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17 Products That Will Help Solve Your Oily Skin Issues

For those of us with overambitious oil glands.

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1. Estee Lauder Clear Difference Aqua Gel, £42

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Yes, £42 is pretty expensive for a moisturiser, but it's pretty freaking magical. Like the name suggests it's a water-based moisturiser that is completely oil-free, which helps when you have oily skin. It's super lightweight, and it includes ingredients that hydrate and soothe while keeping everything matte.

Have a look at these reviews on the Sephora website.

2. The Body Shop Seaweed Mattifying Day Cream, £12

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If you are looking for a more reasonably priced mattifying cream, then the seaweed mattifying day cream is a really good option. It's also oil-free, and has a gel-like texture that easily absorbs and gives a matte, shine-free complexion.

The reviews are worth reading.


4. Urban Decay De-Slick Mattifying Powder, £19.50

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So it comes in a weird lavender colour which is a little off-putting, but don't worry – it comes out translucent and works for all skin tones. Use the powder over your makeup, or whenever you feel a little oily.

Check out this review from Casey Holmes; the powder review starts at 7:03.

5. Kiehl's Rare Earth Pore Cleansing Masque, £21.50

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So this is one of those products that you use once a week to give your skin a proper treat. It includes lovely ingredients like white clay, oatmeal, and aloe vera that soak up excess oil without drying your skin out. This face mask is definitely worth a try. It works magic on my oily skin.

6. NYX Make-Up Setting Spray, £7

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The matte finishing spray of your dreams. It really works and it's pretty cheap – what more could you ask for? You spray it all over your face after applying your makeup (I spray it before applying too) and your makeup will stay matte for the whole day.


8. Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet + Foundation, £29

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This works wonders for oily, blemish-prone skin. It gives great coverage and pretty much stays matte the whole day, although you might need to blot it a little if it's a warm day or if you're being active.

Check out this review and demo on YouTube.

9. Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray, £22

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Take the name literally: This setting spray will make your makeup last the whole day and night. One of the problems with oily skin is that makeup will slide off your face, and this bottle of magic from Urban Decay makes sure that doesn't happen.

Check out Jackie Aina's review of the spray.

10. Neutrogena Visibly Clear Pore & Shine Daily Wash, £4.49

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I mean if you're buying this product for the smell alone you're making a good choice, but it's also really good for oily skin. You skin feels matte after use, and this feeling lasts all day, whether you are wearing makeup or not.

11. Laura Mercier Invisible Loose Setting Powder, £29

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This is worth every penny, and it lasts for a very long time. It's a lifesaver for oily skin and helps to keep foundation in place without feeling cakey.

These reviews prove that it's worth all the hype.

12. BareMinerals Mineral Veil, £21

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Because powder is your best friend if you have oily skin, and the Mineral Veil is bloody amazing. Use it over your makeup and it will reduce shine and even out your skin tone. It also comes out sheer, meaning it doesn’t look cakey over regular foundation.

Have a look at the reviews.