When your suffering from acne, the last thing you ever want to do is apply oil slick products on your sensitive skin.
As a former acne sufferer myself, I understand how it feels knowing that there are solutions to hide those unwanted pimples. Still, the fear of worsening the problem hinders you from trying something new. It might be hard to believe this, but there are makeup products specifically designed for women and men who suffer this unfortunate condition. You don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars to get them!
From foundations to powders, I have created a list of 8 amazing makeup products that will leave your skin free of any irritation or soreness. There’s nothing worse than feeling like you can’t wear makeup, especially when you need it most.
Here are 8 affordable makeup products to use for acne-prone skin.
1. ELF Cosmetics Blemish Control Primer
Finding the right primer is essential for all skin types, as it helps to neutralize oils and lock in the foundation.
ELF’s Blemish control primer is perfect for everyday usage without risking the possibility of a sudden breakout. It contains Salicylic acid, Vitamin E, and Tea tree oil, all of which are vital ingredients’ to fighting back against those pesky pimples. While also giving your makeup an all-day lasting ability to remain flawless and well intact.
2. Maybelline Fit-Me Dewy/Matte Foundation
Covering your acne with anything even remotely close to liquid foundation can be an absolute nightmare to even think about. Believe it or not, there are safer formulas for you to use that will hide the shine and fight against those annoying breakouts. Maybelline’s Fit-Me foundation can do just that.
Recommended by dermatologists, this foundation comes in both mattifying and dewy liquid finish. That way, your skin can blend easier, whether you have oily or dry skin. If you have oily type skin, the matte foundation will keep your makeup smooth and shine-free with its clay-included ingredients. For dry skin, the dewy foundation will include more hydrating formulas such as minerals and reduce the amount of powdery textures included.
Diminishing pores and covering up those minor imperfections don’t have to be a chore. Using this carefully formulated foundation is guaranteed to make your makeup life easier and less stressful.
3. Neutrogena Oil Free Acne and Blemish Fighting Liquid
Another acne friendly foundation you should consider is Neutrogena’s oil-free acne and blemish fighting liquid foundation. As presented in the name itself, this unique coverage has dedicated itself to ensuring your breakouts remain unprovoked. With its breathable and natural-looking formula, your sensitive skin will look and feel smooth. Its lightweight coverage will hide those blemishes but will also rid your skin of any excess oils while producing salicylic acid to control your shine. This helps in reducing future breakouts.
4. Maybelline Fit-Me Concealer
Now, what would we do without concealer?
While it might not be for everyone, it certainly is for those looking to blur the look of dark spots, under-eye circles, or perhaps simply add a bit of highlight to their skin. If so, then I would encourage you to invest in some in addition to your makeup kit.
Maybelline’s ever so popular Fit-Me concealer, much like the brands’ foundation, is perfect for acne-prone skin due to its gentle and well-formulated coverage. This liquid concealer banishes all signs of fatigue – making sure your skin remains fresh all throughout the day. It’s also non-comedogenic and fragrance-free for all skin types, which is just an added bonus to this amazing and affordable product!
5. NYX Professional Makeup HD Photogenic Concealer Wand
NYX’s HD Concealer is one of the best makeup drugstore products for a reason! Affordable and very effective, coming in over 23 shades to help cover up those imperfections. Its formula may not solely be used to help fight off your acne. However, this concealer provides hydration and natural coverage without using any harmful or acne inducing ingredients, such as almond oil, algae extract, and acetylated lanolin.
Among the 23 shades produced, three colors are made specifically to target dark spots, redness, bruises, and visible veins – yellow, green, and purple.
6. Elf Cosmetics Matt Setting Powder
Setting your makeup is key to maintaining that flawless look without displaying any shine. This is why Elf Cosmetics’ matt setting powder has come to not only keep everything together but also protect your skin.
With its ultrafine, weightless formula, your skin will be gifted with a soft and mattifying finish to extend your foundation and any underlying concealers.
7. Neutrogena Skin Clearing Mineral Pressing Powder
Using its MicroClear technology to cut through oils and unclogs pores, this carefully pressed powder is specifically designed to treat and help prevent breakouts.
With its smooth and well-defined application, you won’t need to pack on any foundation. This can be an excellent start for makeup lovers who are weary about applying liquid foundation. When applying, make sure you start with the center of your face before blending outward; this way, your evening out the application while pressing the powder into your T-zone.
8. Elf Cosmetics Makeup Mist and Set
Setting spray is an absolute necessity when it comes down to keeping your face and eye makeup well preserved and intact.
Formulated with aloe, green tea, cucumber, and vitamins A, C, and E – Elf’s mist and set will soothe and hydrate your skin while keeping away the acne. You can either apply it on your finishing look with a couple of misty spurts, or use it to spray your brushes and/or sponges to give your skin a little bit of vibrant pigmentation (this specific method is useful for women and men with dry skin).
Luckily, the company has also recently come out with similar setting sprays that are specifically dedicated to neutralizing oily, dry, and combination skin; however, this particular spray is a great setting mist for makeup lovers who are still somewhat uncertain about applying makeup to their sensitive skin.
Nobody should feel the need to hide from makeup. Yes, acne can be a pain to cover up for various reasons, but it certainly should not be impossible!
The beauty community has come a long way to making sure our skin remains flawless and blemish-free, and while it can be a difficult obstacle to overcome for some, it’s important to remember that you’re not alone and that it will all eventually get better. As previously mentioned, makeup is a superb temporary solution to hide your acne problems. However, please remember to take the time and effort to properly care for your skin by using medicated cleansers and moisturizers.
As the saying goes: Beauty hurts, but it is so worth it!