8 fantastic foundations for acne-prone skin
Let your skin breathe without skimping on coverage
Other than being downright frustrating, adult acne poses quite a bit of a conundrum. I know, I suffer from it. On the one hand, I want to cover it up to the point of being invisible, on the other hand, I want to let my skin breathe and heal. We’ve found the best foundations for acne-prone skin that achieve both. Tried and tested by yours truly and the rest of the ELLE beauty team.
Oxygenetix was created by doctors in LA as a ‘post-procedure’ coverage product — meaning it’s so healing and calming it they give it to patients post chemical peels, lasers, injectables, you name it. If there was ever something worth calling your ‘US-based’ cousin for, this is it. We’re also huge fans of Charlotte Tilbury‘s genius foundation, which is hard to beat in the mattifying department. It also reduces the appearance of pores and conceals any less-than-ideal spots.
For days when you don’t want heavy coverage, try the Normaderm BB clear from Vichy. Its highly concentrated salicylic acid content controls shine for (almost) the whole day, which means you won’t be running to the bathroom for touch-ups between work and your dinner date. And if you’re a fan of mineral-based male-up, look no further than Blemish remedy foundation from BareMinerals, which also contains tea tree oil to prevent further breakouts.
8 best foundations for your skin:
Oxygenetix was created by doctors in LA as a 'post-procedure' coverage product – meaning it's so healing and calming it they give it to patients post chemical peels, lasers, injectables, you name it. So just imagine how great it is for just day-to–day sensitive and blemish-prone skin that needs extra care. A true game-changer.
Designed to last all day no matter how oily your skin is, Charlotte Tilbury's genius foundation stays matte whilst reducing the appearance of pores and concealing any less than ideal spots.
This Clinique foundation contains ingredients that neutralise the appearance of redness, as well as keep oily skin in check. It's really light in texture, but gives decent medium coverage and lasts for hours, so you won't have to reapply throughout the day.
This Chantecaille foundation is formulated with with a soothing mix of Chamomile, Aloe and Arnica, this oil-free foundation is ideal for acne-prone skin that's also sensitive.
This Cover FX's foundation provides impressive coverage. A thin layer is enough to camouflage most blemishes and because it's easily blended, you can add an extra layer to intensify coverage. This is my go-to for nights out. The only down side is that it's not super moisturising, so if you have really dry skin, this formula might not work for you.
This Vichy product is what I use on days I don't want heavy coverage. It's hydrating and feels really light on your skin and its highly concentrated salicylic acid content controls shine for (almost) the whole day.
Unlike water based products, mineral powders don't harbour bacteria, making it more beneficial for your skin. This BareMinerals foundation gives impressive coverage and contains tea tree oil to prevent further breakouts. Clever.
True to it's name, this Hourglass product goes on like a liquid but sets like a powder. It's thin in texture, but rich in pigment, so it's buildable from sheer to full coverage. It also controls shine without ending up looking cakey and won't slip throughout the day.
From: ELLE UK