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The Best Makeup for Acne-Prone Skin


Best makeup for acne

Two weeks ago, we shared our best tips for treating and preventing acne in college. Now, we’re back with the second post in our Acne Survival series, which is all about makeup for acne-prone skin.

To achieve flawless-looking skin, you’ll need a primer, foundation, blemish concealer and setting powder. (Note: It’s important to choose a makeup routine that suits your skin type, so those with dry skin might want to skip the powder, while those of us with oily skin will need a lighter primer.)

Below, I’ll share my top favorite makeup products for acne. Most of the products I’ve listed are either oil-free or non-comedogenic, which means they contain ingredients that won’t clog your pores and make your acne even worse. However, I’ve also included products that are great at covering acne in an emergency, but aren’t the best for your skin in the long run. Pick and choose accordingly!

A few tips before we begin:

  • Use clean makeup brushes or sponges to apply your products. This makes it much easier to blend your makeup for a more natural finish, and keeps you from touching your face with your fingers, which can harbor excess oils and bacteria.
  • Wash your brushes often – at least two or three times per week, depending on how often you use the brush. The excess makeup left on the bristles is a breeding ground for dirt and oils you definitely don’t want to keep spreading around on your face. We’ve done a tutorial on how to wash your makeup brushes, but you can also just use a gentle facial cleanser.
  • Check the ingredients on every single product you use. If a product says it is non-comedogenic, paraben-free, sulfate-free or oil-free, that’s a good sign, but sometimes acne-causing ingredients can slip in unnoticed. Avoid using anything that contains isopropyl isostearate, isopropyl myristate, myristyl myristate, lanolin oil, coconut butter or lauric acid. These ingredients are likely to clog pores, which can cause acne or irritate it further.
  • Use light strokes when applying makeup. Pressing on or stretching the skin can irritate it and cause breakouts.
  • If you need to use more foundation or concealer than usual to achieve full coverage (we’ve all been there), apply light layers, letting them fully set before you apply the next one. This will help you avoid irritating your skin and prevent the dreaded pancake face.
  • When hiding blemishes or redness, use mattifying products, especially when it comes to concealers. Illuminators and brightening products are great for the under-eye area, but if you use them on a blemish, they’ll draw the eye right to it.

Ready to move on to the products? Let’s get started.


Foundation primers
Product Information: MAC Prep + Prime SPF 50 Primer, Make Up For Ever HD Microperfecting Primer in Green, Laura Mercier Oil Free Foundation Primer, Bare Minerals Prime Time, Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch, L’Oreal Studio Secrets Magic Perfecting Base, Smashbox Photo Finish Light

How did we live before makeup primer? This miracle product can reduce redness, keep your makeup in place all day, fill in imperfections and make it easier to hide blemishes. Unfortunately, most of the best primers are high-end, but this is one product that’s definitely worth the splurge.

If you’re prone to scarring and hyperpigmentation, you must use a primer that contains SPF, like MAC’s Prep + Prime. Any sun exposure, even on cloudy days, can make dark spots take even longer to fade. A green color-correcting primer (Make Up For Ever’s is my favorite) can also help combat excess redness and light hyperpigmentation.

Those with extra oily skin should stick to a light, oil-free primer, which will help keep your makeup in place. Smashbox‘s beloved Photo Finish Primer comes in a light version, though I prefer Laura Mercier’s version. The two are very similar, but Laura Mercier is cheaper and contains more product.

Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch is considered one of the best primers on the market, and I have to agree. It visibly reduces the look of scars and indentations, and masks most dark spots, but it’s quite expensive. L’Oreal makes a great drugstore version that’s a little less effective, but it’s easy on your skin and your wallet.


Foundations acne prone skin
Product Information: Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet + Foundation, Revlon Colorstay Combination/Oily Skin, Estée Lauder Double Wear Makeup, Bare Escentuals Matte Foundation, Neutrogena Skin Clearing Oil-Free Makeup, Lancôme Rénergie Lift Makeup, Clinique Stay-Matte Oil-Free Makeup, Physician’s Formula Healthy Wear Powder Foundation

To keep acne-prone skin happy and heathy, a mineral powder foundation is probably your best bet. Though they provide less coverage, they are much less likely to clog your pores or cause breakouts. Bare Escentuals is famous for their mattifying, medium-coverage powder, but Physican’s Formula makes a great drugstore dupe that I think is just as good.

If you’re still stuck on liquid foundations, Neutrogena’s Skin Clearing Foundation is oil-free and contains salicylic acid, which means you can cover blemishes and treat them at the same time, though its finish is a bit too sheer if you need to cover hyperpigmentation or scarring.

Healthy, non-comedogenic foundations are great for everyday wear, but they tends to provide less coverage, especially the drugstore variants. Sometimes you really do have to look flawless for a few hours, and the right foundation can do the job in a snap. Don’t worry, your pores will forgive you. Revlon Colorstay is one of the best foundations available, providing full but natural coverage that lasts all day for a fairly low price. However, it’s been known to break people out, so use with caution. Make Up For Ever’s Mat Velvet foundation is an oil-free alternative that gives flawless matte coverage, but still contains some less-than-awesome ingredients.

Luckily, you can get the best of both worlds if you’re willing to splurge. Estée Lauder’s Double Wear foundation contains no acne-causing ingredients and provides long-lasting full coverage, as does Clinique’s Stay Matte foundation. If you want a more luminous finish along with healthy coverage, try Lancôme’s Rénergie Lift foundation.


