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Is Your Makeup Making You Break Out? How To Choose Products That Won’t Cause Acne

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Makeup is supposed to make your skin look better, but every product in the drugstore aisle makes you break out. What’s the deal?

There are tons of foundations and concealers that won’t cause those dreaded blackheads and whiteheads. But it’s super-important your read the labels.

Many cosmetics companies use the term “non-comedogenic” to explain a product won’t clog pores. But what you really want is a product that says “oil-free.” Especially when you’re looking for a foundation or tinted moisturizer.

Lightweight formulations are best, celebrity makeup artist Roy Haidar tells Acne.com. “Using too much foundation will create texture, a mask effect, leading to clogged pores,” Haidar says. “Less is more. Choose a lightweight foundation if you have oily skin.” He also cautions against too much blush!

And foundations aren’t the only offender in the makeup aisle. Some women get tiny pimples around their lips. And that’s often from a product they’re using. “A lot of lip balms are made out of wax, something that a lot of women and men can be either sensitive or allergic to,” Haidar explains. “Avoid lip balms and liners that have wax.” Opt instead for “something with more natural ingredients.”

Still not sure what to try? Here are some of our favorites:

Illamasqua Matte Primer

A lightweight primer is a must when trying to achieve a smooth finish. Containing oil-controlling silica, it quickly absorbs into the skin and works throughout the day to prevent shine!

Fyrinnae Powder Primer For Dry Skin

Formulated for normal to dry skin, this powder primer is designed to prime your skin for a more even, lasting application of mineral foundation.