Acne Medicine and Makeup: Best Two in -One Products

It’s difficult to combine acne medicine and makeup into one product without overdrying your skin. In fact, you have to be extremely careful not to add too much acne treatment medicine with a makeup that already has some in it. However, there are a few products that have gotten great reviews from users. They work best on people with mild acne and/or very oily skin. Here’s a round-up of the best ones in my own order of preference:

Clinique Acne Solutions Liquid Foundation: This foundation for acne prone skin is particularly good for those with oily skin. It provides moderate coverage and a matte finish. You will still have to carry around some blotting powder or papers, but it does help with mild acne. It also has some colors for very fair skin.

Bare Minerals Rare Minerals Blemish Therapy: This is described as a treatment, but it actually provides some coverage as well. It contains Bare Escentuals rare minerals, so it doesn’t interact with any other acne medicine you are using. I like the fact that I can put some on at night and it reduces the redness of any pimples I put it on.

Murad Acne Treatment Concealer: This will only help with very small blemishes, but gives decent coverage. Since it also contains salicylic acid, be careful about combining it with your current treatment, if you use one. It comes in the perfect size for carrying around in your purse.

Cover FX Acne Treat and Conceal Kit: This kit contains travel size versions of a full line of Cover FX acne products. People mostly love the primer, which has the acne medicine in it. Otherwise, this is best for people with very oily skin since it can be chalky looking. Also, you have to get lucky with the colors since they are very limited. However, it’s a terrific value.

Philosophy’s On a Clear Day Acne Clarifying Primer: A primer that contains salicylic acid for treatment, Philosphy’s primer is more for preventing breakouts and smoothing over anything you already have. Helps makeup go on more smoothly.

Neutrogena Skin Clearing Liquid Foundation: Your only real drugstore cosmetic option, Neutrogena’s foundation doesn’t provide much coverage but can be good for people with very mild acne. You can’t beat the price.

Have any other acne makeup products with medicine in them that you love? Let all of us know!

What Makeup is Good for Oily Acne Skin?

One of the most common questions I get asked has to do with what makeup is good for oily acne skin. This is probably because oily skin is the most prone to acne.  Teens, in particular, tend to have oily skin due to the hormonal changes they are dealing with during puberty.

The most important thing to look for in a makeup for oily skin is staying power. Most foundations and concealers seem to melt off as the day goes on, leaving all those blemishes out there for the world to see. The trick is to find a foundation and concealer that are relatively long lasting, then combine them with a good primer, such as Tarte’s Clean Slate, and a setting powder. The final, essential item is a good blotting powder or blotting sheets to carry with you throughout the day.

bareMinerals MATTE SPF 15 FoundationMineral makeup is one great solution for oily skin since it doesn’t have most of the additives that liquids and creams have. My favorite mineral makeup brand for skin that is oily and acne prone is Bare Mineral Matte foundation. It doesn’t have the irritating and shimmery bismuth oxychloride of other formulations, and it helps absorb oil during the day. You will need to use the bareMineral multi-tasking concealer before and after applying the foundation if you have a lot of acne to cover. Finish everything off with some of their Mineral Veil.

Make Up Forever Foundation for Oily SkinAs a liquid foundation for oily acne skin, the overwhelming consensus among reviewers is Make Up Forever Mat Velvet + Matifying Foundation. It gives full coverage, controls shine, is both oil free and water resistant, and has a wide range of colors. Sound too good to be true? Well, I haven’t tried it myself yet, but it received an average 4 1/2 star out of 5 star rating from over 2,000 user reviews. It is definitely at the top of my list of foundations to try once the summer and hot weather comes around.

If you like a creamy foundation and have a lot of difficulty concealing redness and acne on your oily skin, consider Cover FX makeup as your ultimate concealer and long lasting makeup. Cover FX has a cult following of its own, since it has the widest range of skin tone shades I’ve ever seen. If you can’t find a shade to match your skin from this makeup line, you never will. Their Cover FX Total Coverage Cream Foundation tops the charts with its reviews and there is a great starter kit. It does have sunscreen in it, so if you are sensitive to chemical sunscreen this product is not right for you. However, it also contains calming ingredients to combat redness.

