10 Best Serums for Oily Skin to Beat all the Skin Problems

Best serums for oily skin


When it comes to skincare most of us forget the most important skincare product, face serum! Serums work like a magic ingredient on skin. Especially people with oily skin should consider adding serums to their skincare guide. The lighter consistency of serums won’t make you feel greasy like other moisturizers. Face serum works like a moisturizer with a lighter consistency. Also, serums contain a higher concentration of active ingredients compared to moisturizers, which dive deep into your skin treating it in all possible ways. Since oily skin is prone to acne, pimple, breakouts and many other skin problems, adding serums to a daily skincare routine is the wise decision.

Hence it is very important to keep an eye on ingredients because ingredients define the quality of serums. Also, some ingredients may not be suitable for oily skin. Most of the times people struggle to pick the best serum because they don’t know what works better on their skin. We are making your job easy! Here is the list of best serums to help you choose the best one!


Best Serums for Oily Skin;


1. OLEHENRIKSEN Truth Serum®

Truth Serum from Ole Henriksen is like a multivitamin to your skin. This serum brightens and tightens the skin along with providing all-day hydration. Along with Vitamin C, Truth Serum is enriched with orange and green tea extracts thus making it one of the best oil-free serum. The light consistency of Truth Serum dives deeper into skin cells almost immediately. A small drop is enough to cover the entire face hence it can last for months depending on the usage. You can use this along with makeup or as a morning or night skincare routine. 



  • Brightens the skin
  • Lasts for a longer time
  • Helps to fade pigmentation and dark spots
  • Absorbs on the skin super quick
  • The light citrus scent feels great
  • Keeps skin hydrated and soft



  • The product is very gentle hence the results will take time to affect.


2. Sunday Riley Good Genes

As the name states, Lactic Acid is one of the main ingredients of this serum. Lactic Acid helps to exfoliate dead skin cells, unclogs pores thus leaving the skin softer. Regular use of this serum can help to even the skin tone. Also, the fine lines and wrinkles which appear over the years can be removed with the help of Good Genes Serum. This serum can also be used like primer while applying makeup. Leaving on the skin for 10 minutes works like deep detox facial.



  • No redness and breakouts
  • Helps to fight acne and lightens acne scars
  • Leaves skin soft and glowing
  • Works better with Luna night oil
  • Smoothens the skin texture



  • The product is expensive



3) Caudalie Radiance Serum 

Caudalie Radiance Serum is non-photosensitising, non-comedogenic along with oil-free formula. Viniferine is the key ingredient of this serum, a natural extract of grapevine sap used to treat dark spots. This serum is mainly known to treat dark spots but along with that, it helps to even the skin tone. Use it in the morning and night along with your regular cream.



  • Fades dark spots
  • Feels light and refreshing on the skin
  • Whole day moisturization
  • Skin looks plump and healthier
  • Prevents breakouts





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4) Drunk Elephant Night Serum

 This fabulous night serum removes the dead skin cells by gently dissolving them and helps in natural collagen production. As a result, the skin looks younger, fresher and healthier. Signs of ageing will be visibly improved by the regular usage of Drunk Elephant serum. Powerful acids such as glycolic, lactic, tartaric, citric, and salicylic acids blended along with raspberry extract producing the most effective skincare product.



  • Formulated well in order to neutralize the irritation caused by various acids.
  • Paraben-free, sulfate-free, cruelty-free, gluten-free
  • Exfoliates skin without drying it
  • Sebum production will be controlled
  • Pore minimizer
  • Skin feels soft and nice by morning






5) The Ordinary “Buffet”

Buffet serum is one of the best products from The Ordinary. The unscented serum is easy to apply on the cleansed skin. The product is the result of a comprehensive array of studied technologies to target multiple skin problems. The buffet is known to cure breakouts and ageing problems such as fine lines, wrinkles, pigmentation, large pores, etc.



  • Immediate results
  • Price is within the budget
  • Peptides help with many skin problems
  • Improves collagen production






6) Seoul Ceuticals Day Glow Serum

 Seoul Ceuticals Serum is created using Vitamin C as the main ingredient. Natural ingredients such as Organic Aloe, Orange stem cells, Organic jojoba oil etc make this serum one of the best for people with oily skin. For better results apply this serum after cleansing the skin thoroughly. It helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and other skin ageing symptoms. 



  • Skin looks more bright and younger
  • Absorbs quickly on the skin
  • Provides natural glow
  • Reduces acne and breakouts
  • Easy to apply





7) Hyaluronic Acid Serum

 Hyaluronic acid is known to treat skin problems such as burns, rashes, breakouts, wounds, and ulcers. A serum is created using Hyaluronic acid as the main ingredient to cure skin related problems. It improves the skin texture and overall skin health will be improved after regular usage.



  • Maintains skin moisturization for a longer time
  • Avoids skin ageing problems
  • Reduces skin bumps and acne
  • Controls oil production
  • 100% pure
  • Paraben-free



Works better in humid conditions.



8) Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin C Serum

Klairs has introduced multifunctional Vitamin C serum along with natural ingredients to clear up acne, acne scar, prevent breakouts and minimize pore. Along with that, it helps to clear brown spots and pigmentation. A drop of this serum feels like freshly juiced lemon which energizes and rejuvenates the skin cells. If it is not stored in a cool place it changes color! But you can continue using it for a year because the color change has no effects on the quality of the serum.



