Using Oil-Free Moisturizers for My Oily, Acne-Prone Skin

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 by Wendy Lam

For those that have been following me on social media, especially on Snapchat and Instagram Stories (@nitro_licious), you probably already know that I’ve been suffering from hormonal/stress related acne. I know I know I sound like I’m making a big deal out of it but coming from someone that have never really had acne issues except may be once a month during my menstrual cycle, it is a big deal. It was so bad that I had to go to a dermatologist but more on that later as I’ll be making a YouTube video soon!

I started noticing ingrown and big red juicy pimples around my chin/jawline area starting in November/December 2016 and at first I thought it was my period but it never went away and started to spread! That made me even more stressed than ever. Why am I so stressed? I’m not ready to share that at the moment but may be someday I will in a video. The dermatologist said traveling extensively and lack of sleep also contributed to the outbreak. It has nothing to do with what I was eating (I thought all that fried stuff contributed to it but he said no). Right now my acne is under control (thank goodness) but following my dermatologist order, I can only use oil-free moisturizers so it doesn’t clog my skin and create more pimples. No sun exposure at all! Sad since it’s summer and I love going to the beach! This is also great for those that like the matte skin look, especially in the summer you don’t want your skin to look super greasy and oily. Also, just want to say that oily skin needs hydration too, it’s contradicting but keeping the skin moisturized is important just don’t need the oil to clog the pores.

I’ve did some research and took recommendations from my friends and beauty insiders about oil-free products and came up with these products. Some I’ve tried and some I want to try. But I did notice a difference with using oil-free moisturizers, it’s perfect for oily and acne-prone skin! The funny thing is when you put on the oil-free moisturizer it feels a bit oily but after it absorbs it sits pretty nicely. I just want to make note that these products that I recommend may or may not work with your skin, just because it works for me doesn’t mean it will for you. Make sure to test it out before switching out to what you’re normally using. I don’t really have sensitive skin so my routine can be switched pretty easily. I always like to remind you guys just in case it causes some sort of skin reaction!

Oil-Free Moisturizers with SPF


Perricone MD Photo Plasma Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30, $75
A oil-free, anti-aging moisturizer for a brighter-looking, more radiant skin while protecting against damaging sun rays with mineral-based SPF 30. This oil-free moisturizer creates an invisible shield between the skin and the environment, guarding against natural aggressors like pollution, wind, extreme weather, and chemical irritants, and age-accelerating UVA and UVB damage.


Perricone MD Face Finishing Moisturizer Tint Broad Spectrum SPF 30, $75
A luxurious, rose-scented anti-aging tinted moisturizer designed to deliver instant hydration and universal flattering hint of tint with the added benefits of a non-chemical SPF 30. Formulated with unique pigment capsules that slowly release upon application for instant radiance and glow, the lightweight formula is great for all skin tones and can be used alone or under any foundation for a luminous finish.


Lancôme Absolue Premium ?x Lotion SPF 15, $179
Absolue Replenishing and Rejuvenating Lotion containing Pro-Xylane™, helps restore essential moisture in skins surface, plumping it to help skin restore density, firmness and clarity as if signs of aging appear rejuvenated. The replenishing Bio-Network™ of Wild Yam, Soy, Sea Algae and Barley helps complete the visible rejuvenation. Oil-free, non-comedogenic, non-acnegenic.


Tarte Cosmetics Amazonian clay BB tinted moisturizer SPF 20, $36
An oil-free, vegan tinted moisturizer that offers light-to-medium coverage while blurring imperfections. Diffuses the look of fine lines & wrinkles while protecting skin from harmful UVA/UVB rays & providing buildable, light-to-medium coverage.


Jack Black Oil-Free Sun Guard Sunscreen Water Resistant SPF 45, $21
A vitamin-enriched, oil-free, water and sweat-resistant lotion that offers superior broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection. Formulated for extreme conditions, Sun Guard forms a barrier of protection and stays on during intense physical activity in and out of the water so it won’t run or drip into eyes. UVA and UVB absorbers—octinoxate, octisalate, and zinc oxide—screen harmful ultraviolet rays, while organic calendula flower soothes and comforts skin with natural calming properties.

Clinique Even Better™ Skin Tone Correcting Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20, $49.50
Soothing oil-free cream has specialized ingredients that break apart surface darkening, exfoliating it away. SPF helps prevent new damage. Instantly brightens. Wear daily to see a more even skin tone in about 4 to 6 weeks.


Clinique Superdefense™ Daily Defense Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20, $48
Start your day with our most complete daily protection. All-day hydration creates a healthy moisture barrier to better resist irritants. There are antioxidants and UVA/UVB protection. All in a light, silky formula that helps prevent the first signs of aging. Glides on skin, absorbs quickly. A pleasure to wear every day. Oil-free.


Dermalogica Oil Free Matte SPF 30, $52
Oil-free, Broad Spectrum sunscreen helps prevent shine on oily and breakout-prone skin. Lightweight, ultra-sheer formula helps regulate oil production, maintain an all-day matte finish, and defend against skin-aging UV light.

Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisture Broad Spectrum SPF 35, $11.99
This lightweight, non-greasy lotion is clinically proven to combine long-lasting moisturization with effective sun protection–for softer, smoother, younger-looking skin. This sheer, oil-free moisturizer absorbs quickly, and features a broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection that helps prevent premature signs of aging caused by everyday exposure to sun’s damaging rays. Plus it doesn’t contain drying alcohol.

Neutrogena® Hydro Boost Water Gel with Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 15, $17.99
Helps quench dry skin and keeps it looking smooth, supple, and hydrated day after day. This unique water gel formula absorbs quickly, with the long-lasting, intense moisturizing power of a cream. It moisturizes to provide more supple and smooth skin. It is formulated with hyaluronic acid, which is naturally found in the skin, moisturizing with up to 1,000 times its weight in water. This moisturizing cream with broad spectrum SPF 15 also helps protect your skin against sun damage. The oil-free, non-comedogenic formula can be worn under makeup.

Simple® Skincare Protecting Light Moisturizer with SPF 15, $9.99
A perfect blend of skin-loving ingredients and added vitamins, moisturizing with a light, non-greasy feel. Use Simple daily facial moisturizer with sunscreen to help protect your skin from UVA and UVB rays. It’s perfect for all skin, especially sensitive skin. Our face lotion feels light on your face so your skin feels soft, healthy, and balanced. This oil free moisturizer perfectly blends a light moisturizer and a broad-spectrum SPF 15 sunscreen so your skin stays smooth and protected from UVA and UVB rays.

Oil-Free Moisturizers


Perricone MD PRE:EMPT SERIES™ Oil-Free Hydrating Cream, $75
A lightweight moisturizer to fight the first signs of dryness, dullness, and fine lines without clogging pores. This oil-free cream is scientifically formulated to fight the first visible signs of aging—dryness, dullness, fine lines, and uneven skin texture.


Lancôme Bienfait Aqua Vital Lotion, $49
Infused with moisture, your skin will glow with vibrant health. Containing a unique moisture complex of 16 essential elements found in young skin at its very best, this formula is an ultra-charged drink for your skin. Absorbed instantly, Bienfait Aqua Vital continuously infuses ideal hydration for 24 hours. A surprisingly fresh, oil-free lotion texture: as comfortable as a cream, as lightweight as water. Your skin is instantly refreshed and makeup ready.


Lancôme Bienfait Aqua Vital Day Cream, $49
Infused with moisture, your skin will glow with vibrant health. Containing a unique moisture complex of 16 essential elements found in young skin at its very best, this formula is an ultra-charged drink for your skin. Absorbed instantly, Bienfait Aqua Vital continuously infuses ideal hydration for 24 hours. A surprisingly fresh, oil-free gel-cream texture: as comfortable as a cream, as lightweight as water. Your skin is instantly refreshed and makeup ready.

Clinique Dramatically Different™ Moisturizing Gel, $27
Dermatologist-developed formula combines oil-free hydration with skin-strengthening ingredients. Your daily moisturizer helps skin look younger, longer.

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil-Free Gel-Cream, $27.50
Non-greasy hydrator intensely moisturizes and conditions skin with a fresh texture. Formulated with Imperata Cylindrica Root Extract and Antarcticine to help skin retain moisture. Quickly absorbs into skin, with instant cooling effect upon application 24-hour hydration and shine control. Oil-free. Paraben-free. Fragrance-free. Non-comedogenic. Allergy-tested.


Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil-Free Lotion, $27.50
Retains essential moisture in skin for a healthier, rebalanced skin barrier. Formulated with Imperata Cylindrica Root Extract, Antarcticine and Vitamin E to help keep skin fresh and healthier looking all day. Oil–free, paraben–free, fragrance–free, colorant–free.


La Roche-Posay Effaclar Mat Moisturizer, $31.99
Targets excess oil for a dual action: mattifies skin and refines pores. Provides daily hydration. With Sebulyse Technology for a dual-targeting action on excess oil to mattify and refine pores. Oil-free & non-comedogenic with a light matte finish.


boscia Green Tea Oil-free Moisturizer, $38
A lightweight oil-free moisturizer that hydrates skin while helping to absorb excess oil.


Arbonne Clear Future Mattifying Acne Treatment Lotion, $40
Salicylic acid in the formula dries and clears acne blemishes, joining forces with a lightweight, non-oily lotion to add moisture without shine, absorbing oil while soothing and preventing dryness.


Tarte Cosmetics Brighter Days Highlighting Moisturizer, $32
Oil-free, vegan daily highlighting moisturizer that illuminates and hydrates skin. This lightweight facial lotion formulated with 70% water and light-reflecting mineral pigments quenches dull, dehydrated skin while delivering a sheer veil of illumination and radiance.


