18 Best Products For Oily Prone Skin That Finally Put an End to Shine

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There are some things in life that are just better greasy; french fries, cheese pizza, hell even body oils for that extra glow.

Unfortunately, my T-zone is not one of these things.

I personally can attest to just how much a good skin care regimen can help in reducing oil production, as I used to struggle with having a persistently oily forehead!

When I was a broke college student I remember struggling with keeping my forehead from feeling and looking like a Slip-N-Slide!

I would go to work a short 4 hour shift at a local retailer and by the time I was allotted my first break, would pull out my compact and see to my horror, a greasy looking forehead!

It didn’t matter what makeup I was wearing or even the added measure I took to set it, my forehead always wound up looking shiny!

It wasn’t until I immersed myself in a new job as a skin care consultant that I learned all about how I could target my oily skin and significantly change it with the right products!

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I highly advise you consider some of the following products that are formulated specifically for oily skin!

Best CLEANSERS for Oily Skin

1. Boscia Detoxifying Black Cleanser

boscia Detoxifying Black Charcoal Cleanser - Activated Charcoal and Vitamin C Warming Gel Face Cleanser

This black charcoal cleanser works to not only ban excess oil, but also noticeably reduce pore size, rid the skin of impurities, exfoliate, and improve the complexion.

Boscia detoxifying black cleanser uses activated charcoal and vitamin P that warms the skin on contact which helps to open pores and lift away oil, dirt, and other debris that encourage acne and blemishes.

This cleanser also incorporates artichoke leaf extract that helps to minimize the appearance of large pores. The added Vitamin C and glycolic acid help to boost radiance, fade uneven skin tone, and offer anti aging protection.

2. First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Deep Cleanser with Red Clay

First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Deep Cleanser with Red Clay, 4.7 oz

This foaming gel cleanser is designed to remove excess oil, unclog pores, and clean the skin. By using a mixture of red clay, rosemary leaf oil, and botanical antioxidants, FAB Skin Rescue is formulated to reduce oil production and the appearance of pore size.

Ideal for anyone with oily, acne-prone, or combination skin, this cleanser also removes makeup, dirt, and other radicals.

3. Formula 10.0.6 So Totally Clean Deep Pore Cleanser

Formula 10-0-6 SO Totally Clean Deep Pore Cleanser -- 6.75 fl oz

This product functions as both a cleanser and toner through cleansing and exfoliating clogged pores for skin that looks and feels visibly cleaner and refreshed. Apply this product to a cotton pad and gently wipe over the face and neck to remove oil, dirt, and other free radicals.

Best EXFOILATORS for Oily Skin

1. Caudalie Deep Cleansing Exfoliator

CaudalÍe Deep Cleansing Exfoliator. Purify and Cleanse Face and Improve Texture with Natural Ingredients Infused with Grapefruit, Mint and Orange (2.5 oz / 75 mL)

Caudalie utilizes corn beads in this whipped exfoliator to deeply purify the face and rid skin of dead cell buildup. An additive of grape pulp extract helps to hydrate and smooth the skin. This exfoliator works on all skin types and leaves it feeling silky-smooth without irritating the skin.

2. Paula’s Choice SKIN PERFECTING 2% BHA Liquid

Paula's Choice-SKIN PERFECTING 2% BHA Liquid Salicylic Acid Exfoliant-Facial Exfoliant for Blackheads, Enlarged Pores, Wrinkles, Fine Lines-1-1oz. Bottle - Travel

This skin perfecting exfoliator uses salicylic acid and 2% BHA’s (beta-hydroxy acids) to unclog pores filled with oil and other debris. Salicylic acid is good for oily skin and anyone with acne since it works to deep clean and remove gunk from the pores.

For those interested in trying this product but are on the fence, this product also comes in a trial size version as well.

3. NEUTROGENA Deep Clean Long Lasting Shine Control Scrub

This scrub is a strong candidate from the drugstore because it’s not only super affordable but does a phenomenal job of absorbing oil! In fact, it absorbs 85% of oil on the skin immediately!

Using patent-pending rice protein technology, this scrub functions as a sponge, continuing to absorb oil throughout the day, leaving you with skin that’s fresh and shine free.

Best TONERS for Oily Skin

1. OLEHENRIKSEN Balancing Force™ Oil Control Toner


This oil control toner uses salicylic, glycolic, and lactic acids to get rid of excess oil without being too harsh and stripping the skin.

This concentrated facial astringent includes green tea, eucalyptus, irish moss extract, and algae to absorb excess oil and refine pores which makes it the ideal solution for those who battle oiliness, large pores, acne, and other blemishes.

2. Origins Zero Oil™ Pore Purifying Toner

Origins Zero Oil Pore Purifying Toner With Saw Palmetto And Mint 150Ml/5Oz

Through using natural ingredient such as saw palmetto, cooling mint, and salicylic acid, this toner remove excess oil and shine while minimizing the appearance of pores, all without drying out the skin.

