(Last Updated On: May 2, 2018)

Acne prone skin = avoid oiliness = avoid moisturizers.

Very intuitive. Also Very WRONG.

On the other hand you can’t just grab the first moisturizer you see.  Many moisturizers will lead to breakouts and worsen acne.

That’s where I come in.

I’ve reviewed 30 of the hottest moisturizers out there and come up with a list of top 10 moisturizers for acne-prone skin.

I also promise to reveal a few skincare bombshells like how some moisturizers dry your skin ‘inside out’.

Just read on.

At A Glance: My Choices For The Best Moisturizer For Acne

Renewalize’s USDA Certified Organic Hemp Seed Oil Facial Moisturizer is good for acne, well-known as an emollient and a good cleanser as well.

PurOrganica’s Retinol Moisturizer has the well-known Aloe vera-retinol combination which is good in treating acne.

Kate Blanc Organics’ USDA certified Organic Rosehip Oil is a well-known moisturizer. Plus it’s good at soothing itchy skin

Teddie Organics’ Organic Rosehip Oil can make a soothing DIY moisturizer. Read on to find out how!

Era Organics’ Tea Tree Oil Cream is based on a tea tree oil-salicylic acid combination suitable for dealing with a wide range of breakouts.

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The Best Moisturizer For Acne

01. Renewalize’s USDA Certified Organic Hemp Seed Oil Facial Moisturizer Review

USP: Hemp seed oil is rich in fatty acids like omega-3 fatty acid.

Cold-pressed from the seeds of the Hemp (Cannabis sativa) plant, Hemp Seed oil is an easy selection for acne-prone skin.

The fatty acids in hemp seed oil are similar to those in your body. They stop your skin from losing moisture.

The fatty acids help resist acne by inhibiting various inflammatory chemicals that cause acne.

Hemp seed oil contains gamma linoleic acid that promotes menopausal health and stops hormonal acne.

Hemp seed oil also provides your skin with a number of nutrients like Vitamin A (in the form of carotene), B1, D and so on.

Hemp seed oil is non-comedogenic making it a suitable moisturizer for acne-prone skin.


  • The oil comes with a free sponge. Wet the sponge, then squeeze it to expel extra water. Add a few drops of the oil to the sponge. Gently massage your face with the sponge. Rinse the sponge, squeeze out the water and air-dry the sponge.
  • Specifically for the acne, add some tea tree oil or lavender oil to the hemp seed oil before applying it to your face.

Hemp seed oil is not the same as the drug commonly called ‘Cannabis’. The drug cannabis is extracted from a different variety of Cannabis sativa.

In case you’re interested, hemp seed oil has less tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and more cannabidiol (CBD) than cannabis.

What I Liked

Emollient/moisturizer and antioxidant.

Resists acne.

Rich in nutrients.

Treats other serious skin disorders like psoriasis and eczema.

A good cleanser and makeup remover as well.

What I Didn’t Like

If you find yourself hallucinating (unlikely, but still), stop using it.

Some users complained of a purging (read to the end to find out what it is and how to deal with it).

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02. PurOrganica’s Retinol Moisturizer Review

USP: A combination of aloe vera and tretinoin (similar to retinol) has been found to be very effective in treating mild to moderate acne.

This product contains a number of moisturizers. You’ll never be dry again! (Gone With The Wind anyone?)

Dr Jennifer Chwalek, MD, says that retinols stimulate cell turnover and collagen synthesis.

Cell turnover (formation of new cells, in plain English) stops build-up of dead skin cells on your skin. This reduces the chances of acne being formed.

Collagen reduces wrinkles and makes your skin strong.

Aloe vera has anti-bacterial and skin-soothing properties that help it reduce acne.

Below you will meet the key ingredients.

Anti-bacterialAloe vera
Soothe and Condition your skinAloe vera, Retinol, Palm oil, biological Hyaluronic acid*, Wild crafted green tea**
MoisturizerAloe vera, Cetyl alcohol, Palm oil, Glyceryl stearate, Shea butter, Stearic acid, Jojoba oil, Vitamin B5
SurfactantCetyl alcohol
CleanserGlyceryl stearate, Stearic acid
pH adjuster/BufferCitric acid, Potassium phosphate
AntioxidantWild crafted green tea**
*It contains ‘Cassia angustofolia seed polysaccharide’ which mimics Hyaluronic acid.

