I get it: The last thing you want to do to your oily skin is slather it with a heavy, thick-ass moisturizer. But just 'cause you've got oily or acne-prone skin doesn't mean you can (or should!) skip out on moisturizing all together, especially since the right formula can mattify, brighten, and clear your skin. Ahead, I rounded up the absolute best moisturizers for oily skin, including lightweight gels, mattifying creams, and hydrating SPFs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
This light-as-air moisturizer leaves your oily skin soft and hydrated (never sticky or greasy), thanks to a combination of vitamin E, algae extract, and botanical extracts.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Yup, even your oily, oily skin needs a proper blast of hydration. This incredibly moisturizing gel calls on hyaluronic acid to plump and hydrate without leaving a greasy residue.
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.
Got oily skin but hate the matte look? Try out this gel moisturizer, which hydrates and softens your skin without sacrificing glow. Side note: The packaging is also ridiculously cute.
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.
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).