3 best primers for oily skin

What are the best face primers for oily skin?

No, Milk Of Magnesia is NOT a good option. I don’t care if it “works.” Its pH is so alkaline, it can wreak havoc on your skin. You don’t want to fix the grease problem only to end up with irritation…

But, where does that leave you? You need something to soak up all that excess oil and keep your skin matte for as long as possible. What else is up to the job?

There are a few contenders. Here are the best primers for oily skin:

Best For Sun Protection: Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer ($54.00)

I’m not saying Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer is a substitute for sunscreen. It’s not. But it has natural UV filters (zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, if you’re curious) that help give your sunscreen a boost. Plus, its lightweight texture is loaded with silicones to soften fine lines and wrinkles, make pores look smaller, and help your foundation lasts longer (and nope, silicones don’t suffocate skin). Most importantly for your oily skin, this stuff has alumina, a powerful oil absorber – it’ll keep you matte for a few good hours.

Available at: Cult Beauty, Nordstrom, Net-A-Porter, Sephora, SpaceNK

Related: Are Silicones Bad For Skin?

Best for super-oily skin: Dr. Brandt Pores No More Pore Refiner ($45.00)

Warning: Dr. Brandt Pores No More Pore Refiner is super drying. That’s a good thing if you have super oily skin. It’ll keep the shine at bay for more than 6 hours! Its secret? Magnesium silicate. It soaks up all the excess oil so your face stays matte. And, yes, it has silicones as well. That’s how it makes those pores look smaller. Like them or hate them, silicones do a great job at masking all kinds of imperfections.

Available at: Beauty Bay, Dermstore, Look Fantastic, Sephora, and Ulta

Related: 3 Science-Backed Ways To Shrink Large Pores

Best Without Silicones: Becca Ever-Matte Powerless Priming Perfector ($39.00)

Ok, so silicones aren’t bad for skin. But what if you’d rather do without them anyway? If you’re not comfortable using silicones, try Becca Ever-Matte Powerless Priming Perfector. It’s a water-based primer with a huge dollop of magnesium aluminium silicate, an oil-kicker that keeps your skin matte for hours and hours. And if you really need a touch-up after work, just pat a small layer over your makeup. Cool, huh? Plus, it’s so lightweight, you feel like you have nothing on your skin.

Available at: Asos, Cult Beauty, Nordstrom, Sephora, SpaceNK and Ulta

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What’s your fave primer for oily skin? Share your picks in the comments below.