Moisturizers for Oily Skin

There’s an adolescent beauty myth out there that moisturizers for oily skin simply aren’t necessary. We’re here to tell you that that skincare fabrication is all fiction. All skin types need nourishment, and oily skin is even more prone to over producing sebum when it gets too dry. Depriving your oily skin of moisturizer can kick off a vicious cycle of oil production and clogged pores. But not all moisturizers are created equal — especially when it comes to oily skin.

Matte skin (and lips) may be trending at the moment, but it was never exactly cool to have oil seeping through your foundation. Thankfully, brands have started to make products specifically formulated to soak up excess oil while keeping skin fresh. The mattifying moisturizers of today understand the battle for shine-free skin — you can leave the blotting papers at home.

We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite moisturizers for oily skin, from drugstore classics to new indie buys. What do they all have in common? You’ll be shine-free without sacrificing nourishment. Here, your guide to superstar moisturizers for oily skin.


Just pretend your face is on a Hawaiian vacation when you slather on this moisturizer, which contains actual volcanic extracts. The key ingredient helps soak up extra oil — picture the spongy texture of volcanic rock absorbing all the extra shine you want to keep off your face. As we learned from their cult favorite mud masks, Glamglow is brand that definitely knows moisturizers for oily skin, so just pat this on and let it work its magic.

We probably don’t have to sell you too hard on French beauty products, but Bioderma’s addition to the market is a must for anyone in search of matte skin. Its anti-reflective technology means you’ll look much better in selfies. It also works to regulate sebum production, meaning there’s less chance you’ll look shiny when you forget to moisturize.