Start Applying This Ingredient Now To De-Grease Oily Skin in Time for Summer

Photo: Getty Images/ Westend61
With the Well+Good SHOP, our editors put their years of know-how to work in order to pick products (from skin care to self care and beyond) they’re betting you’ll love. While our editors independently select these products, making a purchase through our links may earn Well+Good a commission. Happy shopping! Explore the SHOP

Oily skin and summer weather do not mix. You're sticky and sweaty, and your skin is producing so much oil that no amount of blotting paper can control it. To help curb oil production, Shirley Chi, MD, a board-certified dermatologist in Southern California, says you can use niacinamide.

"Niacinamide has calming and anti-inflammatory properties, which counteract the effects of stress hormones on the skin," says Dr. Chi. "Stress hormones increase oil production on the skin, so decreasing inflammation makes your skin less oily."

Stress hormones and oil production are connected because the glands that create oil and sebum have hormonal receptors on them. So calming your skin and protecting it from stress hormones helps to normalize the oil glands. A small study from 2006 found that a two percent topical niacinamide product lowered sebum excretion rates over the course of four weeks, which means that if you start using your niacinamide now, it may help de-grease your skin before the really hot summer weather sets in.

Experts In This Article
  • Rebecca Marcus, MD, board-certified dermatologist and founder of Maei MD
  • Shirley Chi, MD, board-certified dermatologist specializing in medical and cosmetic dermatology

In addition to decreasing oil production, niacinamide is also a great hydrator, can help to strengthen your skin barrier, and offers antioxidant protection from environmental stressors. It's also quite gentle, meaning anyone can use it, explains Rebecca Marcus, MD, a board-certified dermatologist in Dallas.

"People who have very sensitive skin usually can tolerate niacinamide in the right concentration," says Dr. Marcus. "It's important to pay attention and make sure it's between 3 and 5 percent so that it works, but it's not irritating."

Shop 4 great niacinamide options for oily skin

Volition Beauty Skin Rhythm Balancing and Clearing Serum
Volition Beauty Skin Rhythm Balancing and Clearing Serum — $47.00

Use this serum from Volition Beauty to exfoliate, regulate oil, and improve the look of blemishes, dark spots, and acne scars. It does all of this using niacinamide along with salicylic acid from willow bark, azelaic acid, mandelic acid.

Allies of Skin Prebiotics Niacinamide Pore Refining Booster, niacinamide for oily skin
Allies of Skin Prebiotics Niacinamide Pore Refining Booster — $68.00

Made with 10 percent niacinamide, this booster is designed to minimize the appearance of pores while improving skin dullness. Use it on its own or add it to any serum, moisturizer, or facial oil for a pore-refining boost.

EltaMD UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46 - Tinted
EltaMD UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46 - Tinted — $41.00

This tinted oil-free sunscreen calms and protects sensitive, acne-prone skin with the addition of 5 percent niacinamide. It also includes sodium hyaluronate, a form of hyaluronic acid, to keep skin hydrated throughout the day.

Paula's Choice Clear Oil-Free Moisturizerniacinamide for oily skin
Paula's Choice Clear Oil-Free Moisturizer — $29.00

This oil-free moisturizer combines niacinamide with ceramides and hyaluronic acid to moisturize without adding shine while soothing skin and fortifying its barrier.

Learn more about caring for oily skin:

Want to be the first to hear about the latest (and greatest) SHOP product drops, custom collections, discounts, and more? Sign up to have the intel delivered straight to your inbox. [form id="shopping-list"

Our editors independently select these products. Making a purchase through our links may earn Well+Good a commission.

Loading More Posts...