If you have terrible acne or you suffer from breakouts for the slightest of reasons, you will want to avoid a lot of makeup. It’s heavy, and pore clogging, meaning bacteria builds and you end up with more breakouts. It can seem like you either must go “aunatural” or look out for natural remedies that you end up making yourself.
Well, it’s time to avoid the fuss. There are certain types of makeup that are good for acne-prone skin. It’s all about getting the right brands and looking out for the right wording on the products.
Here’s a look at all the best drug store makeup to opt for the next time you need something for acne-prone skin.
Look Out for “Noncomedogenic” Makeup
Whatever brand you choose, you want to make sure it is “noncomedogenic.” Makeup with this property will make a big deal about it because it’s so good for acne-prone skin. It’s also something for those who are more focused on removing the toxins out of their makeup.
It means that the makeup is good for oily, greasy skin. The makeup will be light and won’t clog the pores. There is little chance of bacteria collecting within the pores because of this, so less acne forming on your skin. You also won’t feel it, so there’s little chance of scratching or discomfort throughout the day.
You also want to look out for makeup that is oil-free. This is exactly as it sounds. The makeup doesn’t have added oils and is water based. It won’t react with your natural oil production.
If your skin is acne-prone, there are high chances that it is oily. This doesn’t mean dirty! It just means your skin produce more oils than necessary and those oils must go somewhere. They escape across your face, giving you an annoying shiny glow. The oils block the pores, so you end up with more bacteria and more acne!
Sulfate-free and paraben-free are other terms that are worth looking out for. These types of makeup aren’t just good for reducing acne but will also keep toxins out of your body!
Avoid anything that has lanolin oil, lauric acid, and coconut butter. These clog the pores and make your acne so much worse. Some toxins will also irritate your skin, making it dry and inflamed. You’ll just end up with puffy skin and more acne.
So, which brands and products are oil-free, paraben-free, and noncomedogenic? These are the brands that you want.
Get the Giorgio Armani Power Fabric Foundation
Let’s start with the foundation on your face. There are a few options available, including one from Giorgio Armani. This is one of the newest foundations on the market and has a matte texture, so you get rid of the shiny glow. After all, if you already have oily skin, you don’t need anything extra adding a glow to your face!
The foundation will keep your face shine-free throughout the day. It doesn’t get into the pores, and you’ll barely tell that you’re wearing it. It’s an excellent option for those who want a foundation that works from dusk until dawn without reapplication.
Use a Couple of Drops of Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Water Foundation
This excellent option is good for a brief cover for a night out and all-day coverage. It’s a liquid foundation, which gives you a little extra control over the amount that you use. You really won’t need that much to spread across the face and unify the complexion.
It’s another matte foundation, meaning no shininess throughout the day. It’s a water-based option, and it will feel like that. You’ll just be able to brush it across your face and allow it to soak in without blocking the pore.
This water-based option can also help to add some hydration to the skin. Your body won’t feel the need to produce more oils throughout the day because it doesn’t feel dried out from your makeup.
Choose Matte Foundation from BareMinerals
Considering Foundation is on most of your face, it makes sense to have a few options for your acne-prone skin. Matte Foundation from BareMinerals is an excellent option when you want a powder that feels like you’re wearing cream. It easily sweeps across the skin, getting rid of that slick, greasy feeling of most cream-like foundations.
The foundation works with the pores to create beautiful skin. It smoothens the pores out and avoids any clogging. There are also 30 different shade options, so you know you will get something that works with your skin complexion.
There are some minerals added into the foundation. This helps to add extra health benefits to your skin.
Get Neutrogena for the Salicylic Acid
If you want to clear up your acne while wearing makeup, you want to get Skin Clearing Liquid Makeup from Neutrogena. You likely know the brand for its skin caring and cleaning products. It’s one of the highest recommended by celebrities around the world because it does work.
Well, the makeup is just the same. It has some of the same ingredients as the cleaning products to make sure your face is left fresh and acne free.
It’s all in the salicylic acid. If you see any skin care product with this acid in, you want to snap it up for your acne. The acid is a good one, as it gets right into the pores and kills off the specific bacteria that cause acne on the skin. Yes, this includes cystic acne!
The makeup itself is oil free and lightweight. You’ll barely feel it on your skin, as it smoothens out the pores and leaves you with an even complexion without blocking the pores.
Get Medium Coverage with Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation from Maybelline
One of the most popular makeup brands is good for acne-prone skin. Maybelline works on offering something for all. When it comes to an acne problem, you want to get the Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation.
