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The Serums For Oily Skin You’re Missing Out On

The Serums For Oily Skin You’re Missing Out On

Oily skin can be very hard to deal with. When you are trying to figure out the best regimen and serums for oily skin to use, it can be a daunting task. Take a look at the best serums that we have listed.

I’ve always had oily skin. During college, I went through a phase where I was very much in denial over this – I happily wore the Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat foundation every day. Any single photo of me from this period may as well have been taken using flash. I called my look ‘dewy’. Since then, I’ve invested a lot of time and energy into combating the sheen, and I’m happy to say that I think I’m finally starting to get it under control. The key I’ve found is a serum. It is light-weight, liquidy and is quickly absorbed by the skin, usually coming in a dropper bottle. They have a high concentration of a particular ingredient and are designed so that you can build your own skincare regime by mixing and matching different ones. You use it after cleansing but before moisturiser – most serums are water-based so won’t work on top of a cream. Nowadays, the markets are inundated with serums (most of which are very expensive) – so much so that it can be quite hard to know where to begin. With this in mind, I’ve compiled a list of the best serums for oily skin, all at a very affordable price.

The Ordinary Niacinamide 10%+Zinc

Niacinamide (or vitamin B3) is a holy grail of skincare. This serum is infused with zinc, and helps with hyperpigmentation, congestion, and reduces the production of sebum (which causes oily skin to be oily). It helps smooth skin too, as well as calms down blemishes! Don’t use this at the same time as products containing vitamin C though, as they tend to counteract each other and can lead to irritated skin if used together.



The Ordinary Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA

While this is not something that targets oil production specifically, it works really well with the niacinamide. I use the two together, and it’s helped reduce shine! It’s great for any hyper-pigmentation and dark spots, too.

The Ordinary Cold Pressed Virgin Marula Oil

Although this is technically an oil and not a serum, I felt like it was important to add something that gives moisture to the skin. A lot of serums that control oil production can dry out the skin, so anything moisturising is an important part of your skincare regime! The skin not getting enough moisture can also cause oily skin, as the skin begins to overproduce it to help counteract the dryness. I use this every other day or whenever my skin is feeling particularly dry. As it’s an oil rather than a cream, it’ll absorb quicker too, and won’t sit on the skin as a regular moisturiser does (a good one to keep in mind if your skin is super oily).

No7 Beautiful Skin Blemish Defence Serum

This one is great for blemish-prone oily skin. It’s oil-free so you’re not adding any more oil to your skin, as well as being hypo-allergenic, so it’s great for sensitive skin, too. This is one of the serums for oily skin that helps fight acne.


Mario Badescu Anti Acne Serum

Another one for blemishes (both preventing and treating them) – this one is a mild exfoliant, too, so it’ll really help clear out your pores, making it a great serum for oily skin!

The Ordinary Alpha Lipoic Acid 5%

I love this product – it’s quite potent, so you can only use it a few times a week, but it makes your skin look incredibly glowy, as well as helping keep oily skin at bay! This brand has many different serums for oily skin to choose from.



Glossier Super Pure

This is Glossier’s version of the niacinamide+zinc serum, and works similarly to The Ordinary one – you may find that your skin prefers one over the other though!

It’s Skin Power 10 VB Serum

Its Skin is a Korean brand that is available through ASOS. This serum is unique in the sense that it’s a hydrating oil for oily skin rather than a water-based serum, which isn’t something you see very often. The B6 in it helps hydrate the skin, balancing to prevent blemishes and breakouts.

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Balance Me Congested Skin Serum

This is a good one for acne-prone oily skin, as it helps unclog your pores and balance out skin through its antimicrobial properties.


La Roche Posay Toleriane Fluid

This is where the whole ‘serum’ thing becomes a bit blurry because this is called an ‘emulsion’. In any case, it’s mattifying, moisturising, fast-absorbing and soothing, so you can’t really go wrong. This is definitely one of the serums for oily skin that works.

Which of these serums for oily skin are you going to try? Let us know in the comments below!

This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.

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