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Question: What are the best BB creams for oily skin?

Answer: With so many BB creams on the market, finding the perfect fit for your skin type can be confusing. Luckily, BB creams have come a long way from the heavy, oily concoctions that filled drug stores a few years ago. These older formulas catered to a larger variety of skin types, and not to those with specific skincare needs. I have personally suffered from acne in the past. Even now, in my twenties, I still struggle to find makeup products that tame my oily skin, yet provide the right amount of moisture and UV protection. Fortunately, there are some great products out there! Here are some tips for finding the best BB creams for oily skin: 

Key terms

Grab a pen and paper and write down these key words. You’re gonna need them when you go shopping for your BB cream!

Oil Free. Obviously the last thing you want to do is add more oil to your face.

Salicylic Acid. This magic ingredient clears pores and stops breakouts

UV Protective. Although you may not want to put heavy ingredients on your skin, you still want to protect it from premature aging.

Matte. Avoid “dewy'” BB creams as these will make your skin appear more oily.

Personal Favorites

I adore Miracle Skin BB by Garnier. A lighter alternative to foundation, this BB cream is matte and provides light, airbrushed coverage.The color blends seamlessly into skin and looks super natural. I’ve even noticed my skin improve since I’ve started using it. Score! The product is also enriched with mineral pigments and Vitamin B, so rest assured that you’re packing your skin with goodies while looking lush. With SPF 15, blemish buster, moisturizer, and foundation, it’s a true all-in-one product!

If your skin still feels oily and not matte enough, use a mineral veil. A product like this creates a stunning matte surface and absorbs any excess oil from the skin, but still looks incredibly natural. Plus, it doesn’t clog your pores as heavier powders tend to do. Bare Minerals makes a great finishing powder.

Other great Options

If you really struggle with bad acne, use a product that is noncomedogenic, which won’t clog your poresAveeno Clear Complexion BB Cream is noncomedogenic, oil free, hypoallergenic, and contains the active ingredient total soy complex. This miracle in a bottle also claims to reduce acne scars, while providing high spectrum UV protection.

It’s also important to remember that skins health is a product of what you put into your body. So treat it well! Reducing the intake of dairy products and fatty foods should make your skin less oily. Also, avocado is a god-send for your skin!

What’s your favorite BB cream?