A 2020 Guide To The Best Serums For Oily Skin

If you have oily skin and don't already use a serum, then your skin is missing out on great benefits. Many actives in serums are perfect for curtailing the symptoms of oily skin.

An oily skin type is a blessing in disguise. Oily skin is resilient, well protected from signs of ageing, and rarely suffers from sensitivity.

Despite all the benefits of an oily skin type, the excess of natural sebum can make you want to fight against it. This is a tactic to avoid. Instead, you should find a middle ground, and serums can help you do just that.


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What is a Serum?

A serum's formula is different from a moisturiser's because the former contains water-based actives and other ingredients only. Moisturisers contain water, oil, and ingredients that bind the two together.

Why Oily Skin Types Benefit From Serums

The qualities that differentiate serums from moisturisers make serums perfect for oily and combination skin.

  • Serums are lightweight and easily absorbed.

  • Serums can penetrate more deeply than many moisturisers can.

  • A serum's formula is, by its nature, focused on hydration.

These benefits are an exact match to the needs of oily skin. In fact, for your summer skincare routine, we recommend using only a serum in the morning and shifting your moisturiser to night-time.

The Best Serums for an Oily Skin Type

Serums are a great source of concentrated actives. You'll find that many serums contain a higher portion of actives than moisturisers do. This is a conscious formulation based on the fact that serums can deliver ingredients to the deep layers of skin, where actives engage biologically.

We recommend two water-based actives above all others for an oily skin type:

  • Vitamin B3, also known as niacinamide

  • Vitamin C


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Vitamin B3 Serums for Oily Skin Types

Many B vitamins are found in skincare, but B3 currently retains the benefits crown. This well-studied, water-soluble antioxidant, when applied in concentrations of 2% to 5%, has been proven to:

  • Reduce sebum production

  • Reduce the incidence of acne

  • Brighten skin tone, i.e. treat areas of hyperpigmentation left by spots

These are great benefits for an oily, acne-prone skin type. Benefits you'll experience in as little as a month of regular use.

Niacinamide For Your Skin: What Is It?

Find active concentrations of niacinamide in these Adore-Beauty-approved serums:

asap super b complex is great for oily skin that's also showing signs of ageing. A lightweight and fast absorbing formula created to deeply penetrate skin, locking in moisture whilst calming inflammation and minimising redness.

Hylamide Pore Control Booster 30ml

Combat visible oil and minimise the look of pores with this lightweight and refreshing serum. The innovative gel-like formula is designed to create a smooth, shine-free and flawless finish to skin.

Hylamide Pore Control Booster 30ml

Vitamin C Serums for Oily Skin Types

The skin benefits of vitamin C were first discovered in a none-too-glamorous setting: on board ships that were at sea for several months. The lack of fresh fruits and vegetables led to a deficiency of vitamin C that saw sailors' gums and skin physically breaking down.

Since then, much research has been conducted on vitamin C, and we know it to:

  • Be vital in skin's healing and repair functions

  • Reduce existing hyperpigmentation and prevent its future development

  • Reduce the inflammation cause by acne

  • Increases skin's natural exfoliation rate

We recommend a vitamin C serum for oily skin that's prone to breakouts. Add one of our favourites to your skincare routine:

asap super c serum, contains a complex of powerful antioxidants, including vitamin C as L-ascorbic acid to visibly brighten skin and minimise hyperpigmentation. Supports skin's natural elasticity whilst stiumlating collagen production.

A highly concentrated formula containing 20% L-Ascorbic acid, Hyaluronic acid and antioxidants to assist in protecting the skin while stimulating collagen production, improve radiance and help retain hydration.

These and more can all be found in our serums and treatments store, which includes a carefully selected array of the best serums on the market.