Acne concealers
Product Information: MAC Studio Finish SPF 35 Concealer, Physician’s Formula Conceal RX, Dermablend Quick-Fix Concealer, Estée Lauder Double Wear Concealer, Covergirl + Olay Concealer Balm, Clinique Advanced Concealer, Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer

If you struggle with acne, you know how important (and challenging!) finding the right concealer can be. My current favorite is Physician’s Formula Conceal RX. It hides my hyperpigmentation completely, and it’s ridiculously inexpensive for how good it is. However, the color selection isn’t great and I find its finish isn’t quite matte, which leaves my skin looking cakey after a few hours. Estée Lauder’s Double Wear Concealer is more than double the price, but it does eliminate those two problems.

For more heavy-duty coverage, try the perennial favorite, Bobbi Brown’s Creamy Concealer (if you can stand the price tag, of course). If a matte finish is a must, Clinique’s Advanced Concealer is also great. MAC’s Studio Finish provides the same coverage with a high SPF, so if you’re trying to keep a spot from scarring, that’s a must-have.

If you feel like you’ve tried everything and you still can’t mask your zits, I recommend Dermablend’s Quick-Fix Concealer. It’s not cheap, but its natural-looking, buildable coverage can’t be beat. This stuff can hide just about anything.

Finishing Touches

Setting powders
Product Information: Maybelline Dream Matte Powder, Neutrogena Skin Clearing Mineral Powder, Clinique Instant Relief Mineral Powder, Revlon Nearly Naked Pressed Powder, Urban Decay De-Slick Makeup Setting Spray

If you have oily skin, or just need your makeup to stay in place for a longer period of time, a setting powder is a must-have. The trouble is, a lot of them can look cakey or trap oils under the skin, which can exacerbate acne. Revlon’s new Nearly Naked line makes a great, natural looking powder that offers a fair amount of coverage without making your skin feel weighed down. If you don’t need as much coverage, try Maybelline’s Dream Matte Powder to combat oil with a lighter finish.

If powders tend to irritate your acne, Neutrogena makes a great mineral powder that provides great coverage without clogging your pores. It also fights zits, which is why it’s my current favorite! You can also try a setting spray, which tend to make your makeup last even longer. I’m a huge fan of Urban Decay’s De-Slick. It’s oil- and paraben-free, so it’s much less likely to irritate your skin, and I think it’s definitely worth the splurge.

To combat redness and hide hyperpigmentation, I can’t recommend Clinique’s Instant Relief Mineral Powder enough. It masks everything from dark spots to broken veins, and it helps sooth irritated skin. What more could you ask for?

Your thoughts?

What are your favorite makeup products for acne? Share your tips in the comments! As always, let me know what you think of this series – I love hearing your thoughts.

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130 Responses to “The Best Makeup for Acne-Prone Skin”

  1. 1
    February 17th, 2013 at 9:40 pm

    I’m fairly positive Bare Minerals is the reason my skin has cleared up. I’ve tried a lot of the different methods out there, but using BM, my skin is almost acne free. Briefly stopped using it and acne came back. Went away once I began again. I had a really bad experience with Make Up Forever, some of the worst acne in my life.

  2. 2
    February 18th, 2013 at 12:22 am

    Vagisil Chafing gel works great on my skin! I’ve had cystic acne and oily skin since 6th grade, and it keeps my makeup in place all day. It also fills in pore like benefit’s porefessional. It’s 6$ for a giant tube, so try it, and if you don’t like it, it’s not a huge waste of money. But if you love it, you’ll never need another primer again!!

  3. 3
    February 18th, 2013 at 4:44 am

    This is great! I always hate to buy a foundation and then discover that it breaks me out. (Un)fortunately, I get to use all those misses hanging around, because I can never find a shade for me and end up having to mix and match! Does anyone know if any of these skin-friendly companies makes a foundation for someone who is really pale with REALLY yellow undertones? I would be able to wear a C1 at MAC if it didn’t give me zits. I thought about trying Shiseido or something like that, but it’s an awfully big investment to take a risk…

  4. 4
    February 18th, 2013 at 4:45 am

    Target’s Sonia Kashuk line looks pretty yellow-based too, but I’m not sure about the ingredients, or whether their palette goes fair enough.

  5. 5
    February 18th, 2013 at 8:05 am

    I’m a big fan of the Sonia kashuk line although I’d say its a pretty sheer coverage for my hyperpigmentation. I don’t like neutragena’s color selection though– it’s first color is the only one with yellow tones!

  6. 6
    February 18th, 2013 at 8:44 am

    Just a heads up there’s another brand Aveda. While its a little pricey it’s really good and no animal testing. :)

  7. 7
    February 18th, 2013 at 9:24 am

    I have tried Meow’s mineral powders and they’re amazing bc they don’t clog my pores and they feel light on my skin, i think it would be great for people with acne, and yeah also NO animal testing either.

  8. 8
    February 18th, 2013 at 10:03 am

    Clinique’s Acne Solutions (or Anti-Blemish Solutions, if you’re in the UK) foundation is really nice. It runs really pink though, so be prepared to either buff it down your neck if your skin is neutral or yellow. Also, Rimmel’s StayMatte powder, or their Clear Complexion mineral powder is great for setting concealer and foundation. AND, finally, if you live in the UK and can get to a Boots or Superdrug, Collection’s Lasting Perfection concealer is amazing for long lasting coverage. It only has four shades, which sucks, but if you happen to suit the shades that they offer you NEED to try it. I use it under my eyes and on my acne scars and it lasts at least 8 hours on it’s own, 12+ if I set it with powder.

  9. 9
    February 18th, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    just many thanks sooooo much to Carina for the articles about trouble skin care – they are really priceless))) i can only imagine what it cost you (in all meanings) to find this life-saving information for all of us.

  10. 10
    February 18th, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    Right now I mainly use Almay BlemisHeal (with salicylic acid) for foundation. The formula seems to be pretty good for my skin. I also use a St Ives moisturizer before makeup, which works similarly to a primer, though probably not as long-lasting.