**’Wild crafted’ means it has been grown in the wild without human intervention. In contrast, ‘organic’ means grown on unpolluted land without chemicals with human intervention.


  • Take a few pumps and apply to your face, neck and neckline with your fingertips.
  • If you want to wear makeup, take the cream first. Wait for 5 minutes and apply your makeup.

What I Liked

 2.5% retinol is unlikely to cause irritation, redness or peeling so good for people with sensitive skin.

 The retinol-aloe vera combination is known to be good at treating acne.

 It contains a number of moisturizers.

 It also reduces wrinkles and improves skin tone.

 It comes in a contained with a pump. To know why that is an advantage for a retinol-based product, read to the end.

What I Didn’t Like

2.5% retinol is OTC strength which is less powerful than prescription strength retinol.

Cetyl alcohol, Palm oil, Glyceryl stearate, Stearic acid and Shea butter are comedogenic.

It has many moisturizing ingredients. It may be overkill if you have oily skin.

Citric acid may sting your skin.

May cause ‘purging’.

Hyaluronic acid may dry your skin ‘inside out’ if you use this product in a dry climate. More on this later….

The pump may be a bit difficult to operate.

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03. Rosehip Essential Oil Review

USP: Rosehip oil is rich in Essential Fatty Acids (EFA’s) like linolenic acid (omega 3 fatty acid) and linoleic acid (omega 6) and Vitamin C.

What do Miranda Kerr and Rose Byrne have in common?

Yeah, both are from Down Under….but more importantly for us, they BOTH use rosehip oil!

Dr Elizabeth Tanzi, co-director of the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery, recommends rosehip oil for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

Rosehip oil is a well-known moisturizer.

EFA’s enable it to hydrate skin, soothe itchy skin and reduce scars.

The Vitamin C content in rosehip oil offers you photoprotection. It will protect your skin from any further sun damage, and may reverse existing sun damage over the medium to long term.

I selected two brands of Rosehip Oil in my list of Moisturizers for acne-prone skin.

Kate Blanc Organics’ USDA certified Organic Rosehip Oil Review

Imported From: Chile

Extraction: Cold pressed* from Rosa canina

Packaging: Amber glass bottle with a rubber topped dropper

Shelf Life: 6 months for best results

USDA Certified Organic: Yes


  • Take 2-3 drops on your fingers and massage onto your face and neck.
  • You can try out Kate Blanc’s own recipe which combines 4 drops of Jojoba oil, 2 drops of Rosehip oil and 1 drop of Tea Tree oil.
  • Combine Kate Blanc Rosehip oil with Emu oil to form a carrier and add a few drops of Rose essential oil to get a soothing moisturizer which will also help your skin resist aging.

What I Liked

 Antioxidant and anti-inflammatory.

 Rich in EFA’s which hydrate skin, soothe itchiness and heal scars.

 Vitamin C offers photoprotection.

 You can apply makeup without removing the oil.

What I Didn’t Like

 Rosehip oil is mildly comedogenic.

 You may face an allergic reaction like rash or hives. In that case discontinue using it.

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04. Teddie Organics’ Organic Rosehip Oil Review

Imported From: Chile

Extraction: Cold pressed* from Rosa mosqueta

Packaging: Amber glass bottle with a rubber topped dropper

Shelf Life: 6 months for best results

USDA Certified Organic: No

*Cold pressed oil is more expensive than steam distilled. However it’s also richer in nutrients because it hasn’t been exposed to heat.


  • For best results wet your face and apply 2-3 drops of Teddie Organics’ Rosehip oil.
  • If you want to put makeup on, use the rosehip oil first. Leave it on for 5 minutes then apply the makeup.
  • Take 1 tbsp of Rosehip oil as a carrier and add 4 drops of lavender oil and frankincense to get a soothing moisturizer.

What I Liked

Antioxidant and anti-inflammatory.

Rich in EFA’s which hydrate skin, soothe itchiness and heal scars.

Vitamin C offers photoprotection.

