How to Find Foundation that Reduces and Conceals Acne

Prone to acne? We have tips. Here's how to find the best foundation for your skin

The scoop on finding the best foundation for acne-prone skin

For those prone to acne, it can be difficult to find a foundation that works well for your skin. In many cases, choosing the wrong type of foundation can worsen an acne breakout. However, understanding the different ingredients involved in most foundations, and knowing what to look for can help you find a foundation that not only conceals acne, but that helps to reduce it as well!

As essential as foundations are for most people who wear makeup, it’s easy to be unaware of what certain foundations can do to your skin and how they can affect skin conditions (such as oily skin, sensitive skin, and acne-prone skin). There are enough options nowadays that, in most cases, particular foundations have been made for particular skin types. There are a number of factors to take into consideration — the ingredients being used, whether the foundation tends to clog pores, and what type of foundation it is (powder, stick, or liquid based) — that should affect your choice of foundation, and after reading this, hopefully you’ll be able to choose the perfect foundation for you!


Whether you’re having a temporary breakout, or are a person who has dealt with acne for a while, it’s important to make sure that your foundation isn’t clogging your pores. Foundation that doesn’t clog pores is often referred to as ‘non-comedogenic’; this type of foundation is great for people with oily skin and for those with acne prone skin.

Ingredients in Foundation

It’s also important to become more aware of the ingredients that are more commonly included in the average foundation. Particular ingredients, such as isopropyl alcohol, can damage more sensitive or acne-prone skin, which can lead to even worse breakouts. On the other hand, there are ingredients that you’ll want to make sure are used in the foundation, such as hyaluronic acid, salicylic acid, and even sulfur. Both sulfur and salicylic acid have remedial properties, and are most commonly used to unclog pores, remove dead skin, and decrease sebum secretion. Hyaluronic acid works in tandem with sulphur and salicylic acid by helping skin retain moisture, preventing the usual dryness that can come with skin treatment.

There are also other ingredients that help sensitive skin, and in the process, can also help acne-prone skin. Foundations with corrective qualities can lessen irritation and inflammation, such as oat protein and aloe. Foundations with algae extracts are great for helping remove scarring and damage from breakouts.

Powder vs. Liquid

Foundations can come in liquid and powder form, and relative to their form, can have different effects on a person’s skin. Liquid foundations tend to carry oils that could clog pores for those with particularly sensitive skin. When using a liquid foundation, it’s good to find one that’s oil-free, to prevent further breakouts. However, it’s usually better to opt for a powder foundation. Powder foundations are better for preventing breakouts and unclogging pores — this is because the smaller pigment particles in liquid are more easily able to clog pores and cause breakouts, as opposed to the smaller particles of powder foundation. In addition, many foundations that are made to reduce and conceal acne are usually labelled as non-acnegenic, making it easier to identify reliable types of foundation!

Dermatologists and Additional Treatment

When choosing foundations for acne-prone skin, it’s also important to make sure that you’re incorporating other treatments for your acne. It’s helpful to visit a dermatologist to get a better idea of the type of treatment that best suits your acne. Seeing a dermatologist will keep you from choosing the wrong type of foundation or acne treatment, ensuring that you won’t make potential skin damage worse before having the chance to make it better. For certain individuals, acne can be remedied by over-the-counter treatments, consistent skin cleansing regimens, or even certain natural and DIY remedies. But for others, more serious medication may be needed, such as Accutane, which must be taken over the course of a series of months and will come at the cost of other potential habits (e.g., no drinking while taking Accutane).

It’s important to figure out what type of acne issues you want to target, reduce, or conceal when purchasing foundation. For some, the most pressing issue will be breakouts. For others it will be blemishes, pimples, and blackheads — and for some it will be acne scars. It’s also important to identify what specific factors are causing your acne — whether it’s irritation or inflammation of skin, secretion of oil from the skin, or dead skin clogging pores and follicles. Although these aren’t the only causes of acne, they are some of the most prominent, and understanding the cause of your acne can better equip you to identify the ingredients you need in your foundation, find the right foundation, and prevent makeup-related breakouts and skin irritation.

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