  11. 11
    February 18th, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    I recently (as in the past few months) started using MUFE’s Mat Velvet since I’ve heard it does wonders for those with super oily skin. However, as much as I don’t want to admit it, I think it’s breaking me out. So, once again, I’m on the search for a foundation with medium-full coverage that’s also mattifying.

  12. 12
    February 18th, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    I have to say, one of the things that bugs me about these types of articles about what makeup to wear with acne prone skin (not specifically this one, just in general) is that they never include options for dry skin. It’s all about oil control and mattifying, etc. I have seasonally super dry skin (in the summer it’s mostly normal-combo), that is still acne prone. I need to use hydrating products, but usually those aren’t oil-control or acne-controlling, so it’s really hard to find foundations and concealers that are compatible with my skin type.

  13. 13
    February 18th, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR POSTING!!! This is sooo helpful!

  14. 14
    February 18th, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    I have yellow undertones too! I’m such a hard match because I’m also pretty pale for someone with a warm skin tone and I use sunscreen religiously, but I’ve found Revlon Colorstay in Natural Beige is almost a perfect match for me. Good luck!

  15. 15
    February 18th, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    love it!

  16. 16
    February 19th, 2013 at 2:09 am

    I always wonder about how some people don’t have to check every makeup label to see if it’s going to break them out or not. Acne hurts- it’s not just a vanity issue. thanks for all the help!

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    February 19th, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    I’ve found that Bare Minerals works the best for me! I have acne-prone and very sensitive skin, and I swear by BM’s products! I use their concealer, mineral veil, foundation, bronzer, and blush- all of their products are amazing! And they have so many different shades, so there’s a ton of options. Also, Aveeno moisturizer and face wash is what I swear by, it’s gentle, helps keep my acne at bay, and is actually good for my skin. I highly recommend Bare Minerals and Aveeno products for those who have problem skin and/or sensitive skin (and for those who just want to change their routine and get amazing results)!!

  18. 18
    February 19th, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    Great article!
    I recommend keeping a notepad with lists of foundations that don’t work out for you. Eventually you figure out the problem ingredients to avoid. :)

  19. 19
    February 20th, 2013 at 9:27 am

    I have oily/combination skin, Estee Lauder double wear light used to be my favourite foundation, until I purchased Guerlain Parure de Lumiere liquid foundation! It covers most of my acne and pores and give my skin beautiful glow! It lasting all day in Malaysia’s summer! high recommend it!!!

  20. 20
    February 20th, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    I have extremely oily/ acne prone skin and primers just don’t work for me =(. I’ve tried matte, oil-free, regular, from Smashbox, Urban Decay, Benefit, Laura Mercier and more. When I use a primer the makeup slides right off my face. Setting sprays don’t work either. Now I go sans primer and touch up when I need it. I do love Bare Escentuals products and I’m curious to try Clinique’s mineral powder.

  21. 21
    March 6th, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    Awesome article! One foundation I would add is Kat Von D’s Lockit Tattoo foundation. It is sold out in SO many stores right now, which sucks because it is absolute perfection. SERIOUSLY lasts 12 hours or so with a halfway decent primer, doesn’t break me out, and I don’t even need a concealer with it. And if you saw how awful my skin is, you would know what a big deal not needing a concealer is LOL.

    Also, to any of the girls on here who I’ve seen mention that there are some high end products they want to try but it seems like such a big investment, one of the huge advantages of high end products is that the stores tend to have SUCH a lenient return policy. Seriously, ask before you buy but I know for a fact Ulta will take anything back as long as their is still more than half the product remaining and Dillards will take it back at any point. Most of those stores give samples too if you just request one.

  22. 22
    April 4th, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    I am extremely impressed together with your writing skills and also with the format for your weblog. Is this a paid topic or did you modify it yourself? Either way stay up the excellent high quality writing, it is uncommon to peer a nice weblog like this one these days..

  23. 23
    April 22nd, 2013 at 9:47 am

    i’ve heard so many good things about dermablend and wanted to try their creme cover. but when i did my research online, the first ingredient listed is mineral oil with talc as the second. i’m so confused now! how can mineral oil and talc be any good for the skin? any tips or advice? thanks!

  24. 24
    April 23rd, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    Clinique Even Better (conceals and clears) makeup is great! I use Proactiv for my facial regimen and then Clinique for my foundation. My skin has never looked better! I love Bare Minerals but my skin is too oily and it doesn’t look so great as the day goes on.

  25. 25
    May 2nd, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    ok so im 15 and really cant afford any of this and my parents are gling threw some tough times with money as well..i mean the way the ecknomy is nowadays and llus im not aloud to get a job but i am workin on selling some stuff so i might have around 30-40 dollars can u recomend some products i can get at like walmart or the dollar store that are great for my somewhat tan( im porta rican but i havent had muh sun cause of winter so im not as dark) and acne pron skin it would be such a help. :)

  26. 26
    May 8th, 2013 at 10:45 am

    Hey carina, I have really oilyish skin because I have minor rosacia. I’m 15 and I’ve been so confused on makeup, what’s worth my money and what’s not. I’m between ivory and light. I always end up buying too dark makeup. I have maroon acne scars around my left cheek and I want to know what makeup you’d recommend. I see girls look like models who have worse acne than me and I envy it. Can you please help me out? <3 thank you please email?f

  27. 27
    May 10th, 2013 at 8:17 pm

    Mac clogged my pores and caused more breakouts but then again I was using it everyday.

  28. 28
    May 16th, 2013 at 12:44 am

    Great article! I use Bare Minerals. Love the lightness on my skin.

