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primers for acne prone skin

Sephora customers often prefer the following products when searching for primers for acne prone skin.

A primer is a special kind of paint that is applied over another color to help it stick. It is also known as a "base coat." The purpose of a primer is to make the top coat more durable and longer lasting. Here are some great options for primers available today.

Yves Saint LaurentTouche Eclat Blur Face Primer

Size: 1 oz/ 30 mL·ITEM: 1713114

Color: Blur Primer Gold - brightens and evens skintone

2.2K Reviews

$56.00

However, I ended up with 2 angry, red pimples and a whitehead on my forehead -- I haven't broken out on my forehead in years because it's the driest part of my face! ...i really wanted this to work but unfortunately this made me break out...but if you don't have acne prone skin give it a go...Feels nice but caused a break out

What it is: A non-greasy, lightweight makeup primer with light-infused pigments and four nourishing oils that blur imperfections and smooths the look of skin.

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Corn Oil, Apricot Kernel Oil, Passiflora oil, and Rice Bran Oil: Nurture and leave skin feeling soft.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of sulfates SLS and SLES, parabens, formaldehydes, and phthalates.

$38.00

Love it, smells like tea tree and feels great on my acne prone skin. Perfect primer for every day use...It also has good ingredients great for acne problem skin, but a lot goes a long way and you don’t want too much especially with active breakouts.

What it is: An illuminating and nurturing primer that delivers a natural-looking glow while blurring the look of pores and blemishes for a lit-from-within complexion.

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Pores, Dullness, and Uneven Texture

Formulation: Cream

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Optical Diffusers: Blur the look of imperfections.
- Illuminating Powders: Help promote natural-looking radiance and glow.
- Lentil Seed Extract: Refines the appearance of pores.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of parabens, formaldehydes, formaldehyde-releasing agents, phthalates, mineral oil, oxybenzone, coal tar, hydroquinone, triclosan, and triclocarban.

$24.00

Protects My Skin...I really love this primer. I have sensitive acne prone skin. Whenever I wear Foundation I have new breakouts by the end of the day. ...Made me breakout with regular use...I have dry skin (not sensitive) and I rarely break out, usually related to extreme stress or a new product.

Which skin type is it good for?
✔ Normal
✔ Oily
✔ Combination
✔ Dry
✔ Sensitive

What it is:
A velvety priming balm of pressed silk that smooths and makes makeup last longer while keeping it out of skin, helping to prevent clogged pores and breakouts.

Solutions for:
- Pores
- Oiliness
- Dullness and uneven texture

If you want to know more…
This multitasking skin-protecting, makeup-perfecting primer is for face, eyes, and lips. Silk extracts feel nourishing on skin and diminish the look of pores, fines lines, and imperfections for the perfect canvas before makeup.

$54.00

oily/acne-prone skin types: this is for you!...I have combination, acne prone skin and when I stopped using a sample of this I immediately noticed the break outs getting way worse. this definitely does what it claims: it keeps makeup from clogging pores! ...Ugh caused pimples on my nose...But Unfortunately every time I used it a pimple would appear and I hardly ever get pimples.

What it is: A weightless liquid primer that protects skin from pollutants and makeup while helping your look go on better and last longer.

Skin Type: Normal, Combination, and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Pores, Redness, and Dullness and Uneven Texture

Formulation: Liquid

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Thin Layers of Silk (Fibroin, Sericin, and Silk Powder): Diminish the look of pores, fines lines, and imperfections for the perfect canvas before makeup.

SEPHORA COLLECTIONSmooth + Blur Primer

Size: 1.01 oz/ 30 mL·ITEM: 2413318

358 Reviews

$16.00

sensitive skin friendly!...Wow I love this primer ! And I usually don’t wear primer! Made my makeup look flawless and I didn’t break out ! ...This is one of the best smoothing primers I have tried. A lot of the other primers that are blurring tend to make me break out, but this one does not.

What it is: A silky makeup primer that gives a soft-focused, blurred effect to reduce the appearance of pores, fine lines, and wrinkles.

Finish:
Natural

Skin Type:
Normal, Oily, Dry, Combination

Concerns: Dryness, Oil, Pores, and Uneven Skin Tone

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Gingko Extract and Stabilized Vitamin E: Known to protect skin from environmental factors.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of parabens and mineral oil. It is also vegan.

What Else You Need to Know: This lightweight formula diffuses imperfections and smooths your skin texture with a soft-powder finish. It is perfect as a smooth base to extend makeup wear and is formulated for all skin types.

