Putting on makeup when you have pimples or acne can be stressful- you don't know whether to grin and "bare" it or risk having your skin be worse. However, there is still a way to wear natural makeup even on acne-prone skin if one does enough research. This article is also here to help you answer the age-old question:






Does Makeup Cause Acne?

The debate whether makeup causes acne or not has been argued for years. Acne is actually an inflammatory disorder which happens deep into the skin and hormones play a big part on causing it. It is however likely that certain types of makeup can worsen breakouts for acne-prone skin.



Products to Avoid When Shopping for Makeup

While there is no clear-cut list on which ingredients cause breakouts, here are some guidelines to help your search for the natural makeup look that will not harm to your skin. Two things to avoid when looking for natural makeup are irritating ingredients and thick, waxy products.

It is advisable for everyone to avoid using irritant-loaded formulas but this is crucial for those with acne-prone skin because inflammation can worsen breakouts and oiliness. However, irritation is not always obvious and constant usage of the unknown irritant can cause the skin to loosen its barrier, leading to slower healing and dull, uneven complexion.

To make things worse, skin inflammation can trigger more breakouts and make oily skin even oilier (eww!). This is why it is very important to avoid alcohol-based or frangrance-loaded makeup and even skincare.

So, If you’re acne prone, refrain from thick, or solid makeup products such as in sticks or in cream foundations and concealers.  The same goes for highlighter or blushes. Ingredients that comprise of these makeup prouducts contain waxes such as polyethylene or ethylhexyl palmitate that might exacerbate pimples.

There is the notion that only cream and stick makeup products can hide a face full of pimples. It does make sense since one needs to have a thicker coverage for the acne-prone skin. We have you covered with Korean makeup products that are safe for pimples and acne-prone skin.



Makeup for Acne-Prone Skin


When putting on makeup for acne-prone skin, resist the temptation to cover your entire face with layers of foundation! With the right amount of concealer, BB creams or CC cushions, one can still achieve the natural makeup look despite having pimples or acne-prone skin.

As stated above, avoid stick or cream foundations and concealers as they are triggers for pimples and acne-prone skin. Liquid formulas are better to be used here.

Here are some of Korean makeup that offer medium to full coverage that can make your skin look healthy and more importantly, to help repair damaged skin.


Mamonde Soft Bloom Make Up Base (SPF24,PA++) [30ml] in green




MISSHA M Perfect Cover BB Cream No.21 SPF42 PA+++


INNISFREE Eco Natural Green Tea BB Cream (SPF29,PA++)







Concealers should also provide the same amount of coverage that is easily buildable. The listed Korean makeup products below not only covers your face but also help remedy pimples and acne-prone skin. Finish off with powder and your natural makeup stays on!


Holika Holika Skin & AC Mild Concealer Coat





Laneige Watery Cushion Concealer



Banila Co. Cover10 Perfect BB (SPF50+ PA+++)




When it comes to blush or highlighters, it is best to use powder formulas for natural makeup. Gels or liquids do not work in favour for acne-prone skin because they have the tendency to grab onto uneven skin or gather deep in enlarged pores.



Missha M Prism Mix Wave Blusher




Missha M Prism Blending Ball Blusher





Holika Holika Hello Holika Blushers




There you have it! One can help remedy acne prone skin while wearing a natural makeup look.




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