Fun fact: A serum is a must-have if you want to boost your skincare routine's effectivity. Each bottle is formulated with a high concentration of active ingredients to target specific concerns. If you have oily skin, we strongly recommend that you grab a serum and add it to your regimen. Using one made for your skin type can help speed up the healing process of pimples so you can finally score a radiant complexion. Apply the serum after cleansing and toning to get the most out of its formula.


If you're not quite sure what exact serum you should get, check out our list of the best serums that can help control shine, clarify the skin, and boost your complexion's glow.

Best Serums for Oily Skin

1. The Ordinary Niacinamide 

P740, BeautyMNL (Currently out of stock)

This serum is going viral because it really works. It has niacinamide or Vitamin B3 which can treat blemishes and brighten the marks they leave behind. It also reduces sebum production which then reduces the chances of getting breakouts. Longtime fans attest that this helped get rid of their pimples.

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2. The Inkey List Retinol

P750, Beauty Bar

Dermatologists swear by the wonders of retinol for the skin. This affordable option from the Inkey List promises to help you get smoother and more radiant skin through regular use. (Tip: If you apply a retinol product at night, you must put on sunscreen in the morning to avoid skin irritation.)


3. A'pieu Madecassoside Ampoule

P1,250, BeautyMNL

If you've done almost everything and the blemishes still won't go away, you might be suffering from a damaged skin barrier. Improve its resilience with this K-beauty serum that is enriched with Madecassoside. It also has Centella Asiatica which soothes irritated skin and protects it from pollutants. 


4. COSRx Full Fit Propolis Light Ampule

P1,250, BeautyMNL

Say adios forever to your blemishes with regular use of this serum. It's loaded with 83.25 percent of black bee propolis extract which is a natural antibacterial and anti-inflammatory ingredient. It can help heal and calm down blemishes and reduce redness, too. It can also properly hydrate oily skin without the sticky, greasy feel.


5. Apotheke Niacinamide 10%

P269, Apotheke

This crazy affordable serum does it all: It clears gunk stuck beneath the pores, soothes inflammation, heals pimples, fades acne marks and dark spots, and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It's free from controversial ingredients like sulfates, parabens, mineral oil, and petrolatum.


6. Some By Mi Miracle Serum

P1,600, BeautyMNL (Currently sold out)

You'll be amazed by your skin's condition after regular use of this serum. True to its name, it acts as a miracle potion that treats breakouts and soothes inflammation. It has everything you need in a serum: AHA (to brighten and smoothen), BHA (to refine pores), PHA (to polish the skin). It transforms blemish-prone skin into a smoother, more radiant complexion.

7. Kiehl's Nightly Refining Micro-Peel Concentrate

P3,375, Kiehl's


One of the most common concerns of oily and blemish-prone skin is rough skin texture. Polish your complexion sans the irritation with this gentle peeling serum from Kiehl's. It has quinoa husk extract that exfoliates and accelerates cell turn over—aka it can boost your skin's radiance. BTW, this has the ability to melt whiteheads and dissolve oil plugs, too!


8. Innisfree Bija Trouble Lotion

P890, Festival Mall

Gently pat this lightweight face lotion on your skin every night to soothe blemishes. It's enriched with salicylic acid to refine pores and exfoliate dead skin cells. Plus, it has natural plant-based oils that moisturize oily skin without the malagkit finish.

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