Dermatologists say that moisturisers are important for all skin types. Little information is available to the person in search of a moisturiser that consistently performs well. Identifying the best non-comedogenic moisturisers is a challenging task for many. It’s difficult for the average person to understand the difference between labels like emollient or humectant-rich moisturiser formulas.
Manufacturers compound the matter because they don’t provide an accurate mechanism of action, usage, dosage, and any adverse effects, such as pimples or blackheads that result from the product.
The goals of this article include: 1) Rank much-advertised “top five” moisturisers according to user performance reviews; and 2) Consider those who should use non-comedogenic moisturisers.
What are Non-Comedogenic Moisturisers, Anyway?
Most people struggle with skin breakouts like pimples or blackheads at some point in their lives. It’s quite usual to have oily skin and skin issues during the teen years.
However, dermatological researchers tell us that some personal care products, such as moisturisers, may promote oily or clogged skin in the 20s, 30s, and beyond. The technical term for the result is acne cosmetica. Usually, when you stop using the offending product, oily skin or outbreaks resolve.
Look for moisturisers labeled non-comedogenic if you have oily skin or you’re trying to clear skin after use of a product that didn’t agree with you. Oil-free and water-based facial products are frequently labeled as non-comedogenic because they lack the ingredients that typically block facial pores. Most major skin care lines offer non-comedogenic products for individuals with oily or sensitive skin.
It’s important to know that people with very dry skin can suffer breakouts. People with certain skin conditions, like discoid lupus, rosacea, or psoriasis, can break out with blackheads, pustules, whiteheads, and papules if the moisturiser irritates the skin.
Let’s review the top five moisturisers now:Olay Total Effects receives a current 4.5/5 stars from more than 500 Amazon.co.uk buyers. According to Olay, owned by U.S. manufacturer Procter & Gamble, the Total Effects formula is an all-in-one, medium-priced moisturiser intended to address seven common signs of ageing. Olay says it performs in the following ways:
• Smooths facial lines and wrinkles
• Refines facial texture
• Supports skin’s ability to maintain moisture
• Hydrates skin
• Evens appearance of skin tone
• Reduces look of large pores
• Improves skin brightness
Importantly, the Total Effects Formula includes SPF 15 sunscreen to protect users from the potentially harmful effects of the sun.
Users say they like Total Effects because it performs as advertised. Specifically, users mention that the product is light but nourishing. Users say Total Effects is a good skin moisturiser for the money. Skin doesn’t become greasy or shiny after use.
Although Olay Total Effects is scented, users say it’s not overly perfumed. (Scents can irritate some users’ sensitive skin.) Some users say they don’t need separate day and night creams to maintain their skin.
Here’s the fine print:
• Olay Total Effects contains more than 40 ingredients.
• If you’re allergic to any of them, your skin may react to the Olay Total Effects moisturiser.
• Few users reported breakouts, pimples, or blackheads after they used the product.
• Olay is animal-tested. This fact is important is you buy only cruelty-free products.
Users across the age spectrum seem to like Olay Total Effects. Older users seem to like how Olay Total Effects moisturizer performs.A smaller group of Amazon users like Avene Hydrance Rich Moisturiser (4.8/5 stars). They report that Avene Hydrance Optimale works well as a reasonably-priced daily moisturiser. Younger reviewers with very dry skin say that Avene Hydrance Optimale moisturises but doesn’t cause breakouts. Some users say they use the product twice a day or as needed to prevent dryness.
According to Avene, regular use of Avene Hydrance Optimale:
• Maintains skin hydration
• Provides immediate hydration
• Prevents water evaporation from the skin (creates a hydrolipidic film)
• Includes patented ingredients: 1) Lipomucine, to deliver thermal spring water to the user’s skin; and 2) Meioboserine reduces water evaporation from the skin.
Avene Hydrance Optimale contains shea butter to “nourish” and “calm” the skin. According to an Avene-sponsored research study (participants’ ages ranged from 18 to 70 years of age), users’ skin was four times’ more hydrated after a month’s use of the moisturiser.
Here’s the fine print:
• Avene Hydrance Optimale contains 34 ingredients.
• It’s labeled as a non-comedogenic moisturiser.
• Avene says that Hydrance Optimale is hypoallergenic.
• If you’re allergic to any of the ingredients, or if your skin doesn’t tolerate the richness of shea butter, this formula may cause your skin to break out. (One reviewer said it sometimes irritated his/her skin.)
