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9 Best non-comedogenic moisturisers 2024 UK; tried and tested

WHETHER you’re prone to acne or have combination skin, finding the right moisturizer is key – so we’ve put the best non-comedogenic moisturisers to the test for you.

Specially formulated with ingredients that won’t clog your pores, non-comedogenic moisturizers are a must for maintaining healthy, clear skin that tends to break out.

Whether you have oily, dry, combination or sensitive skin, we’ve tested a range of formulas that cater to various skin types and concerns – and best of all, there’s something for every budget.

These hero products will help to keep your complexion smooth, balanced, and blemish-free, allowing your skin to breathe while benefiting from plenty of hydration.

So dive into our top picks, below, to discover the perfect non-comedogenic moisturiser for your skincare routine this year.

Best non-comedogenic moisturisers at a glance:

Medik8 Total Moisture Daily Facial Cream

Maisie Bovingdon

Medik8 Total Moisture Daily Facial Cream[/caption]

Medik8 Total Moisture Daily Facial Cream, £40 up

Pros: Hydrating, soothing, brightening, refillable, helped repair skin barrier

Cons: Expensive, thicker formula than others

Rating: 5/5

The Medik8 moisturiser was a saving grace in repairing my skin barrier and soothing my face after a hormonal breakout.

While the moisturiser feels slightly thicker in comparison to the Avene design (see below), it is super lightweight on the skin and does not clog my pores.

After just one use, I noticed my skin was brighter and hydrated, blemishes started to subside – and my skin drank it up.

While it did not leave a tacky or greasy texture, there was some light residue on my skin after use which didn’t bother me, especially as it made my skin look dewy and felt like it was continuing to rehydrate my skin – plus it made blending stick or liquid make-up cosmetics even easier.

The formula contains multi-weight hyaluronic acid, which is a huge tick for those with dry skin who need a mega boost of hydration. Midweight hyaluronic acid means there are different particle sizes to nourish the skin topically, and deep within the dermis too.

It also contains prebiotic peptide, which is the hero ingredient to repair, soothe and support the skin’s barrier, as well as target blemishes and flare-ups.

And I love that this moisturiser is refillable, so it’s a much more cost-effective and eco-friendly solution than other moisturisers, such as Drunk Elephant.

Review by Maisie Bovingdon.

Type: Cream Size: 50ml Active ingredients: Multi-weight hyaluronic acid, ceramides, lipids and prebiotic peptides How to use: Apply a pea size amount onto cleansed skin both morning and evening.

Inkey List Ceramide moisturiser

Maisie Bovingdon

The Inkey List Bio-Active Ceramide Repairing Moisturiser[/caption]

The Inkey List Bio-Active Ceramide Repairing and Plumping Moisturiser, £18.99

Pros: Lightweight, breathable, non-sticky, super hydrating, clean formula, soothing, and affordable

Cons: None

Rating: 5/5

The Inkey List creates clean, effective and affordable beauty products, and this ceramide moisturiser is one I often return to when my skin needs some TLC.

The formula is infused with bio-active ceramides as well as the signature Gransil Blur X-11, which works to hydrate the skin, soothe irritation, and boost the skin’s elasticity for a youthful and radiant complexion. It also targets the appearance of fine lines and ageing, protecting the skin’s barrier.

This moisturiser is instantly hydrating and is absorbed into the skin the moment you apply it, which is why I love to include it in my morning and evening routine as I don’t feel I am wiping the product off on my pillow at night.

After applying the moisturiser it leaves a velvety soft texture on the skin’s surface and makes applying any make-up on top effortless – and with no piling either.

Review by Maisie Bovingdon.

Type: Cream – but as lightweight as a gel Size: 50ml Active ingredients: Blend of ceramides How to use: Apply a small 20p size to clean skin, AM and PM, if using in the morning follow up with SPF


La Roche Posay Effaclar Gel Moisturiser 

Effaclar Duo+M: Anti-Blemish Corrective Gel Moisturiser
La Roche Posay Effaclar

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo+M Anti-Blemish Corrective Gel Moisturiser, £20.90

Pros: Lightweight, blemish busting, hydrating, dermatologist approved, compact to take on the go, suitable for all skin types,

Cons: None

Rating: 4.5/5

If you are suffering from breakouts, La Roche Posay Effaclar Gel Moisturiser is a game-changer. It is lightweight, non-greasy, hydrating, but also soothing and works to target breakouts effectively.

It claims to work wonders and treat blemishes in eight hours, and while I haven’t timed it, it certainly has diminished aggressive spots efficiently.

This formulation is ideal to not only nourish the skin, improve the skin’s tone and texture, reduce hyperpigmentation, redness, and scarring, but also prevent breakouts within three months – though this claim I am unsure of, as a bad diet has contributed to some pimples.

While it does work wonders, it gets used up quickly, so I would alternate with other hydrating and brightening moisturisers to make this last.

Review by Maisie Bovingdon.

Type: Gel/Cream Size: 40ml Active ingredients: Phylobioma, Salicylic Acid, Niacinamide, Zinc How to use: Apply on cleansed skin AM and PM, be sure to add SPF on top in the daytime.

Laura Mercier tinted moisturiser SPF

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser

Laura Mercier tinted moisturiser SPF 20 – Oil free, £40

Pros: Good coverage, SPF20 included and UV protection, blends well, lightweight, skin feels hydrated, skin looks less shiny 

Cons: Expensive, can wear off easily, could do with more shades

Rating: 4/5

I don’t use foundation, with combination and oily skin, I find it a) doesn’t feel that nice to wear and b) causes breakouts and clogs pores. Having tried a lot of tinted moisturisers in the past I can say that Laura Mercier’s moisturiser is up there as one of my favourites. 

Yes, it’s technically not just a moisturiser, but the tinted moisturizer is packed full of skincare-loving ingredients such as vitamin E, and liquorice root, and there’s the added benefit of SPF20 too. 

My skin feels hydrated after wearing it all day (however it can wear off slightly if you’re prone to touching your face a lot), and Laura Mercier says it’s ‘infused with oil-absorbing powders’ which helps to stop you looking shiny throughout the day.

Plus, the oil-free formula meant that my skin looked dewy and glowy without crossing over to shiny – something I’d like to avoid.
 I find that a little goes a long way, and even used sparingly it provides decent coverage and is pretty buildable – I had no problems with using it to top up later in the day. 

Unfortunately, I would argue you need a little to go a long way, as it’s not super cheap. I wear shade 2N1 Nude, and find that it has good coverage, even when I’m tanner and also blends well with bronzing drops if I want it a little darker.  I’d argue that the shade range is good, but it could be wider. 

If you’re looking for a reliable tinted moisturiser that can provide coverage throughout the day, a glowy finish and hydrate your skin, you can’t go far wrong with Laura Mercier’s Tinter Moisturiser Oil Free. 

Review by Harriet Flook.

Type: Cream Size: 50ml Active ingredients: Octinoxate 5.5%, Octisalate 3%. How to use: Buff into the skin with a blush, fingertips or beauty blender, or mix with your daily moisturiser

Paula’s Choice Oil-Free Moisturiser

Harriet Flook

Paula’s Choice Oil-Free Moisturiser[/caption]

Oil-Free Moisturiser, £31 £26

Pros: Thick, Fragrance-Free, Absorbs quickly, Skin feels super hydrated 

Cons: Expensive for size

Rating: 4/5

Paula’s Choice Oil Free is a great option if you’re looking for a moisturiser that won’t clog your pores, or if you have oily, acne-prone skin – but still feels thick, and your skin feels nourished. 

With an almost gel-like consistency quickly absorbed into your skin, I was amazed at how much my skin drank this up. It’s filled with skincare-loving ingredients such as Vitamin B3 and Blueberry, and I was seriously impressed by how my skin instantly felt nourished, when I woke up in the morning, my skin looked hydrated and refreshed. 

The formula is lightweight, and you can also feel this as you apply, so it is great if you struggle with breakouts or clogged pores too, but it also won’t strip your skin leading to dryness. 

It’s technically a night cream (although I did use it in the morning too), but due to the thickness, I think you’ll see the most benefits using it at night as part of your skincare routine as it feels thick and luxurious.

However my main complaint about it is the size of the bottle, and how expensive it is – £31 for 60ml. A little does go a long way, but it’s the kind of product I am likely to stock up on when it’s on offer. 

