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The BEST Foundations For Acne Prone Skin 2023

Updated: Sep 13, 2023

Choosing the best foundation for acne-prone skin in 2023 can be challenging, as you want a product that provides coverage while also being non-comedogenic (won't clog pores) and suitable for your skin type; acne prone, oily, sensitive, dry or dehydrated skin. Many makeup products are packed with pore clogging, fragrant and irritating ingredients such as dyes and chemicals that can harm your skin.

Best makeup 2023

Here is what to look for to find the BEST makeup for your skin:

  1. Non-Comedogenic: Look for foundations labeled as "non-comedogenic." These products are formulated to minimize the risk of clogging your pores and causing breakouts. Download our FREE Debunk Dictionary on to find safe non-pore clogging makeup products best suited for acne prone skin.

  2. Oil-Free: Oil-free or water-based foundations is the way to go to avoid adding excess oil to your skin. Oil-free foundations will also to help control shine throughout the day.

  3. Matte Finish: Foundations with a matte finish can help absorb excess oil and give your skin a smoother and even appearance. Avoid foundations with a dewy or luminous finish, as these can make your skin look greasy.

  4. Full Coverage: If you have severe acne or blemishes to conceal, consider a full-coverage foundation. However, you want to ensure it's breathable for your skin.

  5. Mineral Foundations: Mineral foundations often contain natural ingredients like zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, which can have soothing properties and also provide sun protection.

  6. Hypoallergenic: Look for foundations labeled as "hypoallergenic." These are formulated to minimize the risk of triggering allergic reactions.

  7. Fragrance + Paraben Free : Fragrances and parabens can be extremely irritating to the skin. Parabens can disrupt hormones in the body and possibly lead to hormonal acne. Choosing a fragrance + paraben free foundation can help prevent further irritation.

  8. Test Before Purchase: Whenever possible, get a sample or tester of the foundation you're interested in and test it on a small patch of skin to see if it causes any irritations or sensitivities.

Here are 3 acne SAFE foundations your skin will love FREE of pore clogging ingredients, fragrance and parabens.

  • Dermablend Flawless Creator Liquid Foundation Drops: This is a foundation that provides INSTANT full coverage foundation specifically designed for acne-prone skin with its water, oil-free and non-comedogenic formulation.

Best foundation for acne 2023
Dermablend Foundation

  • Christian Dior Backstage Face and Body Foundation: Medium coverage foundation that provides hydration and resists heat/humidity for a luminous makeup look.

Best foundation for acne 2023
Dior Foundation

  • Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Longwear Foundation: Provides the skin with a natural full coverage matte finish with many different shades. Blurs out pores and imperfections on the skin. This foundation is sweat proof, humidity proof, waterproof and transfer resistant.

Best foundation for acne 2023
Charlotte Tilbury Foundation

Remember to start with clean and moisturized skin before applying foundation, and consider using a primer designed for acne-prone skin to create a smooth base. Always make sure to stick to the 8 HOUR RULE: remove your makeup thoroughly within 8 hours of application to prevent further breakouts. Makeup is great BUT great skin is better.

Are your current skincare products helping you achieve foundation FREE skin? Non-pore clogging products are important for all skin types and all ages. Clogged pores lead to acne, milia (white bumps underneath the skin), dull skin, and a barrier that doesn’t allow healthy ingredients to reach the deep layers of the skin.

Ask yourself this...? Do your skincare products contain pore clogging ingredients? Do your skincare products contain fragrance? Do your skincare products contain parabens? If the answer is YES... let a Starlight skincare expert analyze your products for you, free of charge within 24 hours!

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