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Best Foundation For Acne-Prone And Dry Skin?

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#1 emt813


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Posted 01 November 2012 - 03:20 PM

Hey guys,

I have never been one to wear a lot of makeup. Before I started struggling with acne, I used GloMinerals powder for special occasions. When I started getting acne seven months ago, I was afraid to use makeup because I didn't want to make the issue even worse. My skin is doing somewhat better, I'm still getting a few new blemishes weekly and I have a handful of post-inflammatory hyper-pigmentation spots (that have faded really well after I received Cosmedix's blueberry jessner peel at my derm's office!), but I am still unhappy with my skin and searching for a great foundation that will conceal any spots I have without clogging my pores and making the situation worse. My dermatologist sells Jane Iredale mineral makeup, but a nurse in her office recommended Clinique to me. Most of the makeup that I own (eyeshadows, eyeliners, lipglosses, and a powder bronzer) is Bobbi Brown and I do have a bottle of their tinted moisturizer but it is way too dark for my pale winter skin (that's what I get for having them match my color in May!) and I'm afraid it might not be acne-friendly anyways. A friend warned me that GloMinerals powder clogged her pores and I actually think I need something liquid because, with the weather change and my prescription acne treatments, my skin is pretty dry and flaky! I have read great things about Koh Gen Do foundation, but, unfortunately, I don't have access to a store that sells it and I'm not sure how well I'd be able to match my color if I ordered it online. Let me know what you all think!
Background Information:
Twenty year old female with mild-moderate acne
Started getting breakouts in April/May 2012
Closed comedones on forehead cleared with the help of Differin
Have found great information from acne.org, skinacea.com, and my wonderful derm!

Current Concern:
A handful of post-inflammatory hyper-pigmentation spots along jawline (hoping to resolve these with monthly chemical peels)

Skincare Regimen:
Wash face twice daily with Agera's Salicylic Acid Cleanser
Follow with Neutrogena's Oil-Free Moisture for Sensitive Skin
Apply thin layer of Differin cream to forehead every night
Apply thin layer of Aczone to chin every night
Spot treat any inflamed blemishes with Differin both morning and night

Prescription Medications:
Spironolactone 50 mg every morning
Yaz at night
*Diligent about taking medications at the same times every day

Hygiene Habits:
Make sure hands are clean BEFORE washing face or applying topical treatments
Change pillowcase on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday
Keep hands away from face
Talk on speakerphone when using cell

Eat mostly lean meat, seafood, fruits, vegetables, and nuts with the occasional sweet treat

Gluten and dairy free!

#2 StarryNight07


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Posted 02 November 2012 - 12:09 AM

I really like Almay TLC (Truly Lasting Color) liquid foundation. It gives nice medium coverage and doesn't make my skin dry and flaky. It's also the only makeup that doesn't cause breakouts on me. I've noticed that mineral/powder foundations make my skin so dry and cause extreme flakiness. I've pretty much given up on mineral makeup haha. I like the Almay foundation because it's also affordable and can be found in a lot of stores, such as Wal-Mart and Target. No need to order online or drive to your nearest Sephora. My nearest Sephora is 40 miles away :(

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Posted 03 November 2012 - 08:15 PM

If you don't need a ton of coverage, I love Everyday Minerals. I've had to switch to Makeup Forever recently because my acne became severe due to hormonal changes (I went off birth control) and haven't found any mineral makeup that covers well enough. But as soon as my skin is better I'll be switching back to Everyday Minerals. I love it, and it never broke me out.

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Posted 04 November 2012 - 07:58 PM

Have anyone tried koh gen doh foundation? I ran out og my makeup forever and this was my moms.. Oddly enuf it had a nice coverage..
Started using acne.org regimen on Dec 25 1012

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Posted 07 November 2012 - 05:43 AM

I tried Bare Minerals recently and it literally covered nothing, not even tiny blemishes. It was like I'd put nothing on.

When I'm clear or almost clear I really like Barry M's base in the shade light, because it matches my skin really well. It's pretty much light-medium coverage though, and it doesn't build up very well.

