If you’re unsure where to start when it comes to serum shopping for oily skin, dermatologists have a few key ingredients they swear by. Board-certified dermatologist Brendan Camp, MD says vitamin C is a favorite, for starters. “Vitamin C is a skin care ingredient that can be used on most types of skin, including oily skin,” he says. “Finding a product that is lightweight and does not leave a thick residue is important when buying skincare for oily skin.” He also recommends a good oil-free moisturizer and salicylic acid. “Salicylic acid is a beta-hydroxy acid (BHA) that is hydrophobic, which allows it to penetrate deep in pores and flush them of excess oil and residue.”
Board-certified cosmetic dermatologist, Divya Shokeen, MD, FAAD recommends serums that contain retinol, and AHAs in addition to BHAs. “Retinoids help to reduce oil production, while AHAs and BHAs are great for reducing the appearance of pores,” she shares. Find a few of their recommended serums below along with some of our own favorites.