Life with acne can be unpredictable, frustrating and embarrassing. For those who struggle with on-again, off-again moderate to extremely severe acne, it can be a struggle to eat right, moisturize right and even cover up blemishes the right way to keep breakouts at bay. To understand how to best deal with oily and acne-prone skin and select makeup products like foundation, we asked Rosalyn George, MD and Sandra Johnson, MD, both board-certified dermatologists, for their expert advice.
“Finding the right foundation that doesn’t feel greasy or make them break out more can be difficult for those with oily or acne-prone skin,” explains Dr. Johnson. “Generally, if your foundation isn’t formulated for your skin type, it could clog your pores and worsen acne.”
While most makeup products won’t necessarily indicate the skin type it’s best suited for, Dr. George recommends looking for “clues” on the label. For the safest bet, look for the terms “hypoallergenic,” “oil-free” and “non-comedogenic” on the label as these products tend to work better on problematic skin, as are mineral-based loose powder formulas.
Here are some other tips on how to apply your foundation if you have oily or acne-prone skin:
Ready to try out new foundations formulated specifically for oily or acne-prone skin? Check out our favorites below.
For a mineral-based powder designed for oily skin types, consider this five-star rated foundation. “I love this foundation and the coverage: GREAT for super oily acne prone skin,” writes one Dermstore reviewer.
An anti-aging foundation that’s formulated for oily and acne-prone skin, this foundation delivers full coverage while fighting fine lines, wrinkles and breakouts. Also delivers a matte, non-greasy finish.
Acne-prone skin can also be susceptible to scarring and redness, which this foundation aims to combat, along with premature aging and loss of skin elasticity.
A hypoallergenic and lightweight find, Everything Cream Foundation, as its name suggests, helps with a little bit of everything, including reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Featuring up to 16 hours of coverage and boosted with SPF 25 protection, this five-star-rated foundation provides full coverage for acne and acne scars.
Looking for a product to smooth out your skin while minimizing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines? Consider this vegan, organic, plant-based, age-defying foundation.
“This foundation is great! It has cleared my skin and I now have minimal clogged pores on my face,” writes one Dermstore shopper of this five-star-rated, vegan foundation with SPF 20 to 25 coverage.