Healthy Skin

The best skincare for oily skin

It can be tricky to know the best skincare for oily skin.

Oily skin presents a number of challenges. From breakouts and a shiny complexion to makeup sliding off halfway through the day, it’s fair to say oily skin can be something of a nuisance.

Here, we explain how best to care for oily skin and share our top product picks to add to your routine.

The best skincare for oily skin

What causes oily skin?

We all have oil in our skin. Our skin contains sebaceous glands that secrete an oily substance called sebum. Sebum works to keep skin feeling hydrated and healthy. Some people, however, produce more sebum than others, leading to oily skin.

There are a number of reasons as to why your skin may be more oily than others. Hormones and genetics can sometimes be to blame, and even the weather can play a role. For instance, skin can tend to be more oily in summer, or for those who live in hot places.

Not only that, our skincare routine can have an impact on how much oil our skin produces. Washing or exfoliating skin too often to get rid of oil can actually have the opposite effect. Doing so can strip away too much oil from our skin, meaning our sebaceous glands produce even more to compensate.

Helpful ingredients

Retinolretinol can help to accelerate cell turnover, helping to refine the appearance of fine lines and texture.

Clay – this can help with absorbing oil, giving skin a more matte appearance.

Niacinamideniacinamide is a calming ingredient that helps to soothe the skin while helping to regulate the production of sebum.

Salicylic acid – a gentle ingredient that can prevent drying out the skin. It can also help to reduce and regulate sebum.

Our top product picks for oily skin


Cleansing can be really helpful for oily skin, so aim to cleanse both morning and night. Use a gentle cleanser so as not to overly dry the skin, and avoid a double cleanse for the same reason.

Garnier Purifying Micellar Jelly Water with Charcoal & Salicylic Acid

This gentle formula glides over skin, helping to remove makeup, dirt and impurities. Salicylic acid can be particularly helpful for oily skin as it helps to remove makeup residue without drying out the skin.

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The Inkey List Salicylic Acid Cleanser

This non-drying, lightly foaming cleanser contains 2% salicylic acid and zinc, which work together to help with oil-control and to promote a more even looking complexion.

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Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish

Used alongside a pure cotton cloth, this cleanser gently exfoliates skin, while providing a deep cleanse. Suitable for all skin types, it helps to leave skin feeling clean, balanced and clear.

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ishga Marine Cleansing Balm

With a powerful combination of skin antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, this balm works to melt away makeup, stress and pollution, leaving skin feeling wonderfully soothe and refreshed.

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While it can be tempting to skip moisturiser altogether with oily skin, it can actually help to balance the skin. Opt for lightweight, oil-free creams that sink into the skin quickly to help skin stay hydrated without blocking pores.

BLUR London Cloudskin Moisturiser

This light, non-comedogenic moisturiser helps to hydrate and balance skin. Made in England, this moisturiser is pH-balanced and made to strengthen the skin’s natural protective barrier, while boosting hydration and minimising the appearance of fine lines and large pores.

Buy now (RRP £29)

Paula’s Choice Clear Oil-Free Moisturiser

Ideal as a night cream, this formulation is perfect for oily skin, helping to deliver moisture without clogging pores or making breakouts worse.

Buy now (RRP £30)

Glossier Priming Moisturiser Balance

Developed with oily skin in mind, this lightweight cream absorbs quickly, keeping skin hydrated yet shine-free. The addition of niacinamide also help to improve the look of pores and uneven skin tone.

Buy now (RRP £23)

Beauty Pie Daily Moisture lotion

This light, everyday moisture lotion helps to give skin a boost, while helping to fight inflammation while anti-aging peptides help to support youthful-looking skin.

Buy now (RRP £35 – save £10 off your first month’s subscription with the code LIZLOVES)

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