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.

The Skin Coach: what's your skin type?

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

What is your true skin type?

Determining which of the five basic skin types you have can be a difficult task because the skin is a constantly evolving organ. Weather, lifestyle, diet and hormones are just some of the factors that are constantly affecting the condition of our skin and it can be hard to distinguish a temporary condition from your true skin type.  Here are a few tips to help you determine your true skin type. 

Normal Skin Type: This skin type is not too oily or dry. The pores on the face are barely visible and blemishes are infrequent. This skin type is still susceptible to dryness and flaking if you are using products that are too strong or abrasive for your face.

Oily Skin Type: Having this skin type does not mean that your skin gets oily towards the end of the day. If you are human, your skin produces oil and it will show at some point even if you have normal skin. A true oily skin type would be someone who cleanses their face and gets shiny very shortly after on most of their face.

Dry Skin Type: A true dry skin type is the result of under-active sebaceous glands. This is different from dehydrated skin which is a skin condition usually caused by products that strip the surface of the skin of its natural oils. If your skin gets flaky or cracks when you smile, it's a good sign that your skin is dehydrated and over-exfoliated and it is time to reassess your skincare regimen.

Combination Skin Type: This type is characterized by skin that is oily in some areas and dry in others.  Most people will fall into this category because the sebaceous glands tend to be more active on some parts of the face than others. Many people with oily skin though mistakenly think they have combination skin when they are actually just over-exfoliated on certain parts of the face from using the wrong products. 

Sensitive Skin Type: A true sensitive skin type would mean that the protective layer on the surface of your skin called the lipid barrier is naturally broken down and so water does not stay in and products do not stay out, causing greater sensitivity. This is different from using a product that strips the lipid barrier and makes products sting and burn. If your skin is feeling sensitive, get rid of mechanical exfoliants like scrubs from your skincare regimen and make sure you are not using chemical exfoliants with a high percentage like an at-home peel.