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20 Best Moisturizers for Oily Skin

Yes, your oily, acne-prone skin needs (non-greasy!) hydration.

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It might seem counterintuitive to moisturize oily, acne-prone skin, but acne-fighting products can leave skin feeling extra-dry as result. Fortunately, there are plenty of face creams and moisturizers that work wonders for oily and acne-prone skin to give it the hydration it needs without causing breakouts or looking greasy.

Pay attention to labels when choosing a moisturizer for acne-prone and oily skin. Here's what you'll want to look for, according to Danusia Wnek, a chemist at the Good Housekeeping Institute's Beauty Lab:

  • "Non-comedogenic" or "oil-free" formulas are less likely clog your pores, which is great for any skin type but particularly oily skin.
  • A drug facts label that lists active ingredients on any products that claim to help treat acne (like benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid, for example).
  • Viscosity: Creams are generally thicker and heavier than lotions and serums, which may not be great for super oily or acne-prone skin.

    How we test moisturizers

    The GH Beauty Lab consistently tests all different kinds of moisturizers in our Lab and on consumers with a range of skin types (including oily and acne-prone). In the Lab, we're actually able to figure out how well a moisturizer hydrates skin by using a machine called a Corneometer — our experts measure skin hydration before applying moisturizer, and then again six hours later to determine how much hydration levels have changed. When consumers test products, they let us know key information like how easy a moisturizer is to apply, how it smells, and how well it absorbs.

    By taking into account past tests on face moisturizers and top-tested products, as well as beauty expert and editor favorites, GH Seal Stars and online best-sellers, we found the best moisturizers for acne-prone and oily skin:

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    1
    Best Overall Moisturizer for Oily Skin
    Neutrogena
    Hydro Boost Hyaluronic Acid Face Moisturizer
    Neutrogena
    2
    Best Value Moisturizer for Oily Skin
    Garnier
    SkinActive 3-in-1 Face Moisturizer with Green Tea
    Garnier
    3
    Best Moisturizer for Oily, Acne-Prone Skin
    Neutrogena
    Oil-Free Acne Moisturizer
    Neutrogena
    4
    Best SPF Moisturizer for Oily Skin
    RoC
    Multi Correxion 5-in-1 Daily Moisturizer
    ROC
    5
    Best Mattifying Moisturizer for Oily Skin
    La Roche-Posay
    Effaclar Mat Face Moisturizer
    La Roche-Posay
    6
    Best Tinted Moisturizer for Oily Skin
    BareMinerals
    Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream SPF 30
    BareMinerals
    7
    Best Anti-Aging Serum for Oily Skin
    Clinique
    Smart Custom-Repair Serum
    Clinique
    8
    Best Fragrance-Free Moisturizer for Oily Skin
    Neutrogena
    Oil-Free Moisture for Combination Skin
    Neutrogena
    9
    Best Moisturizer for Combination Oily Skin
    Babor
    Skinovage Purifying Cream
    Babor
    10
    Best Lightweight Moisturizer for Oily Skin
    Paula's Choice
    RESIST Anti-Aging Clear Skin Hydrator
    Paula's Choice
    11
    Best Organic Moisturizer for Oily Skin
    Juice Beauty
    Oil-Free Moisturizer
    Juice Beauty
    12
    Best Korean Beauty Moisturizer for Oily Skin
    LANEIGE
    Water Bank Hydro Gel
    Laniege
    13
    Best Night Moisturizer for Oily Skin
    CeraVe
    PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion
    CeraVe
    14
    Best Oil-Absorbing Moisturizer for Oily Skin
    Differin
    Oil Absorbing Moisturizer SPF 30
    Differin
    15
    Best Moisturizer for Oily, Sensitive Skin
    Kiehl's Since 1851
    Ultra Facial Oil-Free Gel-Cream
    Kiehl's
    16
    Best Gentle Moisturizer for Oily Skin
    Simple
    Water Boost Hydrating Gel Cream Face Moisturizer
    Simple
    17
    Best 2-in-1 Moisturizer for Oily Skin
    KORRES
    White Pine Meno-Reverse Volumizing Serum-In-Moisturizer
    Korres
    18
    Best Vegan Moisturizer for Oily Skin
    Farmacy
    Daily Greens Oil-Free Gel Moisturizer
    Farmacy
    19
    Best Lightweight Serum for Oily Skin
    Drunk Elephant
    B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum
    Drunk Elephant
    20
    Best Gel Moisturizer for Oily Skin
    SkinCeuticals
    Hydrating B5 Moisture-Enhancing Gel
    Skinceuticals
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