  29. 29
    May 29th, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    This is a really helpful article. Just one question though… I’m not a makeup expert and didn’t start wearing it regularly until a few years ago. I currently use a BB cream by Bosica and then I use Physican Formula powder and bronzer. What is a primer? Would I use the primer and then my BB cream. I feel like wearing that much makeup would make me breakout more so than I already do.

  30. 30
    June 2nd, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    Excellent article and I like the fact that using Neutrogena can help cover up acne spots or scars. Anything that can help acne sufferers become a little bit more confident has to help.
    I also agree with the comment about keeping a notepad doc on all the types you have used and comment as to whether they work or not.

  31. 31
    June 18th, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    fyi….bare minerals is bad for acne prone skin. it has a common irritant in the ingredients

  32. 32
    June 20th, 2013 at 10:44 am


    I woudn’t recommend using a primer underneath a BB cream,If you have problems with makeup “melting” from your face due to excess oil production i would use a primer otherwise a BB cream is more than enough to even out your tone.

  33. 33
    June 26th, 2013 at 11:58 am

    I wante dto point out some of the products mention migt still break you out. For example, Bareminerals clogs my pores horribly if I sweat, not so in cold weather. Clnique’s stay matte breaks me out and its irritating because of the chemical sunscreen. Estee lauder double wear also breaks me out, though the formula has changed, perhaps the review is of the old one. Mac’s studio finish concealer also breaks me out. So this is not as fool proof as it seems. Concealers than haven’t broke me out so far: Clinique’s line smoothing concealer &maybelline superstay concealer. I’ve tried many, but they are all problematic, they either have mineal oil/paraffin, comedogenic ingredients, or chemical sunscreens, all of those break me out. Im planning on gettin either Kat Von D’s tatoo concealer or MUFE full cover next. And see if those work out

  34. 34
    June 26th, 2013 at 7:54 pm

    I realize everyone’s skin reacts differently, but Citrus Clear has worked wonders for me after only using it twice. It does leave my skin a little dry, but I expected that. Now I can’t even see my pores in my lighted 10x magnification mirror, and Citrus Clear has greatly reduced the slight redness I had around my nose and on my chin.

  35. 35
    July 2nd, 2013 at 11:32 am

    Many of these products you listed contain Dimethicone and bismuth oxychloride both of which can cause acne.

  36. 36
    July 4th, 2013 at 11:32 am

    I have never worn makeup before, because ever since the age of ten I’ve had horrible acne. The concept of layering all these different things onto my skin(primer, foundation, concealer, powder, bb cream and all those other things to “complete my look”) just scares me, because I don’t want my acne to get even worse because of clogged pores. I’m sick of acne, and I just want to be beautiful again, but I want to be beautiful without causing even more zits and blackheads to crop up on my face. Please, if there’s anybody else who truly understands how frustrated I am, I need help on choosing fairly innexpensive products that WILL NOT clog my pores and give me back my beauty that I lost two years ago(yes, sadly I’m only 12) . I am prone to acne, have light skin with pink undertones, and my skin gets really oily about halfway througout tne day. Please email me! I need serious help.

  37. 37
    July 6th, 2013 at 2:10 am

    Hello!!! What about Organic products? I have very oily, acne prone skin, with some redness. I’ve tried many of the products you have mentioned and they have all had bad reactions for my skin. I’ve recently been using Ecco Bella powder foundation and it has been wonderful for my skin. However, I am not too enthusiastic with their liquid foundation coverage. So are there any organic products that you would recommend for Primer, Concealer, Liquid Foundation, etc… for very oily, acne prone skin? Thank you!!!

  38. 38
    July 10th, 2013 at 2:38 am

    I love this blog so much, A lot of the stuff on here doesn’t work for my skin but I love that is here for people to try. I have always had to mix and match any skin care and makeup I use, and with makeup it was hard I love using Black opal, they have an oil free foundation that I love, and other things that are not just for people with darker skin tones. I also use smashbox and a few others on the lists. Finding what works can take a life time and skin changes every 4 to 10 years so its best to start as soon as you can, so thank you for doing this research and posting this amazing blog.

  39. 39
    July 18th, 2013 at 11:05 am

    What would be a good tinted moisturizer or a bb cream?

  40. 40
    July 21st, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    I have had acne since age 10 and can get pretty oily sometimes. The best thing I have found to use as a mattifier is actually milk of magnesia. That may sound strange, but after doing research searching for a mattifier that would work for me, I decided to give it a try. You can get it at any drugstore, it’s super cheap, and a bottle lasts for months. As far as foundation, I’ve had good results with Bare Escentuals Matte foundation, but have recently started using Jouer Matte Moisture Tint. It helps keep me matte pretty much all day, has spf (although I still use a separate sunscreen), and has good coverage. It also has vitamins A, C, & E, which is a nice bonus. It’s pretty expensive, but I have gotten lucky and found it on ebay for around 2/3 the full price. I still need a concealer, but there really is no foundation I could use that would let me go without using concealer.

  41. 41
    July 23rd, 2013 at 10:52 am

    Really very great article, I was looking for such compact information on this topic and you solved my problem. Thanks for sharing such valuable words with us.

  42. 42
    July 24th, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    I have tried a few of these and some have broken me out – like MAC products break me out like crazy – also Smashbox products, Physician’s Formula, and Bare Minerals – but Clinique is great for acne prone skin as well as Tarte and Dermablend – but everyone’s skin is different when it comes to acne products so I say just stick with products that you know will not break you out, and if you are unsure check the ingredient list and be on the look out for specific ingredients that you know have been the cause of break outs – some bad ingredients for me include parabens, mica, and steric acids among other things, just do your research and stick to your skin care routine and try to wear as little make up as possible and let your skin breathe without any make up when you can – and your skin should clear up just fine =]

  43. 43
    July 26th, 2013 at 10:29 pm

    Most powders and foundations break me out, but the Neutrogena skin clearing powder foundation works, but very slowly and sometimes leaves scarring so I use a DIY lemon treatment at night.

