What Kind of Foundation Is Worst for Acne-Prone Skin

What Kind of Foundation Is Worst for Acne-Prone Skin?

The worst foundation for acne-prone skin harbors the following ingredients.


As a registered dermatologist, I advise you to avoid foundations with oils, including almond, avocado, and coconut oil, at all costs if you have acne-prone skin. We all know avocado, almond, and coconut oil are natural, but that doesn’t mean they are safe for everyone. These oils are comedogenic, meaning they are high in oleic fatty acids, which cause comedogens, clogging the pores and triggering acne. Go for foundations with non-comedogenic oils, including neem oil, sunflower seed oil, hemp seed oil, and grape seed oil.


Silicone forms a layer on your skin, affecting the ability of the skin to get rid of impurities. This causes pore-clogging. That’s not all; silicone causes dehydration, further affecting your skin health. For this reason, stay away from silicone foundations and opt for products with hyaluronic acid.


Fragrances are other foundation ingredients you should avoid if you have acne-prone skin. Artificial fragrances, including benzaldehyde, also cause comedogens. You already know the effects of comedogenes.

Anastasia Filipenko

Anastasia Filipenko is a health and wellness psychologist, dermatolist and a freelance writer. She frequently covers beauty and skincare, food trends and nutrition, health and fitness and relationships. When she's not trying out new skincare products, you'll find her taking a cycling class, doing yoga, reading in the park, or trying a new recipe.

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