There’s nothing worse than trying a product that claims it can “control your oily skin,” only to see shine within minutes. But don’t despair — matte, oil-free skin is possible with the right combination of products. That’s why we’ve rounded up seven of our faves that will keep your oily skin in check.
Keeping your oily skin under control starts at the very beginning —your cleansing routine. We know you’re trying to “dry out” your skin, but using anything too harsh or stripping will only kick your oil production into overdrive.
This gentle cleanser removes excess oil and exfoliates skin using a combination of salicylic, glycolic and lactic acid. It’s gentle, effective and is the perfect way to prime your skin before makeup.
Since sun protection is notorious for leaving skin feeling either (a) chalky or (b) greasy, we know how hard it can be for oily skin to find the right SPF formula. Cue Skinceuticals Matte Defense. Not only do you get full UVA and UVB protection with SPF 50, but this broad spectrum sunscreen maintains a matte finish, even in hot and humid conditions.
Oily skin needs moisture too so we recommend a moisturizer designed to keep the oil at bay. This non-comedogenic and non-greasy formula will soon become your go-to — it offers deep hydration that lasts up to 24 hours and restores the skin’s barrier with essential ceramides. Basically, you’ll love it.
You’ve carefully applied your makeup, only for it to come out looking greasy at the end. That’s because you skipped a step! Before swiping on foundation, use this lightweight and oil-free primer that not only blurs away fine lines and pores but also mattifies skin for a smooth and shine-free canvas. Now, on to the makeup application!
When you want a product with a little more coverage (think medium to full), this foundation should be your go-to. The light formula delivers a 24-hour matte finish that goes on smooth for a flawless result every time.
One of our oily skin must haves is pressed powder. It’s perfect for mid-day touch-ups and the right product will keep you matte all day. We particularly love the Urban Decay De-Slick Mattifying Powder because it’s made from rice powder and infused with tea tree oil, and the absorbent formula banishes shine and absorbs oil without the cakey feel.
About the Author:Tembe Denton-Hurst hails from Brooklyn, NY, but if you ask her, the answer will be much more complicated. She's passionate about YouTube, storytelling and swatching everything she can get her hands on. When the assistant beauty editor isn't brainstorming crazy ideas for makeup.com, she's lurking on Reddit, spending time with her cats Stella and Dakota or asking obvious questions.