Welcome back ladies! This post has been a long time coming. I have oily skin and I have tried sooooo many products to stave off oil during the day. So I thought I’d compile a list of the best products to combat oily skin hoping they help some of you!

Ok, before we get into the various products, I want to make sure you know you absolutely need to be moisturizing your face morning and night. Dehydrated skin is the biggest culprit for causing your skin to over-produce oil. Crazy, right? When you leave your skin dry, your oil glands automatically produce more oil to try and add hydration to your skin. It’s important to note – it’s not always obvious to you that you have dry skin. You may think since you’re so oily there’s no way you can have dehydrated skin. That’s the opposite of the truth. If your skin has little bumps all over it, feels dry to the touch, or flakes, you have dry skin. I have never had flaky skin or really dry feeling skin, but it’s definitely a struggle to keep it hydrated. If you see an esthetician, they can examine your skin and tell you whether it’s dry or not. Regardless, it’s imperative that you moisturize morning and night.

Moisturizer: My best piece of advice here is to use a moisturizer specifically for oily skin during the day. My favorite is Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel. This moisturizer has a gel consistency and a natural finish. It doesn’t add more oil to your skin. Nighttime is when you can apply a more intense moisturizer. I’ve included the few I really like at the end of this post.

Primer: There is really only one primer I can actually recommend for oil control. The Benefit Porefessional Primer is pretty much the only primer that has actually controlled oil for me.

Foundation: Most likely you will want a matte finish foundation if you have oily skin. You could try a natural finish but you will have to upkeep it more during the day to keep your skin from looking oily. My current favorite is Estee Lauder Double Wear. I also really like MAC Studio Fix.

Powder: For powder, you are really going to want a finely milled loose powder to set your foundation and concealer. The keyword here is finely milled. You might think the Elf version is a good dupe, but it’s no where near as finely milled and will not absorb oil like you need. My favorite is definitely Laura Mercier Translucent Powder.

Touch-ups: Last but not least, the best thing I have found for mid-day touch-ups is the Shiseido blotting papers. These are the only blotting papers I’ve found that literally do not take off any of your makeup. When I look at the sheet after using it, there’s no trace of makeup on it, only oil. I keep these in my purse.


I hope this helps you! Let me know if you have any favorites!


8 thoughts on “Best Oil Control Products”

  1. I’ve never tried any of these products before, but I might check some of them out after reading your thoughts! I enjoyed reading your post and taking little peak around your blog and I love what I see!

  2. These are all such great products and great advice. I have super dry skin so these aren’t really relevant for me, but I’ll be sharing with lots of people I know who could use this!

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