  • Provides antioxidant treatment
  • Protects skin from UV damage
  • Improves skin tone and texture
  • Non-comedogenic



  • If it is not stored in the fridge it turns brown to yellow and is not safe to use after a year.



9) PURITO Centella Green Level Buffet Serum

 Centella extract in this serum boosts collagen synthesis and activates cell tissues to calm trouble scars. Peptides help to improve wrinkles, helping to replenish the skin evenly. It helps to calm the skin from acne and pimple breakouts. Purito serum is also known to minimize pores thus helping skin breathe freshly.



  • 49% Centella extract makes it more effective
  • Certified by Environment Working Group (EWG)
  •  Suitable for sensitive skin
  • Whitens the skin tone



  • Pump bottle system increases the percentage of wastage



10) The Ordinary Niacinamide

 Another oil-free serum from The Ordinary. Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% regulates sebum and minimizes pores. Niacinamide is known to reduce skin blemishes. When Niacinamide is combined along with Zinc it helps to balance the sebum activity. Niacinamide also brightens the skin tone. It can be used along with moisturizer for better results. Oil-free formula suits for people with oily skin.



  • Lightweight and absorbs fast
  • Silicone-free
  • Gluten-free
  • Cruelty-free
  • 100% Vegan




31 thoughts on “10 Best Serums for Oily Skin to Beat all the Skin Problems

  1. momelite2 says:

    I don’t spend nearly enough time taking care of my skin and it’s catching up to me. I’ll have to look into some of these serums.

  2. floridforest says:

    I’m always looking for great skincare products. I would be interested to know the prices of these.

  3. Joanna says:

    Very interesting. I do tend to get oily skin, especially in summer, but I never thought of using a serum to balance it.

  4. Aanya says:

    I have oily skin and have always been skeptical of using serums..good to know there are many to try out.

  5. missmisanthrop says:

    These are great options, I’ve been looking for something like this. My skin is so oily.

  6. Tiana's Lens says:

    This is a very informative piece. I have always toyed with the idea of getting a serum, but always felt lost as to which one to choose. But this blog post has helped me choose and I think I’ll try The Odinary

  7. Luna S says:

    These all sound fantastic, I will have to pick up one of these the next time I am in need of a face serum. Thanks for sharing all of these.

  8. Klairs freshly squeezed vitamin C serum looks particularly interesting. I might try that.

  9. Joy Hardin says:

    This is excellent information. Thank you for sharing.

  10. Katie says:

    I have dry skin and love using oils! I really want to try the ordinary one. Thank you for sharing

  11. Crinkle Hub says:

    Gonna try this at home. Thanks for sharing!

  12. Elizabeth O says:

    Amazing how this can help oily¹ skin…I sure will look into these lists…

  13. This comes just at the right time for me. I’m actually looking for something to control my shininess in the T-area

  14. Polly Amora says:

    I have a friend who is fond of Korean beauty products, particularly Seoul Ceuticals and told me that it does wonders! I have no oily skin (thank god!) but it’s great to know that I have tons of options if ever something goes wrong with my skin. Thank you for the recommendations!

  15. Evan Petzer says:

    Will give some a try, always had issues with oily skin… Especially in summer.

  16. Danielle W. says:

    It sounds like it is time to switch serums. My skin has been oily lately, so this review was very helpful!

  17. Alison says:

    Thank you for this list of serums for oily skin as I have oily skin and can never find the best products for it

  18. amandacroaff says:

    Thank you for sharing! I have a hard time dealing with oily skin. I really want to try out The Ordinary “Buffet” and think I’ll go get it this week so thanks for the recommendation!

  19. A nice listicle for beauty enthusiasts to follow. I love the way you have reviewed each item carefully. Do let us know which one you use.
    Keep writing such interesting posts. #MyFriendAlexa #DiaryOfAnInsaneWriter

    1. Hackytips says:

      Most of the times it is Ordinary 🙂

  20. mahekg says:

    I have combination skin but the mentioned products would suit me, thanks for sharing.

  21. I have normal to oily skin and face a lot of issues in the humid weather of Mumbai. Your tipes are simply amazing.

  22. FabZania says:

    This is a great list of products precisely meant for Oily skin. You have given detailed reviews of these serums.

  23. Bushra says:

    helpful tips to choose right serum for oily skin

  24. ghazala786 says:

    I have used some serums and it worked well on my skin , right now using one from Votre ?

    1. Hackytips says:

      How is it?

  25. Arushi Seth says:

    Serums are good to use for oily skins but many of us tend to ignore it. This a well researched post and very exhaustive too. I am sure it will help many like me 🙂

  26. ginia says:

    Hi! Very helpful list for oily skinned beauties. But can you please say which of these are easily available in India and the prices.

  27. soniadogra says:

    I do use a face serum but never tried any of these. I think I’m picking one of them this time!! Thanks.

  28. momtasticworld says:

    I have never used any serum yet for my skin but now after 30, I feel my skin needs more nourishment. This is really helpful, I am surely going to pick a few and order soon.

    1. Hackytips says:

      Along with us skin also gets aged, so it needs extra care.

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