Oil Control Powder

Combat excessive shine and keep blemishes at bay by using oil control powder from Colorescience. Our proprietary formula is clinically proven to absorb oil and minimize the appearance of large pores, while also delivering critical protection against harmful UV rays and environmental aggressors—because sunscreen should never cost a breakout. Say goodbye to shiny or sunburnt skin and hello to a mattified, fortified complexion with your new, pocket-sized companion.

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WHAT IS FACE OIL CONTROL POWDER?

Colorescience offers oil control powder that’s first of its kind to absorb excess shine as it serves your complexion with the skincare it craves. Oil blotting sheets can dab away sebum (the oily, waxy substance naturally secreted to lubricate skin), but they may also remove your facial products while doing so; other mattifying powders may help control oil, but they often leave a chalky, white residue behind in place.

Now, you can take control of shiny skin—without removing or concealing your sunscreen or makeup application—using an all-new, facial oil-absorbing powder from Colorescience, the SUNFORGETTABLE® TOTAL PROTECTION™ SHEER MATTE SPF 30 SUNSCREEN BRUSH.

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HOW DOES OIL CONTROL POWDER WORK?

Our oil control formula contains silicone powder to help absorb excess sebum, reduce shine, and mattify skin. The powder is finely milled for a sheer, weightless coverage that leaves skin feeling fresh and clean. The invisible shade blends seamlessly with all skin tones to minimize the appearance of large pores—so it’s equally effective for men and women.

The active mineral ingredient, zinc oxide, sits on top of skin and defends against the sun’s damaging UV rays, while our advanced EnviroScreen® technology adds another layer of defense against environmental aggressors such as blue light, infrared radiation, and pollution.

Plus, our oil control mattifying powder is non-comedogenic and hypoallergenic, with a formula developed specifically for sensitive, oily, and blemish-prone skin types.

However, not all cosmetic companies are one-and-the-same; many products can actually clog pores while attempting to improve the appearance of your complexion. That’s why it’s important to look for non-comedogenic formulas when shopping for skincare solutions—especially if you’re battling blemishes and suffer from excessive sebum production.

Note: A product that’s labeled “non-comedogenic” means that it’s specifically designed to not clog pores that lead to “comedones” (or, the whiteheads and blackheads that pop up when a hair follicle becomes plugged and gets filled with oil, dead skin cells, and acne-inducing bacteria).

When you shop with Colorescience, you don’t need to worry about scanning every ingredient label. Our face powder for sensitive skin—and all our skincare products—are non-comedogenic, hypoallergenic, and free of oil, fragrances, parabens, phthalates, and sulfates that are known to trigger skin irritations.

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DOES OIL CONTROL POWDER PROTECT MY SKIN?

Not all mattifying products offer skin protection, but Colorescience does. Our oil-absorbing powder contains sunscreen using 100% mineral, chemical-free ingredients. Zinc oxide—an organic compound with naturally occurring light-reflective properties—rests on top of the outer layer of skin to deflect UV rays, and it’s considered a safe and effective sunscreen ingredient by the FDA.

Many dermatologists recommend mineral sunscreen powder over chemical-based alternatives for several reasons:

  • Chemical sunscreen works by absorbing into skin and filtering UV light, posing a challenge to pores that are already clogged by oil, dirt, and debris. Mineral sunscreen, alternatively, works by physically scattering sun rays away from skin without ever transcending past the barrier, so pores stay clear of clutter.  

  • The UV filters create a chemical reaction that converts ultraviolet light into heat, which is then released from the body to prevent the formation of free radicals and damaged DNA that leads to skin cancer and signs of aging. However, many people with sensitive skin have an adverse response to this heat reaction resulting in red, blotchy, hives that detract from a harmonious complexion. All-natural mineral sunscreen is safe and gentle enough to apply on delicate skin, including children.  

  • Once chemical ingredients absorb into skin and enter the bloodstream, they’ve been shown to release toxins in the body that can harm overall health. Oxybenzone, for example, is a common UV filter found in many chemical sunscreen formulas that studies have linked to endocrine disruption by mimicking hormones. If you struggle with oil control due to hormonal acne, throwing off the body’s natural hormone balance can make breakouts worse.  

  • Cream and lotion sunscreen formulas are often thick, greasy, and need to be applied with your (often dirty) hands, which can be problematic for those prone to breakouts. Aerosol sprays may offer a hands-free application, but usually leave a glossy film on skin that only contributes to the oily shine you hope to control.

Colorescience addresses these challenges by offering a matte sunscreen brush as a solution—tested and approved by dermatologists. Our oil-free sunscreen is applied with a self-dispensing brush that absorbs sebum, so you can avoid touching your face and spreading bacteria to skin while applying essential sun protection. The fine, sheer formula offers broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection with a rating of SPF 30 / PA+++ to ward off the damaging effects of the sun and premature signs of aging.

We take Total Protection™ one step further with the Colorescience EnviroScreen® formula, a unique blend of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that defend against free radicals that are caused by the environment and contribute to skin damage—so your beautiful, shine-free complexion stays protected at every angle.

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HOW DO I USE OIL CONTROL POWDER?

Colorescience makes it easy to control oil and protect skin from the environment in one convenient, on-the-go application. To activate and apply our loose, oil-absorbing powder, follow these simple steps:

  1. Tap the bottle with the cap on against a hard surface three to five times with the cap side down.

  2. Remove the cap and open the oil control brush by pulling down the sleeve.

  3. Flick the antimicrobial bristles to ensure the loose, mattifying powder is flowing.

  4. Sweep the brush directly onto skin and over makeup in small, circular motions.

  5. Apply generously across the face for at least 60 seconds while making multiple passes.

Always apply sunscreen 15 minutes prior to sun exposure and reapply at least every two hours for continuous protection. You can also apply our matte minerals more frequently as needed to control oil and correct a shiny complexion.

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WHAT FOUNDATION IS GOOD FOR OILY SKIN?

Our oil-absorbing powder is invisible on skin and leaves a sheer, natural finish, but if you’re looking for more coverage to conceal blemishes and enlarged pores, Colorescience can help. We offer matte mineral foundation that’s ideal for oily and sensitive skin types.

Our NATURAL FINISH PRESSED FOUNDATION SPF 20 is available in eight natural shades that beautifully smooth out imperfections. This oil-free compact formula is lightweight and ultra-hydrating to maintain the skin’s moisture barrier for a youthful appearance, while antioxidants nourish your complexion with Omega 3-6-9 to create a rejuvenated glow that’s soft to the touch.

Or, choose our LOOSE MINERAL FOUNDATION BRUSH SPF 20 that also includes a self-dispensing brush for medium, buildable coverage. It takes the mess out of mineral makeup and simplifies the touch-up process for all-day wear.

To get the most out of your makeup, we recommend using our primer for oily skin. It blurs imperfections, absorbs oil, and helps pigments stay in place longer while priming your complexion for a flawless foundation application. Finish it off by sweeping oil control powder across your face for a picture-perfect look that’s free of shine, and crucial sun protection that’s free of chemicals—brought to you by Colorescience.

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