Many of us take the “out of sight, out of mind” approach to our blemishes and breakouts and resort to piling on the makeup so we can go about our day in ignorant bliss. This isn’t the way, ladies. In fact, we could be perpetuating the problem by using the wrong foundation on our problem skin! Face your blemishes head on with makeup designed to help you fight the good fight! We went on the hunt to find the BEST complexion-loving coverage options that not only conceal acne, but also help with the process of healing your breakouts at the same time.
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Lightweight Coverage

Problem skin doesn’t mean you have to pile on the foundation. There are long-wear, lightweight coverage options that can blur imperfections, minimize pores, and weather elements such as shine, humidity and stress, — AND still feel as light as tinted moisturizer.

Product Recommendations: Lancôme Teint Idole Fresh Wear, Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluid

Buildable Wear

If a little extra coverage is all you need, opt in for a buildable formula, adding more as you go! Depending on the severity of your acne flare-ups, you may just apply an extra layer or two with your damp beauty blender or handy foundation brush — just be sure to always keep them clean! If your skin tends to get shiny midday, even with demi-matte foundation, use La Roche-Posay Effaclar MAT, a mattifying moisturizer that targets excess oil and refines pores before applying makeup.

Product Recommendations: YSL Le Teint Touche Éclat, Urban Decay Naked SkinMaybelline Fit Me Foundation

Full Coverage

We feel you, girl. Sometimes a lightweight foundation or BB cream just won’t do the trick — that’s when we bring out the big beauty guns. If your blemishes tend to look red and angry, start off with a color-correcting primer like L’Oréal Paris Studio Secrets Professional Color Correcting Primers Anti-Redness Primer to improve the look of your complexion and allow for a better makeup application. Then apply a full coverage cream foundation like Dermablend Cover Creme that can cover up even the worst acne or scarring to create a smooth and flawless finish for up to 12 hours.

Correcting Foundation

Complexion-correcting foundations offer the best of both worlds — coverage and clarity. Why not treat your skin AND visibly correct dark spots, dark circles, pores, fine lines and any other imperfections at the same time? Now we have a good reason to wear makeup ALL the time!

Product Recommendations: L'Oréal True Match Lumi Healthy Luminous, Lancôme Teint Visionnaire, Clinique Acne Solutions Liquid Makeup

What’s your favorite blemish-blurring foundation? Let us know in the comments below! 

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