CLEAR Oil-Free Moisturizer
Based on 25 reviews
Provides soothing hydration that won’t clog pores or cause breakouts. Weightless, oil-free moisturizer is specially formulated for blemish-prone skin.

CLEAR Oil-Free Moisturizer

Based on 25 reviews
Provides soothing hydration that won’t clog pores or cause breakouts. Weightless, oil-free moisturizer is specially formulated for blemish-prone skin.
  • Lightly hydrates breakout-prone skin without adding oil or shine
  • Pore-minimizing niacinamide soothes flaky skin
  • Sheer, ceramide-infused lotion calms redness
  • Use as the last step in your PM skincare routine
Skin Types:
All Skin Types
    2 oz
    Travel Size...
Why is it different?
The frustration of finding the best moisturizer for acne-prone skin is over. This non-greasy moisturizer provides water-light hydration, eliminates dry, flaky patches, and visibly corrects issues unique to acne-prone skin—without adding oil, clogging pores or making breakouts worse.
What does it do?
Naturally soothing antioxidants, sourced from pumpkin and blueberry calm redness, while ceramides strengthen skin’s surface. Niacinamide, a pore minimizer, improves tone and eliminates dryness.
How to use
At night, use as the last step in your skin care routine. For daytime, follow with a broad-spectrum sunscreen.
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Dermatologic Therapy, February 2017, pages 1-7

Pharmaceutical Biology, September 2016, pages 5-8

Advances in Dermatology and Allergology, April 2016, pages 81-86

Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology, May 2014, pages 36-44; and March 2014, pages 18-26

Mediators of Inflammation, August 2010, ePublication

DermatoEndocrinology, March-April 2009, pages 68-71

Product Ingredients Water (Aqua), Ethyl Macadamiate (hydration), Glycerin (skin-replenishing), Cetearyl Alcohol (texture enhancer), Propanediol (hydration), Triethylhexanoin (skin-smoothing), Sodium Acrylates Copolymer (texture enhancer), Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate (thickeners), Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract (skin- soothing), Hydrolyzed Pumpkin Seedcake (skin-replenishing), Vaccinium Angustifolium (Blueberry) Fruit Extract (antioxidant), Euterpe Oleracea (Acai) Fruit Extract (antioxidant), Prunus Serotina (Wild Cherry) Fruit Extract (skin-soothing/antioxidant), Niacinamide (skin-restoring),Tripeptide-29 (skin-restoring), Ceramide NP, Ceramide AP, Ceramide EOP (skin-replenishing), Sodium Hyaluronate (skin-replenishing/hydration), Phytosphingosine (skin-restoring), Cholesterol (skin-replenishing), Panthenol (hydration), Sodium PCA (skin-replenishing), Adenosine (skin-restoring), Lecithin (skin-restoring/hydration), Arginine (amino acid/hydration), Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate (emulsifier) Sodium Gluconate (hydration/chelation), Citric Acid (pH adjuster), Isohexadecane (solvent/texture enhancer), Xanthan Gum, Carbomer (thickeners), Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin (preservatives).

Ratings & Reviews

Great moisturizer


I love this moisturizer. It works well with the whole acne line. I have acne but also sensitive and oily skin so I have to be careful with what I use and I can't let my skin get too dried out or it will over produce oil.




I finally found my Holy Grail!


I was a devoted user of Paula's Skin Balancing Moisture Gel for years. I absolutely loved it. But then I was diagnosed with celiac disease, and I was told to stop using skincare products with wheat germ oil. That was over a decade ago, and I've struggled to find the perfect moisturizer since, Paula's Choice or elsewhere. Something in Hydralight irritated me. The Clear Skin Hydrator was too heavy. The Calm N/O was too lighweight. I found a few drugstore moisturizers that didn't clog my pores, but they had little to no antioxidants. So I'm beyond thrilled Paula has come out with this moisturizer. It is absolutely everything I've ever wanted a moisturizer to do. It hydrates, isn't too heavy, doesn't break me out, and sinks right in and doesn't feel greasy. In short, it's absolutely perfect!!!

Sleeping Beauty



Great product


As a mature woman with still very oily and sensitive skin with fine lines and dryness due to Canadian winters and wood heat, I have FINALLY found a product that works as advertised as does not cause blemishes or feel like a heavy film on your skin. It hydrates without feeling greasy. Thank you Paula for another fantastic product.




Love it


I really like this moisturizer, it doesnt make me oily and it feels so nice!


Palm springs,ca


Perfect For Sensitive, Oily Skin!!!


I use Retina-A and I have to be extremely careful about the products I use to compliment it...this product is absolute perfection for my nighttime skincare needs! After I apply Retina-A ,I use this moisturizer with 2 or 3 drops of the 'RESIST Moisture Renewal Oil Booster' and my skin is soft and blemish free in the morning. This moisturizer is not too oily, it doesn't have any conflicting ingredients to use with Retina-A and helps to keep skin flaking at bay. Paula's Choice is literally the only skincare I trust...I have yet to be disappointed in any product I use!


Washington, DC


Better on my skin than Hydralight


I have used Hydralight exclusively in the AM after my Vitamin C serum. Unfortunately I was always super oily with or without make-up, a few hours after application. By the end of the day, my face was HOT. This Calm moisturizer is more moisturizing but not greasy AT ALL. Perhaps it was the hylaronic acid in the Hydralight I couldn't tolerate? My combo/oily/sensitive skin loves this stuff. I am already ordering another bottle.




Awesome lightweight moisturizer! A must try!


Paula! This is THE perfect moisturizer for my mature, oily skin. It is lightweight, absorbs quickly, and my complexion feels very soft and hydrated. Thank you for developing this lightweight formula - I use it twice daily (and with my favorite PC sunscreen in the morning). While I still really like the Skin Balancing moisturizing gel, this moisturizer will replace it. I recommend those PC fans looking to try a new, lightweight moisturizer to definitely give this a try! You will not be disappointed!


Highlands Ranch, CO


So glad they finally developed this moisturizer!


This is the product that I had always wished Paula's Choice would create- suitable for oily, acne-prone but substantially nourishing for people who have concerns about aging or need more moisture in the winter. I find it to be the more moisturizing than the Hydralight and Calm ones which I use in warmer weather. This is a smooth, slightly thick gel texture that feels a bit tacky when first applied but it eventually sinks in and gives a plumping, fortifying feeling to the skin which I love! I will definitely be repurchasing this.


Dallas, TX


Closest I've gotten to a holy grail moisturizer


This is the ONLY Paula's Choice moisturizer that doesn't contain excessive mattifying agents that make your skin feel dry and accentuate the presence of your fine lines. In other words, it actually MOISTURIZES. The ceramides make my skin feel plush.The niacinamide gives a beautiful, brightening effect and the antioxidants provide further protection and repair. It reminds me of a less greasy, super-charged version of Cera Ve PM. And finally, it doesn't make my super pimple-prone skin break out. Kudos to PC product development!

Rebecca O.

Seattle, WA


Perfect Moisturizer for Combo Acne Prone Skin


I have had such a hard time finding the right night time moisturizer for my odd combo skin type. The light gel textures do not moisturize the dry areas of my skin enough, and the hydrating cream ones are a little too heavy for my oily center. The Earth Sourced flakes off my skin, and the new Defense still dries a little too matte for me. The Hydralight was the only one that was close, but it still wasn't quite right for my skin. This feels absolutely PERFECT on my skin before I go to bed. Just light and hydrating enough to quench my skin thirst, but does not leave that oily glow overnight. I love it!


Los Angeles



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