These Hydrating Moisturisers Are A Saviour For Dry, Acne-Prone Skin

Give your face a big drink.

Finding the right moisturiser is no easy feat, even when your skin has little to no issues. Throw in some dryness and acne struggles, and it’s a whole different ballgame. 

While anyone who’s struggled with acne will tell you to steer clear of overly-rich, borderline suffocating moisturisers, it’s still an important step in your skincare routine. If you’re on medication for your acne, this will often cause your skin to dry up entirely, so teaming up with the perfect product has never been so important. 

Rather than live in fear that slathering on the hydration will worsen the acne situation, you should shift your focus toward finding the right product. Below, our top picks of deeply nourishing moisturisers that have been specifically formulated for dry, acne-prone skin. 


Kate Somerville Dry Skin Saver, $76

It’s all in the name with this one, as dry skin has well and truly met its match. Clinically proven to provide 24-hours of hydration, it has been specifically developed for sensitive skin and works to relieve dryness and tightness.


The Ordinary Natural Moisturising Factors + HA, $12.90

No frills, effective skincare is The Ordinary’s specialty. This moisturiser uses a blend of deeply nourishing ingredients for instant and long-term hydration. A highly effective blend of amino acids and hyaluronic acid allow you to feel the benefits all day. 


Tatcha The Water Cream, $103

Tatcha products are loved for a reason, and the water cream is among their best-sellers. Filled with Japanese superfoods, the formula is fast-absorbing, non-greasy and lightweight, adding instant hydration without any unnecessary oils. 


Biossance Squalane + Probiotic Gel Moisturizer, $80

Made specifically for dry and sensitive skin, this gel cream specifically targets these issues. Made from sustainable squalane oil and probiotic technology, it will leave the skin visibly brighter and more balanced as well. 


Youth To The People Superfood Air-Whip Moisture Cream, $74

Given its whipped texture, this cream is super lightweight and filled with antioxidants and nourishing hyaluronic acid. Not only does it feel great, it works to replenish and strengthen the skin barrier to ensure you see long term benefits.


Summer Fridays Cloud Dew Oil-Free Gel Cream, $64

As a gel cream, this product is infused with three types of hyaluronic acid, boasting 72-hour hydration. If your skin is on the severe end of the dry scale, it’s the perfect product for you. 


Drunk Elephant Lala Retro Whipped Cream, $91

Cold-pressed African oils and ceramides deliver instant, ongoing hydration. The texture is thick and creamy, but it doesn’t leave the skin greasy, making it perfect for dry skin. 


SkinCeuticals Hydra Balm, $27.80

This balm provides a deeply intense hydration, perfect for cracked and flaky skin. If your dry skin is worsened by the winter chill, it’s a great product. Plus, it’s artificial fragrance and sulphate-free if your skin is on the sensitive side.


Milk Makeup Vegan Milk Moisturizer, $59

This product is non-greasy in nature, but is rich and milky in texture, making it perfect for lightweight, yet effective hydration. Over time, you’ll see a change in skin texture for a soft, smooth finish.


Dr. Dennis Gross Hyaluronic Marine Oil-Free Moisture Cushion, $91

This oil-free, gel based moisturiser is made from Japanese marine algae which works to improve the skin’s elasticity and reduce dryness. Given its ingredient list, it feels like an actual drink of water on the face, so bottoms up!


Mecca Cosmetica Hydrating Moisturiser, $50

This products key ingredient is rice peptide, which works to improve the skins moisture barrier and prevent dehydration. Shea butter also nourishes the skin on a deep level, making it a great option for those with dry skin. 

Related stories