Best Moisturizer for Acne Prone Skin: Our Plant Powered Picks

Here for the quest for the best moisturizer for acne prone skin? Find out at the end of the article where we suggest the best moisturizer filled with plant powered ingredients that tackle acne and scarring.

Moisturizer for Acne Prone Skin
Moisturizer for Acne Prone Skin

Not sure about you, plant baby, but maskne is an issue for me. I was one of those people who avoided moisturizing my face when my face broke out because I assumed that it will only clog my pores up even more. I was afraid that I would get pimples because of the added grease after applying moisturizer.

Boy, I could not have been more mistaken. Conversely, moisturizing is good for acne-prone, oily skin. Doesn’t that seem strange? In actual fact, when your skin is dry, your body naturally produces more oil, which clogs up your pores more easily. This leads to increased breakouts, which is why we should not skip on moisturizing so as to prevent our skin from being dry. Oily or dry skin, doesn’t matter – please wear a moisturizer babes!

Besides, moisturizers can also help to keep your skin youthful as it prevents cracking and peeling caused by dry skin. It also encourages faster cell turnover, which means that it would help maintain our complexion and reduce acne breakouts by regenerating new skin cells to replace aged cells. Appropriate moisturizers will soothe your skin and reduce irritation too. 

However, not all moisturizers are suitable for acne-prone skin as some moisturizers do add unwanted grease to the skin. To be sure of which moisturizers are better for you, below are some ingredients that you can look out for in a moisturizer before purchasing it.

1. Sunflower seed oil

Sunflower seed oil comes from sunflowers
Sunflower seed oil comes from sunflowers

Sunflower seed oil might sound too oily for your skin, but it’s actually non-comedogenic, which means that it doesn’t block up your pores and cause breakouts. In fact, sunflower seed oil helps your skin protect against acne because of how rich in antioxidants it is, which encourages regeneration of new skin cells and helps destroy acne-causing bacteria. 

By the way, our Soothing Body Cream With Date Seeds from UpCircle contains sunflower seed oil too. Not to flex, but it’s an award-winning hydrating body cream, so do check it out!


2. Lactic acid

Lactic acid not only plays a part in reducing acne breakouts, it also decreases pore size and moisturizes your skin.


3. Jojoba oil 

Jojoba oil is another oil that helps to clear up acne. It also offers many other benefits such as moisturizing, smoothening, reducing inflammation, and more!


4. Salicylic acid

Salicylic acid delves deep into our pores and helps us unclog them by removing the accumulated dead skin cells, thus reducing acne breakouts.    

Psst, our UpCircle Face Moisturiser With Argan Powder contains salicylic acid, and combined with the fact that it was the winner in the Beauty Shortlist Awards 2021, you might want to check this out too!

5. Glycolic acid

Glycolic acid can be derived from sugarcane
Glycolic acid can be derived from sugarcane

Glycolic acid works similarly to salicylic acid, helping to clear out dead skin cells and excess sebum that causes acne. Because of its antibacterial and antioxidant properties, glycolic acid also rejuvenates our skin. 


6. Hyaluronic acid 

Last but not least, hyaluronic acid is not only known for hydrating the skin, but it is also known for effectively reducing and healing acne marks. 

Hyaluronic Acid
Hyaluronic Acid

Now that we’ve covered ingredients that you might want to look for in a moisturiser, here are some ingredients that you should stay away from:

Petrolatum: Comedogenic ingredient alert! It will clog up pores and cause acne, so don’t use a moisturiser with petrolatum in it. 

Coconut oil: Even though coconut oil can help us achieve hydrated and supple skin, it is comedogenic too, so it will likely add on to the number of pimples instead of reducing them. 

Benzaldehyde: This is an artificial fragrance that can cause pimples and irritate skin, so you might want to steer clear from it. Instead, look for products that are fragrance-free or have natural fragrance. 

Isopropyl palmitate: Imagine yourself using a moisturiser with isopropyl palmitate daily during your night skin care routine, and then waking up a few weeks later with more pimples on your face. Don’t want that, do we? Make sure to avoid this ingredient, plant baby, as it is highly comedogenic.   

Talking about moisturisers for acne-prone skin, have you heard of Kansoskin?

Best Moisturizer for Acne Prone Skin

Kansoskin was founded by a pair of siblings, one of whom suffers from eczema and topical steroid withdrawal, while the other had past struggles with acne. Having experienced compromised skin, Kansoskin was founded with the aim to provide and design skincare for people who are also struggling with compromised skin.

Kansoskin's Simply Better Barrier Cream for Eczema and Sensitive Skin
Kansoskin’s Simply Better Barrier Cream for Eczema and Sensitive Skin

Wanting the best for users’ skin, Kansoskin created an Ultimate Hydrating Relief Cream, Simply Better Barrier™, which I believe would be a suitable moisturiser for you acne-prone plant babies out there. 

The no-go ingredients mentioned are not found in their moisturiser, so rest assured that Kansoskin’s Simply Better Barrier™ moisturiser will be gentle on your skin. Moreover, their moisturiser contains jojoba seed oil and sunflower seed oil, which are in our list of suggested ingredients for acne-prone skin. 

Its non-sticky, non-greasy and light texture makes it suitable and comfortable for any skin type, all the while effectively soothing and reducing inflammation. Furthermore, Simply Better Barrier™ is suitable for people of all skin colour too. Did you know? Coloured skin has lower amounts of ceramides, which are lipids found in the uppermost layers of skin that help to prevent moisture loss. So, Simply Better Barrier™ helps us fill in the gap by containing ceramides and ceramide precursors that will help our skin produce more ceramides in order to better maintain hydration. 

What’s even better is that this moisturiser is cruelty-free and vegan, so we know no fur babies were harmed in the making. 

Eager to get the Simply Better Barrier™ to try it out for yourself? We’ve got you covered, plant baby. Find it right here in our shop and get your hands on it before it runs out of stock! 



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