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More often than not, we become sceptical about using a moisturiser on our acne-prone skin. They usually contain a type of essential oil to keep your skin nourished, thinking that it would clog your pores to cause a breakout. 

Do moisturisers make acne worse?

Not at all! Acne products and medicine are usually very drying on your skin and that might cause more inflammation instead, which can increase acne breakouts. Hence why you’ll need to moisturise your face, in fact, more amount instead of less.

Are moisturisers bad for acne?

Yes, it is, as most moisturisers can fight bacteria and other infectants, while keeping your skin hydrated. So never skip out on your moisturiser even when you’re going through a bad acne breakout phase. However, make sure you use one that’s made for acne-prone skin with non-pore clogging features. However, there are plenty of water-based and oil-free moisturisers that are better options for your acne-prone skin. Check them out below.

1. CeraVe Moisturising Cream

Best non-comedogenic and oil-free moisturiser – suitable for sensitive skin

Price from RM85.60

shopping_cart Lazada Malaysia RM85.60

Clogged pores lead to breakouts, and if you suffer this condition, you should use a moisturiser that is oil-free and non-comedogenic. CeraVe’s Moisturising Cream is also hypoallergenic and fragrance-free. It's also the best type of moisturiser for the most sensitive of skins.

2. Laneige Water Bank Gel Cream

Best Korean moisturiser for acne-prone skin

Price from RM139.50

The Water Bank Gel Cream from Leneige works to moisturise your skin - keeping it supple and rejuvenated all the time. It will reduce redness, control excess sebum, and prevent clogged pores. Besides, it's lightweight and will not cause any discomfort on your skin.

3. Clinique Moisture Surge 72-Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator

Best moisturiser for dry skin

Price from RM45.00

shopping_cart Sephora Malaysia RM45.00

Clinique’s Moisture Surge 72-Hour Auto Replenishing Hydrator contains activated Aloe water. It works to help your skin create its internal water source to continually rehydrates itself. Moreover, this gel-cream moisturiser has Hyaluronic Acid to brighten your skin. Also present is the Green Tea Leaf Extract, which is a powerful antibacterial agent to treat acne and unclog pores.

4. Clinique Dramatically Different Hydrating Jelly

Best gel moisturiser – suitable for oily skin

Price from RM60.00

shopping_cart Sephora Malaysia RM60.00

The Clinique Dramatically Different Hydrating Jelly has a light consistency with the presence of Aloe Vera Gel. This hydrating jelly is formulated with Clinique’s “Clean Shield Technology”—a blend of wholesomeness such as Sunflower Seed, Barley Extract, Cucumber, Algae Extract, Glycerine, and Caffeine. They work to protect your skin against environmental stresses. It’s an oily skin-friendly moisturiser as it’s super lightweight and oil-free.

5. Cetaphil Pro Dermacontrol Facial Moisturiser

Best moisturiser with SPF30

Price from RM110.00

shopping_cart Lazada Malaysia RM110.00

Cetaphil’s Pro Dermacontrol Facial Moisturiser is a 3-in-1 formula that controls shine, hydrates, and protects your skin from the harmful UV rays. The cream is created with Oleosome - using fewer filters for less irritation and greater hydration. It's ideal for sensitive skin and won’t clog pores too. Additionally, this lightweight, mattifying moisturiser can help reduce redness and dryness.

6. Pixi H2O Skintint Tinted Face Gel

Best tinted moisturiser for acne-prone skin

Price from RM107.00

shopping_cart Sephora Malaysia RM107.00

Pixi’s H2O Skintint may come in only six shades, but it does a fantastic job to even out your skin tone while supplying moisture to your skin. It is a refreshing gel with a high level of breathability. This tinted moisturiser is lightweight, to free you from the discomfort.

7. Aiken Tea Tree Oil Moisturiser

Best drugstore moisturiser – suitable for teenagers

Price from RM12.67

shopping_cart Lazada Malaysia RM12.67

Aiken Tea Tree Oil moisturiser works to kill acne without worsening your skin tone and texture. The cream has a light texture, so you will not feel any discomfort on your acne. Tip: Cleanse your skin thoroughly with a suitable face wash before applying this moisturiser.   

8. PHILOSOPHY Renewed Hope In A Jar Gel Cream For Oily Skin

Best facial moisturiser for acne-prone skin

Price from RM64.00

shopping_cart Sephora Malaysia RM64.00

Philosophy’s Renewed Hope in a Jar Gel Cream is the perfect everyday moisturiser for acne-prone skin. It contains Glycolic Acid that gently exfoliates your skin. Plus, this oil-free moisturiser has a unique concoction of gel and creamy texture; the cream penetrates your skin effortlessly for hydration without clogging the pores.

9. Kate Somerville Exfolikate Glow Moisturiser

Best anti-ageing moisturiser

Price from RM99.00

shopping_cart Sephora Malaysia RM99.00

Kate Somerville’s Exfolikate Glow Moisturiser is a moisturiser-exfoliator with a blend of natural AHAs like Glycolic and Lactic Acids. Papaya, pineapple, and pumpkin enzymes are also found in the mix to increase your skin's cell turnover rate. This moisturiser also contains Nopal Cactus Fruit Extract that helps to reduce any potential irritation.

10. Yadah Anti-Trouble Moisturising Cream

Best night moisturiser for dehydrated skin

Price from RM99.00

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Yadah’s Anti-Trouble moisturiser is rich in texture and great to use at night. It's enriched with a range of herbal extracts that help strengthen your skin’s barrier. This moisturiser also prevents blemishes and the production of excess sebum, which will result in a breakout.

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