The Skin Coach: Makeup Picks for Acne-Prone Skin

The Skin Coach is a monthly column by San Francisco esthetician and skin specialist Kimmy Williams of Acqua e Sapone Aesthetics

If you’ve ever tried to cover up a face full of blemishes, you know how hard it is to find makeup that gives good coverage without making your acne worse. In an effort to smooth over those pesky pimples, most of us choose thick, heavy makeup at the risk of clogging pores even further. So what’s a girl to do? Have no fear, I have done all the work for you and these tried and true makeup picks will have you covered:

Colorescience Pressed Mineral Foundation

This has been my one and only makeup since I was a spotty 21-year-old. Fast forward six years later and zits are few and far between, but my Colorescience compact has stayed constant. This product provides enough coverage to hide even the reddest of spots but never feels heavy or greasy. My mornings are always a rush but I don't have to worry about scheduling hours in the mirror trying to make sure the application is smooth because it's as easy as taking your makeup brush and applying.

Alima Pure Blush

I started using Alima Pure Blush for its clean list of ingredients that are acne-safe and free of chemicals. Whether you prefer a light peachy sheen with a hint of shimmer or a matte pink flush, there are a wide range of colors to choose from and all of them blend beautifully. The $20 price tag is reasonable but you can purchase sample sizes for $1.75 to make sure you find the perfect shade.

Peacekeeper Lip Gloss

My Peacekeeper Cause-metics Lipgloss became my favorite because it's a non-comedogenic option for a pretty pout without the sticky mess, but it's stayed my favorite because part of my purchase helps support women's rights issues. For $10 to $12, you can choose from a variety of shades and a portion of the proceeds will help make a difference in the lives of women around the world.