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The 20 Best Oil-Free Moisturizers for Acne-Prone Skin You Should Know 2021

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When you have oily, acne-prone or sensitive skin it just makes finding that perfect moisturizer that much harder right?? Well Fel totally shares your pain, so tomorrow she’ll be sharing her personal Top 10 holy grail moisturizers, ranging from gel consistencies, to lotion, and creams! Some of these have been her long time faves for yeaarrrs, like the best childhood friend that sticks with you forever and ever, to save you from all the highs and lows of life hehe, especially when your skin doesn’t feel like co-operating. Share with everyone your favorite moisturizer for oily, combo and acne-prone skin types below!

1. Tonymoly The Chok Chok Green Tea Watery Cream

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It’s not just the non-heavy texture of this K-beauty gel-cream that makes it ideal for oily skin. It’s also made with fermented green tea extract that forms a thin, hydration-locking layer that won’t suffocate your pores thanks to lemon seed oil — an antibacterial and antifungal powerhouse. Skin feels soothed, not sticky.

2. Rosen Skincare Moonlight Moisturizer

If you’re looking to treat your oily skin and dark marks simultaneously, you can’t go wrong with this daily moisturizer. The formula’s licorice root extract and niacinamide come together to help lighten dark spots and marks, while the shea butter works to hydrate and smooth.

3. Oil-Free Acne Pink Grapefruit Facial Moisturizer

Combination skin can get away with wearing Neutrogena’s acne-friendly moisturizer all year round, but if you’re super oily, make this your winter go-to. It’s got salicylic acid to keep blackheads in line and a lightweight formula to tone down the shine factor.

4. CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion

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CeraVe is beloved by dermatologists and skin-care enthusiasts alike for its sheer simplicity. The AM blend is a lightweight, non-greasy formula that sinks in quickly and easily, and looks out for your visage with a bonus SPF 30. Done and done.

5. Paula’s Choice Invisible Finish Moisture Gel

Feel like creamy formulas are too thick for your oily skin? This gel moisturizer from Paula’s Choice is a lightweight alternative you’ll actually love. And with brightening and hydrating ingredients like niacinamide and hyaluronic acid, it’s a killer combo for your dark spots and acne scars.

6. Daily Greens Oil-Free Gel Moisturizer with Moringa and Papaya

Say bye bye to shine by layering on your daily dose of greens. This oil-free gel moisturizer uses a blend of moisturizing acids and refreshing botanical extracts to give skin a natural glow. 

7. Cosrx Oil Free Ultra Moisturizing Lotion

You know those moisturizers that just sit on your skin? Yeah, you won’t get that with this oil-free formula—it’s lightweight but super hydrating, and it absorbs into your skin pretty much immediately.

8. Burt’s Bees Hydrating Stick with Aloe Water

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You gotta love an affordable, natural moisturizer — especially one in such a fun, convenient format. Burt’s Bees Hydrating Stick’s finger-free formula lets you keep your hands off your face while it instantly absorbs for fast-acting hydration. The mess-free, portable formula is soothing, easy to use, and best of all, moisturizing without heaviness.

9. Watermelon Pink Juice Oil-Free Moisturizer

Glow Recipe’s signature watermelon extract—an irritation-calming hydrator with loads of vitamins—is at the heart of this mega-lightweight, bouncy moisturizer. 

10. Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel

Yup, even your oily, oily skin needs a proper blast of hydration. This incredibly moisturizing gel calls on hyaluronic acid to plump and hydrate without leaving a greasy residue.

11. Indie Lee Active Oil-Free Moisturizer

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Formulated to encourage balance, Indie Lee Active Oil-Free Moisturizer leaves out potentially pore-clogging oils and instead includes moisturizing ingredients like glycerin and rosewater. Its botanical extracts like that of mandarin and daisy also provide an antioxidant-rich dose of vitamin C.

12. Oil-Free Moisturizer Juice Beauty

Stock up on this non-greasy moisturizer for summer; it boasts a soothing mix of algae and aloe, and a natural-looking—but matte—finish. 

13. Biossance Squalane + Probiotic Gel Moisturizer

Got oily skin but hate the matte look? Try out this gel moisturizer, which hydrates and softens your skin without sacrificing glow. Side note: The packaging is also ridiculously cute.

14. Differin Oil Absorbing Moisturizer with Sunscreen

If your skin is acne prone, start here. This oil-free moisturizer protects skin from the sun without causing breakouts, absorbs excess oil, and helps heal any blemishes you currently have.

15. Dr. Barbara Sturm Clarifying Face Cream

So this cream is far from cheap, but there’s a reason oily skin types are obsessed with it: The formula includes a unique combo of balloon vine (which soothes irritated, acne-prone skin), vitamin E-rich sunflower oil, and oil-regulating zinc. 

16. Tatcha The Water Cream Moisturizer

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Tatcha’s refreshing water-based cream is way more than just a pretty package. “I love the transformation when you apply this hydrating, oil-free water cream,” says New York City dermatologist Melissa Doft. “It has ingredients that help decrease pore size, smooth skin texture, and make your skin glow.” Those ingredients include Japanese botanicals like wild rose and leopard lily, which never leave skin feeling slick or greasy.

17. Ultra-Calming Moisturizer SPF 15 Aveeno

If you’re prone to redness, irritation, or just sensitive all around, this drugstore find is for you. It contains feverfew and oat to calm angry skin.

18. Tata Harper Clarifying Moisturizer

This clean formula from Tata Harper calls on natural beta-hydroxy acids to gently exfoliate your skin, zap zits, and minimize the appearance of pores. Trust that your oily skin will love this moisturizer.

19. High-Potency Night-a-Mins Oil-Free Resurfacing Cream with Fruit-Derived AHAs Origins

20. Avene Triacneal Day Mattifying Lotion

Just ’cause you have oily skin doesn’t mean it isn’t sensitive. This gentle-yet-mattifying moisturizer is mild enough to use both day and night, so no need to worry about it irritating or drying out your skin with intense oil-zapping ingredients.

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