Foundation for Acne Prone Skin

It can be difficult to find good foundation for acne prone skin. The wrong products can cause more breakouts and zits... the last thing we want!

When you're choosing a makeup for acne prone skin, the key is letting your skin breath as much as possible. In terms of general guidelines, here are the most important ones to follow:

  • Always choose a non-comedogenic foundation - that means it's formulated not to clog pores
  • Try to find a foundation that is oil-free so that you aren't adding more oil to your skin
  • Look for a foundation that is water-based instead of oil-based, since oil can lead to clogged pores and worse breakouts
  • Always wash off your foundation at the end of the day (never sleep in makeup!)

If you're looking for more specific suggestions, here's an assembled list of the top rated liquid foundations for acne prone skin on the market today...

5 Best Liquid Foundation for Acne Prone Skin


1) Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation

This fragrance free, oil free liquid foundation with real silk powders gives full coverage without being cakey. It is lightweight and long-lasting.

This popular foundation helps disguise skin imperfections such as sun spots, acne scars, pimples and rosacea. It contains good-for-skin ingredients like glycerin, green tea extract, and black tea extract.

It is recommended to apply a small amount with a sponge and use a loose translucent setting powder on top to finish.

Though the makeup can be expensive, since this foundation is best used in very small amounts and lasts a long time, the price is well worth it. Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation is a good option for people with oily, seriously acne prone skin who have trouble finding full coverage for blemishes and for whom powder mineral foundation doesn't do the job.


2) MAKE UP FOR EVER Mat Velvet + Matifying Foundation

This is a shine controlling, oil-free, water-resistant, complete coverage liquid foundation.

It is formulated to hide imperfections, even out skin tone, and matify with a non-oily, perfectly powdered finish. The result lasts for hours and there is a large array of shades to choose from.

I personally use the shade "No. 40" when I wear this foundation.


3) Maybelline Pure Foundation

A shine-free, oil-free makeup created with 50% water so that it won't clog your pores or cause breakouts.

It also contains chamomile and aloe extracts help to soothe and comfort skin.

When I wear this, I use the shade "Classic Ivory"- Light 2. To use, apply and blend with fingertips.


4) CARGO Oil Free Liquid Foundation

This oil-free formula provides a smooth, natural-look that is lightweight and easy to blend.

It is long-lasting and has added conditioners that help hydrate the skin, making it a good choice for people who have dry skin that is acne prone.

And the unique pouch packaging makes this foundation travel friendly and hygienic.


5) Alison Raffaele Face Forward Acne Response Primer

This product is intended to be massaged on before makeup in order to prepare your skin for foundation.

It was developed by a professional makeup artist and is an oil free, fragrance-free liquid mineral-based primer. It has "advanced acne-fighting oligopeptides" and antioxidants to protect against dryness, irritation, blemishes, and free radicals.

The primer is made without parabens or talc.



If you're not specifically tied to liquid foundation, then you may want to consider powder-based foundations instead. Although all makeup clogs pores to some degree, many dermatologists and skin care experts agree that a powder-based mineral makeup is actually the best foundation for acne prone skin.

Mineral makeup is non-comedogenic and is not as aggravating to acne prone complexions as "traditional makeups". If you are interested in mineral makeup, read more on the best mineral makeup products for acne prone skin.

Whatever your preference in terms of foundation for acne prone skin, I would love to hear your input and product suggestions!

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