In A Guide to Makeup for Acne: Part 1, I talked about the two different categories of makeup for acne prone skin and the characteristics of medicated acne makeup.  In Part 2, I discuss the second category, non-medicated makeup that is safe for acne prone skin.

Non-Medicated Makeup
Makeup for acne that does not contain specific acne treatment ingredients are considered safe for acne if they have the following qualities:

  • Oil-free
  • Non-comedogenic
  • Fragrance-free
  • Hypoallergenic

It is always safer to choose an oil-free product since it is difficult to figure out from ingredient labels what is an oil or not, considering all the chemical compounds in the lists.

Non-comedogenic means that the makeup does not contain any ingredients that clog pores.  This does not necessarily mean that you will not break out from it, since everyone’s skin reacts differently and there may be other ingredients in that makeup which irritate your acne.

Choosing a fragrance-free and hypoallergenic makeup is important if you have any sensitivities to fragrances or have allergies of any type.  Acne prone skin is often more sensitive and you need to avoid anything that will irritate it further.

Some of my favorite makeup that is safe for acne prone skin include bareMinerals Multi-Tasking Face Concealer, bareMinerals Foundation, and bareMinerals SPF 25 Mineral Veil.  Obviously, I am a big bareMinerals fan, though I use other products as well for which I will continue to provide product reviews.  You can keep track of them in the Product Reviews menu at the top of each page, or by using the Makeup for Acne category link under Categories in the sidebar.

In choosing which type of acne makeup to use, determine your own skin type and what it needs.  If you have oily skin, you may do well with medicated makeup for acne.  If you have dry or combination skin, you should stay away from these products since they can be drying.  Finally, if you are already using a topical acne medication you should be wary of using medicated acne makeup since it can cause irritation, dryness and flaking.

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