You can apply makeup without removing the oil.

What I Didn’t Like

Rosehip oil is mildly comedogenic.

You may face an allergic reaction like rash or hives. In that case discontinue using it.

You may face some stinging if you wear makeup on top of the oil. In that case, it is preferable to rinse off the oil before applying makeup.

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05. Era Organics’ Tea Tree Oil Cream Review

USP: The tea tree oil-aloe vera combination is a good choice to deal with a wide range of acne breakouts.

Tea tree oil can reduce pimples while aloe vera will reduce scars and soothe the discomfort caused by acne breakouts.

Tea tree oil is recognized for being a non-irritating solution for acne.

Aloe (vera) is known for its soothing and conditioning effect on skin. It is used to calm skin that has become dry, sensitive or irritated from issues as diverse as sunburn and eczema.

Salicylic acid is a well-known exfoliant.

I’ve listed the key ingredients below.

Anti-bacterialTea tree oil, Aloe vera
MoisturizerCaprylic triglyceride, Aloe vera, Glycerin, Coconut oil
AntioxidantTea tree oil, Aloe vera, St John’s wort, Pomegranate seed oil, Burdock
ExfoliantSalicylic acid
pH adjuster/BufferSodium hydroxide

You will enjoy the silky texture of this cream. FYI this is probably due to the Caprylic triglyceride.

This is an especially good choice for people with darker skin.


  • Do a patch test first. If no problem, apply a dime sized amount to your DRY You may also apply it to your neck and back if you require.
  • Avoid contact with your eyes.

What I Liked

 Tea tree oil is a good anti-bacterial agent.

 Salicylic acid will exfoliate your skin.

 Aloe vera and coconut oil will moisturize your skin without irritating it.

 You can use this product with makeup.

 Useful in treating acne scars.

 Attractive silky texture.

What I Didn’t Like

 You should avoid excessive exposure to sunlight (St John’s wort may trigger adverse effects on skin if exposed to sunlight).

 May not be so effective at removing existing blackheads.

 May trigger a ‘purge’.

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06. Toulon’s Glycolic Acid Anti Wrinkle Face Moisturizer Review

USP: The Glycolic acid-Lactic acid combination will exfoliate and moisturize your skin, treat blemishes and boost collagen synthesis.

Collagen reduces wrinkles and makes your skin strong.

Glycolic acid (Alpha Hydroxy Acid or AHA) is better than most other AHA’s in improving moisture content, renewing skin and reducing lines and wrinkles . It also less irritating.

Glycolic acid is a great acne treatment for people with Asian skin.

The key ingredients are listed below.

MoisturizerSqualane, Lactic acid, Palm oil, Cetearyl alcohol, Stearyl alcohol, Cetyl alcohol, Jojoba oil
AntioxidantSqualane, Palm oil, Licorice, Green tea, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C)
ExfoliantGlycolic acid, Lactic acid
SurfactantCetyl alcohol
Skin SoothingTamanu oil, Licorice, Jojoba oil, Green tea
SunblockGreen tea
PreservativePhenoxyethanol, Benzyl alcohol
WaterDeionized aqua (water)*
*Deionized water (also called demineralised water) is water that has had its salts stripped/purified from it so it won’t interfere with the ingredients of the moisturizer.


  • Take a small portion on your fingertips and massage gently onto your dry face and neck.
  • If you want to wear makeup apply the moisturizer first. Wait 5 minutes then apply makeup.

What I Liked

 The Glycolic acid-Lactic combination will moisturize and exfoliate your face.

 You’re gonna tell me you really didn’t know Green tea is antioxidant and soothing?

 Green tea is an effective sunblock as well.

 You can wear it under your makeup.

What I Didn’t Like

 Cetearyl alcohol, Cetyl alcohol, Stearyl alcohol, Hydrogenated castor oil and Squalane are mildly comedogenic.

 Glycolic acid and Lactic acid may irritate your skin.

 This contains a lot of emollients/moisturizers and some of them are comedogenic. May be overkill/counter-productive if your acne is moderate to severe.

 Lemongrass oil (used for fragrance) may cause skin sensitivity.

 May trigger a ‘purge’.

