7 Super-Light Serums That Really Do Clear Oily Complexions

Amy Lewis

Oily skin can be tough to contend with, but not when you've got a cracking serum. Believe it or not, serums aren't just for turbocharging your line-fighting regimen. With the right ingredients and texture, this beauty product can do wonders in helping to rebalance oily and spot-prone skin. If you find that moisturising creams tend to clog your pores or feel too heavy (cue more breakouts), a lighter, thinner serum could be the answer to keeping your skin properly hydrated while encouraging lower sebum production (the main cause of constantly shiny, oil-flooded skin).

It’s important to find the right formula to suit your skin type, however. The power of serums lies in the fact that they’re loaded with higher concentrations of damage-repairing ingredients and contain more potent combinations of skin-healing molecules that conventional creams and lotions just don’t have room for. But given that they’re so power-packed, you need to make sure you’ve got the right fit for your skin to really reap the benefits.

A light, water-based version is best for oily or acne-prone skin, as too many rich plant oils can leave you feeling greasy and lead to clogging. Oily skin is often in need of moisture deep down to help regulate the skin’s production of natural oils called sebum, so look for effective hydrators like hyaluronic acid and glycerin (a great alternative to oils), plus vitamins A, C and E.

To help bring your breakouts under control, you’ll also want to make sure you’ve got some antibacterial ingredients in the mix. Tea tree oil is a fantastic natural option, as is witch hazel, while salicylic acid (also known as beta-hydroxy acid) is both a soothing anti-irritant and an effective exfoliant, which can even help to clear bacteria from inside the skin’s pore lining, as well on the surface. Blackheads, whiteheads, fully formed spots—they don’t stand a chance.

Now that you know what you’re looking for, we’ve rounded up seven of our favourite serums for oily and spot-prone skin to help you get started. Start scrolling to find your perfect match!

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