Makeup Skincare

Our 15 favorite products for oil control

July 19, 2016
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People with oily skin will know this dilemma all too well: you wash with the toughest soap and get your makeup just perfect, only to realize your nose is a beady little oil slick by lunchtime anyway. The nasty thing about skin is that no matter how clean and perfect you get it, it tends to adapt and overproduce oil anyway. So below are some of the best products for oil control on the market for keeping skin oil-free.

Here are our favorite products for oil control.

Clean & Clear Oil-Absorbing Sheets: Sometimes the best thing you can have on you for oily skin is a basic and effective oil-blotting sheet like this one.

Palladio Oil Absorbing Rice Powder: If you don’t know what rice powder is, it’s time to hop on the trend. It’s translucent powder that absorbs oil.

La Roche-Posay Effaclar BB Blur: This BB cream will give a flawless finish while it absorbs oil.

Origins Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash: This face wash will help take care of oil at the source without drying skin.

Tarte T-Zone Travel: This convenient compact has blotting paper for getting rid of the worst of the oil, and then a mattifying powder to further get rid of shine.

Jan Marini Skin Research Bioglycolic Oily Skin Cleansing Gel: Have science on your side as you get rid of excess oil. It has also been reported to prevent breakouts.

Basis Cleaner Clean Face Wash: This is a popular product because it gets rid of oil, leaves skin cleaner than clean and doesn’t dry out or tighten skin.

MAC Blot Film: Need blot paper that won’t mess up makeup? Then get the blot paper from the makeup experts at MAC.

The Body Shop Seaweed Mattifying Day Cream: This product moisturizes and controls oil, if you can believe it. Some people even use it as a foundation primer.

MAC Blot Powder/Pressed: This powder will get rid of oil while feeling like it’s barely there.

Lancôme Pure Focus T-Zone Powder Gel: This product goes on as a gel, and ends like a powder that traps oil.

L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte 24HR Foundation: If you have oily skin, you’ll definitely want a matte finish to your foundation. This product has you covered (literally).

Tarte Clean Slate Poreless 12-Hour Perfecting Primer: This primer will reduce oil that can pop up from under makeup. Plus it minimizes pores.

Urban Decay De-Slick Mattifying Powder: Here’s another popular powder for blotting away oil without messing up makeup.

Garnier SkinActive Clean+ Shine Control Cleansing Gel: If you want something on the cost-effective side, you can find this gel almost anywhere.

What are your favorite products for oil control? Let us know in the comments below.

Michelle Lovrine Honeyager is a freelance writer living in Southeastern Wisconsin. You can find out more about her at https://www.clippings.me/michellelovrine.

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