With the vast variety of skincare products hitting Indian market, each of it that comes with various claims- finding an oil-free Moisturiser that suits your oily and acne-prone skin becomes a tedious job. I have seen many girls with oily skin skip the moisturising step in their skincare routine. This is not correct. Whatever be your skin type – your skin always needs to be moisturised. Most women think Moisturisers make their oily skin worse or increases their acne.

moisturizers for oily acne prone skin

Some women think only cleansing is needed and this is great for removing excess oil and dirt from face, but over cleansing will strip the skin, remove the natural oils on your face and as a result, your face produce more oil to compensate.Moisturising the face is not just for normal to dry skin types, but for all.

Sometimes, The facial moisturizers that you use on oily skin can make the skin look shiny and oily. An excellent way to combat oiliness due to a moisturizer is to apply the moisturizer, leave it on for 10-15 minuteson your face and then wash the face using a mild cleanser (such as sebamed cleansing foam). This will ensure skin absorbs all the moisture it needs and the rest are washed off.

In this post – I am compiling a list of top 10 moisturisers for men and women that are available in India. I have listed the products that suits every budget and please note that it’s not in any particular order.

1. Forest Essentials Light Hydrating Moisturising Facial Gel with Pure Aloe Vera – INR 1250

Top 10 Moisturizers for Oily and Acne Prone Skin in India

This light, cool facial gel contain Aloe Vera Juice which has strong soothing and moisture retaining properties, blended with nutrient rich Wheat Germ extract and floral waters. This light hydrating gel is perfect to give your skin that hydration and nourishment it needs.

Key features of Forest Essentials Light Hydrating Facial Gel Pure Aloe Vera

  • Doesn’t Contain any Synthetic Polymers
  • 100% Natural
  • Aloe Vera Gel- Aloe vera has strong soothing and moisture retaining properties. Stimulates skin regeneration
  • Genhu Extracts– Genhu, prevents premature aging and reduces ultra violet rays induced sun damage

2. Sebamed Clear Face Care Gel – INR 500Top 10 Moisturizers for Oily and Acne Prone Skin in India

Sebamed Clear Face Care Gel is the ideal basic dermatological care product for dealing with pimples, blackheads and blemishes. Active moisturizing factors such as hyaluronic acid and natural aloe barbadensis give the skin plenty of moisture. Precious allantoin and panthenol soothe and care for the skin, making it soft and supple.

Sebamed Clear Face Care Gel is characterised by its excellent skin tolerance. It encourages the skin’s own barrier function to prevent drying and acne bacteria and is therefore specially recommended to deal with pimples, blackheads and skin impurities.

Key features of Sebamed Clear Face Care Gel

  • Panthenol supports the healing of acne.
  • Hyaluronic acid increases the moisturizing binding capacity of the skin.
  • Aloe barbadensis soothes irritated skin.
  • The pH value of 5.5 biologically inhibits the growth of acne bacteria.
  • Allantoin smoothes rough scaly skin.
  • No oils, perfumes, colorants and emulsifiers.
  • No perfume.
  • No colorants.

3. Dermalogica Oil Control Lotion – INR 2750

Top 10 Moisturizers for Oily and Acne Prone Skin in India

This light-weight lotion helps hydrate the oily skin while reducing the shine. A purifying blend of Meadow Sweet helps regulate excess oil production. Help clear congested follicles with Salicylic Acid as Enantia Chlorantha Bark Extract induces a long-term decrease in sebum without over drying skin. Naturally-antiseptic Camphor, Balm Mint and Licorice Root cool and calm inflammation.

Formulated without artificial fragrances and colors. This is on the expensive side- But, totally worth it.

Key features of Dermalogica Oil Control Lotion

  • Absorbs excess oil.
  • Provides an all-day shine-free, matte finish.
  • Eliminates congestion, soothes and moisturizes.

4. Neutrogena Oil Free Moisturiser SPF15 – INR 349

Top 10 Moisturizers for Oily and Acne Prone Skin in India

This oil-free moisturizer leaves your skin feeling soft and supple without adding that extra shine to it. Neutrogena’s Oil Free Moisturizer can be your favorite handbag essential  for all seasons. it’s affordable and is easily available.

Key features of Neutrogena Oil Free Moisturiser SPF15

  • Oil free formula that avoids the extra shine and has spf
  • Protects skin against dryness without making it greasy.
  • Quick absorb formula eliminates excess oil.
  • Non comedogenic – hence it doesn’t clog pores.

