If you’re one of the millions of teens or twenty somethings that suffer from acne (like myself), you’ve likely put some effort into investigating different foundations to conceal your pizza face. So what is the best foundation for your acne? What you’ll often find is that the most common answer to this question is to not wear any make up at all! According to most experts, putting on face makeup (most especially those that are oil-based) will surely clog our pores. As you can imagine, plugging your pores leads to more pimples, and the cycle continues. The wrong foundation will just irritate the skin and might even be the primary contributor to your acne.
Avoiding foundation altogether isn’t an easy thing to do, even though it’s recommended by the experts if you’re cursed with a case of zits. If you’re one of those girls who cannot live without using foundation, then a non-comedogenic foundation is highly recommended for you. This type of foundation is manufactured and formulated with the acne sufferers in mind. Unlike any other foundation, this type of foundation does not clog pores and will (should) not cause any breakouts.
What Should You Look For in a Foundation?
When it comes to looking for a foundation, there is one thing that you should first think of: your skin type. With all the many types and brands of foundation out there, it can be really hard to look for one that will best suit the type of skin that you have. This post will serve as a short guide for finding the perfect foundation for ladies with oily and acne prone skin.
The first thing to do when looking for a foundation is to understand the fact that manufacturers label their products in accordance to various skin types: dry, oil, normal and combination. This is why the best thing to do is to spend a few minutes reading the labels before buying a foundation. Manufacturers use water as a base for foundations designed to be used by people with oily skin. If you opt for a foundation especially designed for people with dry skin, you’ll probably be getting more oil… which your skin definitely does not need.
Another thing to take a close look at is the ingredients list. Since your concern is primarily reducing/resolving your oily and acne prone skin, it is best to look for a foundation that works well for reducing the oiliness of your skin. These include foundations with primary ingredients like silica, kaolin clay and serecite. Also, Green tea, Chamomile and petrolatum are great in soothing the inflammation of the skin during breakouts. Ingredients to avoid include dimenthicone and bismuth oxychloride as these have the tendency to clog your pores. Also, alcohol can have the ability to dry out your skin – but not in a good way. Though they can remove oil temporarily, the cumulative effect will be tighter pores and thus more pimples.
What Types of foundations should you use?
There are three types of foundation that will do wonders for your oily skin:
- Mineral foundation. Since mineral foundations are made using natural ingredients, this is considered the best, safest, most breathable and wearable product to use. Foundations like these have the beneficial in that they do not clog pores, can be finely grounded and can absorb excess oil, offer sun protection and are hypoallergenic.
- Liquid foundation. Most liquid foundations contain an ingredient that helps soothe skin inflammation after breakouts. Some of these contain fruit acids that have the ability to exfoliate skin and remove hyper pigmentation caused by the acne breakout. Also, they can provide sheer to full coverage.
- Cream or stick foundation. This type of foundation has great coverage. This can be used to cover up existing breakout.
Which Brands Perform Well For Acne Prone Skin?
As always, this stuff is a bit subjective. We researched a bit on the web, and here are five foundation for acne prone skin that seem to be rated well and came up repeatedly in our analysis:
- Clarins Ever Matte foundation
- Stila Liquid Foundation
- Bobbi Brown Long lasting Foundation with SPF 15
- Rimmel Stay Matte
- Laura Mercier oil-free foundation
Don’t quit too soon!
I encourage you to try some of these brand. And give them a few weeks to see if they really make a difference – not allowing enough time for the skin to heal is a common mistake people make. Ensure you completely switch from your old brand to your new brand, and don’t give up too soon. Happy make up shopping!