  44. 44
    July 31st, 2013 at 11:06 pm

    This is great! I’m reading all the articles for a full regimen makeover as I’m sick of having so many break outs at the age of 22! And I fear covering it up with make-up will make it worse so I walk around with a red face all day, which is not the best confidence booster.

    I was wondering if anyone knows about Origins Stay Tuned Foundation? I’ve been using that when I do apply foundation for special events, but I wanted to know if I should get another one listed here instead. I read through the ingredients and am still not sure!

  45. 45
    August 1st, 2013 at 11:47 am

    Great article, Carina!
    Suprisingly, Estee Lauder double wear and the Make Up For Ever mat velvet are my two favority foundations. So, I totally agree with you!
    Besides that I would recommend the Arbonne makeup primer. It’s really good.

  46. 46
    August 12th, 2013 at 10:40 pm

    approximately how much does all of this makeup cost

  47. 47
    August 13th, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    @Olivia I have pretty fair skin as well, and have also struggled with acne. I use the neutrogena skin clearing mineral powder with microclear technology and it helps treat my acne while covering it up. Right now that is the only thing I use as far as my face makeup goes. It doesn’t totally cover up, but it also doesn’t clog my pores. I would highly recommend for you to start out:)

  48. 48
    August 16th, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    After fighting acne for years I started taking a multi-vitamin and I helped almost instantly. Something to keep in mind for others who are prone to cystic acne.

  49. 49
    August 17th, 2013 at 7:49 am

    @olivia i can relate to your problem.i have been suffering with acne for almost ten years now. I tried accutane when i was 18 for six months and although it cleared me up then, my acne returned. I went to a pharmacy a year ago and the lady who owns it makes her own acne products.i saw results in ten days.i reccomended her to my sister who also had acne and she is all cleared up now. Her regimen consists of a liquid soap,toner,mask,moisturizer and sunscreen. They cost 110euro.i live in cyprus so i dont know if you can contact the lady and have her ship the products. There is also a website and this guy makes his own products but he is in the usa.i dont know your location. As for foundation and products im still on the search although in the past when i was using clinique i dont remember having problems.

  50. 50
    August 18th, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    I am 41 with cystic acne. I have tried everything and I mean everything! EL double wear did not work. Nothing on the Clinique line either. Absolutely nothing at the drug store. Lancôme teint idols is good stuff. Also alpha hydrox morning and night. It is a clear gel that says it is for wrinkles but the acid is excellent. Also glytone mild gel wash morning and night. All the medicines and chemicals were keeping my skin irritated but not stopping the source problem. If you are not a teenager, consider looking into DIM, two capsules a day are miraculous! Good luck everyone. Thanks for the posts, as I am going to try bare minerals for special occasions over my foundation for added perfection!

  51. 51
    September 3rd, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    I have suffered with acne since I was about 8 or 9 and Im now 18. Ive tried lots of different make up but recently started seeing a naturopath which was the best decision Ive made! The naturopath can source the reason of why I was getting acne and how to slowly correct the problem. It all has to do with your body, hormones, stress levels, organs, thryoid, etc. I would recommend this to anyone looking for answers :)
    They can pescribe you with natural treatments and supplements to take that will improve your energy, health, stress, mood and especially skin.
    Your skin is a reflection of how well your body is working, how your hormones are balanced and what your stress levels are (usually!)
    Also like to say, stick to suncreen for protection, GENTLE cleansers! Use natural skin care like aloe vera, lemon, salty water, pure lanolin and if make up is needed use mineral powders with natural ingredients. Although your skin can get very oily, having acne-prone skin you must always remember to moisturise too :) I would recommend Sukin products (natural ingredients and extremely gentle)
    Hope this has helped! Can’t recommend seeing a naturopath enough!!

  52. 52
    September 7th, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    Hi Ladies, milk of magnesia is great for mattifying skin, prior to moisturising and sunscreen. At 35 I am still dealing with hormonal breakouts which include cystic acne. I believe that taking a multi vit and using MoM and benzoyl peroxide, only on spots/cysts has stopped any further breakouts. I use Estee Lauder Doublewear foundation and it hasn’t made my skin any worse but i still take it off as soon as I get home to allow my skin to breathe.
    On an evening I use a little Estée Lauder Advanced Repair Serum (Body Shop Aloe Vera night cream is also great cheaper alternative for my combination/acne prone skin) and a drop of vit e oil. As a result, after 2 months I now have minimal scarring and no severe monthly hormonal outbreaks. My current routine has cleared 70% of my skin. I can finally drop my kids at school without feeling like everyone is staring at my face. :-)

  53. 53
    September 10th, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    I use Citrus Clear’s face wash before applying makeup. It has definitely helped reduce my acne, and leaves my skin refreshed. On occasion I will use Citrus Clear at night after removing makeup, if I wore my makeup for longer than usual. It should work for you too – and it has no harmful chemicals and is super gentle!

  54. 54
    September 17th, 2013 at 10:08 am

    I love the Make Up For Ever mat velvet foundation too! Good coverage, natural look and water resistace. Just what I need!

  55. 55
    September 21st, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    I highly recommend the Neutrogena foundation! I’ve tried both Clinique and Smashbox and both made me break out. I cannot even use Clinique face products because they cause my face to get VERY red and break out. I LOVE the Neutrogena foundation and it is inexpensive (about $12 depending on your store) and it is the only foundation that works for me.

