Best Japanese Sunscreens for Oily Skin

Best Smooth, Non-Sticky Sunscreens for Oily, Acne-Prone Skin and Humid Weather

Sunscreens are one of essential skin care items for daily use, and it’s actually recommended to wear everyday to protect our skin from daily UV exposure. But when you have oily skin, wearing sunscreen can be uncomfortable and you may experience problems like “Your skin feels sticky and greasy”, “It’s causing clogged pores or acne” or “It comes off quickly”.

Using wrong sunscreen can cause more skin problems, so if you have oily skin, you should carefully pick a product that is ideally lightweight, mattifying and long-lasting.

Many Japanese sunscreens are designed to survive extremely hot and humid Japanese summer so if you are looking for a perfect sunscreen for your oily skin that does not feel greasy and can resist to sweat and sebum, you many find various great products in Japan.

In this article, I’m going to share the list of the best Japanese sunscreens for oily skin. This might help to choose a right sunscreen for those who have oily skin or acne-prone skin. Or if you live in/are visiting hot and humid countries, you may also need these long-wearing sunscreens. So let’s check them out!

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1. ANESSA Perfect Skin Care Milk

Copyright © Shiseido Japan Co.,Ltd.

ANESSA Perfect Skin Care Milk (パーフェクトUV スキンケアミルク) is a top-selling Japanese sunscreen of all time, winning multiple awards in the past decade. The lightweight sunscreen milk feels smooth and comfortable on the skin while protecting against UV rays with the highest level of SPF and PA in Japan.

This sunscreen offers an amazing longevity, featuring the brand’s original “Thermo Booster Technology” and “Aqua Booster EX Technology” that enhances UV protection veil when contacting with heat, water or sweat. It’s also friction proof and super waterproof, yet come off easily with regular soap. It contains skin care ingredients and protects the skin gently.


Price: 1,200 yen (20ml)/3,000 yen (60ml) [Shop Online]

2. Biore UV Perfect Face Milk
Copyright © Kao Corporation.

Biore UV is a Japanese sunscreen brand, producing a wide variety of highly effective yet affordable sunscreens which are popular both in Japan and overseas. Biore UV Perfect Face Milk (ビオレ UV さらさらフェイスミルク)is a sunscreen milk for face that provides long-lasting UV protection and mattifying effect.

The ultra-light milk formula can spread and absorb on the skin easily without sticky feeling. It features “Smooth Aqua Shield Veil” which is highly resistant to water and sweat even upon contact. It contains sebum-absorbing powder that provides shine control and makeup lasting effect. It’s blended with hyaluronic acid and glycerin to keep the skin smooth and silky.


Price: Open Price (30ml) [Shop Online]

3. SKIN AQUA Super Moisture Gel Gold

© ROHTO Pharmaceutical Co.,Ltd.

SKIN AQUA is a popular Japanese drugstore sunscreen brand, offering high-quality and affordable products with various different features and effects. SKIN AQUA Super Moisture Gel (スキンアクア スーパーモイスチャージェルゴールド) is a lightweight, long-wearing sunscreen gel with powerful UV protection.

This sunscreen is designed to survive hot and humid weather like Japanese summer. The original “Block Veil Formula” spreads evenly on the skin and creates a veil which is highly resistant to heat and humidity. The non-sticky and comfortable feeling continues even when you sweat. It also protect the skin with “Light Durability Technology” that prevents the reduction of UV protection power caused by exposure to UV rays. It’s blended with 4 kinds of moisturizing ingredients.


Price: 1,100 yen (110g) [Shop Online]

4. SOFINA iP UV Resister Smooth Milk
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SOFINA iP is a skin care line by KAO, producing a range of daily skin care products that are specially designed for busy, modern users, SOFINA iP UV Resister Smooth Milk (ソフィーナ iP UVレジスト スムースミルク) is a smooth and silky sunscreen milk that provides the skin care treatment while protecting the skin from UV rays.

It protect the skin from harsh environmental damages such as UV rays and dryness and leads to the moisturized and translucent skin throughout the day. It offers the brand’s highest level of UV protection and spreads evenly on the skin. The brand’s original Day Clearance Ingredients protects the skin from dryness. The Texture Control Technology suppresses oiliness and provides great comfort of use. It contains the ceramide care ingredient which protects and supports the ceramide function to provide moisture.  It can be used as a makeup primer. Fore dry skin, I also recommend the Rich Cream type


Price:  3,300 yen (30ml) [Shop Online]

5. Shigaisen Yoho Sunscreen Stick*UblXyAC2EzJ3Bb7D.png

Shigaisen Yoho is a sunscreen brand that offers a wide range of gentle formula sunscreens. The lineup includes non-chemical, kid-friendly and ocean-friendly sunscreens for kids and adults.

