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The Best Kiehl's Serums For Oily Skin

When you have oily skin, moisturizers and treatments can be tricky. You want all of the best benefits, but your skin can only take so much additional oil. Those that work wonders on dry skin can be too heavy or greasy for the oil-prone. And, while oil-control products are fantastic, many of us also want them to provide additional benefits like anti-aging or re-texturizing the appearance of skin. Not to mention the ability to layer multiple products without feeling like you have coat upon coat of products piled on your face. For those people, serums for oily skin can be a total gamechanger.

With their water-based formulas, face serums provide a concentrated amount of powerful ingredients in a lightweight and easily absorbed texture. They deliver ingredients into the skin and won’t feel sticky or heavy, meaning you can apply the rest of your skincare routine without feeling like you’re walking around with a thick mask of products on.

Additionally, serum formulas can also work as specialized treatments to tackle issues like the appearance of large pores or fine lines. And, you can mix and match them with different creams to get the ideal results for your skin.

Keep reading to learn more about the top four Kiehl’s serums for oily skin and what they can do for the look of your complexion.


Just because your skin is oily doesn’t mean you can skip the hydration — those oils don’t add moisture to the skin, but rather hold in the moisture that’s already there. However, when your skin is damaged (either by the environment, pollution, or using too harsh products) it compromises your skin barrier and allows natural hydration to escape. To compensate, your skin produces even more oil. It’s a (literally) slippery slope.

Using a hydrating serum, like the Kiehl’s Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum Concentrate, is an easy way to moisturize your skin. The deeply hydrating formula with 15% Glycerin, a highly compatible humectant that’s also naturally occurring in the skin, combined with Shiso Leaf Extract, plumps skin, smoothing the appearance of fine lines and texture.

Fine Lines

Speaking of fine lines, anti-aging treatments tend to be intimidating for those with oily skin. The typically dense textures are loaded with heavy oils and butters, making those who have a problem with excess sebum want to steer clear. If you’ve had trouble finding a wrinkle minimizer, look no further than our Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate. Made with 12.5% Vitamin C, it produces an impressive reduction in the look of fine lines as well as antioxidant protection and a visible brightening effect. It also contains smoothing Hyaluronic Acid, which acts like a sponge to draw moisture into the skin, giving your skin a youthful-looking boost without the greasiness.

Dark Spots & Discolorations

When your skin is oily, you are usually much more susceptible to blemishes. And, once those are removed from the skin, they can leave behind dark marks that last for days, weeks, and sometimes months or years. Help correct the appearance of those discolorations with the Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution. It contains a potent complex of Activated C, White Birch, and Peony Root Extracts to help visibly even skin tone and improve clarity over time with continued use.


Generally speaking, men tend to produce more oil than women. This leads many men to forego additional products because they don’t like how greasy their skin feels after they apply. With the Age Defender Power Serum, that’s not an issue — it has an easily absorbing, lightweight texture, and can provide powerful skin-strengthening and visible anti-aging benefits without feeling like there’s anything coating the skin.

Just because your skin is oily doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the benefits of other treatments. Incorporate one of these serums into your regular regimen and you’ll see how they can transform the look and feel of your skin, all without adding more oil to your complexion.

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