If you have oily skin and you’ve been neglecting serums in your routine, bestie, you're missing out! Many people think serums can’t be used for oily skin but, we’re here to put an end to this tale and let you know that serums can indeed be used on oily skin. 

It’s also a common misconception that oily skin is bad. Let’s switch up your perspective because oily skin can actually be a blessing in disguise. Yes, we know that oily skin can lead to visibly large pores and acne, but, let’s look on the bright side…

Oily skin can actually slow down the ageing process - wrinkles and fine lines stem from a lack of collagen in the skin and, you guessed it, oil helps in the production of collagen. So, next time you're re-applying some powder to reduce the shine just remind yourself of this advantage! 

Oily skin also has an amazing NATURAL glow! Our oily skin besties don’t have to worry about finding a store that has the Charlotte Tilbury Flawless Filter in stock, they’ve got that glow already! As well as this, oily skin is also extremely resilient and can have a reduced level of sensitivity. 

While oily skin has its benefits, we know that you may want to reduce the excess sebum production and this is where a serum can actually help!

To bust some more oily skin myths, read here.

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What is a serum?

Serums are a popular product, mostly because of their ability to effectively deliver a high concentration of ingredients, to target specific skin concerns such as redness, texture, pigmentation and more. A fun fact about serums is that the size of the molecules are particularly small, this is why they are able to penetrate the skin so well and deliver exceptional results. They are the perfect vehicle for delivering concentrated ingredients!

However, all serums are not alike! Some focus more on one specific ingredient, and others cocktail a mixture of ingredients. Some serums include active ingredients, whilst others concentrate more on calming and soothing (without the actives), such as our rebound serum! Finding a serum that works for your skin type can drastically change the texture and overall appearance of your skin. 

Can serums be used on oily skin? 

Absolutely! Using the right serum for your skin type can actually help with regulating the oil your skin is producing, a lot like a moisturiser does! Surprisingly, excess oil production can be a result of dry skin. Our skin starts to overcompensate attempting to balance out hydration levels and can end up producing too much.

Types of serums for oily skin?

Ingredients such as Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin B3 (aka Niacinamide) are some great options for oily skin. Serums will often offer a more potent dose of these ingredients as opposed to other products containing these ingredients, like moisturisers. Due to the size of the molecule, serums are able to reach a deeper layer of your skin and deliver more targeted results. 

Hydrating serums for oily skin: 

Surprisingly a hydrating serum can work wonders for oily skin, because, as previously mentioned, the skin can overcompensate when the skin is dry and produce excessive amounts of oil. Reaching for a hydrating serum like rebound or a plain hyaluronic acid serum can help to regulate the oil levels of our skin. 

Niacinamide for oily skin: 

Niacinamide is a powerful ingredient for both oily and acne prone skin types, which most of the time go hand in hand. This powerhouse of an ingredient covers quite a few bases. It helps to soothe and calm the skin, locks in hydration, assists in fading hyperpigmentation, reduces the production of sebum all while minimising breakouts. The good news is that we’ve included Niacinamide in our rebound serum too! 

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Serum for acne? 

As we know, a big cause of acne is blocked pores and congestion. Pores can become blocked by an increase in sebum production, not cleansing your skin each day, using comedogenic products… the list goes on! There are many ingredients that you can find in serums that will help with breakouts whilst avoiding adding additional congestion to your skin. Some of these include: 


Peptides help to increase the strength of your skin's barrier. Coincidentally, a damaged skin barrier can also lead to further breakouts. Peptides are a great ingredient to look for in a serum and are often cocktailed together with other elements. 


Again, niacinamide is a water soluble ingredient that when combined with the natural elements of your skin works wonders as an anti-inflammatory agent for acne. It soothes breakout prone skin, helps to stabilise sebum production, minimises and tightens pores and strengthens your skin barrier. 

Vitamin C

Vitamin C contains anti-inflammatory agents which can assist with redness and swelling of breakouts. It can also help reduce leftover pigmentation from a breakout!

Ferulic Acid

Ferulic Acid can help to reduce acne as well as defend against environmental damage. This ingredient can also help with the appearance of pigmentation that often hangs around after a breakout has healed.

The perfect calming serum for breakout prone skin?

The good news is bestie, the tbh rebound serum includes niacinamide and panthenol at a precisely prescribed concentration level to calm and refine pores. It also includes ceramides for barrier support. Oat extract, centella, green tea and cooper peptides have been included to soothe and nurture the skin, and glycerin, electrolytes, hyaluronic acid are also packed in to provide hydration to the skin.

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How to use a serum?

When it comes to applying a serum, here is what your routine should look like:

In the morning:

  1. Start off by cleansing your skin with either the anti-bacterial or gentle cleanser
  2. Then go in with the rebound serum
  3. Follow up with the thirst trap moisturiser
  4. And then to protect your skin from the hot sun apply skin shady 50+

For nightime:

  1. Begin by cleansing with your choice of the anti-bacterial or gentle cleanser
  2. Treat any active breakouts with the acne hack cream
  3. Let the acne hack cream soak in to the skin by leaving for 5 minutes before applying serums and moisturisers over the top
  4. Follow up with rebound serum
  5. Lastly hydrate your skin with the thirst trap moisturiser