Best skincare products for oily skin 2024

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Having oil on your skin is not bad. Your skin and hair benefit from having oil around to maintain a healthy state.

If you have a lot of oil on your skin or very oily hair it can be problematic and can affect self-confidence and self-esteem.

If you struggle with oily skin, then you’ve probably tried your fair share of skincare products. Oily skin can be a sign of underlying inflammation as the sebaceous glands often release oil because of inflammation around the hair follicle.

How do you know if you have oily skin- well, its shiny and sometimes looks a bit greasy and make-up can be a challenge to keep in place.

One of the biggest mistakes when it comes to having oily skin is believing that your skin does not require moisturiser as it’s “greasy enough.”

Oily skin can be sensitive, and the oil does not moisturise the skin. It can trap dead skin cells and bacteria that naturally occurs on your skin and leas to problematic breakouts.

I’m going to be sharing my top 9 products for oily skin, a selection that will offer you a basic skincare routine.


My Recommendations

 Below I have listed a number of products that I am happy to recommend. Each persons skin is different and you must find what suits your specific skins needs. I have included value options, so that you can purchase smaller volumes of product to try before buying larger items, which are essentially better value for money. With the chosen platform, delivery is excellent (most of the time), which can make life easier for those of you with busy schedules.


1 Cleanser

When it comes to cleaning oily skin, all you need are your fingertips. If you have loofahs, or face clothes or one of those awful electric skin facial cleansers, please get rid of them. Normal skin is sensitive and if you have oily skin, treat it as sensitive skin.

You may find that your skin becomes oilier as the day goes on. If you love make-up, it is important to make sure that it all comes off at the end of the day. The cleansing process aims to reduce the dirt and oil from your skin so that you can then apply products to help and soothe the skin. These products need to work hard to calm everything down, so they need a great foundation to start from

Cleanse once in the morning and twice at night.

Apply the thickest cleanser first (if you are using two) and then the one with the thinnest texture. Use your fingertips in gentle circles around the face. This should feel light or if you like, like a mini massage. Rinse your face with lukewarm water (never hot!) and pat the skin dry with a fluffy towel. Avoid rubbing.



My Top Picks:


Cetaphil Oily skin cleanser £7.50


Larger size £14.99 (for those savvy shoppers!)





Cerave Foaming Cleanser £10

Larger size £19.99




La roche posay effaclar purifiying foam cleanser for oily skin £19.18


2 Moisturiser

The most common complaint I hear from patients with oily skin is that adding certain moisturisers makes their skin feel greasier or they don’t like the texture. I’ve frequently asked myself why make-up counters across the country have (until recently) allowed us to test colours on the backs of our hands, yet we can’t open a moisturiser and check the texture. We could put hand washing stations in each store to ensure hygiene. This would mean brands would lose out on the products they sell based on the customers optimism that “this one might work.”


For now, I don’t have a solution for you other than, try a couple and find one you like the texture of. If you can find the one that is right for you, you are much more likely to stick to a decent skin routine.


My Top Picks:


La roche posay Effaclar mat £16.72




Bioderma Sébium Mat Control  £12.80




Cetaphil oil control moisturiser £24.79


When it comes to applying moisturiser again use a light patting motion. If you find a moisturiser that works on your face, do extend it to your neck, decollete and hands. Your skin doesn’t stop with your face, and if you have sensitive skin on your face, it is fair to assume that your skin elsewhere may also be sensitive.



There has been a serious rise in hybrid skincare products. You know the ones that tell you your foundation offers SPF. I am not a fan of hybrid products when it comes to SPF and here’s why:

When the SPF (sun protection factor) is tested in a laboratory, it is spread evenly over a flat surface to provide a value of protection which is applied to the product. As humans we do not spread SPF thickly and evenly across all our skin.

As a rule of thumb, I tell patients that whatever the SPF label is on the bottle- half it!

It’s fine if your foundation contains SPF but I wouldn’t use this as my sole SPF.

Again, texture is the main reason patients struggle to find an SPF they like and will continuously use. It is worth taking the time to find the right one for you.


My Top Picks:


Neutrogena Clear face – oil free for acne prone skin Factor 50 £15.57




La roche-posay anthelios clear face sunscreen for oily skin SPF 60 £33




Bioderma photoderm SPF 30 Antiblemish Sunscreen £20


When is comes to SPF take the time to apply it well. This should be the slowest step in your morning routine. Don’t forget your ears, neck, decollete and backs of your hands, as well as any other exposed sites, for example, ankles, wrists, back of your neck.


For anyone interested in maintaining their skin throughout their life, this is the single most crucial step. This will save you so much money trying to rectify fine lines and wrinkles, age spots and pigmentation problems associated with sun damage.

You can probably think of an older relative whose skin is fantastic and someone told you “They have great genetics”. This is wrong!

Most elderly people who have fantastic skin have stayed out of the sun. They’ve covered up with clothing and sunhats and always worn sunglasses and sunscreen.

Scientific studies involving twins who have grow up in different environments have demonstrated that despite having almost identical genetic make-up, their environment and amount of sun exposure affected how they have aged.




Now you’re looking at a list of products and wondering, which ones do I choose. Here are some next steps.


1 Choose one from each of the categories: 1x cleanser, 1 x moisturiser, 1x SPF.

2 Commit to trying the three products every day for 30 days.

3 Download your free skincare diary to keep you on track- record the changes you see in your skin.




skin diary


What to expect:

You may have a skin breakout around days 5-7 of using a new product. This is normal!

I commonly hear from patients who have tried a new product, experienced a breakout, and stopped using the product. It takes your skin time to adapt to a new product so commit to the 30-day trial.


When to immediately stop using a product:

-          Sudden onset itching or irritability of the skin.

-          Hives (urticarial rash) appearing.

-          Swelling of the skin after application

-          If swelling affects your eyes, lips or neck seek immediate medical advice.


*Reactions to skincare products are rare but it is important to act quickly.


I hope this gives you the confidence to take control of your skincare journey

To your success,



 Dr Christina-71


Dr Christina Davies MBCHB DMCC

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