These Are Hands Down the Best BB Creams for Oily Skin

Katharine McEntee

BB creams, the predecessor to cult-favourite 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 sun block, moisturizer, anti-ageing 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 according to our editors and the internet.

For Combination Skin

Tarte BB Tinted Treatment 12-Hour Primer ($46)

This BB cream from Tarte just so happens to be one of my all time favourite face tints. Its lightweight oil-free formula doesn't irritate my combination skin, and the creamy tinted formula smoothes over blemishes without looking cakey.

For Under $10

Garnier Skin Active BB Cream Oily/Combo Skin ($10)

Don't want to spend a lot on foundation? Try this under-$10 BB cream from Garnier Skin. Its oil-free formula and mattifying minerals "make my skin look well hydrated without looking or feeling greasy" says Target reviewer Southside. However, the reviewer warns that "a little bit goes a long way."

For Sheer Coverage

3 Lab Perfect BB Cream SPF 40 PA+++ ($141)

If you prefer a more natural makeup look, try this 3 Lab formula that covers small skin imperfections while also fighting age spots, thanks to skin brightening peptides. While this lightweight cream may be sheer, according to Nordstrom reviewer Turtlebead, it gives a "healthy and luminous" finish.

For a Shiny T-Zone

Nars Velvet Matte Skin Tint ($63)

The T-zone might be the most dreaded word among oily-skinned ladies, however, this oil-free skin tint from Nars takes care of excess forehead sebum, or so says Sephora reviewer Phaydora, who wrote, "I have struggled with finding a foundation for my oily t zone and this is amazing!"


For Acne-Prone Skin

Maybelline Dream Pure BB Cream ($10)

According to Target's reviewers, this four-star full-coverage BB cream doesn't only cover blemishes, but thanks to salicylic acid in the formula, it also helps fight acne.

Want more information on how to keep your oil at bay? Check out this guide for applying foundation on oily skin.

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