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Battle your breakouts while concealing them from sight with a foundation specifically made for acne prone skin. What you’ll want to look for in any foundation for acne prone skin is one that's formulated sans oil – look for labels that say “oil-free” on the packaging. Other ideal ingredients to fight acne are salicylic acid or benzyl peroxide; both are known acne-fighters.
Best Store-Bought Foundation on a Budget
Maybelline Pure Mineral Foundation is recommended by “Marie Claire UK” as one of the best foundations for oily skin. This mineral makeup will help heal your acne while giving you natural coverage. A cute little mini kabuki brush comes with the powder so you can toss it in your purse for touch-ups on the go.
Best Boutique Store-Bought Foundation
Bare Escentuals Bare Minerals Matte SPF 15 Foundation is an “Allure” Best of Beauty award winner as well as an “Allure” Editors’ Favorite pick. This one can be found in Bare Escentuals boutiques as well as online retailers. Bare Minerals Matte SPF 15 is an oil-free mineral foundation that leaves shiny, oily, acne-prone skin looking matte. You get plenty of coverage for those breakouts that are already there, and the formula is designed to create healthier skin, so you should see an improvement in your acne after a few weeks of use.
Best Store-Bought Foundation to Blow Your Budget
This oil-free foundation has won five – count them, five! -- Best Beauty Buy awards from “In Style” magazine. Since it’s oil-free, Laura Mercier Oil-Free Foundations won’t cause new breakouts, but it will leave your current skin looking fresh and beautiful. Matthew VanLeeuwen, celebrity makeup artist, says that it's one of his faves since he used it on style star Jennifer Lopez. This one can be found at your local department store.
Best Department Store-Bought Foundation
Clinique Acne Solutions Liquid Makeup helps cover current acne flare-ups while treating them at the same time. This department store pick won a Best of Beauty award from “Allure” in 2011 because of its ideal, oil-free foundation that is perfect for pimply skin. This one contains salicylic acid, which will help clear up your breakouts while covering current eruptions.