We’ll give you the good news first: Those with oily complexion tend to have skin that looks younger once they get older. (Oily skin is likely to see fine lines and wrinkles early on.) But the bad news is that, well, you have oily and acne-prone skin. And even if it’ll help you out eventually, you still want to minimize the signs of aging as much as possible now. However, for many people who suffer from acne-prone or oily skin, finding the right anti-aging products to keep their skin looking young and supple is a challenge. Many such products are formulated with normal skin in mind and only exacerbate acne issues when applied to oily skin.
These 11 skin products are tried and tested as tools to get you looking like your younger self again, even if you suffer from acne-prone or oily skin. As great moisturizers and anti-aging products, these creams, masks and serums can improve and maintain your skin’s vibrancy while helping to clean up oily or acne-prone areas.
1. PCA Skin Intensive Clarity Treatment
A retinol is the holy grail when it comes to turning back the clock, tackling everything from discoloration to skin tone and color. This one contains 0.5% pure retinol and is designed to work overnight while you sleep — talk about beauty rest! What makes this one a gem for acne-prone skin is it contains salicylic acid to treat and prevent breakouts. There’s also witch hazel to zap excess oil, tighten pores and remove impurities.
2. Differin Dark Spot Correcting Serum
BEST DARK SPOT CORRECTOR
Dark spots can be a dead giveaway that your school days are long gone. Sometimes pesky acne scars won’t go away, and that’s where this spot eraser comes in. It has the big guns — we’re talking 2% hydroquinone — to lightens dark spots and blotches and fade hyperpigmentation. The gel-like formula has antioxidant sea buckthorn berry to soothe skin and citric acid to renew the skin’s surface.
3. SkinKick Glow Renewal Serum
Acne sufferers know that skin texture can be a challenge. This serum is here to help! Black willow bark improves tone, texture and the overall appearance of skin sans irritation. It also contains cat’s claw extract to reduce redness and inflammation, as well as dragon’s blood extract to calm and repair skin and reduce breakouts. Impressively, the formula is natural, too.
4. Clarisonic Skincare Acne Cleansing Brush Head
Clean skin is healthy skin, and healthy skin is younger looking skin. Clarisonic devices famously clean your face in ways your hands — or a washcloth — simply can’t. This new brush head was designed specifically to treat and prevent acne. The ergonomic curved brush is shaped to glide over blemished skin as gently as possible, without triggering more inflammation. It’s clinically proven to improve acne in as little as three days and boost overall skin quality in one week.
5. Lab Series Skincare for Men Oil Control Clay Cleanser + Mask
Talk about a twofer! This dual-use formula can be used as a mask or a cleanser. Its hero ingredient is Amazonian white clay, which deeply cleans and detoxes by absorbing and removing excess oil. It also contains acetyl glucosamine to boost natural cell turnover to get rid of dead skin cells that dull skin, as well as salicylic acid to cut down on breakouts and unclog pores.
6. Peter Thomas Roth Acne Face & Body Scrub
Banish bacne with this scrub that works equally well on your body and your face. The cleanser contains 1% salicyclic acid to prevent breakouts and unclog pores. To keep your face fresh and young, there’s glycolic acid to reduce discoloration for clear, even skin.
7. Bliss Glow & Hydrate Day Serum
Dull skin can make you look older than your years, so brighten up with this serum. It also shrinks pores and knocks out breakouts. Packed with antioxidants — including niacinamide, aka vitamin B3 — it prevents water loss and dry skin while helping the moisture barrier, courtesy of hyaluronic acid.
8. Dr. Brandt 2% Retinol Complex Serum Nighttime Skin Renewal
BEST OVERNIGHT TREATMENT
Let your skincare do the heavy lifting as you snooze. The time-released 2% retinol works all night so that you wake up to firmer skin with a better texture and tone. It reduces blemishes and pores as well as fine lines and wrinkles, checking off all the boxes. You’ll wake up with refreshed complexion.
9. Paula’s Choice RESIST
This advanced foaming cleanser helps to remove excess oil and makeup, minimizing pores for younger looking skin. By maintaining an optimal pH, the foam can keep your skin’s oil in line without allowing your face to become overly dry. The Paula’s Choice product is also full of ceramides and hyaluronic acid to further add to the anti-aging benefits by giving your skin a plumper appearance.
10. La Roche-Posay Anthelios Sunscreen
Sunscreen is essential to preventing the harmful effects of the sun’s rays, and everyone should apply a sunscreen-filled moisturizer each morning. This La Roche-Posay Anthelios Sunscreen is built specifically for oily skin and includes a broad spectrum SPF 60. While it’s fighting the sun, it also absorbs bad oils from your skin. The cream itself is 100% oil free and won’t cause breakouts.
11. Clinique Acne Solutions
Clinique Acne Solutions combines two of Clinique’s best products. The first part of the equation is the anti-acne cream. Developed specifically for adults, this serum treats breakouts without adding dryness or causing irritation. The second part of the formula offers Clinique’s best anti-aging technology. It works to lift the skin and to improve lines and wrinkles, leaving you with a clear and youthful appearance.