9 Best Serums For Acne Prone Skin

It sounds crazy, but oil eliminates oil. For that reason, serums and oils can be great for oily skin types, which is why if you struggle with acne you need these products in your life. I rounded up the best serums for acne prone skin, and how to incorporate them into your everyday routine.

When I was in high school, I had acne. Most people do, and while some suffer severely and some never get a pimple, most of us experience a level of frustration about our skin. If you have oily, acne-prone skin, you know that large pores and melting foundation truly sucks and can take the fun out of playing with makeup. Luckily, there is a skin product that may truly help: serum.

It sounds crazy, but hear me out: Serums and oils can actually fight your breakouts, boost radiance, moisturize, and relive discoloration. They give your skin light moisture while the vitamins and antioxidants fight damage, like UV rays and acne-causing bacteria. Pretty amazing, right? If that wasn't enough, serums sink in quickly and prime your skin so active ingredients from other products, like creams, can sink in deeper. If you use a product with a harsh ingredient, serums can also calm the negative effects. Really, what's not to love?

Below are some of the best acne fighting serums and oils to use if you have oily skin.

1. Tea Tree Oil

The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil Gel, $15, Amazon

Plant-based oils and serums are best, because they won't clog your pores like mineral oils will. Studies show that this oil will help prevent mild to moderate acne thanks to its antibacterial properties.

2. philosophy 'total matteness' oil-free mattifying pore eraser

philosophy 'total matteness' oil-free mattifying pore eraser, $50, Amazon

This uses natural bamboo extract to absorb excess oil, so you can be shine-free. Mix some into your foundation to make it matte.

3. Fresh Seaberry Moisturizing Face Oil

Fresh Seaberry Moisturizing Face Oil, $52.00, Sephora

The restorative omegas found in oils like camellia seed, grapeseed, and sweet almond seed oil keeps your skin looking youthful and fresh because they regulate oil production. If you're unbearably oily, try this.

4. Diptyque Satin Oil for Body and Hair

Diptyque Satin Oil for Body and Hair, $60.00,

Green fruit can boost moisture and relive sunburns, so ingredients like avocado and aloe vera are great if your have rough texture and red discoloration.

5. Kora Organics by Miranda Kerr Luxurious Rosehip Oil

Kora Organics by Miranda Kerr Luxurious Rosehip Oil, $49.00, A mazon

Fatty acids help skin cells turnover, while Vitamin A promotes collagen production. If you struggle with acne scares, this product has both so you can start over.

6. Perricone MD Intensive Pore Treatment

Perricone MD Intensive Pore Treatment, $75, Amazon

Truth: This will help you unclog pores. Keep exfoliating and moisturizing with serum, like this one from Perricone MD, to improve your pores.

7. Murad T-Zone Pore Refining Serum

Murad T-Zone Pore Refining Serum, $24, Amazon

There is a bit of powerful salicylic acid in this to truly fight acne, while also gently moisturizing.

8. Kahina Argan Oil

Kahina Argan Oil, $36.00, Amazon

Argan oil is great for hair, but also for skin. It helps decrease sebum production, the oil that creates that beaming, mirror-like shine.

9. Clinique 'Pore Refining Solutions' Correcting Serum

Clinique 'Pore Refining Solutions' Correcting Serum, $45.00, Amazon

Tighten and minimize your pores with this gentle serum that won't irritate sensitive skin.

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