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.

Our Top Picks
This fan-favorite is great for those with acne-prone skin, and it has SPF 45 to help protect you from the sun.
This mattifying BB cream controls oil without breaking up into sticky, greasy clumps—and it's super affordable.
This drugstore pick mattifies oily skin while adding a generous dose of hydration.
The magic of this beauty balm is its ability to soothe breakouts as it smooths over scars and blemishes.
Best Natural-Looking Finish:
Bobbi Brown BB Cream at Sephora
This pick hydrates and plumps the skin and dries down to a natural-looking finish.
This fan-favorite CC cream covers redness and scarring completely.
This cushion foundation is super compact, making it great to take on the go.
It's vegan and free of mineral oil, gluten, and triclosan.
This tinted moisturizer comes in 16 shades and is super hydrating.

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

Dr. Jart+ Premium BB Beauty Balm SPF 45
What We Like
  • SPF 40

  • Applies smoothly

  • Blends into skin seamlessly

  • Two finishes available

What We Don't Like
  • Limited shade range

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.

Coverage: Medium | Shade Range: 3 | Finish: Natural, radiant | Size: 1.4 fl. oz | Byrdie Clean: No | Cruelty-Free: No

Best Budget: COVERGIRL Clean Matte BB Cream

CoverGirl Clean Matte BB Cream for Oily Skin
What We Like
  • Not overly drying

  • Feels light on skin

  • Buildable without caking

What We Don't Like
  • Could stay on longer

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.

Coverage: Medium | Shade Range: 6 | Finish: Matte | Size: 1 fl. oz | Byrdie Clean: No | Cruelty-Free: Yes

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

Garnier
What We Like
  • Hydrates skin

  • Reasonably priced

  • Blurs pores and fine lines

What We Don't Like
  • May irritate sensitive skin

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.

Coverage: Medium | Shade Range: 3 | Finish: Matte | Size: 2 fl. oz | Byrdie Clean: No | Cruelty-Free: Yes

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

Clinique Acne Solutions BB Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 40
What We Like
  • Covers imperfections

  • SPF 40

  • Melts into skin

What We Don't Like
  • A little expensive

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).

Coverage: Medium | Finish: Matte | Size: 1 fl. oz | Cruelty-Free: No

Best Natural-Looking Finish: Bobbi Brown BB Cream

Bobbi Brown
What We Like
  • Skin looks plump and hydrated

  • Looks natural

  • Melts into skin

What We Don't Like
  • Small bottle

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 CC+ Cream with SPF 50+

IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream with SPF 50+
What We Like
  • Weightless

  • Non-irritating

  • Good coverage

  • SPF 50

What We Don't Like
  • Limited shade range

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.

Coverage: Full | Shade Range: 12 | Finish: Natural | Size: 1 fl. oz | Byrdie Clean: No | Cruelty-Free: Yes

Best Cushion: Laneige BB Cushion_Pore Control

LANEIGE
What We Like
  • Silky, cushiony feel

  • Lightweight

  • Includes makeup sponge

What We Don't Like
  • Contains fragrance

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.

Coverage: Medium | Shade Range: 11 | Finish: Natural | Size: 0.5 fl. oz | Byrdie Clean: No | Cruelty-Free: No

Best Vegan: Tarte BB Tinted Treatment 12-Hour Primer

tarte bb cream
What We Like
  • Vegan

  • Applies smoothly

  • Buildable without caking

What We Don't Like
  • A little expensive

This BB cream from Tarte just so happens to be one of our all-time favorite face tints. It's lightweight, oil-free formula shouldn'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.

Coverage: Medium | Shade Range: 9 | Finish: Matte | Size: 1 fl. oz | Byrdie Clean: No | Cruelty-Free: Yes

Best Tinted Moisturizer: bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream SPF 30

bare minerals complexion rescue
What We Like
  • Whipped texture

  • Not cakey

  • Hydrating

What We Don't Like
  • Price per ounce is expensive

You won't find a speck of oil in this featherlight gel formula, which offers 20 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.

Coverage: Light | Shade Range: 20 | Finish: Natural | Size: 1.2 fl. oz | Byrdie Clean: Yes | Cruelty-Free: Yes

What To Look For In A BB Cream For Oily Skin

Consistency

Opt for a lightweight consistency when searching for a BB cream for oily skin. It'll blend more seamlessly across skin without leaving a greasy finish. Plus, it won't feel too heavy against a complexion that might already feel congested.

Shine Control

Find a BB cream specifically formulated to help mattify. Scan the ingredients list for additives that help control shine like clay or silica. It'll also help keep excess oil in check, which will prevent you from worrying about blotting your face throughout the day. Acne-fighting BB creams may also be a great alternative, if you can't find shine control, since there formulas typically already have something for excess sebum in them.

FAQ
  • Is BB cream good for oily skin?

    Since BB cream tends to have a lighter formula, some claim it works better for those with oily skin. The formulas are also infused with ingredients that may help control shine and prevent excess oil.

  • What is the difference between BB and CC cream?

    A BB cream is a beauty balm skincare, primer, foundation hybrid that provides lightweight coverage. In contrast, a CC cream is a complexion corrector that corrects uneven skin tone and adds coverage. Both may contain skincare ingredients.

  • Is it OK to use BB cream everyday?

    BB cream may be used as part of your daily makeup routine in the place of foundation. Some claim it's safer to use every day since the formula is more lightweight than foundation.

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