The Best Serums for Oily Skin

The best serums for oily skin provide lightweight moisture and a youthful complexion.

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In the quest for baby-soft cheeks and wrinkle-free foreheads, women scour drugstores and department stores alike for the best anti-aging treatments. There are thousands of creams and lotions to choose from, but those can be too heavy for someone with oily skin. The solution? Serums. The best of them moisturize oily skin and reverse skin damage without feeling slick or heavy.

For Lightweight Moisture

Your facial cleanser helps you rid your oily skin of the day's dirt, makeup and residue. However, it can also strip your skin of its natural oils. And when oily skin gets dry, your oil glands spew out oil like lava from a volcano, potentially causing an acne eruption. The best serums for oily skin provide lightweight hydration, keeping your oil glands under control after you cleanse. "Prevention" magazine suggests RoC Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Treatment because this anti-aging product won't clog your pores.

For Reducing Pore Appearance

If you find it difficult to achieve the flawless, silky-smooth look you crave from your foundation, don't chuck it out the window just yet. It could be that you have visibly large pores that create uneven skin texture. Try Bearberry Oily Skin Balancing Face Serum by John Masters Organics. According to "Haute Living" magazine, the serum balances out oil production and helps pores look smaller. Ingredients such as willowbark extract, bearberry extract and green tea also help prevent acne.

For Brighter Skin

While you want to shine like a star, you don't want it to be because of oily, greasy skin. Having a natural, radiant glow is a much more flattering way to grab attention. Besides, while oily skin can be very shiny, your skin can still look dull because of dead skin cells and sebum that clog pores. "Real Simple" magazine recommends Bioré Restore Skin Boosting Night Serum, noting that it contains vitamins A and C, which brighten the appearance of your skin.

For Cystic Acne

Moderate to severe cystic acne calls for a serum that does more than just reduce oil production. You need something that will treat it. "Daily Beauty" magazine suggests trying the Renée Rouleau Anti-Cyst Treatment. This treatment penetrates into the deep layers of your skin and kills the acne-causing bacteria with lactic acid. And because the serum reduces inflammation, you'll see fewer post-acne scars.

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