#1 Foundations For Acne-Prone Skin

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Just thought Id post a topic where people can post their foundation recommendations as I see a lot of people asking about good foundations on here so I thought if there was a topic where people could recommend and discuss it would make it super easy!

Also I think finding a good foundation is SO difficult and whenever I feel like trying something new I can never find any good recommendations for people with acne-prone skin anywhere. So here are my recommendations:

Estee Lauder Double Wear- This is what I would call my "holy grail" foundation. I know it will stand the test in all situations, nights out, hot weather anything. The coverage is amazing all my pigmentation is covered and skin tone looks even. I would highly recommend this foundation for anyone with red marks from acne. Its pretty expensive but I feel its worth it as it gives me confidence in my appearance.

Makeup Forever Mat Velvet+- Another one of my favorite foundations. I wouldnt say it is as full coverage or long lasting as the double wear but it is more natural looking. I prefer this for during the day then my double wear at night. It keeps shine at bay but I would recommend setting it with a powder just to be sure.

Both are described as non-comedogenic and non-acnegenic. Neither have broken me out (I think).

Im excited to see other peoples recommendations.

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Currently Using: First Aid Beauty Deep Cleanser, First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Liquid Recovery, Paulas Choice 2.5% BP, Olay Sensitive Beauty Fluid.

Extras: Paulas Choice 10% AHA & Paulas Choice 2% BHA.

Failed: Duac, Differin, Bactrim, Tetracycline, Doxycycline.

Acne status: Clear on chin and forehead except for pigmentation. Working on closed comedones around nose, top lip, upper cheeks and overall skin texture.


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Nice topic! I can recommend revlon color stay for oily skin. Good coverage! also clinic acne solutions is OK... and I love everyday minerals products.

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Ditto to Double Wear. AMAZING foundation. Heavy coverage, yes, but it doesn't budge. If Lauder discontinues it, I would probably fly to their offices to protest in person.

Almay Truly Lasting Color 16 Hour is a close second.

I've tried 'em all, and these two work best for my skin.


My regimen:

Completed a round of Amnesteem (my second in 25 years), 40mg per day for five months, on November 23, 2014

Mornings:

CeraVe Foaming Cleanser Normal to Oily Skin

Paula's Choice Skin Balancing Toner, Oily/Combination Skin (no alcohol, tons of antioxidants)

Paula's Choice 2% BHA toner

Paula's Choice Skin Balancing Super Antioxidant Serum

If not wearing make up, then apply a thin layer of Paula's Choice 5% BP lotion

CeraVe AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion 30 SPF for Normal to Dry Skin

Evenings:

CeraVe Foaming Cleanser Normal to Oily Skin

Paula's Choice Skin Balancing Toner, Oily/Combination Skin (no alcohol, tons of antioxidants)

CeraVe PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion for Normal to Dry Skin

Thin layer of Tazorac

Make-Up (on the days I have to wear it for business, etc.):

Estee Lauder Double Wear or Almay TLC 16 hour foundation


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Double wear light for me, still great coverage and oil control and I love the squeezy bottle too. I find double wear too heavy for me and a bit cakey on my skin, but my skin is now a bit more on the dry side since being on the pill for a year.


Current Routine

AM:

Cleanse: Merumaya cleansing balm, removed with damp hands and a cotton wipe. Followed by la Roche Posse La Toleraine cleaner followed again by rinsing with damp hands, patting my face and a cotton wipe
Tone: Pixi glow tonic, simply apply some to the palm of my hands and pat on my face

Moisturise: Aveene rich, or light moisturising lotion (oil free) spf 20

Topicals: Vitage protect and perfect serum, after I moisturise now that it's coming into fall and winter

PM

Same as morning but occasionally will thrown in a priori aha cleanser and use Differin after I moisturise a few nights a week

Bliss aha mask once a week/every two weeks followed by Nuxe crème fraiche moisturising mask

Oral medication: Cilest BCP

Supplements: No current supplements

Current make up: Various foundations depending on my mood, Estee lauder double wear light, Vichy Dermablend, Charlotte Tilbury and Skin 79 BB cream, NARS creamy concealer or Naked concealer, Dollish CC cream for days when I don't want to wear foundation and Jane Iredale mineral powder to finish. For some colour I use tea to tan By Terry, it's water base tint to give me some colour and various cream and powder blushes (love my blushes) currently loving Orgasm by Nars for a pop of colour on my cheeks and Vita Liberata mineral tan is amazing for the summer

Tools: Sigma F80 Kabuki for foundation or Real Techniques beauty blender and pretty much every other real techniques bruses for the rest of my make up


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Double wear light for me, still great coverage and oil control and I love the squeezy bottle too. I find double wear too heavy for me and a bit cakey on my skin, but my skin is now a bit more on the dry side since being on the pill for a year.

