7 tinted moisturizers that really work for acne-prone skin

Aug. 28, 2020
Acne can be a really unpleasant condition - we’ve all been there to some extent - and it can be challenging to know what products to use to improve the appearance of your skin. There’s a myth that tinted moisturizers are only suitable for drier skin types, but if you chose a product that is formulated for your skin type, they can be a lifesaver for oily and acne prone complexions.
Here, we’ve found seven of the best tinted moisturizers currently on the market that are designed to work with, not against, acne-prone and oily skin - products that won’t block your pores and make your breakouts even worse than before, products that provide coverage without being thick and heavy, and in some cases products that are actively formulated to treat and clear your breakouts. Curious? Read on!
1. Tarte Amazonian Clay BB Tinted Moisturizer
This long-lasting BB cream from cult brand Tarte Cosmetics is oil-free and non-comedogenic, meaning it won’t block pores, so is suitable for oily and acne-prone skin. It contains Amazonian clay for longer wear, chamomile for its anti-inflammatory properties, and multiple nourishing antioxidant vitamins (A, C and E)  to protect your skin from environmental stress factors. It provides lightweight, buildable coverage which blends easily and looks very natural, evening out imperfections and reducing redness.
2. BareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream
This gel-based tinted moisturizer from Bare Minerals is incredibly lightweight and is both oil-free and water-infused, making it perfect for oily and acne prone skin types. It has a semi-matte finish, is blendable, smoothing onto the skin easily, as well as being long-lasting, and looks natural and healthy. It’s available in 20 shades to suit a wide range of skin tones, and provides mineral-based board spectrum SPF 30 protection against damage from the sun’s rays. It’s also vegan, dermatologist-tested and hypoallergenic.
3. CLINIQUEAnti-Blemish BB Cream SPF 40
Part of the Acne Solutions range, this BB Cream from Clinique has been specifically developed for acne-prone and oily skins. Lightweight and mattifying, it lasts for 12 hours and conceals blemishes and imperfections, while being oil-free and non-comedogenic so it doesn’t block pores. It also provides broad spectrum SPF 40 protection against the sun. 
4. Neutrogena SkinClearing Complexion Perfector
This lightweight tinted moisturizer from Neutrogena isn’t just makeup, but it’s also an acne treatment. It’s not simply designed to be suitable for acne-prone skin, it actually contains active ingredients to help clear acne breakouts - called Microclear technology. It is formulated with 0.5% salicylic acid, which is found in many effective active treatments. It is sheer in texture and blends well to provide coverage to help blur the visible appearance of blemishes. 
5. Maybelline Dream Pure BB Cream Skin Clearing Perfector
This BB cream from drugstore brand Maybelline really ups the stakes when it comes to acne-fighting ingredients - it contains a whopping 2% salicylic acid. It is also oil-free and non-comedogenic so that it doesn’t cause further breakouts. It mattifies and smooths the skin, helps minimize redness and conceals blemishes, AND it adjusts to your individual skin tone.
6. Almay Clear Complexion Make Myself Clear Makeup
This product from Almay describes itself as a maximum strength salicylic acid acne treatment - and it also describes itself as makeup - a ‘clean foundation’! Dermatologist tested, fragrance-free and hypoallergenic, it helps conceal current acne breakouts and blemishes while treating them, and also preventing new flare-ups. It has a matte finish and is oil-free and non-comedogenic.
7. CoverGirl Clean Matte BB Cream
If cash is tight, this tinted moisturizer from drugstore brand Covergirl is a great option, thanks to its super low price tag. Its lightweight oil-free formula is suitable for oily and acne-prone skins as it won’t block pores. It provides light coverage for blemished skins, and while it doesn’t contain the active treatment ingredients of some of the more expensive products, it certainly won’t cause future breakouts.
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