The Best Makeup For Acne-Prone Skin

The Best Makeup For Acne-Prone Skin

Finding the right makeup for your skin can be difficult, especially if you suffer from a skin condition such as acne, which can easily get aggravated with the use of the wrong products and ingredients. I’m going to talk you through the best tips and products for using makeup on acne-prone skin.

Why is Makeup Difficult With Acne?

Acne can not only get worse from the wrong makeup but you can also experience extreme dryness and sensitivity if your makeup is not suitable for your skin.

Another problem with makeup for those suffering with acne is when you use a lot of of products to cover your acne; this can not only make your skin more prone to clogging but can also make your skin look cakey.

There are lots of ingredients that can be troublesome for acne-prone skin and some that are better:

  • Avoid products that contain Alcohol, Mineral Oils and natural irritants such as Menthol and Peppermint.
  • Oil based products may not actually clog your pores but can add to excess oils already on your skin, which will make your skin more prone to development of blemishes.
  • Look for foundations and bases that are water-based products instead.
  • If you want to calm oil, choose products with Silica, Zinc Oxide and Dimethicone, which absorb excess oils without causing irritation.

If you would like to learn about what makeup to use and how to apply it to achieve natural looking and healthy skin, then follow my top tips below.

Makeup Tips for Acne

  1. Always Start With a Moisturiser
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    Always Start With a Moisturiser

    Acne-prone skins should always start their makeup routine with using a lightweight moisturiser.

    It is a common belief that those with oily skin types should not use a moisturiser as this will make their skin oilier. This is not true as moisturisers accommodate for the loss of water in your skin, which is essential to keep your skin hydrated and plump as well as balancing oil production.

    Choose a moisturiser made for oily or combination skin as these have been designed to keep your skin hydrated throughout the day as it helps to strengthen the skin barrier to prevent water loss.

    I love: Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel, Vichy Idealia Smoothing and Illuminating Cream and Korres Wild Rose Moisturiser for Oily Skin.

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  2. Calm Redness
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    Calm Redness

    Once the moisturiser has been absorbed, it is ideal to use an anti-redness primer which will help to balance out your skin tone and take away redness which is often seen in acne.

    Primers are great at smoothing out your skin surface to give you a more even coverage. Use the primer gently across your face and neck before your makeup base and it will help even your skintone.

    Look for non-comdogenic primers and if your skin can tolerate SPFs then these are ideal for extra protection. Those with green pigments in also work amazingly at counteracting any redness in your skin.

    I love: Dermalogica Ultracalming Redness Relief Primer, REN Evercalm Anti-Redness Primer and Murad Sensitive Skin Soothing Serum.

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  3. Try Colour-Correcting Coverage
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    Try Colour-Correcting Coverage

    Using a lighter-weight base that balances and evens out your skin can give you great coverage without looking heavy and cakey.

    This can be in the form of using a CC cream or a light foundation, which provides good coverage. Using a smooth foundation brush or a makeup sponge, gently apply the product all over your face and neck and blend to give your skin a nice even coverage.

    Looking for CC creams that fight against environmental aggressors like pollution and UV as well as those that can help with redness will help your skin look radiant and natural.

    I love: L’Oréal Paris Nude Magique CC Cream, La Roche-Posay Rosaliac CC Cream  and Lancôme City Miracle CC Crème.


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  4. Spot Conceal
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    Spot Conceal

    The secret to making acne-prone skin look flawless is to spot conceal. This basically means going looking at your skin and only covering up the problems areas with either a high coverage foundation or a concealer.

    By only concentrating on covering only the problem areas, you help your skin to look natural and fresh, which will give you a more youthful appearance.

    Try to use a creamier product and gently stipple this onto your skin using a small brush or a beauty sponge. This will blend the concealer edges but keep coverage as high as possible where you need it.

    I love: Estée Lauder Double Wear Foundation, Vichy Dermablend Correction Foundation and Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation.

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  5. Set Everything in Place
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    Set Everything in Place

    The final step to your makeup should be a quick veil of a setting powder.

    Setting powders are ideal for oily or acne-prone skin as they not only help keep your makeup set but can also help by absorbing oils and keeping your skin looking matte for longer.

    To get the best results, first gently pat the powder on the problem areas and allow to set for 2 minutes before applying a light layer of powder over the rest of your face. This will stop you from moving your carefully applied base and concealer around.

    I love: Vichy Dermablend Setting Powder, Aveda Inner Light Loose Powder and theBalm Sexy Mama Anti-Shine Translucent Powder.

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Want to know more about dealing with acne? Read all of my posts to find out more about the different types of acne, the best products for acne and tips for helping treat your acne.



Resident Pharmacist

With a Masters in Pharmacy, I am here to explain the science behind the beauty. I offer expert advice on ingredients, the latest Skincare trends, lifestyle choices and any skin concerns you may have. I enjoy travelling and taking part in running events like Tough Mudder and the Colour Run. Currently loving: La Roche Posay Eau Thermal