What Your Acne Moisturizer Should and Should not Have

There are several acne moisturizers available in the market today, leading to lot of choices for customers but unfortunately many of these can actually worsen the acne situation. 

In many cases the moisturizers used by people during acne has been found to "block" the pores.  Thus one should be very careful while choosing a moisturizer for acne. Before me move ahead, lets discuss about SPF, which is very common claim of many moisturizers.

What is Sun protection factor (SPF)?

Sunscreen is a lotion / gel which one can use on body that helps in protecting us from sun's ultravoilet light which can cause sunburns of other serious skin damage. A sunscreen either absorbs the UV light or reflects it.  Sun protection factor or SPF is a laboratory factor used to gauge effectiveness of sunscreen. the higher the SPF, the more protection a sunscreen offers against UV.

What your acne moisturizer should have

The list of things an ideal acne moisturizer should have is not very long. The key thing is it should be as oil free as possible.  In most cases avoid with SPF moisturizers as many users have indicated that the acne outbreak worsens when an high SPF moisturizer is used. The use of high SPF moisturizer is debatable.

If you are looking for a non-SPF moisturizer make sure the ingredients include jojoba oil and it specifies that it is " non-comedogenic". Jojoba oil helps regulate the oil produced by our body. Jojoba oil also helps in cleaning acne by its dual function. It prevents the pores from getting clogged and possesses anti-microbial effects which prevents acne further. Another great fact about jojoba oil is that it effectively protects skin from sun UV light.

One last thing, always go for moisturizers meant especially for face and not for the whole body.

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What your acne moisturizer should not have

The list of "not haves" is longer simply because there are so many products which have such ingredients which can worsen the acne situation.

Avoid moisturizers with ingredients such as – Isopropyl Palmitate, Isopropyl Myristate, Myristal Myristate. All these are known to aggravate acne and irritate the skin. If in case these are present but are very low in the ingredient list, the product can be considered.
Many moisturizers are thick, while they are fine when used over a normal or dry skin but in case of an acne skin they may block the pores. Further it is harder to apply a thick and greasy moisturizer than a thinner one.

Try not to go for "oil rich" moisturizers as in most cases these can cause trouble.


Choosing "right" moisturizer for an acne prone skin is not easy. make sure you follow the tips mentioned above to identify a good one from the stores. A few products which come close to specifications mentioned above include:

  • Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion.
  • Olay Complete All Day UV Moisturizer – Sensitive Skin