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Our Best Foundations for Acne-Prone Skin

Ah, acne. We thought we had completely broken up with you when we finished high school. But sadly, like a particularly annoying ex-boyfriend, you keep coming around to bother us—even though we’re well into our adult years. According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), 40-50 million people in the United States will experience acne at some point in their lives. The AAD also states that a growing number of women in their 30s, 40s, and 50s, have experienced acne, as well. (And you thought fine lines and wrinkles and dark spots were the only things you had to look forward to as you got older!) Dealing with adult acne? We know how frustrating it is to wake up with a blemish (or a face full of them). Your first instinct is probably to grab a handful of foundation and concealer to mask the spots—but it’s important to pick the right makeup products. Keep reading to find out how to pick the best foundation for acne-prone skin.

We get that when you have zits, you want to cover them up. But you don’t want your makeup clogging your pores, either. Here are our best foundations for acne-prone skin.

L’Oréal Paris Infallible Total Cover Foundation: This weightless, full coverage foundation can be used to camouflage acne, scars, dark spots, and even tattoos. Apply it with a makeup blender, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Foundation Blender, for a seamless finish.

L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Lumi Cushion Foundation: This luminous foundation is buildable, so you can go as light or as heavy as you’d like. Simply press the applicator into the foundation cushion and tap the foundation onto your skin, building to your desired coverage level.

L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Super Blendable Foundation Makeup: This foundation is formulated with Precise Match™ Technology to help you match your skin tone. It’s also free of oils, fragrances, and pore-clogging fillers. Smooth it on with your fingers and blend, blend, blend.

Now that you have the low-down on our best foundations for acne-prone skin, it’s time to talk about what you can do to help reduce the chances of—or at least minimize the appearance of—breakouts. Get yourself in the game by outlining a skin care routine that’s easy to follow every day. Ready to take a step in the right direction towards clearer-looking skin? Start by following these tips.

1. Upgrade your cleansing routine. Consider adding a facial cleanser that is formulated with an acne-fighting ingredient like salicylic acid, which can help to remove dead skin cells from the skin’s surface, to your daily skin care routine.

2. Don’t skip the moisturizer. Oftentimes, you might think that moisturizer will only add to your skin issues if you have oily-looking or acne-prone skin. This isn’t necessarily true. When you wash your face and don’t moisturize after, your skin responds by producing more oil to make up for what’s lost during the cleansing process—and this can contribute to your oily-looking or acne-prone skin. You definitely don’t want to risk dehydrating your skin, and you can help reduce the appearance of excess oil by moisturizing after cleansing. When you’re searching for a moisturizer, look for one with an oil-free, lightweight formula.

3. Don’t forget about primer. When you have acne-prone skin, one of the best makeup products you can use is primer. Before applying foundation, smooth a mattifying primer, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Matte Lock Makeup Primer, all over your face. Primer can help smooth out the look of your skin and blur the appearance of imperfections, such as blemishes.

4. Blot, blot, blot. Ever seen girls in the bathroom, patting little, colored sheets against their skin and wondering what in the world they were doing? Nope, they’re not wiping away tears. They’re blotting excess oil from the surface of their skin to help maintain a flawlessly matte look! Blotting papers can come in handy during moments when you can’t fully wash your face since they help remove the appearance of excess oil and shine.


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