If you're someone who struggles with pesky pimples, the makeup you wear can be important to the health of your skin. Make your makeup routine part of your skincare routine with these acne-fighting products.

By Rachel Wermager
July 03, 2019
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You may think of acne as something only teens experience, but adults can get acne, too—especially women. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, up to 15 percent of women continue to get acne in their 30s, 40s, and 50s. And for some women, breakouts can become even more common during menopause.

Makeup can help cover blemishes, but you still need to treat the source of the problem. That's why investing in makeup that's good for your skin is a win-win. Check out these makeup products that not only cover the look of pimples but also clear pores and prevent future breakouts.

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Neutrogena Skinclearing Makeup

This liquid foundation is infused with the power of salicylic acid to treat blemishes and prevent future breakouts. Since it's an oil-free formula, it will prevent pores from getting clogged like traditional makeup and can help reduce the chance of annoying pimples. 

Buy It: Neutrogena Skinclearing Makeup, $12.77, Walmart

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e.l.f. Acne Fighting Foundation

e.l.f. packs an impressive amount of acne-fighting power into this affordable foundation. Reviewers note that a little of this foundation goes a long way, so you won't have to replace it very often (meaning you'll save even more money!). Buyers also love the full coverage and lightweight feel of this foundation—it'll conceal acne without feeling heavy.

Buy It: e.l.f. Acne Fighting Foundation, $6, e.l.f.

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Clinique Acne Solutions Foundation

With this foundation, you won't have to stress about your makeup melting off during a long day, or if you encounter sweat and humidity. Its medicated ingredients are designed to treat acne, oiliness, and uneven skin tone while its medium coverage will leave skin feeling fresh and looking natural.

Buy It: Clinique Acne Solutions Foundation, $29, Macy's

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Almay Clear Complexion Makeup

Here's a liquid foundation that'll keep your complexion free of shine and provide coverage all day long. Reviewers of Almay's Clear Complexion Makeup say it's a winner for oily and sensitive skin types; it also blends well to give wearers a natural finish.

Buy It: Almay Clear Complexion Makeup, $12.57, Walmart

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IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Breakout Concealer

When a pesky pimple appears and you need a little more coverage, look for a concealer with acne-treating properties. Just a dot of this formula will do the trick. It can be worn alone, under foundation, or under a finishing powder, and it's formulated with anti-aging collagen to keep skin looking young.

Buy It: IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Breakout Concealer, $28, Macy's

We know that having uneven and acne-prone skin can be frustrating (especially as an adult!). Fortunately, you can conceal, soothe, and ward off blemishes with makeup that improves your complexion and makes it healthier with wear.

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