9 Skin-Perfecting Foundations for Spot-Prone Skin



“Acne foundation” seems like an oxymoron. Where acne-prone skin and foundation are concerned, many of us are (as Elvis would say) caught in a trap, one that can be a vicious old cycle to break.

Let’s set the scene: You have spots, breakouts, acne scars or redness, which of course, you’d quite like to cover up. You do so with an emulsion-worthy foundation that’ll see your skin appear blemish-free even from close range. Slap a soft-focus filter on that selfie and who’s the wiser, eh? But of course wearing heavy makeup all day, every day leads to clogged pores, aggravated skin and slower healing. And so the cycle continues. Breakouts, coverage, more breakouts, heavier coverage—we all know where this ends.

Luckily, we’re here with the Byrdie edit of the best foundation for acne, to help treat spots and redness, all while covering them up. Yes, the dream is a reality, but there are a few things to look for when it comes to finding these magic foundations.

First up, texture is key. Heavy foundations that use ingredients such as waxes (look for polyethylene or ethylhexyl palmitate) to create a full-coverage finish will likely exacerbate your breakouts. Being extremely thick, they mask the skin and can lead to more irritation. Instead, look for water-based liquid foundations or mineral powders; they’re lighter on the skin, allowing it to “breathe.” Powder foundations also don’t hold onto bacteria in the same way that creams and liquids do, and they’re great for absorbing excess oil.

To treat spots and acne while you walk around looking effortlessly flawless all day, look for ingredients such as salicylic acid (found naturally in plants), which works to unclog pores and speed up skin healing, plus detoxifying plant extracts such as tea-tree oil, green tea extract or pomegranate, which are naturally antibacterial. Also, keeping your makeup brushes clean is important to help minimise the spread of germs and bacteria.

Ready to find your new breakout-fighting foundation? Scroll through the gallery below to view our pick of the best.