20 Best Foundations for Acne-Prone Skin

Whether you’re dealing with a pimple here or there, full-blown acne, or scars from what was a breakout, one thing’s for sure: zits suck. Instead of letting a few pimples ruin your life, follow an acne-fighting skin-care regimen (like the one found here) and use a full-coverage foundation until you get your zit-uation under control.

“Look for formulas that are oil-free and tout water as their first ingredient,” says Joshua Zeichner, M.D., a cosmetic dermatologist in NYC. “Foundations containing dimethicone are also great, since they absorb excess oil, mattify the skin, and minimize the appearance of larger pores.” It’s also good if the foundation has acne-preventing ingredients like salicylic acid, he says.

Here are more than a few foundations (Cosmo-tested and approved!) that offer up life-changing coverage and will take you from hiding out in your room to going out with your girls.


SHOP NOWFenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation, $34, is available in 40 shades from very fair to very deep.


SHOP NOWHuda Beauty #FauxFilter Foundation, $40, is available in 30 shades.


SHOP NOWCoverGirl CG Smoothers AquaSmooth Compact Foundation, $8, is available in 12 shades from light to dark.

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SHOP NOWNARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation, $60, is available in 20 shades.


SHOP NOWLancome Teint Idole Ultra 24H Long Wear Foundation, $47, is available in 40 shades.


SHOP NOWMake Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation, $43, comes in 40 shades, from super-light to ultra deep.


SHOP NOWNeutrogena SkinClearing Oil-Free Makeup Blemish Treatment With Salicylic Acid, $10, comes in 14 shades, from “Ivory” (fair) to “Chestnut” (dark).


SHOP NOWBobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick, $46, comes in 31 shades.


SHOP NOWCover FX Total Cover Cream Foundation, $42, comes in 40 colors.


SHOP NOWRevlon ColorStay Makeup for Combination/Oily Skin, $8, is available in 22 shades from light to dark.


SHOP NOWBareMinerals Original Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 15, $15, is available in 30 shades, from light to dark.


SHOP NOWBoots No. 7 Stay Perfect Foundation SPF 15, $21, is available in 24 shades from light to dark.


SHOP NOWMaybelline New York SuperStay Better Skin Foundation, $9, comes in 16 shades.


SHOP NOWJosie Maran Vibrancy Argan Oil Foundation Fluid, $28, comes in 14 shades.


SHOP NOWClinique Acne Solutions Liquid Makeup, $27, is offered in 16 shades.


SHOP NOWEstée Lauder Double Wear Makeup To Go, $34, comes in 20 shades, from light to dark.

Dr. Zeichner also recommends mineral-based pressed or loose powder foundations. “The larger particle size of the pigment tends not to clog pores the way liquid foundation makeup can,” he says.


SHOP NOWJay Manuel Beauty Powder to Cream Foundation, $38, comes in 12 shades.


SHOP NOW Stila Stay All Day Foundation & Concealer, $44, comes in 16 different shades that suit all skin tones.


SHOP NOWLaura Mercier Smooth Finish Foundation Powder, $48, is available in 20 shades.


SHOP NOWOxygenetix Acne-Control Foundation, $76, is available in 14 shades.

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