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by Christine GlasgowOctober 18, 2016

Acne is every teenager’s worst nightmare. Scientifically known as acne vulgaris, acne is a long-term skin condition that usually occurs in people who have excessively oily skin. The texture of the skin varies from person to person. Ideally, I like to classify human skin in three different types: dry, normal, and oily. People who have normal skin are perhaps the luckiest, because they have the perfect pH balance on their skin. This ensures that the production of oil is balanced properly. People who have dry skin have to use moisturizer on their skin to maintain elasticity.

If you don’t apply moisturizer regularly, your skin will start cracking and wrinkling. This can weaken the immune system and can cause a host of different skin infections. Dryness can cause rashes and eczema, which is a serious skin condition and requires medical treatment. However, it’s important to understand the factors that cause acne before you can do anything about it.

First of all, let me get this out of the way: you can’t treat acne overnight. It is a long-term skin condition and can take several weeks or months at the very least (though it often takes a few years), to treat properly. Acne is a common skin condition that occurs in people who have excessively oily skin. The sebum oil is produced by the skin to keep the skin hydrated. There are thousands of tiny pores on your skin. Inside the pore is the hair follicle and underneath is the sebaceous gland. The sebaceous gland produces the oil that’s used to regulate moisture on the skin.

The excess oil produced by the glands gets caught up in the tiny pores of your skin. Think of it like a small, sticky trap. This creates the perfect ground for trapping dead skin cells and bacteria. Due to the exposure to the air, the melanin in the skin cells begins to react and turns the pores dark. If the pore remains open, it creates a blackhead. If it’s closed, it’s called a whitehead. Acne is most commonly classified due to the appearance of blackheads, whiteheads, zits/pimples, and oily skin. It can even lead to permanent acne scars.


Many people who suffer from acne have serious confidence issues. There are a number of studies that have shown that acne affects a person’s self-esteem and can even cause depression. In fact, in certain situations, many people have been known to contemplate suicide because of acne. It’s that serious of an issue.

In almost 80% of all acne related cases, genetics is the key factor. Other factors, like smoking and your diet, also play a vital role. People who have acne have to resort to a host of different creams and ointments to combat the issue. Many dermatologists also recommend complete lifestyle changes to rectify the problem. However, for women, acne creates another issue with makeup. Most of the commercially available makeup products, such as foundations, highlighters, and creams are made for people who have normal skin.

Most women use foundation to hide the blemishes and scars on their face. Unfortunately, using the standard foundation products available on the market is a foolish idea. The excess oil on the skin will wear off the foundation within an hour or so. Moreover, it can also cause irritation of the skin. It’s pretty tough for people who have acne to cover up their skin. Many women apply a lot of foundation to try and hide the scars, but this makes the whole foundation look cakey. In worst-case situations, applying makeup over acne-prone skin can cause some really bad acne breakouts.


So, What’s The Best Foundation for Acne Prone Skin?

Thankfully, there are a number of different products that are now available for people who have acne-prone skin. Most of these makeup products aren’t just designed to hide the blemishes and scars, they also contain a number of different ingredients that can actually help in removing the acne and maintaining the pH levels on your skin. So, to make it easier for you, I have compiled a list of different foundations that you can use if you have acne prone skin.

  1. E.L.F Acne Fighting Foundation

I mean, the name says it all, doesn’t it? It contains one of the main ingredients that are required by your skin to fight acne: salicylic acid. E.L.F is one of the most reputable companies in the cosmetics industry right now. This foundation can fight acne and acne scars and also contains aloe vera that provides a soothing effect in case you have sensitive skin. It gives a flawless look and is also razor-thin, making it one of the finest solutions in the market. Oh, and guess how much a bottle costs? $6!

  1. BareMinerals Blemish Remedy Acne-Clearing Foundation

If you prefer using a powdered formula, the BareMinerals Blemish Remedy Acne-Clearing Foundation might well be the best option available for you. Not only does it give you a beautiful complexion and an even tone, but it also contains salicylic acid, which you already know is quite beneficial to your skin. The foundation can also help shrink and minimize your pores.

  1. Diorskin Airflash Spray Foundation

The Airflash spray foundation from Dior is one of the most innovative products available right now. The airbrush formula completely removes the need for a brush. A large number of people don’t really know how to clean their makeup brushes in a proper manner. An unclean makeup brush can cause clogging in the pores, blemishes, and can also cause skin irritation. Well guess what? With the Airflash Spray Foundation from Dior, you don’t need to worry about all of that anymore!

  1. Neutrogena Skin Clearing Oil-Free Foundation

Neutrogena is perhaps one of the most well-known brands in the world right now. Almost everyone who has acne-prone skin must have used Neutrogena skin products at some point in their lives. However, if you want a powerful foundation, the Neutrogena Skin Clearing Oil-Free Foundation is a great solution. It gives a flawless, neat look and also contains salicylic acid, so you don’t need to worry about untimely reactions or acne breakouts either.

  1. Revlon ColorStay Makeup for Oily Skin

Personally, I don’t think they could have been any more descriptive with the name. The Revlon ColorStay Makeup is a powerful, oil-free foundation and is available in 20 shades, making it one of the most versatile products on this list. You don’t need to worry about mixing and matching to make the perfect foundation; just look for the right color. I have also used the Revlon ColorStay Makeup for Oily Skin on many occasions.


Factors to Consider When Choosing The Best Foundation for Acne

In the paragraphs above, I have mentioned all of the best products that I have tried and tested. They are clinically proven to reduce the chances of an acne breakout and they provide a host of other different benefits. However, I understand that not all of these products are readily available in the local markets. Some products aren’t even available in certain countries, so you will have to get it internationally shipped.

If you can’t find a decent foundation that’s mentioned on the list, there are a few ways by which you can determine whether a particular foundation is good for you or not. First of all, look for a foundation that contains salicylic acid and is oil-free. Of course, it helps if you can find a foundation product from a reputable brand. If you can’t, then you just have to ride your luck.

Before you apply any new foundation onto your whole face, it’s important that you start by applying the foundation to a small portion of your skin. Test the foundation for a little while to see whether it suits your skin or not before you apply it to your face. If you notice even a little bit of irritation, remove it properly and wash your face with cold water.

Now that we have discussed the best foundation products for acne-prone skin, I’d like to know more about the products you use. Are there any specific products that I missed and that you prefer using? Well, I’d love to know more about the products you use! Let me know about the best skin foundations that you have come across in the comments below!


Christine Glasgow
Canadian girl addicted to beauty and fashion. I'm a Blogger, Entrepreneur and web influencer 👑 I mostly talk about anything related to skin care and beauty. I created this site to share science-based information on skin conditions, treatments and skin care.
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