Most of the time I stick with Max Factor's Lasting Performance liquid foundation in fair. I tap it in with my fingers instead of rubbing and I use it as a conealer when the first coat has dried a little bit. It can give any kind of coverage depending on what you want and how you use it and it's a fairly good match for my incredibly pale skin. It doesn't seem to break me out in any areas I'm not already breaking out in unless I leave it on for unnecessary amounts of time.

Edited by Spotthedifference, 07 November 2012 - 05:44 AM.

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Posted 24 November 2012 - 11:49 PM

clinique, bare minerals (unless your skin is very oily), lorac

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Posted 25 November 2012 - 04:05 AM

Palladio dual wet/dry compact foundation. Great coverage, looks natural, good ingedients. JMO.



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Posted 05 January 2013 - 12:33 PM

HI Guys!

Before choosing a makeup (foundation) consider the ingredients! What are you actually putting on your skin? If you have acne, then stear away from products with bismuth oxychloride (found in 95% of mineral makeup). This can irritate the condition. I use UltraPure Cosmetics products because they are free of all the junk found in mainstream lines. The products don't contain bismuth oxychloride), no talc, dyes/lakes, or parabens. The coverage is excellent. I had a friend with moderate rosacea who uses it and I couldn't believe that you couldn't tell that she had the condition). What was even better is that the makeup has healing properties and can reduce inflammation on the skin. UltraPureCosmetics.com

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 07:30 PM

Jane iredale loose powder foundation really helped my skin heal while I was using it, something that clinique never did for me. But the jane iredale powder has a tendency to sit on top of the skin and look cakey in areas with large pores, so it will definitely be noticeable that you are wearing makeup. Right now I use smashbox although I'm aware it's not the best option for my skin
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Posted 18 January 2013 - 02:51 PM

I've been using Signature Minerals (2.3 foundation, kaolin clay, light touch & bisque concealer,and transluscent finishing veil) and it treats my skin very well! http://www.signatureminerals.com/
I've also used Fairie Organic. (Max Coverage (fair) foundation that seems to give me more coverage then the Signature Minerals and although I haven't used the FO as often as the SM neither seem to cause me to break out.
I want to try the Everyday Minerals Carnuba Concealer Quad...it doesn't contain lauroyl lysine (which I've heard can cause acne but I don't know how true that is b/c so far I've managed to avoid products that contain it...although I may try some in the future just to see) but hopefully it doesn't cause me to break out...I'm not sure if carnuba wax is comendogenic or not.

All of the above companies (SM, FO, and EM) have sample kits you can either get for close to free...1cent to $6 (after shipping)...that's the only way to know if they work for you. Good luck on your search!

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Posted 24 January 2013 - 03:23 AM

I really like L'oreal Infallible foundation. It's a medium coverage foundation but feels so light on the skin, that's what I love about it! I have combination skin and I find it to be very moisturising on my dry patches, and I just use a pressed powder on my oiler areas to keep it shine free. I apply it with a flat top foundation brush and just stipple it over the areas that need a bit more coverage such as redness or scars.

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Posted 15 March 2013 - 02:36 AM

Tarte Amazonian Clay line - 110% can't recommend it enough. I am wearing it before & after in my picture. wub.png

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Posted 15 March 2013 - 09:53 PM

Personally, I like and use Revlon Whipped Colorstay, decent coverage, fragrance free, natural finish, a little bit goes a long way.


I heard Almay makes the best make up for acne prone skin...And I've tried using the True Lasting foundation but the color selection is HORRIBLE.

I am pale, but their darkest color is still lighter than my skin tone.

So if your skin tone is very pale, then try looking into Almay.


Most of all, I've tried most drugstore foundations, like Loreal, Rimmel, Almay etc, can't recall all their names, but I tried well over 4 different brands.
And still returned all of them and kept my Revlon


* Though I am very interested in the Amazonian Clay foundation, it sounds really appealing to me. gasp.gif

Edited by Helton, 15 March 2013 - 10:09 PM.

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