These Are Hands Down the Best BB Creams for Oily Skin

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BB creams, the predecessor to cult-favorite CC creams, are just one of the many amazing Korean beauty products that we just can't get enough of. Instead of having to apply sunblock, moisturizer, anti-aging serum, and foundation, BB creams simplify your morning routine by combining all of the above into one tiny little tube. While this sounds like a great deal for most beauty lovers—who doesn’t want a one-and-done product?—the many ingredients that make up BB cream are not always kind to those with oily skin.

Just because you have oily skin, however, doesn’t mean you should have to miss out on this glorious multipurpose product. While most BB creams tend to be too heavy for those who fight overactive sebum on the regular, there are BB creams that specifically target oily skin issues. From lightweight formulas to mattifying finishes and creams that contain salicylic acid, oily skinned ladies can rejoice because your beauty routine just got a whole lot easier.

Curious as to what the best BB creams are for oily skin? Keep reading for the top-rated blemish balms.

Best Overall: Dr. Jart+ Premium BB Beauty Balm SPF 45

This cult-favorite has thousands of reviews praising it for being perfect for acne-prone skin. An added bonus is it has an SPF of 45 so you know you are keeping your skin protected as you go about your day. Choose from three different shades—light to medium, medium to deep, and deep—for complexion perfection.

Fun fact: This formula was one of the first U.S. brand BB creams to be introduced to the market so it has a lot of loyal fans.

Best Budget: CoverGirl Clean Matte BB Cream

Packaged in an on-trend, color-blocked tube, this mattifying BB cream controls oil without breaking up into sticky, greasy clumps. It is, like most other BB creams, lightweight and comfortable to wear, and doesn’t make skin look dry despite the matte finish.

The coverage is buildable, ranging from light to medium. It skims over scars and hyperpigmentation, applies beautifully with fingers and can survive being jolted around in a makeup bag.

Best Drugstore: Garnier SkinActive 5-in-1 Miracle Perfector BB Cream Oil-Free

For a budget option that includes sun protection, look to Garnier’s Skin Perfector BB Cream, which packs a ton of skin-perfecting benefits. It keeps oil at a minimum, mattifying oily skin while adding a generous dose of hydration.

The thin, liquidy formula blends into pretty, natural-looking coverage that blurs pores and minimizes imperfections. Reviewers love wearing the soft, lightweight cream, but it’s also one of those products that make your skin feel softer even after you take it off, thanks to its hydrating properties.

Best for Acne Prone Skin: Clinique Acne Solutions BB Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 40

It’s easy to settle for a neutral product, one that doesn’t improve or worsen your acne, but the magic of this beauty balm is its ability to soothe breakouts as it smooths over scars and blemishes.

It comes with UVA/UVB protection with an SPF 40, helps cover up redness, and even blurs pores. The Clinique balm is easy to apply and melts into the skin for comfortable, lightweight coverage. The mattifying claim varies, depending on how oily you are, wearing somewhere between natural/velvet to dewy (though not greasy).

Best Natural-Looking Finish: Bobbi Brown BB Cream

This uses the skin-perfecting qualities of higher-end beauty balms for nearly undetectable, natural-looking results (which is a good thing, if you don’t like smoothing the dimension out of your skin). The resulting finish is matte, but your face at the end looks brighter and healthier, with the added benefit of SPF.

It’s also hydrating, plumping up the skin without triggering an oil slick, and blurs pores with light-reflecting pearls. And you’ll especially like this if you’re prone to hating the mask-like feel of most other foundations. As the creamy balm warms up, it melds with the skin to even out tone without covering up your skin completely.

Best CC Cream: IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream with SPF 50+

Key Ingredients

Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring polysaccharide found in the human body. It acts as a cushioning and lubrication agent for our joints, nerves, hair, skin, and eyes. When used in skincare, it acts as a moisture binder, which means that it will attach itself to the water in the cells (while also attracting and holding water from the air) making them plump.

CC creams do everything BB creams do but with more color correcting properties. This one covers redness and scarring completely—as you rub it into your face, it melts into the skin for a radiant, natural-looking finish. Glow-inducing ingredients like niacin (which helps with hyperpigmentation), peptides, and hyaluronic acid all nourish and hydrate skin. The packaging is great, too, with a slim tube that dispenses the CC cream through a compact pump. 

Best Cushion: Laneige BB Cushion_Pore Control

This lightweight BB cream sinks into your skin as you press in with the makeup sponge, blurring pores and softening hyperpigmentation. Using this is very simple—you dip the makeup sponge into the cushion compact and build thin layers of makeup until you’re satisfied with the coverage. Those thin layers of makeup essentially create a seamless filter for your face, adding up to a glowier, healthier version of your skin, thanks to skin-brightening ingredients like niacinamide.

The coverage, then, is on the natural side (it won’t make everything disappear), but it’s ideal if you want makeup application that’s easy and effective. Even better, the cushion compact helps hydrate your skin to a dewy (not greasy!) finish without exacerbating oiliness.

Best Vegan: Tarte BB Tinted Treatment 12-Hour Primer

This BB cream from Tarte just so happens to be one of our all-time favorite face tints. It's lightweight, oil-free formula doesn't irritate the skin, and the creamy tinted formula smoothes over blemishes without looking cakey. Plus, it's vegan and free of mineral oil, gluten, and triclosan.

Best Tinted Moisturizer: bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream

You won't find a speck of oil in this featherlight gel formula, which offers 16 shades and a hydrating factor that will never make you look greasy. Mineral-based SPF 30 protects against harmful rays, so you can enjoy everyday protection and natural-looking coverage over mild problem spots.

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