10 best skincare products for oily skin

From moisturisers, cleansers and toners to quick-fix blotters and wipes, we tried out hardworking, pore-minimising solutions

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Bright sun and humid temperatures might spell the start of summer but for those with oily skin it can mean an on-going battle to keep skin looking clear. Luckily there’s a myriad of lotions and potions on the market to assist; from quick fix solution to long-term problem solvers. Here’s our edit of the best products to help take control of oily skin.

1. Clear Difference Aqua Gel: £42, esteelauder.co.uk

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For those prone to shiny skin, the holy grail of skincare is a moisturiser that won’t make things worse. This, from Estee Lauder, is that rare thing. It’s an oil-free and lightweight gel, with ingredients that hydrate and soothe – and keep everything matte.

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2. Elemis Balancing Lavender Toner: £22.50, timetospa.co.uk


Toner may seem like an unnecessary extra step but, given its pore-refining abilities, it’s one of the most important products. Elemis’s lavender one is designed to balance out combination skin while being gentle enough not to strip your face of moisture.

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3. Bobbi Brown Blotting Papers: £9, bobbibrown.co.uk


They may seem old-fashioned, but if you’re looking for a quick fix solution to shine that doesn’t clog up pores, try these fuss-free blotting papers. Unlike many on the market, they’re unscented so won’t irritate. Plus, you get 100 in a pack so they’re better value than they seem.

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4. Rare Earth Pore Cleansing Masque: £21.50, kiehls.co.uk

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This face mask by premium beauty brand Kiehl’s uses a combination of white clay, oatmeal and aloe vera to soak up excess oil without drying. It leaves pores cleaner and more refined. Use once a week all over the face or more often as a treatment on problem areas.

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5. Skyn Iceland Nordic Skin Peel Pads: £38, marksandspencer.com

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Anything with “peel” in the title may sound scary, but these pads are anything but. They contain lactic acid, a gentle, natural exfoliator to rejuvenate skin, while willow bark soothes and protects. Use no more than twice a month, and wear a high SPF for the week following to protect new skin from UV damage.

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6. La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo: £15.50, boots.com

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This multi-use cream from the Effaclar range by the French pharmacy brand is best applied after cleansing at night to help to banish spots and unblock pores. It can also be worn under make-up to minimise shine.

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7. Simple Clear Skin Oil Balancing Wipes: £3.29, boots.com


Almost any skincare professional will tell that face wipes are the devil in the cleansing world. But, if you must use them, then Simple’s wipes with witch hazel pack a punch when it comes to mopping up excess oil and minimising blemishes.

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8. Moisturising Mattifying Fluid: £23, caudalie.com

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Successfully treading the line between sebum-regulating and hydrating, this, from French brand Caudalie, just needs to be applied in the morning. Its long-lasting, oilabsorbing properties will keep your complexion matte all day.

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9. Vichy Micellar Oil: £13.75, boots.com

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There’s a buzz around all things micellar-related of late. These products contain oil molecules suspended in water, which get rid of impurities gently. This new addition, with Camelia oil and vitamin E, removes excess sebum, dead cells and stubborn eye-makeup without irritating, and leaves skin feeling soft.

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10. ReVive Pore Correctif Multi Acti on Repair Serum: £150, harrods.com

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ReVive was created by a former plastic surgeon. This serum contains the brand’s signature RES formula. It helps skin to regenerate, reduces pore size instantly and leaves you with a smoother visage. Pricey but effective.

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If it’s a quick solution you’re after you can’t go wrong with Bobbi Brown’s blotting papers, carry in your handbag and rather than apply powder to soak up shine, simply dab the papers over skin for a fresher approach to skincare that doesn’t involve shovelling on extra cosmetics. For a long-term solution Kiehl’s Rare Earth Pore Cleansing Masque is a worthwhile addition to your skincare routine and, when used regularly and applied to problem areas, will go a long way in the battle to keep excess sebum under control. 


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