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07. Body Merry’s Retinol Surge Moisturizer Review

USP: A combination of aloe vera and tretinoin (similar to retinol) has been found to be very effective in treating mild to moderate acne.

Dr Jennifer Chwalek, MD, says that retinol stimulates cell turnover (stops build-up of dead skin cells) and collagen synthesis (reduces wrinkles).

Green tea is very good at toning your face.

It has a creamy but thin texture. In particular I enjoyed the cool tingle you feel after applying it.

A thin texture and an anti-acne combination – pretty much a done decision to pull it into any list of moisturizers for acne prone skin.

As far as results go I’d say you’ll have skin softer than a baby’s butt.

I’ve listed out the chief ingredients below.

Anti-bacterialAloe vera
Soothe and condition your skinAloe vera, wildcrafted Green tea*
MoisturizerAloe vera, Sunflower oil, Cetyl alcohol, Glyceryl stearate, Stearic acid, Shea butter, Palm oil, Phospholipids, Jojoba oil, Panthenol (pro-Vitamin B5)
AntioxidantPalm oil, Retinol (Vitamin A), Hyaluronic acid, wildcrafted Green tea*
Skin restoring and replenishingRetinol (Vitamin A), Phospholipids, Stearic acid, Hyaluronic acid, Jojoba oil
SurfactantPolysorbate-20, Glyceryl stearate
pH adjuster/BufferPotassium phosphate
*’Wild crafted’ means it has been grown in the wild without human intervention. In contrast, ‘organic’ means grown on unpolluted land without chemicals with human intervention.


  • Take a small amount on your fingers and massage onto your face and neck.
  • If you want to wear makeup wait 5 minutes and then apply makeup.
  • If your skin is dry or sensitive do NOT use more than once a day.
  • If this is your first retinoid (related to Vitamin A) product, start by using on alternate days. Slowly transition to daily use.

What I Liked

 You can wear makeup over this.

 Smooth creamy texture.

 Refreshing cool feeling after application.

 Based on the proven aloe vera-retinol combination.

What I Didn’t Like

 Cetyl alcohol, Glyceryl stearate, Stearic acid, Shea butter, Palm oil are comedogenic.

 The retinol contant may (highly unlikely) cause your skin to flake. In that case, stop using this.

 You will require sunscreen while using this.

 May trigger a ‘purge’.

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08. Neutrogena’s Oil Free Facial Acne Moisturizer Review

USP: Salycylic acid and dimethicone are very popular in the moisturizer world for their anti-acne and moisturizing characteristics.

Dr Elizabeth Tanzi, MD, cites grapefruit’s excellent astringent and exfoliating properties.

Well-known dermatologist Dr Howard Murad, MD, says grapefruit increases skin pH which is good for acne-prone skin.

He also says grapefruit boosts collagen production which reduces wrinkles and keeps skin supple.

The main ingredients are listed below.

Anti-acne/Exfoliant0.5% Salicylic acid (Active Ingredient)
MoisturizerDimethicone, Dicaprylyl ether
SurfactantSteareth-2, Steareth-20, Cetearyl alcohol, Dicetyl phosphate
Replenish and restore your skinGlycerin
PreservativeSodium Benzoate
pH adjuster/BufferSodium Hydroxide
AstringentGrapefruit extract

Fun Fact: Generally when you hear ‘grass’ you think of the green thing covering lawns. You may think about marijuana. However the FDA certifies many chemicals as ‘GRAS’ which stands for ‘Generally Recognized As Safe’. Sodium Benzoate is one such chemical.


  • Dry your skin. Take a small amount of moisturizer on your fingertips and massage it onto your affected areas.
  • If you want to apply makeup leave the moisturizer on for 5 minutes before applying makeup.
  • If you feel irritation or dryness (however ironic) reduce usage.

What I Liked

 The key ingredients are very popular in the moisturizer world.

 Grapefruit extract is astringent, exfoliant and boosts collagen synthesis.

 Non-greasy thin texture.

 Fewer moisturizing ingredients avoids problem of overkill in case your skin isn’t that dry.

 Can wear with makeup.

What I Didn’t Like

 Dimethicone, Cetearyl alcohol, Steareth-2 and Steareth-20 are mildly comedogenic.