The foundation offers a medium coverage that doesn’t get into your fine lines or pores. Rather than making imperfections stand out, it helps to cover them up. You’ll get rid of the shine later in the day thanks to this foundation, meaning oily skin becomes a problem of the past. The pores remain free, so there is little chance of bacteria growing within them.
Meanwhile, you get good, even coverage. It’s extremely easy to apply, and your skin will look smooth and flawless.
Go for the Second Favourite Makeup Company
If you’re not a fan of Maybelline, you may be a fan of the second favorite makeup company: L’Oréal. For acne-prone skin, you want to get the Pro-Matte Foundation, which is another medium-coverage option.
Like the Maybelline option, it won’t get right into the pores or the fine lines. You end up with a smooth look throughout the day.
It can also prevent the oils shining through later in the day. It’s time to get rid of the tissues since you won’t need to dab at your skin to tackle the excess oil production.
Reduce Redness with Forever Perfect Makeup
The next makeup to look out for is the Diorskin Forever Perfect Makeup. It’s another foundation that will cover your face in a thin and lightweight layer. Your enlarged pores will look smaller, and the redness disappears.
This will mean that you can get rid of those Instagram filters. It’s like Photoshop but in real life!
You will need to blend the makeup gently into your face. When you finish with your brushes, wash them or dispose of the one-use application pads.
Get a Matte Skin Tint Instead
If you hate foundation, you can opt to skip it if you want. That doesn’t mean you must avoid all uniform coloring across your face. You can get Nars Velvet Matte Skin Tint instead.
It technically is a foundation, but it doesn’t feel like it. It’s more like a tinted cream for your face, offering a lightweight option that you can’t feel. There’s nothing worse than feeling the makeup hanging off your skin, especially when it’s acne prone!
The formula is extremely hydrating. It supports the natural plumpness of your skin. It also remains matte throughout the day, while many other foundations (including the ones above) can end up watery and shiny later in the afternoon.
Because of the sheer texture, it will be better for those with minimal acne at the time. The benefit is the lack of pore clogging that can create more acne.
Get Foundation to Fight the Acne
We’ve already looked at a brand that offers salicylic acid to fight bacteria, but what about one that has the acid with some aloe vera, witch hazel, and tea tree oil? Yes, you can buy something like this from the drug store! It’s time to look out for E.L.F. Acne Fighting Foundation.
Aloe vera and tea tree oil are extremely good for nourishing the skin. They add vitamin E and moisture into the skin, helping to support the growth of healthy skin cells, reduce damage from the sun and free radicals, and promote collagen growth. You’ll get better-elasticised skin that’s firmer and plumper.
Let’s not forget about the benefits of witch hazel. This will get into the pores and kill off bacteria. It gets rid of the dirt and grime, protecting against any reason for acne build up. The witch hazel can also help to fight other skin issues, including psoriasis and inflammation.
Most other foundations will eventually dry out the skin. That doesn’t happen with E.L.F because of the aloe vera and tea tree oil.
You Still Need Good Brush Care
It’s not all about the products that you use. While the makeup options above are good for acne-prone skin, they won’t completely get rid of the problem. There is still the chance of bacteria growth. Rather than the bacteria growing on the skin, they grow on the makeup brushes and transfer onto the skin and into the pores.
So, you need good brush care to eliminate these extra issues.
Yes, you do want to use sponges, pads or brushes. Don’t apply your makeup with your fingers. Not only do your fingers make it harder to get an even coverage all over, but you end up touching your face. The oil, dirt, and bacteria on your hands (even if you’ve just washed them, they’re there) will pass into your pores.
If you are going to use disposable makeup pad applicators, you will need to get rid of them after each use. This will eliminate all chance of bacteria passing back into your pores.
When it comes to brushes, make sure they’re clean. Wash them two or three times a week, especially if you apply your makeup daily. If you only use your makeup once or twice a week, you will get away with cleaning the brushes less often.
Clean right into the base of the bristles. This is where your skin cells, bacteria, and oils will gather in between uses.
Make Sure You Wash the Makeup Off
Like any other type of makeup, you need to wash these acne-prone options off at the end of the day. Don’t sleep with your foundation still on, even if it is full of aloe vera and witch hazel! This will end up causing a blockage within your pores. Your skin doesn’t get to breathe, and you end up breaking out in more acne.
You’ll want to use a gentle toner or cleanser to remove the makeup. Make sure it has some witch hazel or salicylic acid to help get rid of all the bacteria that causes acne.
There’s no need to put up with the toxins in most drug store makes. This doesn’t mean you must make all your foundations and toners. There are good options for acne-prone skin. Choose the above foundations and skin tints, while following good brush and application care.