The Best Pressed Powders for Acne-Prone Skin

Pressed powder is best to fight shine.

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If you have oily, acne-prone skin, a pressed powder can be one of your best cosmetic options. Powders help to absorb oil, soaking up greasy spots in your T-zone and leaving you with a matte finish. You can also use a pressed powder as your foundation and powder, so there is one less step for you to worry about when getting ready in the morning. Find a pressed powder that is oil-free -- and bonus points for those that banish breakouts while concealing them.

E.L.F. Clarifying Pressed Powder

E.L.F. Clarifying Pressed Powder is an “Allure” pick for a bargain beauty buy. This pressed powder helps absorb excess oil that can lead to breakouts, plus it wipes out redness that sometimes accompanies acne. “Allure” likes it because you can apply it without worry of it caking – it is ultra lightweight on skin.

Jane Iredale Purepressed Base SPF 20

Acne-prone skin can benefit from the natural ingredients in Jane Iredale Purepressed Base SPF 20. This mineral makeup is considered the best by “Real Simple” magazine, which named it the Best Pressed Powder. It works to protect skin, cover up any imperfections – think current breakouts – plus it removes shine without being cakey or feeling heavy on skin.

Urban Decay De-Slick Mattifying Powder

Urban Decay De-Slick Mattifying Powder is a translucent blotting pressed powder – this means it is sans any color. Since it is colorless, it works for any skin tone. This “Allure” pick is applied to your skin with a powder puff, to mattify your oily, acne-prone skin without drying it out.

Neutrogena SkinClearing Oil-Free Pressed Powder Makeup

This drugstore pressed powder is suggested by “Oprah” for those with breakouts. The formula contains salicylic acid, which works to fight current breakouts while preventing new ones. It is also fragrance-free and hypoallergenic, so even those who are ultra sensitive to other pressed powders can likely wear this one.

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