Ive been interested in double wear light, I tried a sample but I couldnt apply it properly it stuck to all my dry patches awfully and looked cakey. How do you apply it?


Currently Using: First Aid Beauty Deep Cleanser, First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Liquid Recovery, Paulas Choice 2.5% BP, Olay Sensitive Beauty Fluid.

Extras: Paulas Choice 10% AHA & Paulas Choice 2% BHA.

Failed: Duac, Differin, Bactrim, Tetracycline, Doxycycline.

Acne status: Clear on chin and forehead except for pigmentation. Working on closed comedones around nose, top lip, upper cheeks and overall skin texture.


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I know what you mean, I need to moisturise really well and I get the best application with a damp beauty blender, I use the real techniques one, I find it helps blend a lot better and gives a really nice finish.


Current Routine

AM:

Cleanse: Merumaya cleansing balm, removed with damp hands and a cotton wipe. Followed by la Roche Posse La Toleraine cleaner followed again by rinsing with damp hands, patting my face and a cotton wipe
Tone: Pixi glow tonic, simply apply some to the palm of my hands and pat on my face

Moisturise: Aveene rich, or light moisturising lotion (oil free) spf 20

Topicals: Vitage protect and perfect serum, after I moisturise now that it's coming into fall and winter

PM

Same as morning but occasionally will thrown in a priori aha cleanser and use Differin after I moisturise a few nights a week

Bliss aha mask once a week/every two weeks followed by Nuxe crème fraiche moisturising mask

Oral medication: Cilest BCP

Supplements: No current supplements

Current make up: Various foundations depending on my mood, Estee lauder double wear light, Vichy Dermablend, Charlotte Tilbury and Skin 79 BB cream, NARS creamy concealer or Naked concealer, Dollish CC cream for days when I don't want to wear foundation and Jane Iredale mineral powder to finish. For some colour I use tea to tan By Terry, it's water base tint to give me some colour and various cream and powder blushes (love my blushes) currently loving Orgasm by Nars for a pop of colour on my cheeks and Vita Liberata mineral tan is amazing for the summer

Tools: Sigma F80 Kabuki for foundation or Real Techniques beauty blender and pretty much every other real techniques bruses for the rest of my make up


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Ah okay I see I tried to use a stippling foundation brush and I just couldnt get the foundation on my face I have the real techniques beauty blender dupe so I might get a new sample and give it a try with that thanks!

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Currently Using: First Aid Beauty Deep Cleanser, First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Liquid Recovery, Paulas Choice 2.5% BP, Olay Sensitive Beauty Fluid.

Extras: Paulas Choice 10% AHA & Paulas Choice 2% BHA.

Failed: Duac, Differin, Bactrim, Tetracycline, Doxycycline.

Acne status: Clear on chin and forehead except for pigmentation. Working on closed comedones around nose, top lip, upper cheeks and overall skin texture.


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Make Up For Ever's Mat Velvet + really is amazing (as long as you moisturize beforehand, since it can emphasize flaky spots). My freckles show through, so it's definitely more of a natural, medium coverage foundation. I've had people thinking I wasn't wearing any makeup. My skin is incredibly sensitive, and I've experienced exactly zero breakouts from this product.

It's not foundation, but I highly recommend NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer for hiding post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, especially if you're an über-pale girl like me.

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It's pricey, but when I wear foundation I use Lacome's Teint Miracle. It has SPF in it, and it gives me that "lit from within" look without making my skin appear greasy - in fact, it's quite matte. It builds very well, and it does not break me out in the slightest. It also has pretty great staying power for oily skin and doesn't cake on dry flaky skin (I know because I used it before I started accutane when my skin was very oily, and while on accutane when my skin was a dry flakey mess). The only con is the price. It's definitely pricey. My bottle lasts about 3-4 months if I use it everyday, and much longer if I use it only occasionally.

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My Accutane log (with pictures): Holy Isotretinoin Batman It's another Accutane Log!