5. Natio Young Oil Free Moisturiser – INR 595Top 10 Moisturizers for Oily and Acne Prone Skin in India

Light and non-greasy, absorbs easily for a skin-friendly, pure moisture boost. For oily and combination skin types. Rosehip to soothe, soften and rejuvenate. Refreshing Mandarin essential oil. Antioxidant Green Tea.

Key features of Natio Young Oil Free Moisturiser

  • It gets absorbed into skin easily and leaves skin looking and feeling soft.
  • This moisturizer has pleasant, fresh smell.
  • This lightweight moisturizer feels light on skin.

6. Lotus Herbals Alphamoist Alpha Hydroxy Skin Renewal Oil Free Moisturiser – INR 245

Top 10 Moisturizers for Oily and Acne Prone Skin in India

Lotus Herbal Alphamoist Alpha Hydroxy Skin Renewal Oil-free Moisturiser is best during winter time for oily skin types. It’s light weight, Easily absorbed and eliminates shine.

Key features of  Lotus Herbal Alphamoist Alpha Hydroxy Skin Renewal Oil-free Moisturiser

  • Grape extract: Natural astringent, antimicrobial and antioxidant
  • Milk enzyme: Skin rejuvenating and nourishing
  • Aloe vera: Excellent moisturizing and skin healing properties, anti-inflammatory and soothing properties
  • Cleanse face thoroughly, apply lavishly all over face and neck
  • Use regularly both in morning and evening

7. Avon Solutions Complete Balance Oil-Free Gel Creme – INR 469


Top 10 Moisturizers for Oily and Acne Prone Skin in India

Turn back the hands of time and keep your friends guessing about the source of your youthful look by using this ‘Solutions Complete Balance Oil Free Gel Cream’ from Avon. This oil-free cream is light and deeply moisturises your skin leaving it soft and supple. Formulated with Camellia Tea Leaf to help reduce oil production, It eves out the complexion and visibly balances skin too. Best suited for winter months.

Key features of Avon Solutions Complete Balance Oil-Free Gel Creme

  • Eliminates Excess Oil Production In Skin
  • Regulates Oily Zones While Maintaining Moisture In Dry Zones

8. Cetaphil Moisturising Lotion – INR 380

Top 10 Moisturizers for Oily and Acne Prone Skin in India

Non-comedogenic. Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion was formulated specifically for chronic dry, sensitive skin. Contains a superior system of extra-strength emollients and humectants, clinically proven to bind water to the skin and prevent moisture loss. Provides long-lasting relief to even severe dry skin. Free of lanolins, parabens and fragrances that can irritate sensitive skin.

Key features of Cetaphil Moisturising Lotion

  • Lightweight hydration to replenish sensitive and normal skin
  • Fast-acting, long-lasting, light-weight formula helps maintain healthy skin
  • Special ingredients are proven to bind water to skin and help prevent moisture loss
  • Protects and enhances skin’s natural moisture

9. Clean & Clear Skin Balancing Moisturizer – INR 100

Top 10 Moisturizers for Oily and Acne Prone Skin in India

Clean & Clear is a brand ideal for people with oily skin and blemish break-outs. The oil-free formula of this product relieves your skin of clogged pores and prevents it from allowing dirt and excess oil to clog the pores. Salicylic acid aids in preventing the future development of pimples, whilst eliminating and preventing blackheads from reappearing. This product also aids in regulating the body’s natural secretion of sebum. This moisturizer helps in controlling the over stimulation of sebum glands, thus regulating the skins natural oil production.

Key features of Clean & Clear Skin Balancing Moisturizer

  • Clean & Clear Skin Balancing Moisturizer is a 100% oil free formulation that balances skin moisture and soothes dry areas.
  • It also helps prevent blemishes

10. Fab India Vitamin E Skin Hydrating Cream – INR 250

Top 10 Moisturizers for Oily and Acne Prone Skin in India

Fabindia Vitamin E Skin Hydrating Cream is infused with extracts which control the process of ageing and formation of wrinkles and also Vitamin E which keeps the skin soft and supple. Absorbs quickly into the skin. Fabindia Vitamin E Skin Hydrating Cream is formulated with essential oils which penetrate deep into the skin and delays the process of ageing and wrinkle formation. It also moisturises the skin making it soft and supple.

Key features of  Fabindia Vitamin E Skin Hydrating Cream

  • Delays the process of ageing.
  • Moisturises the skin.

These are our list for the top 10 moisturizers available in India which suits oily skin. Hope this list help some of you find a moisturizer that suits your budget.

Which moisturizer do you use for your oily skin?

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