The 13 Best Oils for Acne-Prone Skin

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Face oil? On oily skin? It sounds crazy, we know. But hear us out: not all oils are pore-clogging or oil-boosting. In fact, some do the opposite and help clear out stubborn breakouts as they regulate sebum production. Below, 13 that deliver a glow, not shine. 

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Caudalie Vine[activ] Overnight Detox Oil ($50)

Not a fan of greasy or rich oils? This dry oil helps detox skin from pollution, sun exposure, stress and lack of sleep, and also does a number on stubborn blemishes as well—all while feeling dry as ever.

Photo Credits: Caudalie
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Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil ($40)

A natural, simple formula that doesn’t contain any fragrance, irritants, essential oils or questionable ingredients? It’s no wonder why countless users hail this oil as the answer to a long-winded battle with acne.

Photo Credits: Drunk Elephant
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Sunday Riley U.F.O. Ultra-Clarifying Face Oil ($80)

1.5 percent salicylic acid is the star ingredient of this no-joke oil that won’t quit until blemishes are blasted; nourishing milk thistle and cucumber seed keep skin supple and never dehydrated.

Photo Credits: Sunday Riley
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Dr. Hauschka Clarifying Day Oil ($45)

Designed to be a daily moisturizer for blemish-prone skin, this rich blend of apricot kernel, almond and wheat germ oils balance the skin’s sebum production as neem, St. John’s wort and calendula extracts curb redness.

Photo Credits: Dr. Hauschka
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Biossance Squalane + Tea Tree Balancing Oil ($49)

A blend of squalane, rosemary and blemish-busting tea tree oil lets this lightweight oil purify pores and soothe skin—all while leaving it baby soft.

Photo Credits: Biossance
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Jurlique Balancing Facial Oil ($55)

If your skin is feeling drier than the Sahara, this avocado oil–rich formula is for you. Aside from fatty-acid rich avocado oil, marshmallow root extract, a natural humectant, works to seal moisture in while macadamia seed oil helps regulate sebum production.

Photo Credits: Jurlique
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Herbivore Botanicals Lapis Facial Oil ($72)

Blue tansy gives this picture-perfect oil its bright blue hue, azulene acts as the formula’s key anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory agent and jojoba oil hydrates without blocking pores.

Photo Credits: Herbivore Botanicals
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Tarte Maracujá Oil ($48)

This vegan and hypoallergenic option aids in balancing skin’s moisture levels as it keeps a finicky complexion from overproducing oil throughout the day. A very helpful bonus: A drop goes on beautifully under makeup.

Photo Credits: Tarte
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Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil Light ($49)

Thirsty skin is quenched in this single-ingredient superstar that was formulated to absorb quicker than the brand’s original Argan Oil and leave behind a semi matte finish.

Photo Credits: Josie Maran
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UMA Oils Deeply Clarifying Face Oil ($125)

A luxe cocktail of clove, tea tree and grapeseed oils keep stressed-out skin looking flawless as fatty-acid rich botanicals strengthen the skin’s barrier to keep it that way.

Photo Credits: UMA Oils
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StriVectin S.T.A.R.Light Retinol Night Oil ($99)

Created with three types of retinol, this supercharged dry oil allows for a better absorption of the skin-clearing and wrinkle-erasing ingredient in every nighttime application.

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Youth to the People Superberry Hydrate + Glow Oil ($44)

Pages and pages of Sephora reviews preach the same glow-boosting gospel about this antioxidant-packed oil: it leaves skin super soft and, more importantly, clear as ever.

Photo Credits: Youth to the People
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Éminence Organic Skin Care Facial Recovery Oil ($76)

Free of parabens, sulfates, gluten and phthalates, this vitamin E–infused oil tackles heightened oil production and the appearance of fine lines as it deeply hydrates and soothes compromised skin types.

Photo Credits: Éminence Organic Skin Care

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