The 5 Best Foundations For Acne-Prone Skin


If you struggle with acne-prone skin, foundation can be an intimidating makeup category since it can often clog pores. Luckily, there are quite a few innovative foundation formulas on the market that double as skincare by reducing oil while still smoothing your complexion.

Clinique Acne Solutions Liquid Makeup 

The Clinique Acne Solutions Liquid Makeup is a popular option for those with acne-prone skin because it contains salicylic acid which helps to clear pores of excess oil. It’s also oil-free, fragrance-free, and non-acnegenic, which means it is formulated to be less irritating. Aside from the skin benefits, it also provides the properties of a traditional foundation by blurring imperfections and evening skin tone.

Elf Acne-Fighting Foundation 

If you’re looking for a foundation for acne-prone skin at a lower price point, the Elf Acne-Fighting foundation is a great option. It’s lightweight and infused with ingredients that fight and calm acne including camphor, tea tree, witch hazel, aloe, and salicylic acid. It also works perfectly to simultaneously cover blemishes and reduces redness like a typical foundation.

BareMinerals Blemish Rescue Skin-Clearing Loose Powder Foundation

If you prefer a powder foundation, the BareMinerals Blemish Rescue Skin-Clearing Loose Powder is an ideal acne-fighting option. It contains zinc, sulfur, kaolin clay, and salicylic acid which all work to clear acne alongside calming ingredients like oat protein. It’s noncomedogenic, non-drying and the powder formulation helps to keep your complexion shine-free all day.

Neutrogena Skin Clearing Oil-Free Makeup

Another affordable foundation that works perfectly for acne-prone skin is the Neutrogena Skin Clearing Oil-Free makeup. It contains 0.5% salicylic acid to clear up breakouts alongside aloe vera which works to soothe inflammation. It’s oil-free, lightweight, and allows the skin to breathe, which means it won’t further clog your pores.

Hourglass Immaculate Liquid-To-Powder Foundation

The Hourglass Immaculate Liquid-To-Powder Foundation is a dream innovation for those with acne-prone skin. It’s unique in that it contains kaolinite clay which works to keep oil at bay and your complexion blemish-free. It’s also long-lasting, full coverage and dries to a matte, powder-like finish.

Olivia Di Pede

Olivia Di Pede

Olivia loves all things fashion, beauty, and entertainment. In her free time, she can be found taking yoga classes, reading thriller novels, and styling outfits on Instagram.