The Big Cover Up 3 Step Essentials Kit (5 piece)Cover FX has their own line of setting powders to go with your foundation that will make it last all day. You can get a complete kit, The Big Cover Up 3 Step Essentials Kit (5 piece), to get you started with the whole shebang. The main thing to remember with this foundation is that you must use a primer with it. Otherwise it will be difficult to blend since it is so thick. With such a great range of colors, you could just use it as a concealer on its own.

As a quick recap, here are the top makeup foundations for oily acne skin, based on our own tests and hundreds and hundreds of user reviews:

Mineral Makeup: Bare Escentuals Bare Minerals MATTE SPF 15 Foundation

Liquid Foundation: Make Up Forever Mat Velvet + Matifying Foundation

Cream Foundation: Cover FX The Big Cover Up 3 Step Essentials Kit (5 pieces)

MAC Blotting Powder for Oil Control

MAC Blot Powder for Oily Skin

Don’t forget to use a primer to protect your skin and to allow the makeup to go on smoothly and last all day. For extra coverage, you can use the concealers that go with each brand, or mix and match. Just remember that you can’t mix a powdery mineral makeup with a creamy concealer. The result would be a cakey mess.

P.S. I almost forgot the best part! Carry blotting sheets with you during the day to absorb excess oil. Or try the MAC Blot Powder, which we recently reviewed and fell in love with.


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Makeup for Rosacea: How to Cover Rosacea

woman with rosaceaPeople with rosacea often confuse it with acne due the redness associated with it.  Any blemishes you have may be more related to your rosacea than acne.  While there are a number of treatments for rosacea, your dermatologist can give you a topical treatment to help heal or control it. In this article, I will focus primarily on how to use makeup for rosacea in order to conceal it.

As with normal acne, you need to use a concealer to neutralize the redness associated with your rosacea.  Green is the most common color used, though some people will react better to a yellowish concealer.  Skin that is more fair may look too greenish when a green concealer is used.   If you have to use a lot of foundation over the green concealer, it defeats the purpose and you will have to layer on too much makeup.  Use a yellow concealer in this case and experiment with the amount needed.

As with acne, many people prefer using mineral makeup for covering rosacea.  The fact that mineral makeup has fewer ingredients and chemicals  means that there are less things to irritate your skin.  Use a greenish or yellowish powder first and then your foundation powder afterwards.

I have also found that a tattoo concealer, like Kat Von D Tattoo Concealer, can help cover very small areas of rosacea or acne scars.  Just be careful not to use too much since it is very creamy. 
Cover FX
makes a heavier concealer and foundation that you can match precisely to your skin tone and set with powder.  It lasts a long time and is more waterproof than other foundations.

Try to use products that have as few chemicals as possible to prevent irritation to your skin and aggravation of your rosacea.  In addition, use very gentle makeup removers at the end of the day.  I like Boscia’s Makeup Breakup Cleansing Oil, or the Soy Cleanser by Fresh.  After cleansing, apply your rosacea treatment, or just a very gentle moisturizer.  Be careful of using any acne treatments in the areas where you have rosacea since they can just make it worse.

If you havent’ done so already, go to a dermatologist to get your rosacea diagnosed properly.  He or she will be able to tell you whether it is rosacea or acne and will give you the correct treatment to try.  Unfortunately, rosacea can actually be harder to treat, and to conceal, than acne.  Most people grow out of acne eventually, whereas rosacea can be a lifelong condition.

Below are a two great products for skin with rosacea from DERMAdoctor.  I’ve used the Calm, Cool and Corrected myself and it does an amazing job of calming any redness.  Check them out and just make sure you test anything on a small patch of skin first.

I have also heard that Afterglow Cosmetics are fantastic for sensitive skin.

Any suggestions for other rosacea makeup?  What has worked best for you?  Let me know by commenting below.

– Sharyn

PS – Here’s a link to a green mineral makeup concealer by Beau Monde.  It got 4 stars at Amazon and is one of the only green mineral powder concealers I’ve been able to find.  I haven’t tried it, but it meets all the criteria.