Shigaisen Yoho Dry-touch UV Stick (紫外線予報 さらさらUVスティック) is a sunscreen stick for face and body. This gentle formula sunscreen stick can be used safely for both adult and children from the age of 1. The non-greasy sunscreen stick glides on evenly and keeps the skin smooth and comfortable while protecting from UV rays. It’s waterproof formula but can be removed by regular soap. It contains several skin care ingredients and herbal extracts that keep the skin moisturized. It’s free of coloring, fragrance, paraben and alcohol.

SPF 50+/PA++++

Price: 1,870 yen[Shop Online]

6. ORBIS UV Cut Sunscreen On Face Light
Copyright © 1999–2021 ORBIS Inc.

ORBIS UV Cut Sunscreen On Face Light (オルビス サンスクリーン オンフェイス ライト) is a tinted face sunscreen which can be used individually or under makeup. It protects the skin from daily exposure to UV rays as well as air pollutants.

The sunscreen lotion has beige shade which smoothly adapt to the skin colour, gives a natural glow and covers visible pores and uneven skin tone. It’s formulated ultra-light powder which is resistant to water and sweat, so the skin stays smooth and beautiful for many hours. It’s blended with 80% beauty essence to keep the skin hydrated. The gentle formula sunscreen is free of oil, fragrance, colorant and UV absorber, and tested for allergy and non-comedogenic.

SPF 34/PA+++

Price: 960 yen [Shop Online]

7. Labo Labo Keana Cover UV

c Dr.Ci:Labo Co., Ltd.

Labo Labo is a skin care range by a Japanese Japanese medical skin care brand Dr.Ci:Labo, which is specially designed for pores and blackheads care.Labo Labo Keana Cover UV (ラボラボ KEANAカバーUV) is a makeup primer with sunscreen effect.

The tinted cream provides coverage to make pores less visible and even the skin tone naturally. The 3D cover flat gel formula stretches according to the skin shape, adheres to uneven pores and helps to achieve smooth, poreless skin. It contains sebum absorbing powder that suppresses excess sebum and prevents oily and shiny skin. It’s water and sweat resistant. Plenty of beauty essence is infused to keep the skin smooth and nourished.


Price: 1,540 yen (20g) [Shop Online]

8. Parasola Neo Illumin Skin UV Essence

© Naris Cosmetics Co.,Ltd.

Tinted sunscreens have been a big beauty trend in Japan in the past few years, which correct the skin tone and create beautiful looking skin while protecting against UV rays. Parasola Neo Illumi Skin UV Essence (パラソーラネオイルミスキン UVエッセンス) is one of the most popular tinted sunscreens in Japanese market today, available with 2 shades: Lavender (for translucent skin) or Pink (for radiant skin).

The sunscreen essence has light and smooth texture, which adhere on the skin easily. It features “Soft Focus Powder” which reflects lights, covers pores and unevenness of the skin, and creates smooth looking skin. Also sweat-absorbing powder keeps the skin silky and non-sticky throughout the day. It offers powerful sun protection and waterproof effect. 10 kinds of skin care ingredients are blended including vitamin c derivatives, hyaluronic acid and collagen that improve the skin clarity.

SPF 50+/PA++++

Price: 880 yen (70g)

【Shop Online】
▷ Parasola Neo Illumi Skin UV Essence (Lavender)
▷ Parasola Neo Illumi Skin UV Essence (Pink)

Thanks for reading! I hope this article helps you out with finding a perfect sunscreen for your oily skin! The listed products are commonly sold at drugstores, cosmetics stores and variety shops in Japan, but some products are also available to shop online with international shipping! So if you are interested in these products, go ahead and try them out!

If you are into Japanese beauty products, I’d recommend you to check out the online beauty store Kokoro which offers a wide selection of Japanese beauty products with worldwide shipping. Visit their website (Kokoro: to check more Japanese cosmetics products! Free shipping is available when you spend over 40 USD 🙂

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