Most of us experience our fair share of greasy skin and sweat-induced breakouts in the warmer months. But for those of us whose baseline is that of excess oiliness, you know you can’t necessarily reach for the same moisturizer as your normal-, dry-, and even combination-skin-typed friends. However, being a little too blessed in the sebum department doesn’t mean you can skip moisturizing altogether — that’s where the best moisturizers for oily skin come into play.
Even if you have an oilier complexion, your skin can still become dehydrated, and it still needs moisture on the reg. “Those with oily skin can still have dehydrated skin, which means it can have high sebum levels, but low water content,” New York City-based dermatologist Claire Chang, MD shared on the hydration episode of Allure‘s The Science of Beauty podcast. So if richer, heavier face moisturizers seem to leave excess oil or even clog pores, the following oil-control moisturizers — many of which are gel-based instead of often too-rich creams — will nourish your skin in a lighter, more refreshing manner.
Below, you’ll find our top picks for lightweight daily moisturizers that’ll leave oily, breakout-prone skin hydrated, glowing, and feeling fresh — not to mention looking clear and smooth — no matter the season. And even if your skin isn’t oily year-round, these are perfect picks for sweatier summer months, too.
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