 It contains grapefruit extract and a slight grapefruit smell. It could irritate your skin on exposure to sunlight. If you face this problem stop using it.

 It may irritate your skin (from sodium hydroxide).

 May trigger a ‘purge’.

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09. Lavo’s Daily Moisturizer Cream Review

USP: It contains Vitamins A, B5, C and E and Ginseng extract.

Ginseng extract is good at dealing with both oily and dry skin.

Azulene, extracted from Chamomile (which yields a well-known essential oil) is very soothing on your skin.

I particularly liked this product because it has a very strong mattifying effect.

Another thing I liked about this product is how it can soothe dry skin without making your t-zone feel oily. A moisturizer for acne prone skin should NOT make you feel oily.

The main ingredients are listed below.

Anti-bacterialAloe Vera
Soothe and condition your skinAloe Vera, Rosemary leaf extract, Sage leaf extract, Azulene
MoisturizerAloe Vera, Safflower oil, Stearic acid, Cetyl alcohol, Dimethicone, Hazelnut oil, Wheat germ oil, D-Panthenol (Vitamin B5), Ginseng extract
AntioxidantSafflower oil, Hops extract, Rosemary leaf extract, Sodium hyaluronate*, Avocado oil, Azulene, Tocopheryl , acetate (Vitamin E), Retinyl palmitate (Vitamin A), Ascorbyl palmitate (Vitamin C)
Restore and replenish your skinStearic acid, Sodium hyaluronate*, Sodium PCA, Avocado oil, Retinyl palmitate (Vitamin A)
PreservativePhenoxyethanol, Sodium Benzoate

*Sodium hyaluronate is the salt form of hyaluronic acid. It is considered more potent than hyaluronic acid because of its greater compatibility.


  • Apply to your face and neck after cleansing and toning. The blue color is natural from azulene and will subside quickly.
  • Wait 5 minutes after applying the moisturizer. Then apply makeup.

What I Liked

 Rosmarinic acid (from rosemary leaf extract) soothes your skin.

 Multi-vitamin moisturizer.

 Aloe vera is a well-known treatment for acne and it is a good moisturizer.

 Good at mattifying your skin.

 Does not clash with makeup.

 Satisfying creamy texture.

What I Didn’t Like

 Sage leaf extract, Rosemary leaf extract may cause skin sensitivity.

 Some of the ingredients are comedogenic.

 There are a number of antioxidants and moisturizers in the product. It may be overkill if your skin doesn’t have that much damage from sunlight, scars, wrinkles or isn’t that dry.

 May trigger a ‘purge’.

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10. TreeActiv’s Acne Eliminating Face Cream Review

USP: The Jojoba oil-Aloe oil combination is by itself widely known as a good moisturizer. The two are also known for their ability to treat acne.

There have been over 300 modern medicinal studies carried out showing the anti-bacterial properties of tea tree oil.

One big advantage of Grape seed oil is that its low saturation makes it much less greasy than Coconut oil (another popular emollient/moisturizer). This makes the overall product light on your skin.

Did you know? There are hundreds of species of plants that share the genome Aloe like Aloe arborescens and Aloe ferox but ‘Aloe’ has become synonymous with aloe vera. Click To Tweet

This product has a good consistency so a little goes a long way.

One disadvantage of this product would be it does not give you a matte finish.

I’m appending the key ingredients below.

Restore and replenish your skinJojoba oil
MoisturizerJojoba oil, Grape seed oil
AntioxidantAloe oil, Tea tree oil, Grape seed oil, Vitamin E
Anti-microbialTea tree oil, Pink grapefruit essential oil
Soothe and condition your skinTea tree oil


  • Wash your face first. Take a small amount on your fingers and gently massage onto your face and neck and any other problem areas.
  • Wait 5 minutes and apply makeup.

What I Liked

 The Jojoba oil-Aloe oil combination is good at moisturizing your skin and treating acne.

 There is little chance of overkill with either moisturizers or antioxidants.

 Feels very light on your skin.

 Can be worn under makeup.

What I Didn’t Like

 Jojoba oil is mildly comedogenic.

 Grapefruit oil may trigger photosensitive reactions.

