The best foundation for skin has two vital characteristics: It conceals your pimples without looking cakey, and it doesn't clog pores to make an endless cycle of breakouts.
“Covering marks is an important part of managing acne, but you can make matters worse if you use the wrong products,” says Joshua Zeichner, MD, director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. “Heavy oils block your pores, leading to an accumulation of bacteria that promote inflammation and cause breakouts.”
1. Blemish Rescue Skin-Clearing Loose Powder Foundation
This powder foundation from bareMinerals includes skin salicylic acid, sulfur, kaolin clay, and acne-fighting zinc while soothing ingredients like oat protein work. Tried by dermatologist, this foundation is non-dying and noncomedogenic, so you do not need to worry about it clogging your pores or making your skin look (or feel) unnatural.
2. Neutrogena Skinclearing Oil-Free Makeup
Not at all liquid foundation are a protective skin death sentence. Dr. Zeichner suggests Neutrogena SkinClearing Liquid Makeup, which includes 0.5 percent salicylic acid and aloe to soothe inflammation. The oil-free formula has a natural completion and feels lightweight, enabling your skin to breathe.
3. Algenist REVEAL Color Correcting Anti-Aging Serum Foundation SPF 15
This lightweight foundation from Algenist contains oil-absorbing formula, such as talc and silica, alongside algae extracts that make your skin brighten for those suffering from scars.
4. Clinique Acne Solutions Liquid Makeup
This oil-free, non-acnegenic, and fragrance-free (which means it was formulated to be less irritating for breakouts skin), the foundation from Clinique contains salicylic acid to keep pores clear of excess oil. With medium coverage, the lightweight, natural-looking makeup blurs ugly spots and redness to smooth and even out the skin.
5. Tarte BB Tinted Treatment SPF 30
Dr. Zeichner says that many acne medications make the skin sensitive to the sun, so SPF for your face is more necessary than usual. "A foundation with sunscreen can offer added protection when layered over your regular sunscreen," he says.
Also, there is a long-term cosmetic benefit to using a foundation with SPF as Tarte BB.
"Sunscreen is important for people with acne because it can decrease the risk of post-acne hyperpigmentation (aka dark spots)," Dr. Harth says.