The 7 Best Sunscreens for Oily Skin of 2019

Shield your complexion without ever looking shiny

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Let’s cut right to the chase: There is quite simply absolutely no valid excuse for not wearing sunscreen daily. Shielding your skin from the suns’ damaging UVA and UVB rays is essential for vanity reasons. Even more importantly, sunscreen is a crucial way to safeguard the health of your skin, since UV exposure can cause skin cancer. 

We get the thought of putting sunscreen on can sometimes be a little bit unappealing, particularly if you have oily skin to begin with. Happily, there’s no shortage of incredible, cosmetically elegant formulas that work perfectly for oily skin.

Best Overall: Supergoop Unseen Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 40


There’s lightweight sunscreen, and then there’s the totally undetectable—you’ll forget you’re wearing it-sunscreen. This most definitely falls into the latter; it’s not only oil-free, but also weightless, scentless, clear, you name it. Great for all skin types (a universal crowd-pleaser, if you will), we especially like it for oily skin types thanks to its completely invisible texture. Still, it packs a powerful protection punch, guarding not only against UVA and UVB rays, but also blue light. This is the type of light emitted from all of our electronic devices, and many of the latest studies show that it may also be potentially damaging. As if all of that weren’t enough,  it dries down matte and layers beautifully under makeup. Devoted fans love both how it looks and feels on their skin. 

Best Budget Buy: CeraVe Ultra-Light Moisturizing Lotion SPF 30


Dermatologists love this brand for their simple and straightforward skincare offerings featuring ceramides, essential ingredients for helping to strengthen and maintain a healthy skin barrier. This ‘screen has those, and delivers additional moisturizing benefits, too, thanks to the addition of hyaluronic acid. All while delivering SPF 30 protection and a matte finish.

Fans rave about how there’s no greasy residue, and that they never have to worry about it leaving their skin looking oily. Plus, you don't need to add a moisturizer here—it's a one-stop shop. 

Best Under Make-Up: La Roche-Posay Anthelios 50 Daily Face Primer


When you need to up the staying power of your makeup, the easiest thing to do is make a primer the first step in your routine. So, why not choose a primer that’s going to offer your daily dose of sun protection, too? This one does just that, with SPF 50, while still delivering the skin-smoothing, imperfection-blurring, makeup-enhancing power of a regular primer. Not only is it oil-free, but it’s also non-comedogenic. Reviewers comment on how it keeps shine at bay and also plays nicely with all kinds of foundations.

Best Drugstore: Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel Moisturizing Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50


When it comes to moisturizers, gel formulas are choice for oily skin types; they contain more water than heavier hydrating ingredients, making them not quite as thick or greasy. The same rules applies for sunscreens. Despite how lightweight this gel option is, it’s still hydrating. Credit hyaluronic acid, which attracts water to and holds it in the skin. So much so that it hydrates for up to eight hours.

Best for Sensitive Skin: Elta MD UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46


When your skin is on the sensitive skin, a mineral sunscreen is always going to be your best bet. These formulas use, you guessed it, minerals such as zinc oxide and titanium dioxide that sit on top of your skin to block out the sun, and are less likely to cause any kind of potential irritation than chemical blockers. Oil-free (important for oily skin) and fragrance-free (important for sensitive skin), this has plenty of other good-for-your-skin ingredients, think vitamin E, gently exfoliating lactic acid, anti-inflammatory niacinamide to help calm redness.

Best for Acne-Prone Skin: Cetaphil Oil Control Moisturizer SPF 30


Yes, you can—and should—still use a moisturizer even if you have oily and/or acne prone skin. This one fits the bill not only for the light hydration it delivers—but also for containing SPF 30. But it doesn’t stop there: It also helps mattify skin too, and keeps excess oil at bay. Because it’s both non-comedogenic, there’s no need to worry about clogged pores or possible pimples. Sorry, but, “It makes me break out is no longer an excuse for not wearing sunscreen.” 

Best for Touch-Ups: Avene High Protection Tinted Compact SPF 50


Breaking news: You should not only be applying sunscreen daily, but also reapplying it regularly, ideally every two hours or at least any time before you go outside. This 100-percent mineral powder is perfect for touch-ups, since it won’t mess up your makeup, and in fact, delivers a little bit of coverage, too. Not to mention that powder in general is a good way to absorb excess oil throughout the day.

Our Process

Our writers spent 5 hours researching the most popular sunscreens for oily skin on the market. Before making their final recommendations, they considered 40 different sunscreens overall, screened options from 30 different brands and manufacturers, read over 30 user reviews (both positive and negative) and tested 7 of the sunscreens themselves. All of this research adds up to recommendations you can trust.

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