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If you’re like me and have stubborn oily skin, you know that keeping the shine at bay isn’t an easy task. While I’m often to forgo the moisturizer with the hopes of keeping the grease to a minimum throughout the day, I’ve learned that failing to hydrate your skin at all can actually cause your skin to compensate for a lack of self-inflicted moisture by producing even more oil. So, in my years of research (along with trial and error), I’ve been able to find a few budget-friendly drugstore moisturizers for oily skin that keep hydrated without turning you into a complete oil slick.
Aside from keeping the shine under control, an oil-free moisturizer with mattifying properties also tend to be a good choice for those with sensitive and acne-prone skin, as excess oil and clogged pores can trigger active breakouts and blackheads. With cooler weather and dryer conditions on the horizon, it’s natural for even the oiliest of skin types to need a little extra moisture. These affordable skincare products rival their high-end counterparts and will help to balance out hydration levels without leaving you looking shiny throughout the day.
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1. Cetaphil Pro Oil Absorbing Moisturizer
Cetaphil is derm-approved drugstore label that seriously delivers with their gentle skincare range, without compromising effectiveness. This oil-controlling moisturizer ensures skin stays soft and supple.
2. Olay Regenerist Whip
This creamy yet lightweight moisturizer nourishes the skin without leaving behind a great film. It also happens to sit beautifully under makeup — you can actually use it in place of a primer.
3. Neutrogena Hydro Boost
This water-gel moisturizer is perfect for combination or oily skin, because it isn’t an oil-based moisturizer. The moisturizer gets an extra boost from hyaluronic acid, which is known for keeping moisture locked into skin. Luckily though, this moisturizer absorbs very quickly and won’t make you look shiny as you layer makeup on top of it.
4. L'Oreal Hydra Genius
While the term “hydra” may throw you off if you have oily skin, this hyaluronic acid-infused gel moisturizer delivers moisture without the grease and grime. It’s a great under-makeup option that sinks into the skin quickly without leaving behind an oily residue.
5. Aveeno Clear Complexion Moisturizer
Not only does this moisturizer hydrate those dry patches on your skin, it contains acne-fighting ingredients, like salicylic acid. It contains a soy complex, which will help calm down irritated skin while helping battle your uneven skin texture due to breakouts. The hypoallergenic moisturizer is a game-changer.