Makeup and Moisturizers: Good for Acne-Prone Skin?


Living with acne-prone skin presents a series of daily challenges that those lucky enough to have non-problematic skin may have difficulty recognizing. Not only is it essential that you wash your face twice a day, application of any facial creams or makeup must be carefully examined beforehand to make sure they will not make the problem worse. Non-comedogenic products, those that do not clog your pores, are necessary for those suffering from acne to protect sensitive skin from outbreaks due to product application. If you have acne-prone skin, what should you know before buying creams, after shave, or makeup?

Moisturizers and Aftershave

There is a common belief that acne is produced by oily skin and therefore drying out the skin by avoiding moisturizers and other creams should help reduce acne. Although seemingly counter intuitive, not conditioning your skin with a moisturizer can actually further irritate your skin and worsen your acne. The idea that adding moisture to your acne-prone skin can be a bad thing may come from those who have experienced breakouts of acne after using certain types of moisturizer.

Like any product, moisturizers and aftershave products come in thousands of different varieties made from an innumerable amount of ingredients. It is true that moisturizers that are heavy and oil-based, like cocoa butter, mineral oil, and cold cream, can worsen acne in those that have problematic skin. These elements can clog the pores and block dirt and oil under the skin, aggravating your acne. Using a non-comedogenic moisturizer or aftershave, however, should not block your pores as these do not contain oil-based ingredients. In fact, keeping your skin moisturized is important for clearing its pores of any impurities and preventing premature aging. Don’t skip out on a non-comedogenic moisturizer or aftershave simply to avoid potential problems with acne.


Having acne-prone skin does not mean you cannot or even should not wear makeup. It does require you, however, to be more discerning with your makeup choices. As with your moisturizer options, you should choose makeup that is non-comedogenic so that it does not clog your pores and cause breakouts. In reality, the makeup products you need to worry about most interfering with your skin’s health are the primer, foundation, concealer, and setting powders. Any eye or lip makeup is unlikely to affect your skin thanks to its minimal contact with the skin’s surface. What should you keep in mind when buying any of these foundational makeup products

Water-based products

As mentioned above, make sure any foundation or concealer you buy is water-based, hopefully making it non-comedogenic. Although these types of makeup usually have thinner consistencies and thus can result in less coverage, it is a good idea to use a primer that will help the makeup stay in place throughout the day and correct small imperfections throughout your face. Blemish concealer can also be non-comedogenic and is a great tool for those of us with scarring from past acne breakouts–and it should be thick enough to cover most spots. Some products contain acid medication to help remove acne as well, which at once both conceals and treats your acne.  If your skin is rather oily, finishing your base with a dry powder is a great way to set your makeup. If your face is already dry (maybe from acne medication), it may be a good idea to skip this step.S


Make sure either your foundation or loose powder has at least SPF 15 sun protection. Although some may think that a bit of sun can actually help clear up acne, it is only a temporary solution that results from the skin getting dried out, and it tends to cause more problems in the long run. Sun causes your sensitive facial skin to prematurely age and lose its ability to fight bacteria like that which produces acne. Save yourself future problems by putting on some sunscreen before venturing out for the day.

Acne and moisturizers, aftershave, and various makeup products are far from incompatible. Find the right products for your face by making sure they are made with non-oil based elements. Be careful to try out new products one at a time so that you can identify which ones work for your skin and which ones don’t.


Today’s guest blogger Paula is the creator of Acne Removr. When she is not working she likes to travel and read as much as she can. If you want to learn more about lifestyle tips and products that will prevent Acne feel free to follow her blog or leave a comment below.


Note-  All views expressed in this blog post are the personal opinions of the guest blogger. doesn’t favor any particular skincare brand or take advertising from any of them. Our scientific algorithm is entirely unbiased based on your skin profile.
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