    On a side note, if you are having acne issues I have two AMAZING skin care products that are seriously the most amazing thing on earth. I have tried Clinique for highly-sensitive skin cleansers, Cetaphil, Murad, and BareMinerals and all made me break out and get red. This went on for around 2 years until I discovered three products that have saves my skin….

    1) Ole Hendriksen Truth-To-Go wipes- these makeup removing wipes feeling SOOOO good and they smell like oranges and help clear up acne. They are a little on the pricier side ($16 for 30 wipes) but are worth it.

    2) Ren SkinCare Hydra-Calm Cleansing Milk- a gentle cleanser that works wonders. Does not have saclysilic acid so it doesn’t cause redness! ($32 for 150 mL)

    3. AmorePacific Treatment Enzyme Peel- this is a splurge but you only use it once or twice a week and you add water to a SMALL amount of the powder so you get more bang for your buck! ($60 for 2.5 oz)

  56. 56
    September 22nd, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    I really like using Burt’s Bees Targeted Spot Treatment before putting on any other products! It dries out acne just enough, so try an apricot scrub like St. Ives after you’ve put it on. I also love to use a Vitamin E Cream as a primer because it’s generally oil free and helps diminish acne scars (you can use it all over your body as a matter of fact).
    My entire skin care routine goes like this:
    Use St Ives apricot scrub on my face and neck, rinse with hot water, dry your face, and use Vitamin E Cream and then apply Burts Bees on your acne (or all over your face and?or your neck) and then apply your usual make up (Bust Bees works better with powders as liquids wipe it off).

  57. 57
    September 28th, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    Im really not getting this makeup stuff

  58. 58
    October 1st, 2013 at 5:27 am

    Non comedogenic makeup is a must, and like the article says just because the product is labelled as such doesn’t mean that pore-clogging ingredients don’t slip in! many of the most well known brands are guilty of this.

    Bare minerals, Burts Bees, cetaphil and Lily Lolo are some of the better brands for non comedogenic makeup.

  59. 59
    October 7th, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    if u have oily skin you should not be using something like urban decay setting sprays.. the alcohol in products are irritating to your skin and causes the production of more oil, just as any menthol or minty or any tingly feeling products, that feeling is not it working, its it your skin being irritated by certain ingredients

  60. 60
    October 13th, 2013 at 10:10 am

    Can you do a review for blushes and bronzers on acne prone skin please

  61. 61
    October 17th, 2013 at 5:54 am

    Non comedogenic makeup is a must, and like the article says just because the product is labelled as such doesn’t mean that pore-clogging ingredients don’t slip in! many of the most well known brands are guilty of this.

    Bare minerals, Burts Bees, cetaphil and Lily Lolo are some of the better brands for non comedogenic makeup.

  62. 62
    October 21st, 2013 at 1:56 am

    Hai, how if i use both primer and foundation and they all contain salycid acid ?

  63. 63
    October 29th, 2013 at 12:51 am

    one ingredient that will definitely clog pores , and is not mentioned above, is talc. some of the drug store brands (like the neutrogena powder) use it as a cheaper alternative for minerals and it WILL clog your pores. READ THE INGREDIENTS!

  64. 64
    December 11th, 2013 at 2:13 am

    How about la prierie? And YSL?

  65. 65
    December 23rd, 2013 at 10:46 pm

    Totally wanting to try some of these, but I’m definitely a bit concerned with the price. I would pay for a more expensive product to stop breakouts and cover acne, but what I’m worried about is that the shade won’t match and I’ll have sent a bunch of money down the drain. I’m thinking about getting a professional makeup shade match…

  66. 66
    December 30th, 2013 at 5:46 am

    Ladies! I am a licensed Esthetician who has always had issues with acne prone skin (it runs in the family). This article had some great makeup suggestions for coverage, but prevention should be key! Then you won’t have to worry about covering something you don’t have. It’s about finding a balance for your skin and how to manipulate and use your skins natural layer of oil to your advantage. One of the biggest reasons people get oily skin is because they are stripping the natural layer that your skin requires with bad product! Your skin needs oil! When your skin is stripped it naturally signals your body to produce more to makeup for the loss (reason for oily skin). Another reason you can have oily skin is diet and hydration. My favorite line that I love love love is Hydropeptide. I swear it’s amazing. I haven’t had one person not love it. Amazing what a hydrating skin regiment can do for the skin!!! Trust me ;)

  67. 67
    January 19th, 2014 at 5:10 am

    I have used make up since I was 15. Make-up is my best friend for acne coverage. I keep it simple with just two types of coverage, I use a neutragena foundation and powder to cover my acne and looks natural.
    This so economical.
    1) apply foundation
    2) lightly powder your face
    3) where you have pimples cover it lightly with foundation, only to the pimples
    4) cover the pimples lightly with powder
    5) powder your face completely
    6) if you have an only face like myself, use wax paper to absorb excess oils through the day.
    Hope this was useful. It saves me money.

  68. 68
    January 19th, 2014 at 6:28 pm

    Wow where was this post 2 years ago

  69. 69
    January 22nd, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    I use Shiseido’s foundation. Paraben free and extremely light. I don’t like Clinique or forever makeup, I broke out very easily with those makeups, but shiseido is awesome! But it’s also all about preventing. I use paraben and sulfate free facial wash and rose hip oil every night. Rose hip helps with acne scars and preventing breakouts while also reducing fine lines. This oil is also great for sensitive skin!

  70. 70
    January 23rd, 2014 at 9:15 pm

    A little bit of help to all the ladies that have oil slicks for a face like mine. I have tried so many makeups just aabout everything I can think of from clinique to bare mineral and pur mineral makeup but after 2 years of searching and tons of acne in between I found my match I use milk of magnesium after I apply my moisturizer than I use murad acne primer and than este lauder double wear. USE TO MY MAKE UP WAS GONE IN TWO HOURS NOW IT LASTS A GOOD 6-8 HOURS JUST TOUCH UP WITH A FINISH POWDER AROUND MY NOSE .

