7 Best Sunscreens for Oily Skin According to Our Dermatologists

If your skin feels greasy and looks shiny a few hours after washing your face, then you likely have oily skin[1]. Having oily skin means that the sebaceous glands underneath your hair follicles are overactive and produce more sebum[2] than normal.

The last thing you want is to add more oil to your skin with skin care products. You may assume this means that you shouldn’t wear sunscreen if you have oily skin, but every skin type needs sunscreen[3].

The key is to find the right products that won’t add more oil to your skin and lead to breakouts.

Healthline’s team of dermatology experts have sifted through the sunscreen market to find the best products for oily skin.

Keep in mind that, as with any skin care product, the process can entail a bit of trial and error until you find the sunscreen that works best with your skin.

Our dermatologists aren’t affiliated with any of the companies below.

One way to get in your daily dose of sunscreen without adding more product is with a dual moisturizer and sunscreen.

Healthline’s dermatologists like this anti-aging sunscreen because it offers broad-spectrum protection against both UVA and UVB rays while still being lightweight. The key active ingredients are chemicals that help to absorb UV rays, including:

  • homosalate
  • octisalate
  • avobenzone
  • oxybenzone
  • octocrylene


  • doesn’t feel greasy
  • is both oil-free and noncomedogenic, meaning it won’t clog your pores[4]
  • dual sunscreen and moisturizer, saving you from having to apply two different products
  • purportedly reduces the appearance of dark spots[5] for a more even skin tone


  • it’s not clear why this product is less oily than other moisturizers on the market
  • while hypoallergenic[6], the sunscreen contains soy, which may be off-limits if you have a soybean allergy
  • may stain clothing and other fabrics

If you’re looking for a bit more SPF[7], you may consider EltaMD’s facial sunscreen. Like Aveeno’s facial moisturizer, it’s broad-spectrum but also has a bit more protection with an SPF of 46.

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