The universe of Avene Hydrance Optimale users was small. If you like skin products with thermal or mineral water, you might like this moisturiser. Although primarily manufactured in the U.S., the product uses French thermal water.Cetaphil Moisturising Lotion may be an ideal moisturising solution if you want moist skin on a budget. It’s a U.S.-manufactured “no frills” moisturising product. Cetaphil is reasonably priced and comes in a large (236 mL) pump container. You can use a lot of it without worrying about the cost. Amazon reviewers give Cetaphil Moisturising Lotion 4.4/5 stars.
According to Cetaphil’s manufacter, the moisturiser:
• Softens skin
• Absorbs easily into all skin types
• Contains emollients (glycerin) and anti-irritants (Vitamin E)
• Doesn’t contain fragrances (it’s fragrance-free)
Although some users report breakouts after Cetaphil use, most agree with the manufacturer’s non-comedogenic claims.
The fine print:
• Most report that it’s lightweight.
• Some report it feels greasy after application.
• Cetaphil doesn’t contain high-tech or patented ingredients: it’s a basic moisturiser.
• Several reviewers say it has a scent (even if it’s not an agreeable one).
• It’s tested on animals.
If you use a lot of moisturiser, Cetaphil Moisturising Lotion may be worth a try.CeraVe Moisturing Lotion in the 12-ounce pump is another good choice for people on a budget. CeraVe also makes a tub contained rich moisturising cream that some people say works better for extremely dry skin. CeraVe is manufactured by Valeant Pharmaceuticals, Inc., at chemical plants around the world.
It’s possible to use CeraVe as a facial and body skin moisturizer. Amazon users give CeraVe Moisturing Lotion 4.2/5 stars. According to the manufacturer, CeraVe:
• Won’t clog any skin type, from oily, combination, to dry skin
• Is fragrance-free
• Works as a daily moisturiser or protective after-sun moisturiser lotion for face and body
• Generous, economical size lasts at least three months (for typical users)
• Maintains pH level of the skin: moisturises dry skin and helps to balance oily skin
Several reviewers report that CeraVe made facial skin react or break out.
The fine print:
• CeraVe Moisturising Lotion’s light texture is absorbed well by most reviewers.
• The formula contains hyaluronic acid, glycerin, cholesterol, and ceramides. If you’re allergic to any of the ingredients, try another moisturiser.
• Most reviewers say their normal or dry skin looks good when they use CeraVe Moisturing Lotion.
• It’s tested on animals.
Amazon reviewers give Supergel Lightweight Moisturising M3 4.8/5 stars. If you’re concerned about breakouts, M3 is specifically designed for you.
The manufacturer reports that M3:
• Contains natural ingredients like aloe vera, known to sooth redness and breakouts, and moisturising glycerin.
• The formula includes antioxidant vitamins, including Vitamins C and E, mineral-rich seaweed, and passionfruit extract.
• Creates a shine-free, matte finish on the skin.
• Absorbs well.
Unlike most other popular moisturisers in our survery, M3 doesn’t contain paraben, silicates, mineral oil, or PEGS.
Here’s the fine print:
• M3 is cruelty-free, and never tested on animals. That’s an important consideration for some of the reviewers.
• You won’t need to use as much of this product to get results. The 50mL container lasts long because it’s concentrated.
• A natural, fresh scent won’t put anyone off. It derives from a few drops of 100 percent cold-pressed mandarin citrus oil.
• M3 is fully (100 percent) guaranteed by Facetheory, a UK manufacturer. If you don’t like how the product performs, write Facetheory within 30 days. Your money is refunded with no questions asked.
Should You Use a Non-Comedogenic Moisuriser?
Most people in search of a moisturiser tend to view a label of non-comedogenic and/or non-acnegenic as a safe bet. However, it’s important to know where the term non-comedogenic comes from and why we’re still so concerned about it. Albert Kligman coined the term comedogenic in 1972. There were many fewer moisturiser options available at the time.
Then, the British Journal of Dermatology published a 1979 study that showed that both natural ingredients (such as cocoa butter, shea butter, waxes, lanolin, etc.) and chemical agents (such as lanolin or man-made fragrances) can clog skin pores.
It’s important to use common sense when selecting a moisturiser. Since skin is the human body’s largest organ, consider the long-term impact of any chemically-engineered moisturising product. Choose natural moisturisers that perform well when possible.