 Peppermint oil, Peppermint water, Lemongrass oil and Spearmint oil may cause skin sensitivity. If you already have sensitive skin, you should do a patch test before using this product.

What did I look for in selecting moisturizers for acne prone skin??

Well, acne is caused by an oily substance called sebum and dirt clogging your pores. Bacteria then grow in acne sites.

Inflammation is seen at acne sites.

Dry skin will require moisturizing agents (duh!)

You will remember how I kept talking about the ingredients having properties like anti-bacterial, Antioxidant and so on.

Well, this is the 411 of why those properties are so crucial.

An Anti-bacterial property will kill off acne-causing bacteria directly.

Antioxidants firm up your skin, reduce inflammation and scars.

If you’re experienced you will know there are various types of moisturizers like humectants and exfoliants. I’ve clubbed them together under the umbrella term Moisturizers.

Skin restoring and Replenishing ingredients protect your skin from moisture loss and other damage.

Skin conditioning and Soothing agents will relieve any discomfort you are experiencing from your drying skin.

A pH imbalance will irritate your skin. pH adjusters/Buffers stop that.

Astringent ingredients (sometimes clean and) shrink your pores.

A SURFace ACTive AgeNT/SURFACTANT draws oil out of skin (by emulsification) so it can be washed off with water. So you want

You will want Preservative(s) to maintain product quality if you want to keep the product for a while.

Exfoliants clear away dead skin cells stopping them from clogging your pores.

NMF’s (Natural Moisturizing Factors). These are natural substances on your skin that keep your skin hydrated and soft. Lactic acid and Sodium PCA are two popular NMF’s.

It will be good if your moisturizer itself contains Water because that would reduce the chances of it drying your skin ‘inside out’.

Inflammation is seen at acne sites. You would want anti-inflammatory ingredients to counter that.

Well that was a looong list…

Yeah, it was, and you know I won’t leave you hanging.

Of course, you’re free to choose any cleanser you want but I think there’s a clear best moisturizer for acne prone skin you should check out

Renewalize’s USDA Certified Organic Hemp Seed Oil Facial Moisturizer

Just like they say in journalism, KISS (Keep It Short and Simple)!

This is just Hemp Seed Essential Oil, called by some The Queen of Essential Oils.

Its fatty acids are the same as those in your body so it works with minimal disruption.

Hemp seed oil contains gamma linoleic acid that promotes menopausal health and stops hormonal acne.

It is a multi-vitamin oil and thus a source of much-needed nutrients for your skin.

The only slight problem is its rubber-top dropper packaging…to know why just read on.

Storing an essential oil

There are theee main concerns in storing essential oils.

Bottle Color: You should store essential oils in amber or cobalt blue glass bottles. This reduces exposure to sunlight.

Temperature: Essential oils should normally be stored at ambient temperatures, NOT above 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Refrigerating them may extend their shelf life.

Avoid storing for a long time: The more you use the oil, the more the oil-free space in the bottle increases which will be filled with air. Such exposure to air for a long time could degrade the oil.

PLUS if your bottle has a rubber dropper, an undiluted essential oil could react with the material of the dropper if left exposed long enough.

Don’t worry, I didn’t know the last point myself till last week.

If you want to know more listen to Dorene Petersen of the American College of Healthcare Sciences.

Robert Tisserand also talks about this critical issue.

You talked about ‘purging’ problems in Hemp seed oil and in many other products….

‘Purging’ is an initial increase in breakouts when using a new anti-acne product, particularly those including retinoids or hydroxy acids (like Salicylic acid).

Dr Sejal Shah, MD, explains that purging will NEVER result in breakouts in new areas. If you’re breaking out in new areas, that is a fresh breakout (as opposed to purging which is existing whiteheads, pimples etc reaching the skin surface faster).

Purging should subside within a month or so but if you feel uncomfortable discontinue using the product in question.

This video explains it pretty well.

Remember I talked about your skin being dried ‘inside out’?

As amazing as that sounds, it’s possible. Some moisturizers like hyaluronic acid work by attracting moisture to your skin.

In dry environments they may not be able to draw enough external moisture.

In such a case they would draw moisture from deeper within your skin, drying your skin ‘inside out’.

