K, I know you’ve heard this a million times, but it bears repeating: You can’t skip out on moisturizer if you’ve got oily skin. It might feel a little counterintuitive to load up on heavy creams and lotions when you’ve got hella shine on your face, but skipping moisturizer can actually make your face produce more oil (and that definitely isn’t the goal, right?). So in addition to your regular cleansing and treating, you’ll also want to invest in a lightweight—yet super hydrating—moisturizer to keep excess oil at bay.
“Moisturizing is important to keep the skin’s barrier intact,” Heidi Waldorf, MD, dermatologist at Waldorf Dermatology Aesthetics in New York has told Cosmo, adding that those with oily skin should look for formulas with lightweight hydrators like hyaluronic acid or glycerin (both of which won’t clog your pores or break you out). Don’t worry though, you don’t need to sift through the hundreds of creams on the market right now to find your match—keep reading for the 25 best moisturizers for oily skin types.
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Best Moisturizer for Oily Skin and Clogged Pores
Shani Darden Daily Oil-Free Moisturizer
Smooth this oil-free moisturizer over clean skin and you’ll notice two things: (1) It sinks into your skin super fast, and (2) It leaves behind a practically weightless texture. That’s thanks to the lightweight ingredients in the formula, like hyaluronic acid (to lock in hydration), hydrolyzed collagen (to plump), and red algae extract (to soften).
Best Fragrance-Free Moisturizer for Oily Skin
EltaMD AM Therapy Facial Moisturizer
I’m a fan of keeping my skincare routine super simple—especially when my face is lookin’ extra oily and broken out—which is why I love this daily moisturizer so much. Instead of using fragrances or pore-clogging ingredients, this bb is loaded with soothing willow bark, brightening niacinamide, and hyaluronic acid. Tl;dr: There’s no need to worry about irritation with this one.
Best Moisturizer for Oily Comnbination Skin
Nola Skinsentials Hyaluronic H2O Créme
If your skin is part oily, part dry, and part whatever the F it wants to be that day, you’ll love this hyaluronic acid moisturizer. Not only does it work to strengthen your moisture barrier, but it also locks in hydration every time you use it. Psst: The formula’s also got pomegranate and vitamin C to help brighten up your skin over time.
Best Affordable Moisturizer for Oily Skin
The Ordinary Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA
Don’t be fooled by the fact that this oily skin moisturizer is less than $10—the formula is actually stacked with glycerin, hyaluronic acid, and amino acids to help hydrate your skin without weighing it down. Don’t just take my word for it though—peep the hundreds of five-star reviews, and you’ll get the hype.
Best Moisturizer for Oily Skin and Dark Spots
Rosen Skincare Moonlight Moisturizer
If you’re looking to treat your oily skin and dark marks simultaneously, you can’t go wrong with this daily moisturizer. The formula’s licorice root extract and niacinamide come together to help lighten dark spots and marks, while the shea butter works to hydrate and smooth.
Best SPF Moisturizer for Oily Skin
Murad Oil and Pore Control Mattifier Broad Spectrum SPF 45
Unlike that thick sunscreen that makes your oily skin even oilier, this SPF moisturizer offers lightweight sun protection that won’t clog your pores. The formula’s blend of yellow wood bark and avocado extracts help keep your excess oil in check too.
Best Moisturizer for Oily, Acne-Prone Skin
Origins Clear Improvement Pore Clearing Moisturizer
Acne and excess oil often come hand in hand (the best of both worlds, right?), but this clarifying moisturizer kills two
birds zits with one stone. The formula is spiked with salicylic acid (a gentle exfoliator that unclogs your pores) and bamboo charcoal (a micro-fine powder that has antibacterial and antifungal properties) to hydrate and treat your skin simultaneously.
Best Mattifying Moisturizer for Oily Skin
La Roche-Posay Effaclar Mat Daily Moisturizer for Oily Skin
This moisturizer is a match made in heaven for oily skin types. In addition to zapping excess oil (thanks to ingredients like lipo-hydroxy acid and perlite), it also leaves your skin with a smooth, matte-like finish that doesn’t feel tight or dry.
Best Gel Moisturizer for Oily Skin
Paula’s Choice Invisible Finish Moisture Gel
Feel like creamy formulas are too thick for your oily skin? This gel moisturizer from Paula’s Choice is a lightweight alternative you’ll actually love. And with brightening and hydrating ingredients like niacinamide and hyaluronic acid, it’s a killer combo for your dark spots and acne scars.
