7 Medium to Full Coverage Foundations for Acne-Prone Skin

If you suffer from acne, then you're all too familiar with covering up pimples and blemish scars.

But did you know that foundation and concealer can actually be the culprit for your continuous breakouts? Sure, hormones and oil production are guilty, too, but using foundations laced with silicones and other dirty ingredients can clog your pores and continue the viscious cycle.

We know skipping face makeup for school might be out of the question (and we feel you), but do your skin a favor and switch to one of these foundations below because they're specifically formulated for acne-prone skin. And if you can, try to go bare-faced on weekends!

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Kosas Tinted Face Oil: $42

If you're on an acne medication that leaves your skin dry, putting a layer of longwear foundation on top is the last thing your skin needs. Instead, reach for this super light, medium to full coverage tinted face oil from Kosas. It's comprised of six active botanical oils that even out skin tone, minimize pores, and yes cover breakouts. This formula has breathable, non-toxic oils that quickly absorb into the skin, you will love. 

Kosas Tinted Face Oil

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Ilia True Skin Serum Foundation: $54

Foundation is sitting on your face all day long, so it better have good-for-you ingredients that help heal your blemishes, right? This serum-infused foundation is perfect for acne-prone skin and provides medium to full coverage and a gorgeous luminous finish. We love the way it blurs imperfections—it's real-life FaceTune!

Ilia Foundation

(via Credo Beauty)


W3ll People Narcissist Foundation Stick: $29

This cream foundation in stick form has a satin, soft-focus finish and is totally buildable.  It helps balance skin tone and improve imperfections while giving you this silky finish.

W3ll People Foundation Stick

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Beauty by POPSUGAR Just Enough Tinted Moisturizer: $35

As the name implies, this tinted moisturizer from Beauty by POPSUGAR is literally just enough. Made with clean ingredients, this tinted moisturizer provides a decent amount of coverage, and has a slew of powerful ingredients, including kukui seed oil to soften the skin, antioxidant-rich blueberry oil and green tea.

Beauty by POPSUGAR Foundation

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Bare Minerals Blemish Rescue Skin-Clearing Loose Powder Foundation: $29

Bare Minerals' loose powder foundations have been around for years and for good reason! They provide amazing coverage, look super natural and, yes, are actually good for your skin. This particular foundation has salicylic acid, which helps clear up pimples while you wear it plus oat protein to soothe stressed out skin.

Bare Minerals Foundation

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Lawless Woke Up Like This Foundation: $46

This skin-nourishing foundation by LAWLESS is non-comedogenic, meaning it won't clog pores (hallelujah!) and stays on comfortably all day long. Out of all of the foundations here, this one definitely provides the most coverage, and it has super hydrating ingredients, including Abyssinian and Camellia oils that soak your skin with nutrients.

Lawless foundation

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RMS Uncover-Up Concealer / Foundation: $36

Quite possibly one of our favorite skin products of all time, this deliciously creamy RMS Beauty Uncover-Up concealer can also double as a foundation for a dewy, lit-from-within glow that also somehow provides a ton of coverage. Pro tip: Set it with a loose powder so it stays all day.

RMS Beauty Uncover Up

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Now that your skin is in check, HERE are the other best ways to prepare for a date!