When choosing skin care products that won't cause clogged pores, searching for the best noncomedogenic moisturizers is a good place to start. But there are some caveats, board-certified dermatologist Alicia Zalka, M.D. tells Bustle. She explains that the definition of noncomedogenic means "not tending to clog pores by the formation of blackheads," which sounds great — but the term isn't regulated, so its use is solely at the discretion of the product's manufacturer. If you have breakout-prone skin or congested pores, the expert suggests starting with moisturizers that are labeled as noncomedogenic as a good first step, but then reading the ingredients list to make sure yours is also oil-free, designed for acne-prone skin, or water-based.
All of the moisturizers listed below are oil- and fragrance-free, Dr. Zalka-approved, and typically won't clog pores or cause breakouts. Pick the one that sounds best to you in terms of the price and formula (e.g. think about whether or not you're looking for a moisturizer that contains sunscreen). Dr. Zalka says to look for ingredients like hyaluronic acid, glycerin, ceramides, and niacinamide, and to avoid beeswax, certain types of lanolin and fatty acids, and mineral oil ("most oils should be avoided," she adds).