This has been an ongoing struggle for myself. I know foundations contribute to my acne and they are all different. Some make me breakout throughout the day, others aren’t that bad but I know they aren’t doing anything good for my skin. So let me ask you this. Would you clean your face with something that is full of chemicals and would make you break out?? No, so why would you put on a foundation which is left on all day. Wouldn’t you rather put something on your face that is going to conceal your imperfections but also TREAT your skin at the same time? I think so.
Below I am going to discuss the foundations I have used and how they impacted my skin.
Covergirl Stay Fabulous Foundation:
This foundation is what I grew up using. It didn’t seem to break me out, however when I did start to suffer from acne I noticed when I did wear this foundation I would develop pimples throughout the day. All you have to do is look at the ingredient list for this foundation and know that it is not going to be good for those who suffer from acne. It is full of chemicals and does not have any benefit to the skin! One little tip I would like to give you is when they use the phrase “dermatologically tested” do not be fooled by this. This literally means that ONE dermatologist in the whole world could have approved this, this does not mean it is going to be good for the skin and that all dermatologists world wide approve of this product. This type of foundation is a no no for those who suffer from acne. I believe if you can purchase it in your local pharmacy you probably shouldn’t be putting it on your skin, this also goes for skincare. We recommend purchasing your skincare and makeup products from skin clinics and dermal therapists. Also remember “you get what you pay for”.
Elf Acne Fighting Foundation
I saw this product after watching a youtube video on elf products and was initially intrigued. I believe it cost me around $10 here in Australia which is ridiculously cheap for a foundation. This product is basically a basic foundation similar to above, however they have added salicylic acid, witch hazel, camphor, tea tree and aloe vera which claim to treat acne breakouts. This is where the marketing gets you again! The percentage of these active ingredients is so little it does not actually have any effect on your skin, and if it does its going to have a drying effect. Which is not always a good thing, as we want to keep our skin hydrated. This foundation is a very smart marketing idea and will definitely have a few people convinced it is going to cure their acne, however it is pretty much the same foundation as mentioned above.
I am now going to mention the products which I recommend for those suffering from acne below.
Zazi foundation is great for not only those who suffer from acne, but everyone who cares about their skin. Zazi is 100% natural and I will give you an example of the difference in ingredients. So comparing the above Covergirl Stay Fabulous foundation and Zazi.
Covergirl Stay Fabulous contains the following ingredients: Active Ingredients: Ensulizole (3%). Purpose: Sunscreen. Inactive Ingredients: Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Propylene Glycol, Talc, Dimethicone, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Sodium Chloride, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, PVP, Benzyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Hydroxide, Ethylene/Methacrylate Copolymer, Trihydroxystearin, Arachidyl Behenate, Methicone, Silica, Synthetic Wax, Sodium Benzoate, Hexyl Laurate, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Isopropyl Titanium Triisostearate, Ethylene Brassylate, Behenic Acid, Polyethylene, Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide.
Whereas Zazi contains: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Kaolin Clay, Zinc Oxide. And May contain; Magnesium Stearate, Iron Oxides, Ultramarine blue, Silica and Corn starch powder.
How much better does that sound. It doesnt sound like you are speaking a completely different language and all the ingredients are natural. Since I started using this foundation I have repurchased and love it. It has helped keep my skin clear and it feels breathable throughout the day.
Other foundations that I can recommend are:
Youngblood: Jane Iredale:
I also highly recommend Dermaviduals personalised foundation. If there is a skincare clinic near you that stocks Dermaviduals I highly highly recommend going in and getting a personalised foundation. They make it different for each individual depending on their skin care needs and everything is natural which helps to treat and heal the skin as well as providing coverage.