The 7 Best Moisturizers for Oily Skin in 2019

Yes, even oily skin needs hydration

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Just because you have oily skin doesn’t mean that you can skip moisturizer. If your skin isn’t getting the hydration it needs, that can trigger it to produce even more oil. Plus, having dry skin can lead to red, flaky patches of rough skin. If you’re using an acne treatment, your skin will be more prone to dryness, making it extra important to moisturize to keep the skin barrier healthy.

Those with oily skin should look for certain formulas that won’t clog pores or amp up oil production, so look for “non-comedogenic” on the label. Avoid products with a base of silicones, or thick ointments and heavy creams, since they can all cause breakouts. Below, our picks for the top moisturizers for oily skin.

Best Overall: Origins Original Skin Matte Moisturizer with Willowherb

Origins Original Skin

A shiny T-zone will be a distant memory when you use this magically mattifying moisturizer. It spotlights willowherb, the magenta flower from Canada that is admired for being able to withstand even the toughest environments. It’s so resilient that it’s the first plant to have blossomed on scorched earth, and research has shown that it helps slow down a protein change that can cause dullness and discoloration. The water cream formula also contains pink rock rose to leave a gorgeous glow, plus it minimizes pores.

Best Budget: Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel
Courtesy of Target

This water-based gel moisturizer has racked up plenty of awards and sold out of stores for good reason. Made particularly for sensitive skin, this cult classic brings the ultimate in hydration thanks to hyaluronic acid (which is naturally found in the skin and can absorb as much as 1,000 times its weight in water), glycerin, and dimethicone. It instantly moisturizes, leaving skin looking smooth and quenched. 

Best Splurge: Glow Recipe Watermelon Pink Juice Moisturizer

Glow Recipe Watermelon Pink Juice Moisturizer
Courtesy of Sephora

The smash success of the Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask inspired this daytime version that also harnesses the power of top hydrator, watermelon extract. Its gel-like formula is essentially watermelon juice for your face, delivering vitamins and amino acids, mixed with hyaluronic acid and botanicals to soothe and brighten, while antioxidants ward off damage from free radicals, preventing fine lines, wrinkles, and dark spots. 

Best for Acne-Prone Skin: La Roche-Posay Effaclar Mat Face Moisturizer

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Mat Face Moisturizer
Courtesy of Target

The last thing acne sufferers want is a moisturizer that leaves their skin even shinier and slicker, but there’s no need to fear that with this oil-free hydrator made for oily skin. It utilizes Sebulyse Technology to suck up excess oil to deliver visibly tighter pores and leave the skin matte, all while delivering moisture. The non-comedogenic moisturizer also works as a great base for makeup. 

Best with SPF: Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream SPF 30

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream SPF 30
Courtesy of Sephora

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream has quite a legacy: It was the official moisturizer of the “Greenland First Ascent” expedition, a group of six explorers who were the very first to climb Greenland’s ice covered peaks in 2005. If it’s good enough to protect them from the elements, imagine what it can do for your skin in a less aggressive climate! It also protects your skin from the sun’s harmful UVA and UVB rays, with broad spectrum SPF 30 that keeps skin hydrated for 24 hours, boosting firmness and elasticity along the way. 

Best Anti-Aging: Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream

Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream Hydrating Moisturizer
Courtesy of Sephora

It doesn’t get much lighter than this aptly-named cloud cream that still manages to pack a punch when it comes to moisturizing. Thanks to its concentration of 30 percent hyaluronic acid, it delivers powerful hydration for up to 72 hours. It also contains ceramides which lock in moisture and elderberry, which is packed with antioxidants to reduce the appearance of fines lines and wrinkles. This multitasker also makes you look younger by evening out skin tone and reviving dull skin, leaving you with a glowing complexion.

Best for Dry Skin: Boscia Cactus Water Moisturizer

Boscia Cactus Water Moisturizer
Courtesy of Sephora

If there’s anything on earth that can withstand dryness, it’s cacti, so it makes perfect sense that the hearty plant is at the center of this moisturizer. Incredibly lightweight, the quick-absorbing moisturizer is a gel formula that contains Queen of the Night cactus succulent to hydrate, nourish, and condition; aloe vera flower extract to ease sensitive skin and mend damage from sun exposure and the elements; and South African resurrection plant infusion to decrease redness, boost texture, and reinforce the barrier.

Our Process

Our writers spent 3 hours researching the most popular moisturizers for oily skin on the market. Before making their final recommendations, they considered 30 different moisturizers overall, screened options from 25 different brands and manufacturers, read over 20 user reviews (both positive and negative) and tested 5 of the moisturizers themselves. All of this research adds up to recommendations you can trust.

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