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Makeup for Acne Prone Skin, Concealer & Foundation for Acne

The pesky bump, the knowing redness, and the frustration—there’s nothing fun about blemishes and acne. Thankfully, there’s makeup to at least help the situation.

Contrary to popular belief, makeup is actually okay to use on acne-ridden skin, and it can even help clear acne since it protects skin from outside elements like pollution and bacteria.

When shopping for makeup to use on acne prone skin, look for the words “nonacnegenic” and “noncomedogenic,” because the formulas will not clog pores. Products should also be oil-free, fragrance-free, and without silicone. Silicone-based products are generally very heavy, so look for a water-based foundation instead. In addition, makeup containing salicylic acid will actually work to prevent and fight acne during wear.

Overall, the most important thing to remember is that if your face is irritated from acne and blemishes you MUST stick to your skin care routine and wash off makeup at the end of the day, and take great care to make sure it is all removed.

Types of Foundation for Acne Prone Skin

Foundation can protect skin from pollution and bacteria that cause acne, and yellow- or green-tinted foundations help counteract redness from breakouts.

  • Maifanshi Makeup Color Base Green by Koh Gen Do: This oil-free base contains green tints—the best color to use to counter redness.
  • SHAKE-IT Tinted Treatment by Erno Laszlo: This product contains a non-drying cosmetic alcohol that tightens pores (creating less space for bacteria, oil, and dead skin cells to enter) and controls excess oils.
  • Absolute Finish Foundation with SPF by Erno Laszlo: Full, flawless coverage with salicylic acid and antioxidant vitamins A, C, and E boost skin renewal and repair.

Types of Powder for Acne Prone Skin

Powders can absorb excess oil (great for oily skin!) and typically don’t clog pores. Try one of these.

  • Blotting Powder Perfector by Becca Cosmetics: Minimize pores and control shine with this oil-absorbing powder (great for oily skin). This product is oil, paraben, and fragrance-free, so it’s ideal for acne-prone skin.
  • Sunsations Mineral Makeup by Arcona: The light formula does not clog pores, and vitamins C and E plus zinc oxide help protect skin from the sun and aging.
  • Professional Loose Setting Powder by DERMABLEND: Perfect for sensitive skin, this powder sets makeup, controls shine, and will prevent makeup from from smearing or shifting throughout the day.

Types of Concealer for Acne Prone Skin

We know it’s great for under-eye circles, but concealer also works to cover those annoying red bumps. Spot treat blemishes with an oil-free concealer—better protection with one containing salicylic acid.

  • Bye Bye Redness by IT Cosmetics: This crease-less concealer works miracles not only on concealing blemishes, but the redness associated with acne. Collagen, colloidal oatmeal, and hyaluronic acid provide an added anti-aging bonus. 
  • Real Deal Concealer by Laura Geller Beauty: This oil-free concealer provides full coverage and is water-resisteant, so you know you can count on it to last all-day.

Eye Shadows, Lip Glosses & More

Eyeshadow, blush, bronzer, and lip gloss can also affect acne-prone skin, so take special care when using them.

Shimmer is always fun, but most of the time the shimmer and sparkle in our cosmetics is caused by mica. Mica generally has a spikey shape that can irritate skin and make it easier for pores to become clogged. So try only wearing the shimmer and shine on your clothes, but not your face.

When it comes to cream blushes or shadows make sure they are oil and silicone free. To stay on the safe side, stick to powder blush and eye shadow.

Lastly, many of us tend to have breakouts around the mouth area, which can be caused by lip gloss or chap stick. Lip products tend to be on the oily side, especially the shiny ones, and this oil can easily travel beyond the lip line. To keep this under control, try using matte lipsticks. Most importantly, be sure to remove all makeup at the end of the day!

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