New! View my list of the Top 10 Non-comedogenic Foundations.
Anyone who’s had the misfortune of suffering from an allergic reaction to skin care products in the past knows the importance of buying the right cosmetics. Similarly, anyone who’s had exacerbated acne would know
how painful this condition can get. Yet no formal definition is given when it comes to hypoallergenic or non-comedogenic skin care.
So what is non-comedogenic?
To come up with a usable meaning for this word, you need to first understand what comedogenic
means. Comedo, according to the American Academy of Dermatology, simply means acne lesion. This is created by an excess in sebum (or oil) inside the pore. Common comedones are cocoa butter, coal tar, lanolin, and similar pore-clogging products.
Though non-comedogenic products may not stop acne altogether, they never clog the pores nor induce the production of acne. These products are commonly recommended by dermatologists and other medical professionals for women (and men) who have oily and acne-prone skin.
There are many products in the market which profess to be non-comedogenic, and if you happen to be looking for a foundation that will not worsen your acne or irritate your skin, then you’re luck – I’ve done some research to make your life a little easier! Below are a handful of non-comedogenic foundations that are currently getting raving reviews.
Perfection Lumiere by Chanel
Priced at $55, this foundation by Chanel starts out very matte, yet it settles to a matte-satin finish. If you’re seeking an all-natural and glowing look, then this is the perfect foundation to buy. It is appropriate for both men and women (yes, men can and wear foundation more often than you might guess).
Sales associates tell their clients that Perfection Lumiere is right for those with dry or aging skin. It provides “medium coverage”, which means you can lightly apply and then layer on to achieve full
coverage. No need to worry about caking because this foundation shouldn’t look heavy, nor will it crack.
Now on to its non-comedogenic properties: Perfection Lumiere does not cause clogging or breakouts (unless you have a rare allergy to one of the ingredients). You’ll also forget that you’re wearing foundation once you have applied it because it feels really light. Also, it has a whiff of perfume which fades after just a few minutes. Kinda’ nice.
Some of the basic ingredients in Perfection Lumiere include:
- PEG-10 Dimethicone (a surfactant emollient)
- Alcohol (works as a solvent)
- Sodium chloride
- Stearic acid (an emulsifier)
- Phenoxyethanol (preservative)
- Zinc sulfate (astringent)
- Ulatramarines (pigment)
Pure Luxe Foundation
The first thing that you might notice when you apply Pure Luxe is its coverage. Women that have extremely sensitive or acne-prone skin would will like this formula. Naturally, as this product made my list it works well at reducing breakouts and clogged pores. But it is also really reasonably priced and, best of all, you can choose from a huge variety of shades: creamy natural, buff, suntan, cocoa, the classic ivory, warm cream, autumn, warm honey, caramel, maize, Babyface, fawn beige, and Marlene. You’ve got 12 options!
Pure Luxe also stands out because of its silky, buildable texture. It lasts a lot longer than most mineral foundations and doesn’t oxidize. One negative: it is not as effective in covering bigger blemishes.
Neutrogena Sheers Powder Foundation
This compact powder foundation is the first of its kind. It enhances the skin through its pure mineral contents and creates a naturally radiant and glowing complexion. Neutrogena Sheers Powder Foundation has time-release antioxidants and blendable pressed minerals. Additionally, it has SPF20 and it offers sheer to medium coverage. It is oil-free, fragrance-free and
non-comedogenic so dermatologists like this product.
Everyday Minerals Foundation
This is an organic, all-natural and non-comedogenic foundation which you can test for free. The 100% money back guarantee is an added feature that you can avail in case you just don’t like the product. The size of this foundation will also amaze you, especially if you’re prepared to receive a normal-sized jar – WRONG, this sucker is huge! Finally, it’s one of the few foundations that can be applied to the skin perfectly by the shakiest hand, so it is perfect for both newbies and professionals.
Everyday Minerals foundations come in six skin tone categories, so the selection is decent: warm, golden, cool, beige, buff and olive. It’s a “finely-milled”, so it can help control shine better even
without using finishing powder. You’ll get a pretty flawless look with the least amount of foundation! Visit their site here.
Revlon ColorStay Foundation
Some users of this product complain of a cakey feel, but this can be resolved by mixing the foundation with your own brand of moisturizer. You can then dab the brush that comes with the product into the mixture
and spread it over your face and neck. Build the coverage according to your preference then apply the rest of your mineral makeup.
The packaging may not be that great (you’ll see what I mean if you scope it out), but the product itself is amazing. It provides a lightweight,
matte finish, and since it has the ColorStay formula it can stay on for hours (even up to a day!) without you needing to be retouched. It also has SPF15 and an oil-free formulation.
The next best investment that you can make to your beauty collection is a set of professional brushes or a sponge â?? this is vital for a flawless finish. Don’t ever make the mistake that since you’re using powder as a foundation that you can apply it as you would an ordinary powder. And if you choose the mousse, cream or liquid type, make sure that you apply it with quality sponge.
Also important: choose the most logical shade for your skin. Cool tones have a pink or reddish color and are used to enhance your features. Warmer bases have yellow undertones that are most suitable for women who belong to ethnic groups. Neutral foundations are a mixture of warm and cool bases. This is the type that
will pick up on your skin tone and slowly build on it. Lastly, carefully layer your foundation until you achieve the coverage that suits you. Remember that being flawless does not mean you should have
clogged pores. You can be beautiful without being risky on your foundation choice!
Also see: The Best Non-comedogenic Foundations