26 y/o female- approx. 54kg

Absorica -40 mg, 1 daily, December 26, 2013 - February, 25, 2014

Absorica - 60 mg, 1 daily. February 26, 2014 - July 6th 

Probiotic - 1 daily

Fish oil supplement w/ vit D - 1 daily

 

Morning:

Cetaphil cleanser

Food Grade Rose water - Toner

La Roche Posay Mineral Water Spray

Vichy 50+ Capital Soleil Cream for Sensitive Skin

 

Night:

Cetaphil Cleanser

Food grade Rose Water - Toner

Ziana (tretinoin/clinda combo) August, 2014 - Current

La Roche Posay Mineral Water Spray

Aveeno Positively Radiant intensive night cream

Cerave Facial Moisturizing Lotion- PM

Avene Cicalfate (as needed)


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Bare minerals!!! It's non comedogic, healthier alternative, has SPF, and is more natural looking. I moisturize with cetaphil, the light weight kind and let it absorb. I then apply Prime time by Bare Minerals and let it dry for 30 secs. I mix two foundations to get my perfect shade and apply it with thier concealer brush. Don't use their other brushes though because their brushes tend to have a scratchy feeling on your skin. Their concealer brush is synthetic and soft to the touch so that one is okay. Anyways... I finish up with their tinted mineral veil. I have moderate to severe acne. It's sucks! Just being patient and following the regimen. I can't wait to get clear. I rather cover my face with makeup than for ppl to judge me. My goal is to get completely clear with the regimen and then slowly stop using makeup. #Determined #cantWait #itSucks #waiting4thisBPto absorb&dry lol

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Make Up For Ever's Mat Velvet + really is amazing (as long as you moisturize beforehand, since it can emphasize flaky spots). My freckles show through, so it's definitely more of a natural, medium coverage foundation. I've had people thinking I wasn't wearing any makeup. My skin is incredibly sensitive, and I've experienced exactly zero breakouts from this product.

It's not foundation, but I highly recommend NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer for hiding post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, especially if you're an über-pale girl like me.

I love that Nars concealer :)


Current Routine

AM:

Cleanse: Merumaya cleansing balm, removed with damp hands and a cotton wipe. Followed by la Roche Posse La Toleraine cleaner followed again by rinsing with damp hands, patting my face and a cotton wipe
Tone: Pixi glow tonic, simply apply some to the palm of my hands and pat on my face

Moisturise: Aveene rich, or light moisturising lotion (oil free) spf 20

Topicals: Vitage protect and perfect serum, after I moisturise now that it's coming into fall and winter

PM

Same as morning but occasionally will thrown in a priori aha cleanser and use Differin after I moisturise a few nights a week

Bliss aha mask once a week/every two weeks followed by Nuxe crème fraiche moisturising mask

Oral medication: Cilest BCP

Supplements: No current supplements

Current make up: Various foundations depending on my mood, Estee lauder double wear light, Vichy Dermablend, Charlotte Tilbury and Skin 79 BB cream, NARS creamy concealer or Naked concealer, Dollish CC cream for days when I don't want to wear foundation and Jane Iredale mineral powder to finish. For some colour I use tea to tan By Terry, it's water base tint to give me some colour and various cream and powder blushes (love my blushes) currently loving Orgasm by Nars for a pop of colour on my cheeks and Vita Liberata mineral tan is amazing for the summer

Tools: Sigma F80 Kabuki for foundation or Real Techniques beauty blender and pretty much every other real techniques bruses for the rest of my make up


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I like Maia's Mineral Galaxy foundation. It doesn't look as nice as some other foundations, but it is the only foundation I have found that does not clog me.

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Physicians Formula BB or CC cream. They're both good.

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I love Estée Lauder double wear too, it has a matte finish which is great for shiny oily skin types. However I hate the packaging! I wish it had a pump. The maximum cover version used sparingly is good too but they have discontinued my colour...outrage!

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I love Estée Lauder double wear too, it has a matte finish which is great for shiny oily skin types. However I hate the packaging! I wish it had a pump. The maximum cover version used sparingly is good too but they have discontinued my colour...outrage!

A MAC foundation pump fits on the double wear bottle it was such a pain using it before I bought one!


Currently Using: First Aid Beauty Deep Cleanser, First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Liquid Recovery, Paulas Choice 2.5% BP, Olay Sensitive Beauty Fluid.

