Acne should not be a reason to discontinue wearing makeup; indeed, makeup is used as a method of temporarily concealing small blemishes and scars. However, many makeup products can contain ingredients that can promote breakouts, so you need to be careful in your choice of makeup.
For acne-prone skin, we recommend using products labeled as “non-comedogenic” or “oil-free,” as these products will prevent clogging pores and oil buildup.
We also recommend washing your face gently with your choice of cleanser. Then prep your skin by applying sunscreen; then apply an acceptable moisturizer. Finally, apply your makeup.
Lastly, we recommend that you not wear your makeup for a prolonged period. Regularly clean any applicators used.
We have no financial relationship with any of the companies that manufacture the products listed below. The products are not listed in any particular order.
We have not tried the products ourselves, but we would appreciate your feedback.
Below are some foundation/concealer options recommended by both dermatologists and patients for acne-prone skin:
- Dermablend Smooth Liquid Camo Foundation for Dry Skin with SPF 25
- Even Up® Clinical Pigment Perfector® SPF 50
- Oxygenetix Acne Control Foundation
- Alastin HydraTint Pro Mineral Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 36
- Jane Iredale PurePressed® Base Mineral Foundation SPF 20/15 & Refillable Compact
- Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Oil Free Natural Skin Perfector SPF 20
- IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better Foundation + Skincare
- EltaMD UV Clear Tinted Face Sunscreen, SPF 46 Oil Free Sunscreen
- Clinique Acne Clearing Solutions Foundation
- L’Oreal Paris True Match Mineral Loose Powder Foundation