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foundation for oily and acne prone skin

 Hello! So I am 15 and am struggling with extremely oily skin as well as constant breakouts. I want a foundation which will look and feel natural, but offer enough coverage and oil control since it is difficult to touch up during the school day. I am currently using Clinque acne solutions but don't like it becuase halfway through the day, it gets oily and begins to slide off my face. Please help with any suggestions!

Re: foundation for oily and acne prone skin

A light application of Tarte's 12-Hour Foundation is probably the fix for you.  It has buildable coverage, so on days you want more coverage, you just apply more.  Does not feel cakey at all!  I wear it and never reapply powder or whatever even at mid-day and in the heat.  LOVE!

Re: foundation for oily and acne prone skin

That sounds fantastic thank you!

Re: foundation for oily and acne prone skin

You may want to look at adding a primer and a setting spray to your routine to really set your makeup. Here's what I recommend:


-Givenchy Mister Mat or Korres Mattifying Pomegranate Primer
-Clinique Stay Matte Foundation
-Setting powder such as Tarte Smooth Operator or Make Up For Ever HD Powder
-Urban Decay De-Slick Setting Spray


This should keep everything in place all day. Smiley Happy

Re: foundation for oily and acne prone skin

I agree with helpful's suggestion to find some mattifying products other than foundation to help with your oil production. I have had a lot of success with Urban Decay's de-slick line. First I apply their De-Slick in a Tube in my oily areas and let it soak in for 1 minute. Then apply my primer (Smashbox Photo Finish in Light which is 60% water based and made for people with oily and acne-prone skin) and foundation (Kat Von D's Tattoo Lock-It Foundation, which provides a flawless matte coverage). After that I use Smashbox's setting powder and spritz Urban Decay's de-slick setting spray all over my face and I am oil-free for the whole day!

Re: foundation for oily and acne prone skin

Great! Also what foundation would you recommend for acne coverage that looks natural and isnt heavy?

Re: foundation for oily and acne prone skin

If you want a super light coverage, check out Urban Decay's Naked Skin foundation. It looks very natural, however I still have to use concealer over my blemishes when I use this. I recently switched to Kat Von D's Lock-It Tattoo foundation, which is a godsend for me. It is full coverage and is a very thick formula, but it blends very well and looks natural, not caked on. I don't have to use concealer with this one. Unfortunately the KVD foundation has been having some stock issues and Sephora hasn't had most of the shades in stock for a few months.


What type of skincare regimen do you use? In my opinion, clearing up the source of the acne is more helpful than simply covering it up. I highly recommend Murad's line of products, and they have many products that help moderate and severe acne. At least try one of their cleansers to start!


If you want a more comprehensive approach, they have a couple of kits with a bunch of acne fighting products in them.

Re: foundation for oily and acne prone skin

Right now I am using a gentle face cleanser paired with a non-harsh spot treatment recommended by my dermatologist which after 1 year hasn't gotten rid of my acne one bit. I will definitley want to try this! Have you had a lot of success with the Murad acne system?


Also, have you tried any of the laura mercier foundations, tarte amizonian clay foundation, or the bobbi brown foundation? Please give me your opinion on any of those if you have tried them! 


Thank you!


Re: foundation for oily and acne prone skin

If you've been using your current skincare routine for over a year and it hasn't helped at all, you definitely need to change what you're using. I have had huge success with Murad's line! When I started using it, I had pimples on both cheeks, my forehead, and chin. Murad's products cleared all that up in a matter of weeks. The only thing I haven't been able to get rid of using Murad is the cystic acne on my chin. I don't know if you have cystic acne, but it's when you have acne underneath the surface of your skin (i.e. not pimples you can pop that sit on the surface of your skin) that are big, red, sore lumps. I definitely think you should try Murad for your acne!


You mentioned your dermatologist recommended a spot treatment for your acne. Since that one isn't working, you could look into Kate Somerville's EradiKate. I just started using it and it's working great on any pimples that spring up on my face.


I've tried Laura Mercier's tinted moisturizer and wasn't fond of it. It didn't provide enough coverage and even the oil-free version made me super oily. I have not tried Tarte's foundation but I've heard great things about it and they use natural ingredients that shouldn't irritate acne-prone skin. I try to stay away from Bobbi Brown because that brand tests on animals. Tarte is 100% cruelty-free, though! Smiley Happy

Re: foundation for oily and acne prone skin

Great thank you! I am definitley looking to try out Murad becuase so many people are loving their acne regimine! Did you ever find that they dried your skin? I dont believe that i have cystic acne becuase most of my acne are just large breakouts that never really go away. I mean i seem to always have tons of large painful whiteheads in the exact same places, and as soon as one pimple goes away, another takes its place. Its a constant problem so I'm very excited to try Murad!

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