Maintaining oily skin can sometimes feel like war with your own body.
Having oily skin can lead to acne breakouts, blackheads, and just generally a really shiny T-Zone.
Not only is oily skin an issue when you’re young, but it can also continue right into adulthood for as long as it goes untreated. Sure, you can cycle through endless moisturizers and other face products, but if you don’t select the right one for naturally oily (or combination) skin, you just simply won’t get the results you are looking for.
To make things a bit easier for you, we rounded up the best in class oil-free moisturizers from Jack Black, Anthony, Lab Series, and more that have been specifically designed for a man’s naturally rugged and oily skin.
Not only will an oil-free moisturizer help to mattify an oily skin surface, but it will also melt years off of your appearance.
Here are our reviews of the best oil-free moisturizers for men:
The 9 Best Oil-Free Moisturizers For Men Reviewed
Glycerin is a popular choice among moisturizers because it’s non-greasy, oil-free, and soothes the skin on contact (plus it’s usually derived from plants making it great for the naturalists out there).
Anthony’s facial lotion contains glycerin to re-moisturize your skin to give it a soft and supple feeling, without aggravating your problem areas, such as around the nose and forehead (i.e. the T-zone).
This product also has aloe and chamomile to help retain smoothness without causing breakouts. Aloe is also great for soothing burns, rashes, and cuts from shaving.
You will appreciate the feeling of this lotion; it’s not too thick, but it’s not too thin, either. The product goes on smooth and feels cool and refreshing. Perfect for people with exceptionally oily skin, though men with normal, dry, and combination skin can also benefit from this product.
Customers say it helps to prevent breakouts and leaves their skin feeling fantastically refreshed all throughout the day.
Quite possibly one of the cheaper options on this list, but no less effective than Clinique or Kiehl’s.
This product features a fast absorption rate, and no oils, which leaves your visage fresh and moisturizes without the added glare. It includes the necessary vitamins and minerals that your skin craves so that you can be completely hydrated without also being shiny.
Again, another perfect moisturizer for men who have skin that skews a bit more oily.
Like Jack Black’s “Clean Break”, it features tea and chamomile as two of the key ingredients in the mix, though Baxter of California uses green tea instead of white.
This product also uses aloe vera as a soothing agent; making it dual-use for things such as sunburn, razor burn, ingrown hairs, and more.
Like an anti-aging eye cream for men, this product is advertised to reduce the signs of premature aging, such as fine lines and wrinkles around your eyes.
Other men say that it moisturizes the skin nicely, leaving it moist and elastic all throughout the day.
Perfect for oily or combination skin, though all skin types can use it.
What if you could have a moisturizer that brightens your face while also removing shine from oils?
Clinique for Men’s mattifying moisturizer does just that; softens and moisturizes the skin on your face without clogging your pores, leaving you with smooth skin that doesn’t feel oily or greasy.
This product does not contain oils like grapeseed or jojoba which are common in some moisturizers to add that soft feel to your face.
As for price, it is about on par with products like Jack Black’s and Anthony’s moisturizers, at around $30 per bottle. It may be a little expensive, but for the option to leave your face matte while also deeply moisturizing, the price is worth it.
Men enjoy how it works on their face and skin, makes the pores smaller, and overall reduces aggressive shine and you will too!
The best oil free moisturizers don’t leave your face feeling tight, and they definitely don’t dry out your face.
Using the best moisture-enhancing ingredients, you can experience soft and smooth skin without worrying about extra oils greasing up your skin.
Jack Black’s “Clean Break” moisturizer is certified organic and contains ingredients such as white tea, basil, and sea kelp to put nutrients, vitamins, and moisture back into your skin.
Like Anthony’s Oil-Free lotion, this moisturizer is specifically targeted towards men’s unique skincare needs.
Oily, greasy skin as a result of excess sebum is no match for this incredible product; men say that it has dramatically improved their skin, and they do not experience breakouts as frequently.
Because of the organic ingredients in the moisturizer, all skin types (and yes, even oily) can benefit from this product.
Moisturizers are an essential part of any skin-care routine; after you are done scrubbing, toning, or applying a facial mask, it is good practice to finish with a moisturizer to retain your skin’s natural elasticity and to prevent your cells from drying out.
This oil-free moisturizer is ideal for men with an oily T-zone and contains the ever-important Vitamin E to maintain your skin’s elasticity.
Some moisturizers use oils like coconut and grapeseed to return moisture to the face, but if you have exceptionally oily skin, this just puts you back at square one.
Instead, this product uses desert plant extract and antarcticine, an organic compound found in Antarctica that is primarily used to hydrate and protect the face.
Moisturizers usually come in a lotion form, but this product is more of a gel.
If you have been reading our site lately, you will find that there really isn’t much difference between lotions, serums, and gels, and it’s more about semantics than anything else.
How this Lab Series moisturizer differs from other products like Anthony’s or Clinique is that the gel does tend to absorb into the skin a little faster, hydrating the cells and reducing the appearance of wrinkles, especially around the eyes and forehead.
This is a non-greasy formula that penetrates the outer layer of skin to moisturize deep underneath the dermal layer, providing long-lasting moisture all day long.
It uses ingredients such as cucumber to provide a smooth, cooling sensation on the skin, and a small amount of alcohol to help the gel to absorb. It is also one of the only few to have this ingredient.
Coupled with other synthetic and organic ingredients, this product works like a charm, and results can be seen in as little as a few weeks.
This lotion by Neutrogena contains an SPF 15 sunscreen additive that makes it exceptionally good for wearing during the day, to and from the office, or just at home.
It features a non-greasy, non-oily formula that absorbs quickly into the skin, leaving your face and neck incredibly smooth while also minimizing the appearance of pores, lines, and wrinkles on the face.
Simply put, it will help to mattify an oily T-zone.
Neutrogena products have worked for numerous people, and men all over enjoy the effectiveness of the product, and how it feels even after soaking into the skin. It doesn’t feel waxy or oily, and it helps to prevent oils and grease from building up on the face.
Tom Ford is well known for making exceptional skincare products, but they are also extraordinarily expensive.
The reason for this is the quality of ingredients used; Tom Ford’s moisturizing lotion utilizes luxurious butter to soften, smooth, and hydrate the skin right down past the surface layer of the skin.
It’s lightweight, soaks into the face quickly, and does not clog pores. This lotion also relieves redness as a result of shaving or prolonged sun exposure.
Reviewers say that this lotion is incredibly effective and that it reduces the appearance of lines and wrinkles quickly.
Your skin will feel soft, supple, but not wet or greasy. This moisturizer helps reduce the oil on your face, especially around the forehead and nose where a considerable amount of oil is created.
Shawn Burns is the founder and senior editor of Tools of Men. He started this site with the goal of teaching men proper grooming habits and sensible style. Shawn’s expertise includes in-depth product reviews and how-to articles. Shawn was recently featured in the Wall Street Journal for his expertise.