MAKE UP FOR EVERStep 1 Primer Shine Control

Size: 1 oz / 30 ml·ITEM: 2424679

Color: Shine Control - for oily, normal, combination skin

205 Reviews

$39.00

Great everyday primer for oily skin...I really like this primer! I was worried that it would either dry out my face since it's shine control or cause pimples, but it doesn't do either which is great! ...It leaves my face so smooth. And I don’t break out as much with this

What it is: A mattifying makeup primer that absorbs oil to control shine, delivers a blurred, velvety finish, and extends makeup wear.

Finish:
Natural

Skin Type:
Normal, Oily, and Combination

Concerns: Oil

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Ginseng: Known to protect, promote radiant-looking skin, and maintain a smooth complexion.

What Else You Need to Know: Achieve a blurred, matte complexion for up to 20 hours with the Step 1 Primer Shine Control. This comfortable formula is made with mineral clay powder, absorbs oil, and controls shine while extending the wear of makeup.

MAKE UP FOR EVERStep 1 Primer Hydra Booster

Size: 1 oz / 30 ml·ITEM: 2424695

Color: Hydra Booster - for dry, normal, combination skin

202 Reviews

$39.00

So I’d been using hourglass mineral veil for years and was afraid to switch. My skin had been a little dry lately so I figured if other MUF products never caused breakouts, why not try their primer. ...Worked great with my sensitive skin. Didn't make me breakout. Product was sent by influenster for review.

What it is: A makeup primer that boosts skin's hydration and radiance for up to 24 hours while extending makeup wear.

Finish:
Radiant

Skin Type:
Normal, Dry, and Combination

Concerns: Dryness

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Ginseng: Known to protect, promote radiant-looking skin, and maintain a smooth complexion.

What Else You Need to Know: Refresh dry or dehydrated skin instantly with Step 1 Primer Hydra Booster. Its rich, creamy texture features ginseng, glycerin, and glycols to boost skin's hydration and a radiant look for up to 24 hours, while the invisible wear extends makeup. This primer works perfectly for all skin tones.

ValentinoV-Lighter Illuminating Face Primer and Highlighter with Hyaluronic Acid

Size: 25 mL·ITEM: 2542850

Color: Ambra - ideal for medium-to-deep complexions with warm undertones

250 Reviews

$58.00

I only used as a highlighter because the brand’s ingredients aren’t great for acne prone skin. I like the Charlotte tilbury flawless filter better....Beautiful silky smooth primer but for the price?...The best part is I have a combo style face and get mini breakouts sometimes. I didn't have any pimples form with this primer, it was a miracle.

What it is: A multitasking lightweight makeup primer formulated with skincare ingredients to provide up to 24 hours of hydration and a rapidly visible glow.

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Roma-Light Complex™: Light-reflecting, color-boosting pearls to enhance skin’s natural luminosity.
- Hyaluronic Acid: Visibly plumps skin.

What Else You Need to Know: Formulated with hyaluronic acid for up to 24 hours of hydration and ultra-fine light-reflecting pearls for a luminous look, this multitasking primer and highlighter can be worn alone, under or on top of your foundation. It is available in two shades: Rosa, ideal for fair-to-light complexions with cool undertones, and Ambra, ideal for medium-to-deep complexions.

$36.00

My skin is very acne prone and this didn’t break me out at all. ...Amazing for acne prone skin!...I have acne prone skin, and this hasn't caused me to break out.

What it is: A lightweight water-cream makeup primer with skincare benefits that blurs the look of pores and fights shine for a long-lasting, soft-matte finish.

Finish:
Matte

Skin Type:
Normal, Oily, and Combination

Concerns: Oil and Pores

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Niacinamide: Helps minimize the appearance of pores.
- Bakuchiol: Helps visibly smooth skin texture and even skin tone.
- Lentil Extract: Helps reduce shine.

Ingredient Callouts: This product is vegan, gluten-free, cruelty-free, and comes in recyclable packaging.

$18.00

Oily girls and acne prone skin try asap...I use to suffer from severe acne so my skin texture is uneven. This helps reduce those imperfections and helps my makeup glide on so much better....The best long lasting primer...I received this product as a complimentary gift from the brand. The texture of this primer is very velvety and hydrating. I love how my foundation lasts all day especially because I have oily and acne prone skin.

What it is: A mini lightweight water-cream makeup primer with skincare benefits that blurs the look of pores and fights shine for a long-lasting, soft-matte finish.


Finish: Matte


Skin Type: Normal, Oily, and Combination


Concerns: Oil and Pores


Highlighted Ingredients:

- Niacinamide: Helps minimize the appearance of pores.

- Bakuchiol: Helps visibly smooth skin texture and even skin tone.

- Lentil Extract: Helps reduce shine.


Ingredient Callouts: This product is vegan, gluten-free, cruelty-free, and comes in recyclable packaging.

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