7 Best Sunscreens for Oily Skin According to Our Dermatologists

Aside from the active sun-protecting ingredients zinc oxide and octinoxate, this product also has retinoids[14] to treat fine lines and wrinkles.


  • suitable for sensitive skin
  • has anti-aging ingredients, including retinoids to treat wrinkles and hyaluronic acid[15] to lubricate the skin
  • contains ceramides[16], which may have plumping effects on the skin
  • noncomedogenic
  • might work better for more combination skin types[17] because of its heavier texture
  • best for mature skin


  • can leave a greasier feel
  • heavier texture

Nia 24

Nia 24 Sun Damage Prevention is a broad-spectrum sunscreen that doesn’t make your skin feel overly greasy.

Unlike the other sunscreens on this list, Nia 24 is intended to help treat moderate to severe damage from the sun. This is all thanks to its blend of zinc and titanium oxide minerals, along with vitamin B-3 that can help even out your skin tone and texture.


  • helps protect from sun damage and treats the signs of previous sun damage
  • contains 5 percent pro-niacin formula to improve both skin tone and texture
  • has vitamin E[18] to help neutralize free radicals that may further damage the skin


  • feels a bit heavier
  • takes a little extra time to absorb in the skin
  • difficult to rub in if you have facial hair, according to our dermatologists


Neutrogena is perhaps one of the best-known skin care brands for oily skin. The brand offers an SPF 15 moisturizer-sunscreen combination.

While advertised as oil-free, our dermatologists have found that this moisturizer may leave skin feeling greasy. Part of this has to do with the fact that its active ingredients aren’t mineral-based. These include:

  • octisalate
  • oxybenzone
  • avobenzone
  • octocrylene


  • oil-free and noncomedogenic
  • well-known brand and affordable line of products
  • not as greasy as other dual moisturizers from the same brand
  • moisture is advertised as lasting up to 12 hours at a time
  • might work best during the dry winter months when your skin may not be as oily


  • leaves a greasy residue, according to our dermatologists
  • has a heavy feel, which might make it difficult to wear underneath makeup
  • contains the FDA minimum recommendation[19] of SPF 15

Wearing sunscreen every day can help protect your skin from sun damage, and some of the products on this list may even help minimize the signs of preexisting damage.

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