  71. 71
    March 4th, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    I am so happy to read about all you ladies having zits. Esp the older gals. It shows me that I’m not alone. I honestly have never seen anyone over the age of 25 have pimples and did truly think it was just me. Apparently all your tricks and treatments work b’cuz I never see grown women with oily skin or zits!! Why do we get ugly pale white skin and pimples while others are born with beautiful skin and never a ain’t fair..:'(
    My input here is: it comes from the inside clover herb is a blood cleaner that does help and tee tree oil (wal-mart vitamin section) dabbed on clears em up fast. Dilute tea tree and use as a toner, it’sa fungal/bacteria killer and has so many uses including yeast infection, dilute lightly and put on a tampon, insert and viola infection gone!! I can’t wear makeup etc, evrything breaks me out and I’m talking cystic and black heads(yuk) ..I can’t drink milk (whey product) including ice creams and watch out for vitamins and food products containing iodine. It’s another acne inducer. I use dove/ivory bar soap to wash then use witch hazel to tone. Olay w/touch of sun and my face stays clear..this is a poor white chick way to clearer skin. Once your skin is tanned by the Olay, when a cyst zit pops up by eating that damn ice cream, dab and pat the Olay touch of sun moisturizer over the spot and it covers and blends extremely well. No worries on wearing or rubbing off bcuz it’s a self tanner, doesn’t wash off. No more dreading seeing early morning visitors or even family members b4 you covered your face, you wakeup already covered..
    Thr are so many things you can do for your skin that doesnt cost much money. Steaming your pores is a great way to unclog, boil pot of water, remove from heat and lean over with a towel draped over your head, try avoiding products with iodine and whey, red clover and zinc supplements help skin clear up, either tea tree or a layer of sasylic acid to treat and prevent and Olay moisturizer with touch of sun for color and hiding flaws. The best treatment and prevention is uv light. Yes ladies-the tanning bed..even a few days a week will clear up the most horrid break outs..sadly I can’t afford fake tans anymore but I’m saving up ($99) for a facial tanner just to keep my skin clear and the bonus is I will also get color without having to apply products which cost money but also clogs my pores. Hope I’ve helped some of you who like me either can’t afford products or find that majority of the products break me out..thrs a web of info online, type in natural/home remedies for acne or anything else you can think of. With internet you have so many options and should not have to suffer the embarressment of pimples. Tell yourself that your just as beautiful as the next girl and remind yourself that your not alone and a lot of girls are going thru exactley what you are…good luck and best wishes for healthy clear skin.

  72. 72
    March 5th, 2014 at 3:50 am

    Thank you very much on this information!

  73. 73
    March 5th, 2014 at 9:17 pm

    Hi ladies I suffer from severe acne and extra oily skin its a pain in the but I take many treatments for it I understand what you’re going through.
    all these products are great but I have used a few of these and it has made my skin a bit worst sometimes. I recommend *Tarte Makeup products* their very natural and great for oily skin. also they aren’t tested on animals and are oil free which is a huge plus, and the best way to go is to avoid primers because they often clog pores once i stopped using primers and using a sponge to apply my liquid foundation I saw a big difference, make sure you clean your makeup brushes often … I know this sounds silly but I sometimes use egg whites as a primer it doesn’t smell because I use a bit from the egg-shell this only works for oily skin I put my makeup over it , it works like a moisturizer and helps scars and active acne which is a plus and i find it helps control the oil and I don’t have to retouch my makeup every 20 mins. and for a breakout a green concealer can help the redness settle under your makeup application blend blend —-
    I hope my tip can help some of you ladies wish you the best remember less is more.

  74. 74
    March 21st, 2014 at 8:13 am

    Is not the makeups is from inside us I stared talking vitamin a , zinc , and probiotics ..I y took antibioticos but they lower my immune system and gave yeast infection

  75. 75
    March 21st, 2014 at 11:08 pm

    I’ve been using Estée Lauder for two months already along with some acne product line called Exposed and my skin is looking good so far! Yes Estée Lauder is double the price of any other make up product out there but it is very worth it! I recommend it! Just make sure to tell the lady what kind of undertone you have, either yellow or pink undertone. Plus you always get a free gift with Estée Lauder :)

  76. 76
    April 3rd, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    Hey so I read this blog and it gives great information and the prices are okay yet it dosnt tell you were to buy these products. I know Clinquie at Macy’s but the rest at what drugstore? Or store? Fred Meyer? Walmart? What pharmacy ?

  77. 77
    April 5th, 2014 at 9:33 am

    i like this post,
    I recommend keeping a notepad with lists of foundations that don’t work out for you. Eventually you figure out the problem ingredients to avoid. :)
    best regards

  78. 78
    April 10th, 2014 at 10:12 am

    best makeup for african american women 50 years old. with acne and oily skin.

  79. 79
    April 10th, 2014 at 8:50 pm

    Most powders and foundations break me out, but the Neutrogena skin clearing powder foundation works, but very slowly and sometimes leaves scarring so I use a DIY lemon treatment at night.

  80. 80
    April 17th, 2014 at 6:18 am

    I’ve used Revlon’s Nearly Naked pressed powder and it broke me out. Be careful guys bcs for compact powder, foundation, blush, etc contains alcohol to make the substances stick together. Alcohol can irritate your skin.
    (Sorry for the bad english. It’s not my first language

  81. 81
    April 19th, 2014 at 2:02 am

    The new Iphone 5 goes on sale starting at eight a.m.
    at Apple Store locations. At current, there are many mobile production companies in the
    mobile phone marketplace. How about personalizing the way you deliver messages.