Jack Black Clean Break™ Oil-Free Moisturizer, $30
A daily, oil-free facial moisturizer that leaves skin refreshed and shine-free. It emulsifies upon contact into an ultra-light, transparent gel-cream with a cool and soothing sensation. Sodium hyaluronate helps replenish skin and retain moisture content without the use of heavy oils, while niacinamide improves skin’s elasticity and texture while evening skin tone.


bareMinerals TRUE OASIS™ Oil-Free Replenishing Gel Cream, $32
Perfect for oily and combination skin, our TRUE OASIS™ Oil-Free Replenishing Gel Cream boosts hydration and softness without clogging pores. A carefully-formulated, nourishing complex of amino acids and algae extract actually improves both clarity and texture, while ceramides retain your skin’s necessary hydration.


bareMinerals SMART COMBINATION™ Smoothing Lightweight Emulsion, $35
Bring balance back to your skin with our Smart Combination® Smoothing Lightweight Emulsion powered by Intuitive Mineral Moisture Technology™. Its formula includes a rich blend of peptides and ceramides to aid in moisture retention and diminishing fine lines, keeping your skin ultra-smooth and supple. Plus, St. John’s Wort acts as a protectant to keep your complexion radiant and resilient. This is a lightweight oil-free moisturizer.

Dr Dennis Gross Hyaluronic Marine Oil-Free Moisture Cushion, $58
Delivered in a unique water-break gel-cream, this enriched formula features Japanese marine algae and hyaluronic acid chronospheres to lock in moisture and keep skin looking dewy, supple, and plump all day.


Eve Lom Rescue Oil Free Moisturiser, $75
Provides lightweight hydration, controls shine and excess sebum production, soothes inflammation, treats existing blemishes, minimises pores, refines skin texture, oil free and non-comedogenic.


Neutrogena Rapid Clear Acne Defense Face Lotion, $6.57
Helps fights breakouts and delivers oil-free hydration for oily or acne-prone skin. The lightweight formula for daily use contains maximum-strength acne-fighting medicine and soothing botanical extracts. Powerful Salicylic Acid fights acne fast, and helps prevent future breakouts.

Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisture-Combination Skin, $9.59
This oil-free, dermatologist-tested formula moisturizes where skin is dry, without leaving it oily or shiny. Then, a special oil-absorbing system controls oil and shine in the T-Zone—or wherever else skin is oily. Keeps the skin a natural matte finish that lasts all day.


Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Moisturizer Pink Grapefruit, $8.49
A lightweight, oil-free moisturizer for daily use fights breakouts while hydrating, for clear, soft skin.

Water Based/Gel Moisturizers/Other
*not oil-free but also recommended for oily skin


Tata Harper Clarifying Moisturizer, $105
The Clarifying Moisturizer is specially formulated for blemish-prone and oily skin types to provide lightweight hydration with a matte finish. This moisturizer helps clarify and balance by removing impurities and congestion from the surface of the skin. The formula boosts moisture while leaving a soothed and toned appearance.


Tata Harper Rebuilding Moisturizer, $105
This fast-absorbing moisturizer is specially formulated for combination skin types, containing a blend of biocompatible hyaluronic acid and natural humectants that delivers optimal hydration with a matte finish.


Clarins Hydra-Essentiel Cooling Gel, $48
Cooling ice-blue gel restores radiance and comfort to thirsty skin, while promoting a shine-free complexion. Shields skin from the dehydrating effects of daily thermic shocks that leave it looking dry and weathered: sudden temperature changes, indoor and outdoor pollutants and environmental stress. Quenches skin with Organic leaf of life extract—a succulent plant that enhances the skin’s ability to retain precious moisture—for fresh, perfectly hydrated skin, even in the face of heat and humidity. Matte finish.


Caudalíe Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet Cream, $39
Like a sorbet that melts in your mouth, our Moisturizing Sorbet Cream will melt into your skin to cool, refresh, and hydrate the surface with it’s lightweight texture. Thanks to its “quick break” lipophilic technology, this cream to gel moisturizer will go onto the skin as a cream & finish as a gel on contact, creating a patch of moisture to help soothe, hydrate and strengthen the skin.


Caudalíe Vinosource Moisturizing Matifying Fluid, $39
This deeply hydrating yet weightless fluid features an instant matifying effect and long-lasting oil-control action. Powered by Caudalie’s organic grape water, this fluid reactivates skin’s hydration mechanisms and replenishes its water reserves, leaving the skin moisturized to perfection. The skin’s balance is restored for a refined, velvety, matte complexion.


Lancôme Bienfait Pure Focus Day Cream, $49
With a fresh, lightweight texture, this dermatologist-tested, non-comedogenic facial moisturizer provides shine control and mattifying moisture. Over time, pores appear tightened which helps impart a more even complexion. Additionally, Zinc Gluconate is said to help minimize skin’s excess sebum; Capriloyl Salicylic Acid is said to help increase cell turnover rate; and Alpha Bisabolol is known to help soothe and calm problematic skin.


Cetaphil® DermaControl™ Oil Control Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30, $13.99
The second step of a daily facial care regimen designed to manage oily, acne-prone skin, this 3-in-1 moisturizer controls oil, gently hydrates and provides broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection. It is specially formulated for oily and acne-prone skin to relieve dryness and soften skin.

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