Whenever I break out, I seriously weigh the cost against the benefits of make-up. On the one hand, the use of make-up is psychologically beneficial if I have skin problems: Covering a stain ensures that I do not touch it all day and help me forget right away that it’s there when I take a look I rise in the mirror. As a result, I can think less about it and start the healing process of my skin. Advantage!
On the other hand, I make an active eruption, which then raises the question of whether I clog my pores and make my skin worse. Costs.
So, I decided that I would try a small, unscientific experiment: the next time I broke out, I would go completely flawless to see if it was speeding up the healing process.
The results: Honestly, I really could not tell the difference. Which led me to the decision that hormonal outbreaks are hormonal outbreaks, and I can also use makeup as a kind of mental ointment. I have found a compromise with myself: Now, when my skin is in a moody phase, I diligently explore the ingredients of the cosmetics that I use during this time, so I can make sure that they contain nothing that would make them worse , And after reading articles about which ingredients to include and avoid (namely, parabens, alcohols, and silicones), a bit of home-to-trial and error, and some crowdsourcing from my trusted, sensitive peers, I present a collective list of products that never let me break out and never worsen my existing outbreaks.
Clinique Acne Solutions Liquid Makeup
As a flawless, but also very dry skinned girl, I was always hesitant to try out any foundations with salicylic acid. I thought it would immediately turn my skin into the Sahara and ultimately make my makeup look crispy and weird during the day. I was really surprised how much I liked this product. It is a sheer, lightweight foundation that is not at all flimsy and does a good job of providing soft coverage and actively treating impurities as well.
Tarte Double Duty Beauty Shape Tape Contour Concealer
While this product does not claim to be particularly good for outbreaks, I honestly do not know where my acne and I would be without this teal concealer. It’s dewy and miscible, so stains never look dry or crispy, and it’s also extremely fully covered – a bit far. I can attest that this concealer has never made me break out or make a blemish worse, and he has completely eradicated pimples in emergency situations.
Dermablend Quick Fix Concealer
Once you’ve determined that Stick Concealers work better for you, check out this fast concealer from Dermablend. This paraben- and perfume-free concealer is suitable for people with acne-prone skin who only want to conceal and correct in certain areas. It’s full of coverage, but it’s also blending very easily – perfect for make-up makeup oh-wait-I-have-I-have-that-zit-girl hiding. This helped me hide even the worst of the worst.
Vichy Dermafinish Corrective Fluid Foundation
I’ve seen Lisa Eldridge use this foundation in one of her videos on an acne-prone client. And as I often do with products she recommends, I sprinted to buy it. I am so, so glad I bought this product. It’s not complete coverage, but it’s not one of those non-cover basics – it’s beautiful and buildable and does a great job in eliminating redness, while also providing you with more beautiful, even skin and a subtle glow. Again, a little bit, and I like it first with my fingers and then with a brush to smooth it into my skin.
Klairs Illuminating Supple Blemish Cream
One of my friends would not stop raving about Klair’s BB cream as soon as she tried it. And I have to admit, I was very satisfied myself. It does a really good job in eliminating redness, providing the perfect amount of light, but effective coverage, while also keeping your skin hydrated. But, and that’s a big one, but, there’s only one damned shade of it. At first, I was reluctant to even write about this product because I find it so ridiculous, but hopefully on the New York Magazine website, will motivate them to do something. Klairs, try harder. Do more shades.
Dr. Hauschka Translucent Bronzing Tint
A friend of mine complained that while she likes to throw on a bronzer before the nights, she usually makes it break out. I went into a couple of Reddit and YouTube holes before I stumbled across this product – a buildable bronze tint by Dr. Ing. Hauschka, which contains witch hazel and anthyllis, which actually relieves inflammation. So it will not only break you, it will even prevent breakouts! Mix it with your moisturizer for a subtle effect or apply for a striking outline.
Dr. Brandt Skincare Pores
I have always been reluctant to try new primers because of the constant fear that they will break me out. I tested that with a friend before going out one night, and I was so excited about the results. This gives the look of shrunken pores in a way I’ve never seen before, and also provides a really nice, clean foundation for makeup. My girlfriend says she sometimes even wears her alone without makeup!