Simply put, oily skin produces excess sebum. Too much of this natural oil can lead to unwanted shine, and visible and clogged pores that play a role in the development of blemishes. The best products for oily skin can help absorb excess oil to minimize shine, decongest pores and reduce their visibility. However, there are benefits to having oily skin. Those with this skin type tend to have thicker skin and fewer wrinkles.1
Oily skin can be caused by genetics, hormonal fluctuations, and stress.1 All of these factors can stimulate the oil glands, prompting them to produce excess sebum. Products for oily skin can help remove or absorb excess oil. Properly formulated skincare products for oily skin (including cleansers, toners, serums, and moisturizers) can also help minimize the appearance of pores and prevent them from becoming clogged.
All skin types—including oily skin—require extra hydration to maintain optimal moisture levels. When choosing hydrating products for oily skin, it’s best to look for oil-free, non-comedogenic formulas (which means they won’t clog pores). Lightweight serums can be effective moisturizing products for oily skin. Instead of using several skincare products for oily skin in the morning, your daily sunscreen may be able to provide the hydration your skin needs, and specially formulated sunscreens such as our Physical Matte UV Defense SPF 50 can help absorb excess oil as well.
What is great skincare for oily skin?
An effective skincare regimen for oily skin types should include specially formulated products for oily skin. Your cleanser should be designed to gently exfoliate and remove excess oil without stripping the skin or leaving it feeling tight or dry (our Purifying Cleanser and LHA Cleanser are ideal for oily skin). Toner can be one of the best products for oily skin, and our Conditioning Toner with a complex of alpha- and beta-hydroxy acids helps decongest pores and remove excess sebum before you apply other skincare products. Targeted serums, such as our Hydrating B5 Gel, Phyto Corrective Gel, and Phyto+ can be used as moisturizing products for oily skin, but all formulations should be oil-free and non-comedogenic. Certain moisturizers (such as our Daily Moisture) can help improve the appearance of visible pores associated with oily skin. Finally, an advanced sunscreen like our Physical Matte UV Defense SPF 50 can act as a skin mattifier and oil-absorbing makeup primer in addition to providing broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection.