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Ah, acne. We thought we had finally broken up with you when we finished high school. But sadly, just like a particularly annoying ex-boyfriend, you keep coming around to bother us—even though we’re well into our adult years. According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), 40-50 million people in the United States will experience acne at some point in their lives. The AAD also states that a growing number of women in their 30s, 40s, and 50s, experience acne, as well. (And you thought fine lines and wrinkles and dark spots were the only things you had to look forward to!)
Dealing with adult acne? We know how frustrating it is to wake up with a blemish (or a face full of them). Your first instinct is probably to grab whichever foundation and concealer are in reach to mask the spots—but it’s important to pick the right makeup products. It’s all about using non-comedogenic makeup and non-comedogenic foundation. Keep reading to find out how to pick the best foundation for acne-prone skin. Plus, stick around till the end for a full face makeup routine for acne-prone skin!
Before heading out to buy a new foundation, make sure you’re familiar with the term non-comedogenic. Non-comedogenic makeup is makeup that is formulated to reduce the chances of clogging pores. You know that clogged pores can lead to breakouts—so, if you have acne-prone or oily skin, always check the label to see if the formula is non-comedogenic. Now that you’re aware of non-comedogenic foundation, it’s time to find the best foundation for acne-prone skin that’ll meet your needs.
We get that when you have zits, you want to cover them up. But you don’t want your face makeup clogging your pores, either. To strike the right balance, here are our best foundations for acne-prone skin.
L'Oréal Paris Infallible Up to 24HR Fresh Wear Foundation, Lightweight: With breathable skin technology, this foundation provides medium-to-full, buildable coverage that doesn’t weigh down your skin or clog your pores. It’s both lightweight and long-lasting, making it the perfect choice if you have a long day (or night) ahead of you. It’s non-comedogenic and formulated with SPF, so it will cover and protect your skin at the very same time.
L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Super Blendable Foundation Makeup: This foundation is formulated with Precise Match™ Technology to help you match your skin tone (seriously, it comes in 45 shades!). Why is it one of our best foundations for acne-prone skin? Well, It’s also free of oils, fragrances, and pore-clogging fillers.
L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Super-Blendable Compact Makeup: When you’re on the go, oftentimes a compact foundation is much easier to tote around than a bottle or tube since you don’t run the risk of it spilling in your bag. Besides the convenience factor, this foundation is a prime pick thanks to its oil-free formula and weightless finish.
Once you’ve chosen from our list of foundations for acne-prone skin, it’s time to actually apply your makeup. For a seamless finish, consider using a makeup blender, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Foundation Blender. Apply a small amount of foundation onto the makeup blender and bounce it onto your skin to blend your foundation and cover any blemishes you might have. Build coverage to your desired level, and you’re good to go. That’s it—pretty simple!
Editor’s note: When you have acne-prone skin, you shouldn’t tempt fate. And that means it’s a must to be extra strict about cleaning your makeup blenders and brushes. You don’t want bacteria on your makeup tools to lead to new breakouts!
Now that you have the low-down on our best foundations for acne-prone skin, it’s time to talk about a few other things you can do to help reduce the chances of—or at least minimize the appearance of—breakouts. Get yourself in the game by outlining a skin care routine that’s easy to follow every day. Ready to take a step in the right direction toward clearer-looking skin? Start by following these skin care tips.
Consider adding a facial cleanser that is formulated with an acne-fighting ingredient like salicylic acid, which can help to remove dead skin cells from the skin’s surface, to your daily skin care routine.
Oftentimes, you might think that moisturizer will only add to your skin issues if you have oily-looking or acne-prone skin. However, this isn’t necessarily true. In reality, everyone needs to moisturize! Instead of cutting facial moisturizer out of your routine, reach for one with an oil-free, lightweight formula. Bonus: Applying moisturizer before your makeup will help your foundation for acne-prone skin apply more evenly!
No matter how tired you are, in order to avoid clogged pores, it’s important to take off whatever makeup you’re wearing before you hit the hay. Stick with a gentle makeup removal option, like micellar water. Popular in France for quite a while, micellar water has been garnering major buzz stateside in the last few years. It's formulated with tiny micelles—oil molecules—suspended in a solution to help gently lift makeup, dirt, and oil up and away from skin’s surface. Try the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser for Normal to Oily Skin. To use, saturate a cotton pad with the cleansing liquid, then hold the pad over your eyes for a few seconds before wiping.
Foundation isn’t the only product in your makeup bag that might need an upgrade. Follow this step-by-step makeup routine for acne-prone skin.
When you have acne-prone skin, one of the best makeup products you can use is primer. Before applying foundation, smooth a mattifying primer, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Matte Lock Makeup Primer, all over your face. Primer can help smooth out the look of your skin and blur the appearance of imperfections, such as blemishes.
Have blemishes or marks that appear red? Reach for a green color corrector, like the L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Color Correcting Crayon in Green, to help neutralize the appearance of redness. Use the crayon point to draw an X over blemishes and blend well with a makeup brush or your fingers.
Now’s the time to pick up your foundation and apply it just like we taught you above!
If blemishes are still peeking through, finish your face makeup routine with concealer. Reach for the L'Oréal Paris Infallible Full Wear Concealer Waterproof, Full Coverage and cover up any imperfections that are visible.
Have you ever seen someone in a public restroom, patting little, colored sheets against their skin and wondered what in the world they were doing? Nope, they’re not wiping away tears. They’re blotting excess oil from the surface of their skin to help maintain a flawlessly matte look! Blotting papers tend to come in handy during moments when you can’t fully wash your face. You can quickly remove the appearance of excess oil and shine without ruining your makeup look.
Congrats: You officially know all about our best foundations for acne-prone skin. For your next acne lesson, here are 4 Unexpected Causes of Breakouts.