The Best Acne Makeup

At Makeup for Acne, we are always searching for the best acne makeup.  Finding makeup that is safe for acne prone skin involves much more than just reading the label for ingredients.  Everyone’s skin reacts differently to specific ingredients and it is important to know this before blindly applying the latest product that everyone is raving about.  Know your own skin and what makes you break out.  Keep track of what is in a product that you have reacted to in the past.  Look for makeup and acne skin care products that have as few ingredients as possible.  And, most important of all, make sure you try out a new product on a small part of your face or neck to see what your reaction will be before putting it on your whole face.

A few of my favorite products:


Tarte Clean Slate Natural Face Primer

Clean Slate Natural Face Primer


Benefit Hello Flawless Custom Cover-Up with SPF 15

Hello Flawless Custom Cover-Up with SPF 15

Tarte Cosmetics Smooth Operator SPF 20 Foundation
Smooth Operator SPF 20 Foundation (1.7 fl oz.)


bareMinerals MATTE SPF 15 Foundation

bareMinerals MATTE SPF 15 Foundation Fair


bareMinerals Mineral Veil SPF 25

bareMinerals Mineral Veil SPF 25


Tarte The Eraser 4-in-1 Natural Concealer

The Eraser 4-in-1 Natural Concealer


Kinerase Clear Skin Moisture Light

Kinerase Clear Skin Moisture Light

Some of the products I list are not necessarily designed or marketed for acne prone skin, but I’ve had great results with them.  In fact, many makeup products that are made specifically for acne can aggravate your skin further if you are already using an acne treatment.  Ingredients like salicylic acid, often added to acne makeup, can overdry your skin if you have already applied something like benzoyl peroxide. Consider your own skin’s sensitivity and how dry or oily it is before selecting a product.

Have fun trying out different makeup!

-Sharyn

P.S. I often go to the sites advertised on the right to explore reviews on different products. Don’t just listen to sales associates in cosmetic stores. They are often just promoting the latest makeup they’ve been trained on. Use the websites online to get real user reviews. You can always return something if it doesn’t work out for you.

Tinted Moisturizer by Stila

Stila Sheer Color Tinted Moisturizer

I love Stila makeup and this tinted moisturizer I received as part of a kit. It provides just a little color for my pale skin without making it break out. It is best for combination or dry skin. If you are oily, stick with the Laura Mercier oil-free one.

Tinted Moisturizer by Laura Mercier

When my skin in relatively clear or I want to wear something light, especially in the summer, I use a tinted moisturizer with a little concealer.  Here is one I can recommend highly.

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Dry Skin Acne Moisturizer

Best Acne Moisturizers:

As I mentioned in my review of Best Acne Lotions, there are several different types of acne lotions and acne moisturizers and it is difficult to determine which one is best for your skin type. A moisturizer safe for acne prone skin and one that will help dry skin with acne is particularly difficult to find.  I discovered Clinique’s Moisture Surge a few years ago when my skin started getting a little dry in places and have used it ever since.

Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief

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Best Acne Lotions

In a recent article I wrote for ezineArticles, I talked about how to choose an acne lotion or acne moisturizer.  In the next few articles, I will share with you my favorite products in these categories, as well as tinted moisturizers safe for acne prone skin and a product for mature skin with acne that I rely on.

Acne Lotions:

Kinerase Clear Skin Moisture Light

Kinerase Clear Skin Moisture Light

Kinerase is a brand that is well-known and popular with top skin care salons and cosmetologists.  It is especially good for sensitive and oily skin with acne.  It provides light-weight moisture without clogging pores and while controlling shine. I like the fact that it helps reduce oil production as well and is calming so my skin doesn’t get irritated.

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