Of course there are other moisturizers you could apply to stop that. However the easiest way would be to not use hyaluronic acid in a dry environment.

If you’re gonna go for a retinol-containing moisturizer for your acne prone skin like PurOrganica’s Retinol Moisturizer, you should know what’s the deal with storing retinol-based products in jars

Dr. Elizabeth K. Hale, a professor of dermatology at NYU, has cited numerous studies showing that retinol degrades when exposed to air and light.

So, make sure your retinol-based products are packaged in a pump or a tube or anything else that will minimize their exposure to air and light.

These ‘green tea moisturizers’ that keeps popping up, are they really that good?

Let’s first understand why a green tea-based moisturizer would gain prominence in the first place.

Green tea has a high percentage of chemicals known as ‘polyphenols’, the most prominent among which is Epigallocatechin-3-Gallate.

There are a number of studies that point to the extensive benefits topical application of Green Tea Polyphenols (GTPP’s in short) can offer.

These benefits can be broadly grouped under two main categories

  • Skin conditioning and soothing – Reducing redness and keeping skin soft and supple amongst others.
  • Antioxidant – Resisting wrinkles, scars and photoaging.

In addition there is limited evidence green tea polyphenols are effective against excess sebum production and acne.

So it’s clear that green tea-based moisturizers really do have benefits.

However, in practice, any ‘green tea moisturizer’ like the AcneFree Green Tea Moisturizer inevitably contains other antioxidant-cum-skin conditioners like Vitamin E.

In conclusion while green tea definitely isn’t snake oil as far as acne moisturizers are concerned, most moisturizers will have other antioxidants and skin conditioners besides green tea to give you a well-rounded moisturizing experience.

Acne Seeds

Chances are, you’ve come across this term in a blog post somewhere discussing acne and blackheads. Or in a reddit discussion.

And, chances are, you have no idea what this means. I know I didn’t a few weeks ago.

So, let’s get down to understanding what these ‘seeds’ are and what you can do to deal with them.


First, a bit of lingo. I’m sure you’ve come across the term ‘comedogenic’.

Any clogged pore is called a comedo. Thus anything that tends to clog your pores is described as ‘comedogenic’. Click To Tweet
A key culprit in pores getting clogged is sebum. Dirt, dead skin cells and hair follicles too can get trapped with sebum in pores. And if conditions permit, bacteria grow in that environment as well.


Sometimes this mass of sebum, dead skin cells, dirt, hair follicles and bacteria gets dried and hardened via exposure to air, forming a root or a ‘seed’.

This ‘seed’ can remain within the pore. Or it can be pushed to the skin surface by more sebum from below.


If you’re ‘popping’ your pimples, it’s critical to extract the ‘seed’. Otherwise you’ll have a brand new pimple there within days.

Of course, for popping pimples you should use a good comedone remover, sterilized with rubbing alcohol.

Do NOT use your nails or toothpicks or anything else to pop pimples.


A related term is ‘oil seeds’ which refers to ‘milium cysts’, which are keratin trapped beneath the skin surface.

You may have noticed these on the faces of babies. These go away on their own.

Azulene oil acne

First things first, what is azulene?

Azulene is a constituent of many essential oils, including those of German Chamomile, Yarrow and Wormwood. Its most popular association seems to be with chamomile.

It is named after its distinctive blue color (azul means ‘blue’ in Spanish).

It has a naphthalene-like smell (it is an isomer of naphthalene, if that interests you).

Now that you know what it is, let’s see what it has to do with acne.

That’s the chemistry out of the way; let’s get down to brass tacks.

You can’t fight acne with azulene alone.

The key component of your anti-acne regimen has to be something like salicylic acid, tea tree oil or benzoyl peroxide, which strikes at the root cause of acne like clogged pores and acne-causing bacteria.

However along with the main acne treatment you can take an azulene-containing product like this facial oil from Herbivore Botanicals to soothe inflammation and relieve oxidative stress.

That facial oil also includes jojoba oil which is an excellent option for keeping your skin moisturized.

That’s about it. If you feel I’ve missed something…or you just wanna talk about moisturizers for acne prone skin, feel free to leave a comment below!

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