My List of Foundations for Acne-Prone Skin
JULY 29, 2020 - BEAUTY

Acnes can be a real struggle and finding the right products for your skin is even more challenging. You might have tried a lot of different products and foundations available in the market but some of them make your acne worse. That's why it gets harder to cover up your redness, pimples, and marks left by these outbreaks. You can even get to a point where you are simply thinking whether you should consider using makeup for acne-prone skin or not.

You don't have to give up makeup or feel bad about your acne. I am sure that you can benefit from this text and some expert advice. Dr. Joshua Zeichner, director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital, says, "Covering marks is an important part of managing acne, but you can make matters worse if you use the wrong products. Heavy oils block your pores, leading to an accumulation of bacteria that promote inflammation and cause breakouts."

Expert Tips

  • Avoid products that make your acne worse. The number one rule is to stay away from products that can clog your pores. Foundations that contain isopropyl alcohol can make the matters worse. As Dr. Yoram Harth, a dermatologist based in San Francisco says, "This kind of alcohol harms your skin's protective surface, makes oily skin worse, and exacerbates acne."

  • Use a foundation that can clear your skin. According to Dr. Zeichner, if your foundation has a low concentration of salicylic acid, then it's good for your skin. "Salicylic acid removes excess oil and exfoliates dead skin cells, working as a pipe cleaner to keep pores clear."

  • Use oil-free foundations.

7 Best Products for Acne-Prone Skin

Now you know that you should avoid foundations that block your pores and go for the oil-free ones, let's take a look at the best foundation for acne-prone skin.

Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Liquid Foundation

This foundation is very popular because it offers natural-looking medium coverage for oily and normal skin. It is very lightweight and you don't feel that you are wearing a ton of makeup. It's good for everyday use because it absorbs excess oil and gives you a nice matte finish. Plus, it's available in 40 different shades. It is not only dermatologist-tested but also one of the most affordable foundations available in the market.

Clinique Acne Solutions

You need a foundation that is gentle on your skin and also acts as a moisturizer to make your skin look fresh. This one gives you a natural look and its oil-free formula also contains salicylic acid that will treat your acne. It is allergy tested, fragrance-free, and does not contain chemicals that will irritate your skin. It is not just for oily skin. You can also use it for dry and combination skin. It will not clog your pores and it is also recommended by dermatologists.

L'Oreal Paris Makeup Infallible Pro-Matte Liquid Longwear Foundation

If you want a long-lasting foundation for acne-prone skin, this is the one for you. It goes on smoothly and covers the acne, giving you a smooth and clear complexion. It is available in 22 different shades and is one of the best foundations for acne-prone skin on the market. It is gentle on sensitive skin, lasts very long, and is also very easy to remove.

Estee Lauder Futurist Hydra Rescue Foundation

It is one of those products that doesn't let your skin get dry and not make your acne worse. It actually lives up to all the expectations and claims made by the company. The watery formula makes it easier for you to use a few dots for full coverage. It is breathable and you don't feel like you are wearing layers of foundation. It doesn't clog your pores or cause redness and irritation. In fact, it gives you a nice glow. It also acts as a sunscreen for the face because it has SPF 45. Overall, it's very comfortable to wear and is available in 20 different shades.

Neutrogena Skin Clearing Oil-Free Makeup

There are a few things you want from a good foundation for acne-prone skin:

  • It should cover the acne.

  • It shouldn't irritate your skin.

  • It should be tested by dermatologists.

  • Having the acne-fighting properties is a plus.

Neutrogena offers natural coverage but it does not provide full coverage. It focuses more on fighting your acne because it has salicylic acid and prevents breakouts. So, you will have clearer skin and you wouldn't need to hide your blemishes. It is breathable and developed by dermatologists specifically for acne-prone skin. It is oil-free, doesn't clog your pores, and is hypoallergenic.

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Even Finish Foundation SPF 15

If you have extremely oily skin and you are looking for a foundation that doesn't make your makeup look shiny, this foundation does the job very well. It is expensive though but it can last a long time since you need a few drops to get medium coverage. It is very lightweight and it also absorbs excess oil from your skin.

Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation

This product is favorite among professional makeup artists because of its natural look. It is medium coverage, lightweight, and keeps your skin hydrated. It is also very photogenic, a big plus for people who love selfies, including me. It also covers all the spots giving you a nice natural complexion.

Final Thoughts

Taking care of sensitive and acne-prone skin is not easy. You don't want to use something that will not look good on your skin or make your outbreaks even worse. Your foundation is your basic makeup and if you can't get it right, no matter how expensive your cosmetics are, it is not going to work. Choose smartly because what works for one person might not work for you. That's why I have tried a few good options first to decide which one is better for my skin. Always remember- "less is more". You want your skin to breathe to keep it healthy. Hopefully, one of these foundations will be best for your skin type as I have covered dry, combination, and oily skin to give you a few good options.



Rebecca Jackson -
Fit Me is suitable for me the most and it covers my acnes well.
Aurora Clark (The Author) -
Its concealer effect is also very long-lasting.


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