-MP 3%: Helps absorb excess oil and diminish the look of enlarged pores.
- Hyaluronic Acid Complex 10%: Provides fast-absorbing hydration without clogging pores.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of sulfates SLS and SLES, parabens, formaldehydes, formaldehyde-releasing agents.

Dr. Jart+Teatreement™ Moisturizer

ITEM: 2300275

Size: 1.69 oz/ 50 mL

618 Reviews


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.

tarteMaracuja Hydrating Tinted Moisturizer

Size: 1 oz/ 30 mL ·ITEM: 2343556

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

285 Reviews


Causes Breakouts...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).

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.


Good on acne prone skin!...I would definitely recommend. I have acne prone skin and this did not make me break out at all!...Amazing for Combo/Acne prone skin...As someone who has combination skin and is very acne prone I love that this moisturizer is light on my face and absorbs quickly without a “greasy” look.

What it is: A lightweight water-gel moisturizer for blemish-prone skin that hydrates, clarifies, and controls shine without instigating new breakouts for clearer, healthier-looking skin.

Skin Type: Normal, Combination, and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Pores, Blemishes, and Oiliness

Formulation: Lightweight Gel

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Hyaluronic Acid and Glycerin Microdroplets: Provide up to 24-hour hydration to support skin’s moisture barrier and smooth the look of pores.
- Triple-Acid Blend (Salicylic Acid, Glycolic Acid, Pyruvic Acid): AHA and BHA helps keep the complexion clear.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of parabens, phthalates, mineral oil, and sulfates SLS & SLES.


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.

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