Shopping for serums for isn’t such an easy task when you’ve got sensitive, oily and acne-prone skin. Let’s be real—all those moisturizing and anti-aging serums people rave about could actually be detrimental to your pores if you’re a heavy on the sebum. But of course, that’s still dependent whether you’re oily but dehydrated, versus just being plain oily and well-moisturized.
Most ingredients to avoid when you’ve got oily skin are those agents that clog pores or are too rich for your skin to absorb. Products containing coconut or any mineral oil, silicones, rough scrubbing agents, and alcohol-based formulas are an instant no-no. Let’s not forget that any product that’s highly perfumed should also be avoided since it can be an allergen or irritant.
That said, what products can you use if you’ve got such troubled skin? The first trick is to read the ingredients and research on those key agents that could work best for your skin. To help you out, we’ve narrowed our list down to eight of the best you can buy right now to calm down your acne and stop excess sebum, stat!
LIST: 8 Serums for Oily and Acne-Prone Skin
1. Aivee Mom Balancing Serum
Don’t let the name fool you—this serum isn’t just for moms! Aivee’s formulation is packed with Niacinamide and Saccharide Isomerate (a plant-based carb that helps with skin hydration without any irritants!) The feel on your skin is light and watery which makes it perfect even under makeup!
Balancing Serum, AIVEE MOM, P2565, theaiveeclinic.com
2. PONDS Age Miracle Ultimate Youth Essence
What makes this serum one of the best in the market is that it’s affordable and pretty accessible to buy! You can find it at almost every drugstore and supermarket which makes it an easy go-to for anyone who’d like to maintain a regular anti-aging regimen. This serum packs a punch when it comes to moisturization since it’s made with Hyaluronic Acid, Activated Collagen, Fermented Bifida and more. But it also leaves your skin matte and supple the morning after your night application! No excess oil/sebum production, but with all the anti-aging benefits you’d like a youth-enhancing serum to do!
Age Miracle Ultimate Youth Essence, PONDS, P1219, watsons.com.ph
3. The Body Shop Drops of Youth Concentrate
Made with plant stem cells like edelweiss, criste marine and sea holly, this product has a gel-like texture that’s light and cooling on the skin. It also dries off matte which ultimately has a blurring effect when you’ve got visible pores. We recommend you try this serum if you’d like to refresh and re-energize tired skin from the daily hustle and bustle.
Drops of Youth Concentrate, THE BODY SHOP, P1495, thebodyshop.com.ph
4. Peter Thomas Roth Retinol Fusion PM Night Serum
Retinol is a power ingredient for anyone dealing with acne and acne scars! That said, this serum from Peter Thomas Roth is being raved about for its transformative results that you can visibly see within just a week of use. It’s best to pair this serum with a high SPF sunscreen since retinol tends to make your skin a lot for sensitive to sunlight and UV rays.
Retinol Fusion PM Night Serum, PETER THOMAS ROTH, P4550, sephora.ph
5. Nacific Origin Red Salicylic Acid Serum
Ever heard about a “wash off” serum? This might be the first of its kind, but we highly recommended you incorporate this as part of your routine! Unlike other salicylic serums, Nacific’s powerful yet gentle formula made with AHABHA, PHA and Houttuynia Cordata exfoliates within a minute to reveal renewed skin that’s ready for the rest of your nightly routine. This serum helps your skin absorb product better making it a must-have as a skincare prep.
Origin Red Salicylic Acid Serum – DERMA CLERA, NACIFIC, P740, shopee.ph
6. Mario Badescu Anti-Acne Serum
Just like its name suggests, this serum works well to prevent and calm down live acne. But be sure to only apply it on parts of your face that acne is present since its main ingredients are BHAs and Salicylic acid!
Anti Acne Serum, MARIO BADESCU, P1693, sephora.ph
7. THE INKEY LIST Niacinamide Face Serum
If redness is your main concern next to oiliness, then we recommend you try THE INKEY LIST’s cult fave Niacinamide serum! This surprisingly affordable product is known to be effective against sebum production and to calm down redness. Made with Niacinamide (obviously), Vitamin B3 and Hyaluronic Acid, the formula works wonders to really calm but hydrate troubled skin.
Niacinamide Face Serum, THE INKEY LIST, P560, sephora.ph
8. INNISFREE Green Tea Seed Serum
Got oily but dehydrated skin? Then opt for this serum that will definitely moisturize sans the irritation and pore-clogging effects! Made from Korea’s famous green tea and green tea seeds from Jeju Island, you can expect a calming type of hydration with this best-selling formula.
Green Tea Seed Serum, INNISFREE, P1590, beautymnl.com
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