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The Best Foundations for Acne-Prone and Oily Skin

Whether you are on the team embrace-your-acne or team cover-it-up, finding a foundation for daily or occasional wear is rough. Use the wrong foundation, and your oily skin will appear shinier and cakier than ever – or worse – result in even more breakouts.

Don't worry, though. We have navigated the world of foundations to find the perfect formulas for acne-prone and oily skin. Not only do modern-day foundations come in a vast color range to fit any skin tone, but they also have foundations that color correct redness, absorb excess oil, and even treat your pimples. Many foundations these days can also be extremely lightweight while still providing full coverage for any bumps and blemishes.

Each of these foundations is acne-approved and will provide you with the cover-up you want without causing more breakouts.

Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup - $43

This foundation is a fan favorite and comes in 56 shades to match any skin tone and undertone combination. It's medium to full coverage that's buildable so you can cover-up areas that need extra attention. The formula is oil-free and oil-absorbing, non-acnegenic (won't clog pores), and is fragrance-free to prevent irritation.

Fenty Beauty Pro Filt' r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation - $35

This award-winning foundation comes in 50 shades and provides a buildable medium to full coverage. It's oil-free, won't clog pores, and is made to smooth the skin, blur pores, and provide shine-free coverage all day long.

Maybelline Fit Met! Matte + Poreless Foundation - $7.99

This medium-coverage foundation comes in 40 shades and is a great value for anyone on a budget. Its formulation blurs pores, reduces shine, and is non-comedogenic (won't clog pores).

Neutrogena SkinClearing oil-free Makeup - $14.59

This product is a foundation and acne treatment in one. It has a mattifying formula to reduce shine, is non-comedogenic, and contains salicylic acid to treat your breakouts. Since it includes an acne medication (salicylic acid), it's best not to use this in combination with other leave-on acne treatments while you wear it.


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