Reviews have called it one of the ‘best moisturisers I’ve ever used’ and I’d agree, it’s a must for oily skin, I just wish it wasn’t so expensive.

Review by Harriet Flook.

Type: Cream Size: 60ml Active ingredients: Niacinamide, pumpkin, blueberry How to use: Apply as a night moisturiser as the last step of your skincare routine.

Drunk Elephant Protini Polypeptide Cream


Drunk Elephant Protini Polypeptide Cream[/caption]

Drunk Elephant Protini Polypeptide Cream, £62

Pros: Super hydrating, clean formula, suitable for all skin types, in-built pump for easy application and dosage, vegan and cruelty-free formula.

Cons: Expensive, and can’t open the package to scoop out the last remnants.

Rating: 4/5

Drunk Elephant’s Protini Polypeptide Cream is a nourishing and deeply hydrating moisturiser, which is non-sticky or tacky and absorbs into the skin effortlessly.

This moisturiser is enriched with a blend of ingredients to hydrate, soothe, plump and brighten all skin types, which it works efficiently at doing.

What I also love is you can blend with other serums and moisturisers from Drunk Elephant, including the Drunk Elephant D-Bronzi drops (after all, when you purchase the bronzing drops a miniature sample of the moisturiser comes with it), which tells me it is a crucial part of Drunk Elephant’s line.

My make-up sits well on top of the moisturiser, which is a rare find. However, my one bugbear is that while the pump is useful to avoid spreading germs, dipping your finger into a pot of active ingredients in a moisturiser does make it hard to tell when it is empty and if there is any product left in the base of the pot.

Considering the price point, you really don’t want to waste a single ounce of this moisturiser.

Review by Maisie Bovingdon.

Type: Cream Size: 50ml Active ingredients: Blend of nine signal peptides, which is made up of amino acids and proteins. How to use: Simply pump a pea-size amount from the container and moisturiser into cleansed skin morning and night.

S’able Labs Baobab Moisturiser

Chantelle Symester

S’able Labs Baobab moisturiser[/caption]

Baobab moisturiser, £32 up

Pros: Lightweight, sinks into skin easily and doesn’t leave residue

Cons: Pricey, has a distinct smell

Rating: 3.5/5

As a dry-skin girly, I have thoroughly enjoyed using this S’ABLE Labs moisturiser. Although it is a very light formula, which I tend to avoid, it really does hydrate my skin and leaves it looking plump, without any greasy residue.

It is definitely more of a summer moisturiser for me because my general skin type is drier/dehydrated. But it is worth highlighting that this moisturiser is packed with super hydrating ingredients like Niacinamide and Bakuchiol, a plant-based retinol that rejuvenates the skin.

The big star of the show is the Baobab (aka the ‘Tree of Life’) ingredient which is packed with antioxidants and fatty acids to keep your skin looking radiant.

I normally cleanse and tone, and then while my face is still clammy, dollop on a generous pump of the cream (slightly bigger than pea-sized). This amount fully covers my face and allows me to bring down some moisturiser to my neck and decolletage.

The clinically proven formula is non-comedogenic, so it won’t clog your pores and works well when I want to layer over a face oil at night if my skin is particularly thirsty.

Despite being marketed as fragrance-free, there is a slight earthy smell to the moisturiser when you first pump it. It’s not overpowering in any way and you do get used to it, but those who are sensitive to smells might not like it.

Reviewed by Chantelle Symester.

Type: Cream Size: 30ml / 50ml Active ingredients: Baobab, Niacinamide, Squalane How to use: Massage on clean skin AM and PM, add SPF on top in the daytime.

Kate Somerville Goat Milk Moisturising Cream

Chantelle Symester

Kate Somerville Goat Milk Cream[/caption]

Goat Milk Moisturising Cream, £65

Pros: Lightweight, no scent, sinks into the skin easily, compact easy pump packaging

Cons: Pricey, probably not rich enough for drier skin types

Rating: 3/5

The Kate Somerville Goat Milk range gets lots of praise from beauty fans and industry insiders, and for good reason: the products really are effective.

I already love using the Goat Milk cleanser and other ranges from the brand, so it was only natural to try out the complimentary moisturiser.

