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Best Moisturizers for Acne-Prone Skin

Best Moisturizers for Acne-Prone Skin

As a person who is acne-prone myself, it has always been a struggle finding a moisturizer that will not cause more breakouts and clog my pores. There's a misconception that if you are oily, you do not need to apply a moisturizer. If you skip moisturizer, your skin will dry out and in turn, ramp up oil production, which can actually cause more breakouts. This under-moisture/over-oil producing situation will be a "vicious cycle." Of course, the last thing you want to do to your oily skin is slather it with a heavy, thick, greasy moisturizer. The right formula can mattify, brighten, and clear your skin.


My rule of thumb when it comes to moisturizers is to avoid moisturizers containing Denatured Alcohol as it can dry out your skin in a long run and irritate the skin. Also, it is great to go for moisturizers with minimal or no fragrance (be careful with the essential oils as well as those are even more irritating). If you’ve got acne-prone or oily skin, i recommend a thin layer of a lightweight moisturizer on top of your toner and serums.


Less is more, unless your skin is seriously dry or dehydrated! I analyze the ingredient list and test most of the products on Fickle Beauty on my own skin (yup i'm the human guinea pig for FB), i now have a variety of moisturizers which i personally had a good experience with and i hope you find your holy grail moisturizer from the list below!


1. Make P:rem Cicapro Refresh Light Cream, SGD$28 

The Make Prem Cicapro Refresh Light Cream is a moisturiser that provides a lot of hydration in a very light gel cream. It gets absorbed very quickly on the skin and leaves a nice smooth finish. It’s made from natural ingredients, such as Madecassoside derived from Centella Asiatic, which will not only moisturise your face and skin but also strengthen and soothe it with natural anti-inflammatories.

It also contains glycerine to keep the moisture locked in, probiotics to feed your skin and Bamboo water hydrate to help energise and revitalise your complexion.

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2) COSRX Advanced Snail 92 All In Cream, SGD$26

My skin LOVES Snail Secretion, and i find best results when i apply this on top of the Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power EssenceSnail secretion is humectant, emollient, antimicrobial, antioxidant-rich, and contains collagen and elastin, among other skin-friendly components. It has wound healing abilities and shows promise for the repair of photo-aged skin and atrophic acne scarring. It may also have long-term anti-aging and skin-smoothing benefits.


Although it is quite a thick cream, it does get absorbed very quickly and nicely.


The Advanced Snail 92 All In One Cream is a very nourishing and moisturizing cream that endows energy and beauty to the skin with its 92% pure snail secretion filtrate, gathered from living Korean snail. The cream is safe for usage on the skin, consisting of excellent skin-activation components that treat irritated skin and improve uneven skin tone. The only thing i do not like is that it comes in a tub hence it can be a little inconvenient and not to mention, not the most hygenic. CHANGE THE PACKAGING ALREADY PLEASE!


I love COSRX for it's minimal and no nonsense ingredient list products because it makes identifying and eliminating ingredients SO MUCH EASIER.

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3) Benton Aloe Hyaluron Cream, SGD$24

Powered by rich, soothing aloe extracts and complexion-boosting hyaluronic acid, this lightweight, effective cream leaves all skin types skin smooth and hydrated. The 40% aloe contents in the formula soothe and nourish the skin, while a hyaluronic acid complex made up of 7 varying molecular weights works to deeply hydrate and soften without being harsh on the skin. With its multitasking ingredients that calm, moisturize, and protect, this cream is perfect for “skip care” routines that use less products for radiant-looking skin.

This product is dermatologically tested and is free of volatile alcohol, fragrance, PEGs, sulphates, animal products, mineral oil, essential oils, silicone, and coloring, and is cruelty free and vegan.


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4) SOME BY MI AHA BHA PHA Miracle Cream, $30

A non-greasy cream moisturizer that gently treats pimples and protects the skin. It delivers soothing and nourishing care for troubled complexions suffering from acne inflammation thanks to tea tree extract, known for its excellent antibacterial and anti-inflammation properties. The light, watery texture is ideal for people who are oily and acne prone!

Best used together with the Some By Mi 30 Days Miracle Serum!


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5) Dr Ceuracle/Leegeehaam Tea Tree Purifine 80 Cream, SGD$40

Dr Ceuracle (rebranded, was previously Leegeehaam) Tea Tree Purifine 80 Cream is a purifying and rebalancing face cream, formulated with 80% tea tree extracts. It provides instant action on redness, inflammation, and irritation while promoting the healing of skin's breakouts. 


Tea Tree Purifine 80 Cream contains 80% tea tree extract that soothes and moisturizes with a light and silky texture. It is completely free of water and instead contains trehalose, which effectively binds moisture in the skin, giving a deep and long-lasting moisturization. It also contains sea buckthorn extracts and centella asiatica that contribute to a smooth skin tone and a more elastic skin structure.


Best used together with the other products in this collection!

Tea tree extract (or tea tree) has been used for centuries for its anti-bacterial and antiseptic properties. It is the ally of size problem skin, prone to acne and skin inflammation. Enriched with healing centella asiatica extact, this cream provides instant action on redness, inflammation, and skin irritation, and promotes the remission of imperfections so that they leave as few traces as possible.



6) Pyunkang Yul Acne Cream, SGD$20

A lightweight, oil-free gel cream that soothes acne-prone skin, Pyunkang Yul Acne Cream delivers rich hydration, conditions damaged skin, soothes acne-prone skin, and helps improve the look of the overall skin complexion.


Formulated with white willow bark extract as a natural exfoliant, it exfoliates dead skin cells, absorbs excess oil, and helps purify clogged pores. While the forsythia suspensa fruit extract works to target acne and bacteria formation, Centella Asiatica extracts helps to combat signs of tired and overstressed skin.


With continued use, this gentle, yet effective cream leaves skin supple and soft. It also provides oil control by absorbing excess sebum. Easily-absorbable and smooth, it feels like instant nourishment without an excess of greasiness.  



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7) iUNIK Centella Calming Gel Cream, $20

This light and moisturizing gel cream can help to make sensitive skin blemish calming and relief with centella asiatica leaf water 70% and tee tree leaf water 10% from skin stress.

The iUNIK Centella Calming Gel Cream is a light and moisturising gel that helps refresh and relieve stressed skin. Enriched with 70% Centella Asiatica Leaf Water, 10% Tea Tree Leaf Water and 6 patented sprout extracts to soothe and calm acne-prone or sensitive skin, while protecting it from harmful external stressors.

If your skin is prone to redness, this cream will definitely help to calm it down and reduce redness. It is very lightweight but SO HYDRATING at the same time. It gets absorbed into your skin very quickly. Suitable for all skin types, especially those who are oily or acne-prone.


This gel cream from iUNIK is so afforable and at the same time such a good ingredient list for Acne Prone skin type! 


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8) HD Hydrating Cream SGD$48

Last but not least, how can i not feature the brand which Fickle Beauty started with, HD Fly Up! I was truly blessed and lucky to have come across this brand and be the first to sell in in Singapore. It was all because of this brand that made me go in depth into skincare and look into ingredients more.

The HD Hydrating Cream is a very light weight gel moisturizer with antioxidants and skin identical ingredients like Hyaluronic Acid (Sodium Hyaluronate) . Hyaluronic acid is present in your skin, to bind to water to help retain moisture that into the inner layers of the skin to enhance comfort and hydration. Hydrated skin also reduces the appearance of wrinkles, which may explain why several studies show that supplementing with it can make skin appear smoother!


This gel cream is so light weight it gets absorbed beautifully into your skin and leaves a nice silky finish.


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