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Liquid Or Mineral Powder Foundation To Best Hide Breakouts And *real* Scars?

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I want to minimize the appearance of acne and acne scars (as in real scars, not hyperpigmentation).

Recently, I read that that mineral makeup can make flaws more obvious, rather than hide them; if true, that would be at odds with my intended purpose. Should I be looking for an oil-free liquid makeup instead?

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PI

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I've tried both mineral and liquid foundation...I have a lot of scars and enough acne to need a lot of makeup. Honestly, there are pros and cons to both types of makeup. Mineral is better for your skin and won't clog your pores, but if you have oily skin, it really accentuates the shine. If I put mineral makeup on in the morning my face looks super shiny and kinda gross in only 2 hours. Liquid makeup doesn't do that for me...I can go a whole day and my face still looks pretty well covered and has a matte look.

But, for covering up flaws, I would say mineral and liquid are equal. I really like the feel of mineral on my skin, and it does a nice job covering up scars and red areas. Honestly though, liquid makeup does the same! It just clogs my pores more, which isn't cool!

If you have oily skin, go with liquid makeup and a good matte powder. If you have dry skin, go with the mineral makeup. I use liquid foundation (Almay 16 hr.) and a matte powder (MaryKay) and I love them both.

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Mineral is better for your skin and won't clog your pores, but if you have oily skin, it really accentuates the shine. If I put mineral makeup on in the morning my face looks super shiny and kinda gross in only 2 hours. Liquid makeup doesn't do that for me...I can go a whole day and my face still looks pretty well covered and has a matte look.

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I do wear liquid foundation every day, unless I"m just laying around at home of course! Usually I only put the foundation on once. Sometimes I will put on some more powder to get that matte look again. I heard that Estee Lauder has a great matte foundation, and I actually might get some of that and try it. It's expensive, but worth it to me. I'll let you know if it works! No, liquid foundation doesn't make me break out, but I do have clearer skin when I don't wear makeup. For me though, I have so many scars, I need to wear makeup or I just don't like going out in public. Haha.

If you have oily skin then, don't waste your money on mineral makeup. It will wear off super fast.

Are you moisturizing? I find that when I wash my face in the morning, and don't apply moisturizer, my makeup stays on longer. Moisturizing is good for your face, but, it also adds that shine that accentuates the oiliness of makeup. Maybe try not moisturizing? Facewashes that have sulfur in them are excellent for drying up oils....that's what I use and I love it.

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I heard that Estee Lauder has a great matte foundation, and I actually might get some of that and try it. It's expensive, but worth it to me. I'll let you know if it works!

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I don't have indentations, just lots of surface scars. Any idea on how to get rid of those? I have a couple that are really bad from some cystic acne I had, and they won't fade!

I use that exact Neutrogena moisturizer, and I do love it. It still makes my face more oily, but with my combination skin, that's bound to happen regardless.

I will let you know what I think of the Estee Lauder! I haven't bought it yet.....waiting for my paycheck :P

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Any shimmer effect would highlight scars. If you go for mineral foundation, choose one with a matte finish.


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[ Story: Severe Acne since I was 10. 10+ years of Dermatologists, Antibiotics, topicals and ACCUTANE did nothing. Discovered oranges triggered the worst of my cystic acne = about 70% improvement. Tried some nutrient supplements like B-complex with zinc and C, saw palmetto and a BHA like the aspirin mask = more improvement, a lot less oily. Then, Diet changes = Clear.

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I don't have indentations, just lots of surface scars. Any idea on how to get rid of those? I have a couple that are really bad from some cystic acne I had, and they won't fade!

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Any shimmer effect would highlight scars. If you go for mineral foundation, choose one with a matte finish.

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I find it's best to use a liquid with a thin consistency. It won't add texture (good foundation will smooth textural issues) and there are some good ones out there now that don't clog your pores as much. I also find really matte foundation adds texture and clogs pores easier. I stick with dewy finishes and blot the oil with rice paper or napkins. And I don't use primers cause the always break me out and make me oiler and I think the makeup breaks down faster too. When I want matte, I use Mineral Veil powder, but it doesn't stay matte very long. Lol

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I find it's best to use a liquid with a thin consistency. It won't add texture (good foundation will smooth textural issues) and there are some good ones out there now that don't clog your pores as much. I also find really matte foundation adds texture and clogs pores easier. I stick with dewy finishes and blot the oil with rice paper or napkins. And I don't use primers cause the always break me out and make me oiler and I think the makeup breaks down faster too. When I want matte, I use Mineral Veil powder, but it doesn't stay matte very long. Lol

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