Extras: Paulas Choice 10% AHA & Paulas Choice 2% BHA.

Failed: Duac, Differin, Bactrim, Tetracycline, Doxycycline.

Acne status: Clear on chin and forehead except for pigmentation. Working on closed comedones around nose, top lip, upper cheeks and overall skin texture.


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Ive been using Dermablend Smooth Indulgence Foundation for the last 4 years and love it ! It has awesome coverage but you have to be careful when applying it or it will look heavy. This is by far the best foundation I have ever used.

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MORNING

Wash face with Skinceuticals Simply Clean
Neutrogena Sensitive Skin Moisturizer
Take Minocycline 100mg (when needed)

NIGHT
Take Spironolactone 50 mg
Wash face with Skinceuticals Simply Clean
Apply Aczone 5%
Retin-A .1% (waits 20 to 30 mins before applying)


MAKEUP

Origins Silk Screen Powder in Light Spice from Macys

Dermablend Smooth Indulgence Foundation
Lancôme Blush in Shimmery Pink Pool
Origins Lipstick in Buttercup
BareMinerals Flawless Definition Mascara in Black
Sephora Contour Eye Pencil Water Proof in Black Lace


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bella piere mineral foundation to cover up red marks and

jane iredale bb cream (a little bit) to even out the skin tone

both are my holy grails and actually pretty healthy too (check out the ingredients)

i heard about Double Wear a lot of times but i dont know about putting a really heavy foundation on?

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Estee Lauder Double Wear is a life-saver!

I rely on this product WAY too much. Leaving the house without it is not an option! Although it is very heavy, and can sometimes cake, it covers 99.9% of my redness. Sadly, you can still see the bumpy texture of any active acne, but getting rid of the redness makes me feel so much better. Plus, it does last a very long time and I usually only have to reapply during the day on my nose where the skin is VERY oily.

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Ive been using Dermablend Smooth Indulgence Foundation for the last 4 years and love it ! It has awesome coverage but you have to be careful when applying it or it will look heavy. This is by far the best foundation I have ever used.

I second this. Nice coverage, but I don't find it cakey. I do use the beauty blender to apply it though! I tried experimenting with other make-up (Kat Von D foundation, MUFE Mat Velvet+, etc.) but I keep going back to this one. Kat Von D foundation was too cakey, blotchy and smeary. Very disappointing. Mat Velvet+, on the other hand, was decent.

For all of you ladies residing in the UK, the foundation is sold under the label, "Vichy Dermafinish" (I'm petty sure they are the same thing, the ingredients are all the same).

I have yet to try Double Wear but I have been wanting too.

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Started Accutane (Amnesteem): 25 July 2013

Month 1: 40 mg

Month 2: 60 mg

Month 3: 60 mg

Month 4: 60 mg

Month 5: 60 mg

Month 6: 40 mg

Done!


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I don't find it cakey at all either I love it!! Glad you like it too but Im very disappointed to find out that Dermablend Smooth Indulgence Foundation is being discontinued :( Ive been going to every department store buying up my color,


MORNING

Wash face with Skinceuticals Simply Clean
Neutrogena Sensitive Skin Moisturizer
Take Minocycline 100mg (when needed)

NIGHT
Take Spironolactone 50 mg
Wash face with Skinceuticals Simply Clean
Apply Aczone 5%
Retin-A .1% (waits 20 to 30 mins before applying)


MAKEUP

Origins Silk Screen Powder in Light Spice from Macys

Dermablend Smooth Indulgence Foundation
Lancôme Blush in Shimmery Pink Pool
Origins Lipstick in Buttercup
BareMinerals Flawless Definition Mascara in Black
Sephora Contour Eye Pencil Water Proof in Black Lace


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Ive been using Dermablend Smooth Indulgence Foundation for the last 4 years and love it ! It has awesome coverage but you have to be careful when applying it or it will look heavy. This is by far the best foundation I have ever used.

Second the dermablend, the stuff can cover a tattoo so it's great for acne prone ppl. However I do notice that even after an hour wearing it my face can turn really oily so make sure you use lots of setting powder. A nice tip from gossmakeupartist on youtube is to powder your face BEFORE you put your foundation on. It keeps foundation in place a lot better than doing it the other way around. Such a genius trick.