3. Mario Badescu Special Cleansing Lotion C

Mario Badescu Special Cleansing Lotion C, 8 oz.

Mario Badescu Special Cleansing Lotion uses an aggressive formula to cleanse away oil and surface greasiness. This acne fighting product works by first deep cleaning the face, then disinfecting and drying up acne-prone and oily skin areas which are likely to cause future blemishes or breakouts.

Best MOISTURIZERS for Oily Skin

1. Cetaphil Dermacontrol Oil Control Moisturizer SPF 30

Cetaphil Cetaphil Pro Oil Absorbing Moisturizer With Spf 30 Broad Spectrum Sunscreen, 4 Ounce

A great choice from the drugstore, this 3-in1 product by Cetaphil aims to hydrate, control shine, and provide both UVA and UVB protection.

The micropearl technology offers a matte finish to the skin, while Oleosome technology calms against irritation and hydrate.

This moisturizer has also been shown to help reduce dryness and rough skin in those who are taking acne medication. This product is paraben and fragrance free and will not clog pores.

2. Bare Minerals True Oasis Gel Cream

bareMinerals True Oasis Oil-Free Replenishing Cream, 1.7 Ounce

Designed for combination and oily skin this water based gel moisturizer enhances skin’s resilience and vibrancy by using an Intuitive Mineral Moisture technology to deliver oil-free moisture, which in turn leaves skin smooth and soft.

Peptides, ceramides, and amino acids help to eliminate rough texture and diminish the look of fine lines and wrinkles. This cream also has an invigorating blend of bergamot and eucalyptus to awake the senses.

3. Origins Zero Oil™ Oil-Free Moisture Lotion

Origins Zero Oil(TM) Oil-Free Moisture Lotion 1.7 oz

This lightweight and oil-free moisturizer is ideal for oily skin since it works to create a smooth and matte finish without overdrying the skin.

Through a combination of skin-clearing ingredients such as saw palmetto, refreshing mint, and pore-minimizing salicylic acid, Origins oil-free moisture lotion helps to remove excess oil and the likelihood of future breakouts.

This product is non-acnegenic and will leave skin feeling silky smooth.

Best SERUMS for Oily Skin

1. DERMAdoctor Ain’t Misbehavin’ Medicated Acne Control Serum

DERMAdoctor Acne Control Serum, 1 Fl Oz

This serum leaves the skin with a nice matte finish and does an amazing job of clearing up current blemishes and preventing new ones from forming. This serum also acts as a light moisturizer and leaves skin feeling hydrated and refreshed.

2. Fresh Umbrian Clay Mattifying Serum

Fresh Umbrian Clay Mattifying Serum (Normal to Oily Skin) 30ml/1oz

This serum uses meadowsweet extract to curb excess sebum (oil) production and keep skin balanced and looking fresh. It also contains  ginger root pore refining complex to further control shine and minimize the appearance of pores. This serum will also hydrate and tone the skin!

3. Kypris Clearing Serum

KYPRIS - Natural Clearing Facial Serum (For Irritations + Blemishes)

An excellent choice for skin that is easily irritated, hormonal, or acne prone, this serum helps to promote the skin’s internal healing capabilities to diminish signs of distress from environmental and hormonal factors.

Best ACCESSORIES for Oily Skin

1. Belif Hydra Sebum Control Essence

belif, Hydra Sebum Control Essence (50ml, Sebum control, pores management)

Use this essence after toning to add in extra hydration to the skin as well as reduce surface level oil by 20%! This essence is awesome because it dries down to a smooth, matte finish but still leaves skin feeling supple and refreshed. Green clay and tangerine peel help to refine the appearance of texture on the skin, leaving a smooth finish.

2. GLAMGLOW POWERMUD™ Dualcleanse Treatment

GLAMGLOW Power Mud Dual Cleanse Treatment, 1.7 Fluid Ounce

This unique mud-to-oil formula offers a subsurface removal of accumulated dirt, oil, and makeup buildup through a multi sensory experience.

Glamglow mask is formulated with a custom blend of powerful, rare, and non-greasy deep cleansing oils and a four clay blend that is specifically developed for a delicate yet maximum cleanse.

The added PUREIFIER™ is a sophisticated mix of exfoliators, astringents, and cleansers that work to significantly purify and condition the skin.

3. Boscia Luminizing Black Mask

boscia Luminizing Black Charcoal Mask - Activated Charcoal and Vitamin C Pore-Minimizing Peel-Off Mask, 2.8 oz

This peel off mask helps to detoxify the skin and eliminate oils, while also offering brightening, smoothing, and pore minimizing effects. This mask contains jojoba leaf, which is antioxidant rich and heals skin from environmental and UV damage, as well as willow herb, which helps to calm against inflammation and reduce redness.

Have you tried any of these products before, if so, how did they work for you? Let me know if I missed any great products for taming oil as well, because I would love to include them on future lists!

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