The 16 Best Foundations for Acne-Prone Skin in 2023

Breakouts? What breakouts?

collage of the best foundations for acne prone skin including estee lauder and fenty beauty foundation
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So, you have acne. Welcome to the club—breakouts are 100 percent normal, and something that the majority of the population experiences. While there’s no need to cover up your acne or blast it with acne spot treatments (you do you), we’re happy to report that the best foundations for acne-prone skin will disguise redness, blur over texture, and look like an extension of your skin—not like a mask. 

While picking a top-notch formula is the foundation for a great base (pun very much intended), application technique is just as important.  “It’s all about patience and targeting,” says makeup artist Ehlie Luna. “Don’t treat your entire face like the more acne-prone spots. The skin will always look fresher if you keep things on the more sheer side wherever you can and go in a little more where you need more coverage.” 

With this makeup artist-approved tip in mind and one of the best makeup brushes on standby, keep scrolling to shop the all-time best foundations for acne. From lightweight liquids that pack surprising coverage to heavy-duty complexion products that won’t let redness peek through, here are our tried-and-true favorites. 

What to Look For

Very rarely will you find a foundation with a "good for acne-prone skin" stamp on the bottle. Instead, finding a formula that won't break you out is a bit more nuanced. Typically, you'll want to look for a full-coverage, longwear formula that has a matte finish. The most important criteria however is picking a non-comedogenic formula. “It’s not necessarily right to say that all foundations are bad [for acne],” says board-certified dermatologist Dr. Dhaval Bhanusali. “I’d just recommend looking for ones that are non-comedogenic and don’t have any ingredients that can clog pores or lead to breakouts.”

Best Foundations for Acne-Prone Skin

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