  82. 82
    April 24th, 2014 at 6:18 pm

    In my opinion, Citrus Clear is the most effective acne treatment on the market. The moisturizers are superb. However, the cleanser is average. I’ve been using the regimen for a year now and I wouldn’t recommend anything else. It drastically improved my skin within a few weeks and my skin was almost completely clear within a couple of months.

  83. 83
    April 27th, 2014 at 7:55 pm

    I have recently stopped using both Neutrogena and Dermalogica, as I felt like I was spending too much time futzing with those products and they didnt even work that well! My skin actually looks even better now, which has led me to using Citrus Clears Sensitive Wash. My routine is SO simple now – cleanse and moisturize with Citrus Clear (Wash & Moisturizer) each morning, apply my mineral powder makeup, and then cleanse and moisturize with at night! I love how easily my makeup comes off and I am even happier with my skin now than ever before!

  84. 84
    July 17th, 2014 at 11:40 am

    What are the type of brushes to use?

  85. 85
    August 1st, 2014 at 8:09 am

    Asking questions are in fact pleasant thing if you are not understanding anything
    totally, except this piece of writing gives nice understanding yet.

  86. 86
    August 8th, 2014 at 5:59 am

    This helped me a lot!

  87. 87
    August 22nd, 2014 at 4:48 am

    Thank you so much for this great list! Not to scare you ladies but as you get older, watch out for hyperactive oil glands that lead to sebacious hyperplasia. They’re raised bumps that will not go away without treatment by a doctor. I’ve had mine lasered off twice and am now paranoid about getting more so I only use oil free cosmetics. Oil is in almost everything! Always read the teeny tiny print!

  88. 88
    September 26th, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    I’m a college student in Nigeria. I love u Carina, thank u so much for this.

  89. 89
    October 11th, 2014 at 10:05 pm

    Amazing! Its actually amazing paragraph, I have got much clear idea regarding from this paragraph.

  90. 90
    October 19th, 2014 at 2:29 am

    actually i’ve tried some of products that you had metioned…sadly it doesnt work for me.I tried the smashbox primer,estee lauder double wear foundation and urban decay de-slick oil free.about 2 hours later my makeup melt down. I think it is because of Malaysia is a hot country

  91. 91
    October 21st, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    The most frustrating thing about researching the internet for makeup tips is the conflicting information. At least four of the foundations listed on this page have been listed as foundations to strictly avoid on other skincare pages.
    I’ve always had minor breakouts but about seven months ago I started using Bare Minerals. (Their Tinted Moisturizer, Original Foundation, Well-Rested Concealer, Broad Spectrum Concealer, and very briefly – Redness Remedy, which I found did absolutely nothing for me except turn my face yellow.) I now have the most terrible acne I’ve had in my entire life, at age 24.
    Now I’m at a crossroads, do I go back to the cheap not-so-great-looking makeup I used before this acne occurred, or continue to scour the internet hoping to find a makeup that will not only look good… but not cause cystic acne.

  92. 92
    October 29th, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    The Neutrogena foundation and power are my two favorite and life saving products. I began using these two products two months ago and since then I and others have seen a major difference in the way my acne has quickly decreased. In addition, these Neutrogena products do not leave your skin appearing cakey!
    I highly recommend these Neutrogena products.

  93. 93
    November 1st, 2014 at 10:45 am

    There’s definately a great deal to learn about this issue.
    I love all the points you made.

  94. 94
    November 5th, 2014 at 11:53 am

    The thing I would say – is go to the doctor, get antibiotics etc first, and in conjunction with that, then be super strict about cleaning make up brushes, keeping skin clean, drinking water, and being aware of what you eat and everything that you put on your skin… The dermatologist that I saw recommended using La Roche Posay products, which I found gentle and really helped. Use non-comodogenic make up. I personally found Estee Lauder Double Wear and MAC studio fix, the worst culprits in causing break outs. Get your regime to a simple process and make sure that you are not stripping the skin with too harsh products. Good luck!

  95. 95
    November 17th, 2014 at 10:04 pm

    I used to have moderate acne – I stopped letting my hair touch my face!!

    I followed this regimen: for the most part) I wash gently now with the Citrus Clear Face Wash and then use a Benzoyl Peroxide spot treatment. I do also use the Citrus Clear moisturizer, but it does not have SPF protection – which is OK, because my skin is too sensitive for SPF.

    I use Baking soda to get my makeup off at night.

    This is what worked for me. I have begun to clear up and stay clear.

  96. 96
    November 19th, 2014 at 7:59 am

    I love the Make Up For Ever mat velvet foundation too! Good coverage, natural look and water resistace. Just what I need!

  97. 97
    December 9th, 2014 at 7:01 pm

    This is bull, I’ve looked a lot of these products up on cosdna and they contain pore clogging ingredients. I’ve personally used the prime time primer and it broke me out. The only foundations I know that don’t cause acne are bare minerals powder and Giorgio Armani

  98. 98
    December 27th, 2014 at 9:50 am

    Hi! I’m from India. … . I’ve been following this article or post or whatever its called for the past few months and I’ve obtained a lot of knowledge from it.

  99. 99
    January 29th, 2015 at 10:06 pm

    Every weekend i used to pay a visit this
    website, as i want enjoyment, for the reason that this this web page conations actually good funny data too.

  100. 100
    January 29th, 2015 at 10:52 pm

    Murad products are good – but very expensive, and when I use them alot my skin gets super sensitive. Same with proactiv – I started using this new line Citrus Clear which is alot gentler, smells great and has organics in it. . .so far so good, but its only been a week. I actually dont like alot of the above products – Ive tried them all !

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