10 Must-Try Beauty Products for Oily Skin

Because an oil slick of a face is never attractive


(SPOT.ph) Having oily skin can be both a blessing and a curse. On one hand, it tends to be thicker and therefore more resilient against aging damage (which means it’s possible you’ll age slower than your dry-skinned peers). On the other hand, it can also be seriously high-maintenance, leaving you perpetually up in arms against shine—on your T-zone or all over—and breakouts. The good news: Keeping your facial oil in check can be easy peasy with the help of the right mix of oil-controlling and mattifying products.


Want a fresher face fast? We’ve rounded up 10 beauty buys—from cleansers to makeup—to help you achieve just that.



Pond’s Acne Clear Facial Foam (P85) from Watsons

Oily skin is often synonymous with pimply skin, so switch to a cleanser with acne-fighting properties stat, as it helps keep excess oil at bay. (This is also advisable even if you’re not exactly prone to breakouts.) This drugstore facial wash has salicylic acid to help break down the oil in the pores, and is formulated with Active Thymo-T Essence to prevent acne formation in the first place.



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Pixi by Petra Glow Tonic (P1,690) from glamourbox.ph

Skip alcohol-based toners, which may degrease the skin super fast but can be extremely drying. This alcohol-free option—a cult fave among beauty junkies—effectively controls sebum, exfoliates gently (it has 5% glycolic acid), and brightens skin for a visibly refreshed finish.




Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask (P1,500) from Origins

Made with oil-absorbing kaolin and bentonite clay plus charcoal powder (known for drawing out toxins and impurities), this rinse-off mask works like a magnet for clogged up dirt and sebum in your pores, giving a deep, tightening clean. A little warning, though: It can be very addicting! 



Oil Control Lotion (P2,145) from Dermalogica

Hesitant to put on moisturizer daily for fear of turning into a slimy mess? The trick is to look for an oil-free, lightweight formula with a matte finish, like this multi-tasking face lotion: It absorbs excess oil while hydrating, keeping skin shine-free all day long.




Cetaphil Daylong Light Gel SPF 50+ For Face and Body (P660) from Watsons

Fast fact: Putting sunscreen on every day can help improve the condition of oily skin, as it protects from damage that can trigger excessive sebum production. This light gel sun protector leaves no greasy film when applied (it melts into skin quite fast), and strengthens with nourishing Vitamin E.



Etude House Zero Sebum Drying Powder (P398) from Etude House

Avoid a makeup meltdown (a common problem with oily skin) with this mattifying powder: It’s made of 80% mineral powder, which absorbs oil gently and without clogging your pores, all without leaving a white cast or a dry, flaky finish. It’s perfect for setting your face in the a.m. and for quick midday touch-ups.




Palladio Rice Paper (P250) from Beauty Bar

Formulated with natural rice powder—which is oil-absorbent—these grab-and-go tissues have two sides: Use the matte side to gently blot away shine, and the powdered side for quick makeup touch-ups.



The Porefessional Matte Rescue Gel (P1,600) from Benefit Cosmetics

This silky smooth gel easily absorbs excess surface oil as soon as you apply it, and has a soft-focus blurring effect to minimize the look of pores. Aside from being a great makeup primer, it’s also an awesome skin perfector for no-makeup days.




L’Oreal Paris Mat Magique 12H Bright Mat Foundation (P400) from Watsons

This liquid foundation controls oil for up to 12 hours while giving a flawless, natural-looking coverage—neither dull nor dry. There is, after all, a fine line between matte and flat, and you most certainly don’t want the latter when it comes to your base.



Cargo Cosmetics Swimmables Blush (P1,250) from Beauty Bar

Famous for being extra long-wearing, this cheek color won’t streak or fade even in hot weather (it’s absolutely sweat-proof and water-proof!), making it the ideal choice for those with hyperactive oil glands.

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