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The Best Foundations for Combination Acne-Prone Skin

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author image Joshua Duvauchelle
Joshua Duvauchelle is a certified personal trainer and health journalist, relationships expert and gardening specialist. His articles and advice have appeared in dozens of magazines, including exercise workouts in Shape, relationship guides for Alive and lifestyle tips for Lifehacker. In his spare time, he enjoys yoga and urban patio gardening.
The Best Foundations for Combination Acne-Prone Skin
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Many foundation makeup products contain oil and other irritating substances that can clog your pores or irritate your skin and make your existing acne condition more prominent. As an alternative, try a powder or liquid foundation that's specifically formulated for acne-prone skin or oily skin. The best products, as chosen by beauty experts, can help give you the flawless complexion you crave.

Stila Natural Finish Oil-Free Makeup

No oil in Stila's liquid foundation makes it "excellent" for "oily skin prone to blemishes," reports makeup expert Paula Begoun in her product manual, "Don't Go to the Cosmetics Counter Without Me." She writes that she liked its easy-to-blend feel and matte finish, and notes that its extensive list of shade options ensures people of all skin colors can find a matching tone.

SkinFusion Bio Active Intuitive Soft Focus Fluid Foundation

The Skin Fusion liquid foundation from Fusion Beauty earned a recommendation from Elle magazine's beauty editors. They note that its sheer look brightens and conceals blemishes while built-in antibacterial agents help to combat the bacteria that cause pimples. Antioxidants and peptides also help to improve the health of your skin, potentially protecting against signs of aging, such as fine lines.

ProActiv Sheer Finish Compact Foundation

ProActiv sells a wide range of anti-acne products. Its foundation is designed as an oil-free alternative to mainstream foundations and won't clog your pores. The manufacturer also adds acne-fighting salicylic acid at a concentrated strength of 1 percent to help keep new blemishes from forming. A lack of irritating fragrances makes it ideal for even sensitive skin.

Revlon Beyond Natural Skin Matching Makeup SPF 15

Revlon's liquid foundation earned Begoun's rare Paula's Pick award, which she saves for products that perform far beyond expectations. She writes that it provides effective coverage and dries to a matte finish. It also helps absorb excess oil and controls shine, perfect for combination to oily skin where the extra oil can contribute to acne formation. Built-in sunscreens also shield the skin from the wrinkle-causing effects of the sun.

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