What Foundation Is Best for Older Skin That Breaks Out?

Conceal while you heal with a foundation for you.

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You may have thought you left your days of breakouts behind you when you graduated from high school. Unfortunately, your skin had other plans. Adult acne can be caused by a few different reasons – typically from hormones. But don’t let a case of adult acne get you down: a foundation that is specifically designed for your skin can help to cover any breakouts and sometimes treat while it conceals.

Causes of Adult Acne

There can be many underlying reasons for older skin that breaks out – although hormones are likely to play a role in your adult acne, according to the Mayo Clinic. Hormonal changes such as pregnancy, birth control pills and the stress caused when Aunt Flo comes to town are all reasons that adult women may experience mild to moderate breakouts.

Proper Skin Care Comes First

Before you try to cover up and conceal breakouts, you first should try a great skincare regimen to help restore your skin’s health. A clarifying facial cleanser comes first.. Wash twice – once to get rid of makeup and once to get rid of environmental ickiness. Next, you’ll want to treat skin with a serum or spot treatment designed specifically for acne. Finally, a moisturizer is key, even for oily skin. Apply your moisturizer right before your foundation and your skincare regimen is complete.

Keep an Eye Out for These Ingredients

You’ll want to find a foundation that is oil-free – there is no sense in adding to the problem. A foundation that is touted as "non-comedogenic" is also ideal, since this means that the ingredients in the product will not clog pores. If you can find a foundation with acne-fighting ingredients such as benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid – this is one to try since it will cover and conceal while it banishes breakouts.

Highly Rated and Reviewed Foundations for You

There are many foundations out there that can help you conceal your breakouts – but why just conceal when you can banish breakouts at the same time. Clinique Acne Solutions Liquid Concealer helps to cover while it treats, according to “Allure,” which named it a Best of Beauty award winner in 2011. The foundation has buildable coverage, which means you can add more product as needed; plus, it’s oil-free so you don’t have to worry about it causing any additional oiliness or breakouts. CoverGirl Clean Liquid Makeup is another one to try that is a little easier on your beauty budget. This “Allure” recommendation has several formulas, but you’ll want the oil-control version. Although it goes on as a liquid, this formula dries to a powdery matte finish helping to conceal oily spots. Plus CoverGirl Clean Liquid Makeup helps even out skin tone – perfect for when breakouts are in full effect.

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