The texture of the cream is so light; perhaps a bit lighter than I would normally opt for, as someone prone to drier skin.

I normally pump about a pea size amount (don’t be too aggressive using the pump action, otherwise you will probably end up with more product than you need in one application) and I slather it over my face and neck.

The moisturiser is super absorbent and sinks into my skin very quickly and the clinically proven lactose and milk protein ingredients are great for sensitive skin or anyone prone to redness.

I think the non-comedogenic formula makes this a great option for anyone who is generally sweaty or works out a lot and needs something lightweight, or as an everyday moisturiser to use on your summer holiday as it is not greasy or heavy.

Review by Chantelle Symester.

Type: Cream Size: 50ml Active ingredients: Lactose from Goat’s Milk, natural milk protein, Jojoba and Avocado How to use: Apply a thin, even layer on clean skin AM and PM, and add SPF on top in the daytime.

Avene Tolerance moisturiser 

Maisie Bovingdon

Avène Tolerance Hydra-10 Moisturising Cream[/caption]

Avène Tolerance Hydra-10 Moisturising Cream, £20.50

Pros: Lightweight, hydrating, soothing, and different versions for normal or sensitive skin

Cons: Milky consistency can run or flood out of the tube

Rating: 3/5

Avene’s Tolerance Moisturising Cream is a popular choice for many, as it is super lightweight, easy to blend into the skin and get absorbed while providing hours (even days) worth of hydration.

The moisturiser is more of a wet and milky consistency (due to the inclusion of mineral-rich thermal spring water), which can make the application a little bit of a nightmare as it rushes out of the bottle. But this consistency is what makes it easy to blend and provides a hydrating, non-sticky and absorbent finish.

It is formulated with natural ingredients, with another key ingredient being hyaluronic acid. I would recommend this moisturiser for those wanting a light, breathable and non-clogging moisturiser, that instantly hydrates the skin and leaves a dewy finish.

While I didn’t notice a huge difference in my skin – unlike Medik8 and Inkey List, which appeared to calm breakouts – it is very soothing and nourishing.

Review by Maisie Bovingdon.

Type: Cream Size: 40ml Active ingredients: Hyaluronic acid How to use: Apply to clean skin both morning and evening

Where can I buy non-comedogenic moisturisers in the UK?

If you’re looking for non-comedogenic moisturizers in the UK, you’re in luck as there are countless options available to help maintain clear, healthy skin – without clogging pores.

Non-comedogenic moisturisers are ideal if you’re prone to acne, blackheads or sensitive skin, as they provide essential hydration without causing breakouts.

You can find these specialized products at major retailers, which offer a wide range of skincare items. Online beauty platforms also provide extensive selections, including customer reviews to help guide your choice.

Below, we’ve listed some recommended places to buy non-comedogenic moisturisers:

How much do non-comedogenic moisturisers cost?

The cost of non-comedogenic moisturizers can vary widely depending on the brand, ingredients and product size.

On the budget-friendly end of our picks above, we found effective options from the likes of The INKEY List, La Roche-Posay and Avene ranging from around £18 to £20.

Mid-range options from brands like Baobab, Laura Mercier and Medik8 typically cost between £32 and £40, offering high-quality formulations with additional skincare benefits.

And on the luxury end of things, we tried Drunk Elephant and Kate Somerville which provide premium non-comedogenic moisturizers that can cost £62 and above.

Whatever your budget, we’re happy to report there are excellent options available to suit your skincare needs – without compromising on quality.

How do you know if a moisturiser is non-comedogenic?

Establishing if a moisturizer is non-comedogenic is simple: all you need to do is check the product label for the term ‘non-comedogenic,’ which will indicate that it’s formulated with ingredients that won’t clog pores.

You can also check the ingredients list for common pore-clogging culprits like heavy oils (such as coconut oil), silicones and certain waxes. Instead, you’ll want lighter ingredients like hyaluronic acid, glycerin and non-oily plant extracts.

Certifications or recommendations from dermatologists and trusted skincare authorities can also assure that the moisturiser is designed to prevent breakouts and keep skin clear.

Plus, you can always research the brand and read customer reviews to see if others with similar skin types have found the product non-comedogenic.

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