What Are the Best Night Creams for Acne Prone Skin?

Putting together a whole skin care system can be a daunting task, particularly if you suffer from acne like me. I know that all that stands between me and the acne that used to plague me is letting down my guard a little and not being consistent with my skin care regimen.

We’re most likely to let this slide at night, but we must not! Night cream gives my skin a chance to start the day off right before I even go to bed. Despite the fact that I’m relatively young and I have acne prone skin, my night cream is an important part of keeping my skin soft, supple, and radiant.

We’ll explore the best night cream for acne prone skin and why it’s important. Keep in mind as you read this that no two faces are likely to react the same way to a product. What’s great for one person may cause a horrible rash in the next. Consult with your dermatologist if you have any questions about which products to use.

How does Night Cream Different From Normal Moisturizers?

You might be under the impression that night cream is the same thing as a regular moisturizer. Is it just a ploy for cosmetics companies to sell yet another product? While that is sometimes the case, night cream does have many differences which set it apart from every day moisturizers.

First, night cream tends to be heavier than daily moisturizers, which are formulated to be lightweight for application under make up. Most night creams wouldn’t likely feel very pleasant under a full face of makeup.

Night creams usually contain skin toning, firming, and anti-aging ingredients that reduce fine lines and wrinkles. As is almost always the case, the product that is right for you will be dependent on your desired outcome. We’ll be taking a close look at night creams that are particularly good for acne prone skin.

Who Needs Night Cream?

There really is a night cream out there for everyone and for every skin type. If you’re perfectly happy with your skin and your current skincare regimen, night cream may not be for you. However, I’ve met very few people who are entirely happy with their skin.

Night cream is great for aging skin for a couple of reasons. First, skin tends to lose its ability to retain moisture as we get older due to a decrease in oil gland activity (source). Night cream can help hydrate and form a protective barrier while you sleep.

Many night creams offer formulas designed to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, as well. Another side effect of aging is a reduction in the elasticity of skin, which creates wrinkles and sagging skin. Dark spots may also form with age, and there are night creams aimed at reducing those as well.

Are Night Creams Only For Aging Skin?

Are night creams only for aging skin? No way! Even young skin can benefit from toning and firming. If you’re still young and not seeing the outward signs of aging yet, a night cream isn’t strictly necessary. However, it may help your skin stay in great shape. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, as they say.

No night cream is a miracle worker, no matter what manufacturers may claim. You could do without and likely be just fine. However, I find it highly unlikely that I will ever look back at my life and regret taking great care of my skin.

We acne sufferers may be terrified of the idea of using night cream. Heavy moisturizers are perceived to clog pores and help create or worsen acne, and night creams tend to be thought of as strictly heavy moisturizers. Neither perception is entirely accurate.

What You Should Look for in a Night Cream for Acne Prone Skin

First, you’ll want to check the ingredients in your potential purchase for ingredients that rank high on the comedogenic scale. Essentially, this scale measures an ingredient’s likelihood of causing or worsening acne.

While you’re checking out that list of ingredients, make sure that the product doesn’t contain any ingredients to which you have known sensitivities or allergies. You’d be amazed at how often I’ve seen people confused at why a product caused irritation, only to check and find an allergen in the mix.

Next, you’re going to want to look for a cream that is lightweight and gentle, something that absorbs well and doesn’t cause oily build up. You can find an abundance of accounts of personal experiences with products on the internet if you go looking.

Do You Really Need Night Cream?

You don’t necessarily need it, particularly if you have oily skin. Nobody ever wound up looking like a shriveled fig simply because they opted out of using a night cream.

For me personally, using night cream helps me to know I’m doing the best I can for my skin. I worked for a long time to find a way to have healthy, acne free skin, and I like knowing that it looks the best it can look.

Now, on to the reviews!

InstaNatural Night Cream

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This night cream is a relatively natural product with all skin types in mind. It’s produced by a reputable brand. Ingredients in this night cream address pretty much all of the skin issues you might expect from such a product.

Pros


  • Cruelty free, no animal testing
  • Luxurious thick texture
  • Goes on lightweight
  • Non-greasy
  • Uses vitamin B3 to help treat acne
  • Pleasant scent
  • Mostly natural ingredients

Cons


  • May cause breakouts in some users
  • May be too heavy for some people
  • Takes time to absorb into the skin
  • Can cause eye irritation

Breakthrough Night Cream by Body Merry

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This is another night cream that uses vitamin B3 to help treat acne while moisturizing skin and fighting wrinkles and other signs of skin aging. It uses many botanical ingredients to moisturize and reduce skin inflammation, which is perfect for acne prone skin.

Pros


  • No added fragrances
  • Contains vitamin B3
  • Easy to use pump bottle
  • Brightens and hydrates skin
  • Absorbs quickly
  • Light enough even for daytime use

Cons


  • May not moisturize as well as expected
  • Doesn’t firm as well as many night creams
  • May cause irritation in some users

Skincare Miracle by Radha Beauty’s Retinol Moisturizer

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This product is wildly popular on the internet, and likely with good reason. Though not specifically marketed as a night cream, this moisturizer fits the bill with rich ingredients and plenty of skin improving components like retinol and vitamin E.

Pros


  • No dyes, fragrances, or parabens are used
  • Uses ‘active retinol’ to reduce the signs of aging
  • Gentle ingredients
  • Visibly evens skin tone in many users
  • Minimizes pores in some users
  • Long lasting effects

Cons


  • May cause eye or skin irritation
  • May cause skin peeling
  • Crummy packaging is difficult to operate
  • May not live up to the hype

Retinol Cream Moisturizer by Body Merry

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You may recognize this brand from a few list spots up. Body Merry is a highly respected, well-loved brand in the skin are game, and many people swear by their entire product line. This night cream is made with lots of soothing natural ingredients, plant based moisturizers, and retinol.

Pros


  • Pleasant mild scent
  • Incredible customer service
  • Light, even moisture
  • Doesn’t leave skin greasy
  • Gives many users a fresh, toned look
  • Light enough to wear under makeup

Cons


  • Doesn’t meet some users expectations
  • Packaging is easily broken
  • Retinol can irritate some users’ skin

Era Organics Complete Moisturizing Cream

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This organic moisturizer claims to provide all-day moisture for all skin types. There are plenty of hearty, healthy ingredients for acne prone skin and few comedogenic ingredients, plus some anti-aging ingredients to be found in the list of ingredients.

Pros


  • Organic ingredients
  • Thick cream goes a long ways
  • Multi-purpose product, many applications
  • Super-moisturizing
  • Great for sensitive skin
  • Most users report an improvement in acne

Cons


  • Natural smell may be too earthy for some
  • Some ingredients may cause skin irritation
  • Doesn’t moisturize all skin types well

The Last Word on Night Creams for Acne

Based on my research, the Breakthrough Night Cream by Body Merry takes the cake when it comes to the best night cream for acne prone skin. Not only does it treat even sensitive skin well, it contains acne-fighting ingredients alongside components that improve the overall look of skin.

Choosing a great product for your skin doesn’t have to be rocket science. Simply explore the label of your night cream to be and check out how the products worked for other users. You’re likely to find an unbiased opinion if you look hard enough.

Helen Sanders
 

Chief editor here at Health Ambition, I'm a proud mother of two passionate about nutrition and ways to live healthier with more energy!