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The Best Ingredients for Oily Skin


If you have oily skin, you’re likely no stranger to shiny-forehead photos, that greasy afternoon feeling, and the occasional breakout. While you can’t get rid of your oily skin altogether, you can regulate oil production with the right skincare ingredients. 

These are six of the best skincare ingredients for oily skin.

Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic Acid is a common ingredient in moisturizers and serums that increases the moisture level in your skin. That might sound counterproductive to your battle against oil, but it’s actually just as important to moisturize oily skin as it is to moisturize dry skin. Often, oily skin is the result of dehydration. Your skin knows when it’s dehydrated and starts producing oil to compensate. Adding Hyaluronic Acid to your routine will ensure that your skin is well hydrated and never looks greasy.


Retinol is a superhero skincare ingredient that has a number of benefits like oil regulation, acne relief, wrinkle reduction, and the list goes on. Retinol works by increases the speed of your skin cell turnover process to reveal healthier, brighter skin. The downside of Retinol is that it can be irritating for certain skin types but oily skin is generally the best at receiving this potent, powerhouse ingredient.

Salicylic Acid

Salicylic Acid is another great ingredient for oily skin, especially if you’re experiencing breakouts as a result of excess oil. Often found in cleansers and toners, Salicylic Acid is an anti-inflammatory ingredient that plows through excess oil, breaks down dead skin cells, and attacks troublesome breakouts the source—deep inside your pores.


Niacinamide, also know as Vitamin B3, is a multi-tasking skincare ingredient that hydrates, increases the elasticity of your skin, minimizes pore size, and—of course—regulates excess oil production. Niacinimide can be paired with Hyaluronic Acid to keep your skin moisturized, soft, and shine-free.


Often found in cleansers and masks, clay is another top-notch ingredient for oily skin. Clay works by soaking up excess oil from the surface of your skin and deep inside your pores to give your skin a less shiny, matte appearance. Just be sure to follow clay-based products with some of the moisturizing ingredients listed here as clay can leave your skin feeling a little dry.

Grapeseed oil

It might seem strange to apply an oil to your already oily face, but Grapeseed Oil is full of healthy fatty acids that reduce inflammation due to acne and clear clogged pores. Grapeseed oil will also keep your skin moisturized, which means your face won’t compensate by making too much oil of its own.


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