Best Daily Moisturizer for Oily Skin
Avene Triacneal Day Mattifying Lotion
Just ’cause you have oily skin doesn’t mean it isn’t sensitive. This gentle-yet-mattifying moisturizer is mild enough to use both day and night, so no need to worry about it irritating or drying out your skin with intense oil-zapping ingredients.
Best Nighttime Moisturizer for Oily Skin
CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion
Prepare to slather on this lightweight moisturizer every night (seriously, you’ll love it that much). The creamy formula is oil-free, non-comedogenic, and fragrance-free, so it’s no wonder why derms recommend it.
Best Moisturizer for Oily Skin and Blackheads
Caudalie Vinopure Natural Oil Control Moisturizer
The hero ingredient in this moisturizer for oily skin is grape seed polyphenols, an antioxidant-rich extract that helps keep your excess oil from oxidizing and your blackheads from forming (yup, really).
Best Oil-Absorbing Moisturizer
Differin Oil Absorbing Moisturizer with Sunscreen
This moisturizer—which is spiked with SPF 30—works to absorb all that excess oil on your skin, leaving you with a smooth, matte texture that isn’t the slightest bit drying. Oh, and it’s also hypoallergenic and fragrance-free, ’cause there’s no need to irritate your oily skin.
Best Vitamin E Moisturizer for Oily Skin
SkinCeuticals Daily Moisture Lightweight Pore-Minimimzing Moisturizer
Best Drugstore Moisturizer for Oily Skin
Cetaphil Pro Oil Absorbing Moisturizer
A solid moisturizer doesn’t need to cost your entire paycheck, as is evident by this drugstore skincare pick from Cetaphil. Bonus: It’s formulated with SPF 30, so there’s no need to layer your sunscreen on top (though, like, it’s always a super smart idea).
Best Lightweight Moisturizer for Oily Skin
First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Oil-Free Mattifying Gel Moisturizer
This lightweight moisturizer for oily skin is loaded with a super-impressive cocktail of ingredients, including zinc PCA (which helps normalize oil production) and lecithin (which hydrates and minimizes the appearance of pores). Translation: Your skin is in good hands with this one.
Best Salicylic Acid Moisturizer for Oily Skin
Peter Thomas Roth Acne-Clear Oil-Free Matte Moisturizer
It’s no secret that acne-fighting products can leave your skin out of whack. That’s where this oil-free moisturizer comes into play—it’s formulated with salicylic acid to treat breakouts and excess oil, along with ultra-hydrating hyaluronic acid and soothing aloe vera.
Best Moisturizer for Oily Skin and Redness
Boscia Green Tea Oil-Free Moisturizer
This cutely packaged moisturizer gets its oil-eliminating abilities from Japanese green tea, which helps minimize your skin’s sebum production every time you use it. As an added bonus, it’s also got burdock root, which keeps your oily T-zone at bay.
Best Moisturizer for Oily, Irritated Skin
Cosrx Oil Free Ultra Moisturizing Lotion
You know those moisturizers that just sit on your skin? Yeah, you won’t get that with this oil-free formula—it’s lightweight but super hydrating, and it absorbs into your skin pretty much immediately.
Best Face Oil for Oily Skin
Herbivore Lapis Balancing Facial Oil
Yes, yes, I know it sounds counterintuitive to rub an oil on your already-oily skin, but hear me out: This 100 percent natural formula lightly hydrates your skin without weighing it down. It’s also loaded with fatty acids, antioxidants, and vitamins to keep your skin in tip-top shape.
Best Moisturizer for Oily, Dehydrated Skin
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel
Best Clean Moisturizer for Oily Skin
Tata Harper Clarifying Moisturizer
This clean formula from Tata Harper calls on natural beta-hydroxy acids to gently exfoliate your skin, zap zits, and minimize the appearance of pores. Trust that your oily skin will love this moisturizer.
Best Non-Drying Moisturizer for Oily Skin
Biossance Squalane + Probiotic Gel Moisturizer
Best Luxe Moisturizer for Oily Skin
Dr. Barbara Sturm Clarifying Face Cream
So this cream is far from cheap, but there’s a reason oily skin types are obsessed with it: The formula includes a unique combo of balloon vine (which soothes irritated, acne-prone skin), vitamin E-rich sunflower oil, and oil-regulating zinc.
Best Moisturizer for Oily, Puffy Skin
Allies of Skin Molecular Multi‐Nutrient Day Cream
You know those mornings where your oily skin looks tired and puffy? Prepare to rely on this day cream, which blasts your skin with hyaluronic acid, skin-brightening niacinamide, and a blend of antioxidants that strengthen your skin (think: caffeine, ceramides, and green tea).
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