The 7 Best Drugstore Moisturisers for Oily Skin
Moisturiser is arguably one of the most important products for good skin. The catch: There are a million moisturisers on the market. With so many options to choose from, finding the right moisturizer for your specific skin type can get a little tricky. If you have oily skin, we have good news for you today.
We asked five dermatologists to narrow down the list to the best drugstore moisturisers for oily skin—a naturally, we had to throw a few of our faves in the mix, too. These budget buys will de-clog your pores and control shine. Click through for the best drugstore moisturisers for oily skin—all $35 and under—and get ready to buy these in bulk.
Cetaphil DermaControl Oil Control Moisturizer ($20)
"With all the cosmeceutical options available, there is a wide range of intensity when deciding to minimise oiliness," explains Omar Noor, MD, FAAD, of Rao Dermatology. "An individual, man or woman, has to appreciate that not all products work at the same intensity level and therefore can be too rough or irritating to their skin. This is why I like Cetaphil's DermaControl Oil Control Moisturizer. It is a balance of effectiveness while still having an elegant vehicle to deliver that effectiveness."
Whamisa Glow Recipe Green Tea Moisturizer ($37)
"I like the Whamisa by Glow Recipe Green Tea Moisturizer," suggests dermatologic surgeon Dendy Engelman, MD. "It is a lightweight, oil-free, fast-absorbing moisturizer that leaves skin hydrated without heaviness. Another great callout is that it is formulated with antioxidant-rich green tea, a natural anti-inflammatory, and kale to brighten and refine troubled skin, with high concentrations of vitamins A and C."
La-Roche Posay Effaclar Mat Oil-Free Mattifying Moisturizer ($29)
"I can't express the importance of using a moisturizer even when one's skin is oily," says Adam Friedman, MD, and associate professor of dermatology at George Washington School of Medicine. "Oil barely contributes to skin hydration, which is why more oily acne suffers are both oily and dry (aka barrier disrupted) at the same time. That said, it's not an easy sell to get an oily faced individual to buy into this and use a moisturizer to damp skin, which is the right way to do it. It's always important to give options as everyone's skin biology is a tad different—so the two brands I recommend are Cetaphil DermaControl Oil Control Moisturizer ($20) and La-Roche Posay Effaclar Mat Oil-Free Mattifying Moisturizer. Both are designed specifically for oilier skin, with ingredients that can bind or break up sebum like diisopropyl sebacate, silicates, and starches to help reduce shine rather than contribute to it. Both are produced by companies that have a long-standing history of supporting their marketing claims with scientific evidence, which is my general rule for recommended products: Go with the brands that can put their money where the science is."
CeraVe Moisturizing Cream ($26)
There are a few keywords to familiarise yourself with when looking on the shelves of a drugstore: non-greasy, noncomedogenic and non-irritating. This moisturizer has them all. Using dermatologist-tested ceramides, this creamy lather deeply penetrates and moisturises the skin with hardworking ingredients that won't affect sensitive skin.
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Moisturizing Gel ($25)
Not your typical moisturiser, this cooling gel consistency works best when you pop it into your fridge. Its oil-free formula will melt right into your skin quickly and keep your upper layers hydrated and supple for hours on end. Made with hyaluronic acid, this dry-skin saviour will amp up your glow.
You can tackle a couple of skin concerns in one with this multitasking moisturiser that works to control oil buildup while also fighting signs of wrinkles and fine lines. Packed with a bunch of vitamins, this gentle cream will boost your skin's radiance.
Clean & Clear Advantage Advantage Acne Control Moisturizer ($11)
Don't let the price fool you. This budget-friendly buy is packed with powerful ingredients that'll give your oily-prone skin a break. If you also deal with acne, the inclusion of its salicylic acid acne medicine will combat future breakouts.