Also since dermablend is pricey most days I wear Cover Girl's Aquasmooth foundation. That stuff is SOOO nice. It's almost like a creamy powder consistance but it's actually labeled a cream. It has medium to light coverage but easily buildable with a beauty blender or sponge. Make sure you dab it on more than wipe it on. This stuff is super cheap like $9 at Walmart. I'm buff beige, some of the other colors are a bit on the pink side so I stay with that one. The packaging is my only negative with it, it looks pretty 90s but hey it works great and is really cheap.

Does anyone have any good BB cream recs for those on the regimen? My face is ofc dry and peeling on the regimen but then also oily throughout the day. The Garnier BB cream caused peeling or something weird when I tried it on today. Little rolls of skin or the product were all over my face as I rubbed it on, bummer :/

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Skin has been terrible since stopping Ortho Tri Cyclen birth control (breaking out constantly since Nov 2014). Hoping to start Accutane Fall of 2015.


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I love RCMA foundation. It is a cream, which scared me at first with acne-prone skin. It has never broken me out and I've been using it for a couple years. The ingredients are minimal. I have to apply it with a Beauty Blender or my nose flakies will act up. It's pricey but lasts longer than the same size in liquid foundation.

I also occasionally use Kett Hydro foundation. It is an airbrush makeup but I apply it with a Beauty Blender as well. The ingredients are minimal and it doesn't break me out. I can't use this one too many days in a row because it will make my nose flakies act up. A day or two is fine though.

For comparison sake: My skin is acne-prone, mostly oily but with dry patches on my chin and the border of my nose. My makeup cannot emphasize dry patches. I work long shifts (12-14 hours) so whatever makeup I use must be able to last a really long time with no reapplication and minimal blotting. I live in the desert so it also must last in 110°F heat. These are the only two that have worked for me.

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I love RCMA foundation. It is a cream, which scared me at first with acne-prone skin. It has never broken me out and I've been using it for a couple years. The ingredients are minimal. I have to apply it with a Beauty Blender or my nose flakies will act up. It's pricey but lasts longer than the same size in liquid foundation.

I also occasionally use Kett Hydro foundation. It is an airbrush makeup but I apply it with a Beauty Blender as well. The ingredients are minimal and it doesn't break me out. I can't use this one too many days in a row because it will make my nose flakies act up. A day or two is fine though.

For comparison sake: My skin is acne-prone, mostly oily but with dry patches on my chin and the border of my nose. My makeup cannot emphasize dry patches. I work long shifts (12-14 hours) so whatever makeup I use must be able to last a really long time with no reapplication and minimal blotting. I live in the desert so it also must last in 110°F heat. These are the only two that have worked for me.

Your skin sounds like mine, and I live in the hot dry desert as well. I'll have to check these out. I'm pretty loyal to Estee Lauder, but am always looking for BETTER!


My regimen:

Completed a round of Amnesteem (my second in 25 years), 40mg per day for five months, on November 23, 2014

Mornings:

CeraVe Foaming Cleanser Normal to Oily Skin

Paula's Choice Skin Balancing Toner, Oily/Combination Skin (no alcohol, tons of antioxidants)

Paula's Choice 2% BHA toner

Paula's Choice Skin Balancing Super Antioxidant Serum

If not wearing make up, then apply a thin layer of Paula's Choice 5% BP lotion

CeraVe AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion 30 SPF for Normal to Dry Skin

Evenings:

CeraVe Foaming Cleanser Normal to Oily Skin

Paula's Choice Skin Balancing Toner, Oily/Combination Skin (no alcohol, tons of antioxidants)

CeraVe PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion for Normal to Dry Skin

Thin layer of Tazorac

Make-Up (on the days I have to wear it for business, etc.):

Estee Lauder Double Wear or Almay TLC 16 hour foundation


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I love Estee too. I use the max cover version of double wear. It is some seriously intense coverage, but I like it because I can just put a little dab of it in my moisturizer when I want just some light coverage, like for work or everyday stuff. If I want more coverage for a fancy event or something, I just put a bit more foundation and a bit less moisturizer, so it's very versatile. Also, at full strength it makes a great concealer for a couple red marks I have, so I just dab a bit in places where I need extra coverage and it blends in beautifully, instead of having to use a separate concealer and try to match it.

I think the regular double wear is probably great too, I just like how versatile this one is because I can use it stronger or make my own 'tinted moisturizer' out of it and it takes the smallest amount so I don't feel like I'm wearing so much makeup.

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