There are many factors that you need to consider before selecting the right face moisturizer for your acne-prone skin. While some can be made at home, you can also find many such products available at stores. The first thing you need to do is to read the label. Check if the product suits your skin type. You can buy an oil-free noncomedogenic or non-acnegenic product if you have oily skin. You can also check if the product has the required ingredients for skin exfoliation such as salicylic acid, retinol, or alpha hydroxy acid.
However, if you have sensitive skin, then using a natural moisturizer is the ideal option for you, as this skin type can react to any chemicals or dyes present, and cause irritation or even an allergy attack. Also, while buying one make sure it also provides some sun protection. If you have a severe acne condition, then you should consult a dermatologist for further treatment. Last point to remember is to go with the results of the product, and not its price. For all you know, an inexpensive aloe gel might work really well for you. Listed below are different types of face moisturizers, among which two are natural products that can be made at home, and the other two are commercially available.
Aloe Gel: Ideal for Oily and Sensitive Skin
Aloe gel is the safest and most natural facial moisturizer. You can take a fresh leaf of aloe, slit it lengthwise, scoop the gel inside it, and store it in the fridge in an airtight container. This can be used daily. It has no harmful effects, and suits almost all skin types. However, if you have dry skin then you might need to use the gel more frequently than for oily skin. Aloe gel is even used as a base for many acne treatments, so using it to moisturize is very beneficial. If you can't use fresh aloe gel, then you can try the organic aloe vera gel available in the market.
Jojoba Tea Tree Oil: For All Skin Types
This is my favorite moisturizer, as it helps to get rid of zits and blackheads. It is a very light oil, which doesn't give a heavy feel unlike other oils. It resembles human sebum, and is readily absorbed by the skin, and can also help to clear clogged pores by pushing out the pus formed from bacteria, dead skin cells, and sebum. When combined with tea tree oil, it greatly helps to even get rid of pimples and blackheads. So, in a jar, mix 1 teaspoonful of organic jojoba oil with 5 drops of tea tree oil, and use this mixture in the morning and before going to bed.
Top Commercial Products
Two of the top-rated moisturizers for acne-prone skin are the Aveeno Ultra-Calming Daily Moisturizer SPF 15 and Neutrogena Healthy Skin Anti-Wrinkle Cream. The former is great if you have sensitive skin, as it contains soothing ingredients, is oil-free, and provides broad spectrum UV protection. The price for this product online is anywhere between USD 15 to 25. The latter, other than being a good moisturizer for acne relief, is also considered as one of the best anti-wrinkle creams. It contains retinol and antioxidants, is inexpensive for a retinol-containing cream, and has no fragrance.
So, first try using the aloe gel or the jojoba tea tree oil-mix. If you don't see any improvement or do not have the time to prepare it, then you can try one of the commercially-available products. However, for severe cases, it is recommended to consult a dermatologist.