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The Most Effective Foundations for Acne Prone Skin

We’re taking the guessing work out of finding the right foundation for acne-prone skin. Cover redness, treat existing blemishes, and prevent future breakouts with these foundations.

Updated July 06, 2021 by Amanda Dixon

The Most Effective Foundations for Acne Prone Skin

How to Choose the Right Foundation for Acne Prone Skin

Here’s the truth about acne prone skin: it’s complicated. There’s no one-size-fits-all solution. So many of us struggle with breakouts, acne, and blemishes, but acne is a subjective experience that varies from person to person. A foundation that works wonders for one person, might cause flare ups in someone else. Using an ingredient decoder can help parse out no-no ingredients with a comedogenic scale, but performing a patch test on skin is the best way to know for sure if a product works with your skin type.

Luckily for you, we’ve got a handful of blemish banishing foundations to keep your skin feeling and looking clear and radiant. Pair that with our 30 Day Happiness Guarantee and you’re sure to find the perfect foundation for your unique skin type. Read on for a few of our favorites!

The 4 Most Effective Foundations for Acne-Prone Skin

IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream with SPF 50+

IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream with SPF 50+

This award-winning CC+ cream is the perfect place to start for those with sensitive, acne prone skin. The multitasking, lightweight formula provides buildable full-coverage to cover breakouts and redness without clogging pores or causing irritation. The nourishing formula balances skin with soothing hydration with hyaluronic acid, while Niacin (vitamin B) works to correct acne scarring and hyperpigmentation. Butyloctyl salicylate, a form of salicylic acid, helps to prevent clogged pores and future breakouts. Your skin actually gets smoother and brighter when using this silky foundation.

Ere Perez Oat Milk Foundation

Ere Perez Oat Milk Foundation

This buildable foundation offers medium to full coverage and is formulated with natural oat milk, peach, and vitamin E to promote clear, healthy skin. The unique, non-greasy formula imparts a natural looking matte finish that won’t clog pores. It’s chock-full of skin-loving ingredients—but the real MVP in this foundation is the oat milk. Oat milk contains anti-inflammatory properties to calm skin and neutralize redness. And the lightweight texture allows you to build your desired coverage. It’s a must-have for acneic and irritation-prone skin types.

RMS Beauty “Un” Cover-Up

RMS Beauty Un Cover-Up

If a full face of makeup feels too heavy, this “Un” Cover-Up concealer from RMS Beauty is amazing for covering spots and blemishes without weighing you down. The creamy, lightweight formula perfectly camouflages scars, dark, spots and acne and is virtually undetectable on skin. And it doesn’t just cover imperfections—it works to heal them too. Coconut oil, jojoba seed oil, and rosemary extract nourish, sooth, and balance skin for clearer, healthier looking skin.

Wander Beauty Wanderlust Powder Foundation

Wanderlust Powder Foundation

This silky smooth, lightweight powder foundation covers redness, blemishes, dark spots, and even rosacea. The soft powder formula delivers a natural matte finish with buildable full coverage. And since it’s a powder (talc-free at that), you won’t have to worry about oiliness or shine. This feather-light powder feels so soothing on skin and blends seamlessly causing irritation or congesting pores. Calming aloe leaf extract, hibiscus, honeysuckle flower, jojoba, and hydrating hyaluronic acid ensure that skin stays comforted and balanced all day long.

Looking for more ways to manage breakouts, acne, and oily skin? Check out our Step-by-Step Skincare Routine for Oily Skin for products and tips to keep skin looking healthy and radiant.

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