Foundation is an essential part of many people’s everyday makeup routines. Using it can create a beautiful, smooth complexion whilst hiding spots and blemishes, and can make you feel more confident! From lightweight powders to liquids for full coverage, there is a plethora of drugstore and high-end foundations available online. However, while foundation is often used to hide pimples, some can end up clogging your pores and create further skin problems.
For any type of skin, whether it being acne-prone, oily, dry, or sensitive, it is extremely important to look for non-comedogenic foundations that will cover your skin well while leaving it spotless. In our ranking, we'll introduce the best foundations in the UK that won't cause acne, from brands such as L’Oreal and Estée Lauder, available to buy on Amazon, John Lewis, and Boots.
Ingredients such as alcohol, talc, kaolin, silica, and nanoparticles can dry out your skin, which can in turn then lead to excess oil production and clogged pores. They can also cause skin irritation and flakiness. Irritating ingredients to look out for include silicones, synthetic fragrances, bismuth oxychloride, and lauroyl lysine.
Like 'dimethicone', silicones include ingredients ending in -cone, -conol, -silane, or -siloxane, and give foundation that silky consistency. However, they can be difficult to wash off completely, which can lead to skin irritation. Whether your skin reacts to silicones or not depends on the person, so if you have been fine with silicone products in the past your skin might be fine with them in your foundation.
Thick, heavy coverage foundations are more likely to clog your pores than thinner liquid foundations or powder foundations, while even thin liquid foundations can cause breakouts for some people. On the other hand powder foundations do not seep into your skin like liquid foundations, but sit on the surface of your skin, making them less likely to clog pores and cause acne. So if you want minimal pore-clogging, you might be best going with a loose powder foundation instead.
Covergirl + Olay
Mineral Foundation SPF 15
Original Loose Powder Foundation
Loose Mineral Foundation SPF 25
Simply Ageless 3-in-1 Liquid Foundation
Paris True Match Foundation
Cover Creme Full Coverage Foundation
Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream With SPF 50+
Double Wear Stay-In-Place Foundation Makeup SPF10
Anti-Blemish Solutions Liquid Makeup
A Perfect Full Coverage Non-Comedogenic Mineral Foundation from a British Brand
A Simple, Loose Powder Mineral Foundation that Will Not Block your Pores
A Natural Mineral Foundation to Hide and Prevent Breakouts
A Hydrating Non-Comedogenic Foundation for Those on a Budget
A Budget, Medium Coverage Liquid Foundation that Perfectly Matches Your Skin Tone
A Soothing Treatment Liquid Foundation that Boosts Healing
A Creamy Foundation to Conceal All Skin Problems
Heaps of Hydration in One Foundation
A Long-Lasting Liquid Foundation That Won't Cause Acne
A Liquid Foundation to Cover and Heal Blemishes
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While we've listed some of the best non-comedogenic foundations, there are countless more fantastic foundations available online nowadays - from cruelty-free options to those that won't irritate sensitive skin. You may want to continue the search by glancing through our other recommendations if you're not convinced.
Author: Brigid Bernard
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