the best foundation for acne scars

Sephora customers often prefer the following products when searching for the best foundation for acne scars.

Acne scars are a common problem, and they can be difficult to treat. While you can't always prevent them, you can reduce their appearance with the right foundation. Here are some of the best foundations for acne scars.

tarteMini Amazonian Clay 16-Hour Full Coverage Foundation

Size: 0.5 oz/ 15 mL·ITEM: 2476190

Color: 42H Tan Honey - tan skin with warm, peach undertones

51 Reviews


Full coverage and the only foundation that actually matches down on my neck! Goes on silky, a little goes a long way and I NEED full coverage for my acne scars!...I am super impressed by this foundation! I have a LOT to cover, and this did such a nice job hiding my scarring.

What it is: A mini oil free, 16-hour full-coverage foundation. Formulated with Amazonian clay for a light-weight feel and matte finish.

Coverage: Full



Highlighted Ingredients:
- Amazonian Clay: Acts as nature's most perfect ingredient for better, longer, truer wear.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of parabens, phthalates, mineral oil, sulfates SLS & SLES, and triclosan. It is also vegan, gluten-free, and cruelty-free.

What Else You Need to Know: This skin-mimicking full-coverage foundation never cakes or creases.


I have rosacea and acne scars that need color correcting concealer. ...This pressed powder works well as advertised to ease the look of red spots (acne, scarring, noses feeling severe weather and colds : ) For the price point I would not use it as a full concealer, but it does its job well to finish hiding those stubborn spots regular concealer just can't.

What it is: A pressed powder that reduces the appearance of redness on contact.

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Probiotic (Lactobacillus): Soothes, helps support the skin’s barrier, and helps restore balance to its microbiome.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of parabens and phthalates.

What Else You Need to Know: This product is ideal for skin types with mild-to-moderate rosacea or reactive redness.

HUDA BEAUTY#FauxFilter Luminous Matte Foundation

Size: 1.18 oz/ 35 ml·ITEM: 2425361

Color: 335B Beignet - warmer medium skin with beigey-pink undertone

1.1K Reviews


Best Foundation for Full Coverage...One of the best foundation for full coverage.. I have acne scars and it covers it so well....Must try especially if you have acne scars!...This foundation not only covered my acne scars, it didn’t make me look oily and lasted for hours!

What it is: A cult-favorite, fragrance-free foundation with full coverage, up to 24 hours of weightless wear, and a non-drying luminous matte finish.

Coverage: Full

Finish: Matte

Formulation: Liquid

Ingredient Callouts: This product is vegan and cruelty-free.

What Else You Need to Know: This blendable, full-coverage formula is fragrance-free, transfer-proof, waterproof, fade-proof, and sweat- and humidity-proof and offers up to 24 hours of wear. Essentially, this foundation is your new BFF. No matter the weather, occasion, or situation, #FauxFilter Luminous Matte won’t let you down.

ROSE INCSoftlight Skin-Smoothing Hydrating Non-Comedogenic Foundation

Size: 1 oz / 30 ml·ITEM: 2698033

Color: 20N - medium-deep with neutral golden undertone

532 Reviews


It doesn’t do enough to cover my acne scars, but in terms of evening out the redness on my face, it looks fantastic....I have really been enjoying this foundation. I have acne prone skin and pores prone to clogging so I especially love that this does not cause any problems with my skin as it doesn’t clog pores and is acne safe.

What it is: A clean, medium coverage foundation that’s smoothing, weightless and buildable. Has a natural finish and is ideal for acne-prone skin.

Coverage: Medium

Finish: Natural

Formulation: Liquid

Highlighted Ingredients:

- Adaptive Skin-Balancing Complex: Visibly reduces redness, pores, excess oil; good for acne-prone skin.

- Targeted Hydration Complex with Ectoin: Emollient blend to calm, replenish, and hydrate skin where needed.

LancômeTeint Idole Ultra 24H Long Wear Matte Foundation

Size: 1 oz / 30·ITEM: 2667798

Color: 110C - For fair skin with cool/pinky undertones

2.8K Reviews


This foundation makes my skin feel very light and natural, yet it has very good coverage. my skin has a lot of acne scars and the foundation covers most of it. plus, the foundation also stays on my skin for a long time, I used it in the morning before going to work and come home late at night, but the foundation almost stayed on my face and didn't tone down too much. ...I love this foundation!...I love this foundation! It makes my skin look flawless, and covers my acne scars perfectly.

What it is: A full coverage, natural matte foundation with sweat and water-proof longwear. Now ultra-breathable and packed with skin-loving ingredients.

Coverage: Full

Finish: Matte

Formulation: Liquid

Ingredient Callouts: Free of mineral oil and contains less than one percent synthetic fragrance.

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BASMAThe Foundation Stick for Hydrating, Buildable Coverage and Natural Finish

Size: 0.22 oz / 6.3 g·ITEM: 2681187

Color: 29 - medium skin with neutral undertones

284 Reviews


When this first came out I ordered this from their website because I usually like stick foundations but I also loved this creator’s story. I’m 46 with combination skin and have quite a bit of acne scarring and dark spots to cover. ...I wouldn’t get it if you have very dark acne scarring to cover, but it is a great light-medium weight foundation.

What it is: A buttery-soft, buildable, and lightweight foundation stick that evens out skin tone and leaves your skin with a natural glow.
Coverage: Full



Highlighted Ingredients:
- Aloe Vera Extract: Supports collagen production and visibly improves elasticity.
- Vitamin E: An antioxidant that facilitates skin hydration.
- Apricot Butter: Helps nurture, revitalize, and soften skin.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of parabens, formaldehydes, formaldehyde-releasing agents, phthalates, mineral oil, oxybenzone, coal tar, hydroquinone, sulfates SLS & SLES, triclocarban, triclosan, and contains less than one percent synthetic fragrance. It is also vegan and cruelty-free

SEPHORA COLLECTIONBest Skin Ever Matte Powder Foundation

Size: 0.26 oz / 7.5 g·ITEM: 2667558

Color: 68P Deep - deep, pink undertone

468 Reviews


I have light redness in the face from acne scarring, and while the student cover it up completely with just one, so if I put it on my face and felt more blurred. ...i use this alot and i have very sensitive skin and dont break out at all. covers up acne scars well

What it is: A medium-to-full buildable coverage, long-wearing matte powder foundation that is formulated to even skin tone, smooth imperfections and control shine up to 8 hours.

Coverage: Full

Finish: Matte

Formulation: Pressed Powder

GlossierPerfecting Skin Tint for Dewy Sheer Coverage

Size: 1 oz / 30 mL·ITEM: 2649002

Color: G2 - very deep warm

393 Reviews


this was really great at first, but the more i used it the more i noticed this product really clings to any dry patches. it was pretty good at evening my skin, but it doesn't hide acne scars at all. it's not the worst product but also not the best....This is my go to everyday - I have sensitive skin and acne scarring. I just love this product I find it helps my skin barrier as well.

What it is: A lightweight skin tint with sheer coverage that evens out the look of skin tone, minimizes appearance of pores, and leaves skin with a smooth, dewy finish.

Coverage: Light



Highlighted Ingredients:
- Glycerin: Helps skin attract and retain moisture.
- Diamond Powder: Visibly minimizes the look of pores with a brightening and blurring effect.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of parabens, formaldehydes, formaldehyde-releasing agents, phthalates, mineral oil, retinyl palmitate, oxybenzone, coal tar, hydroquinone, sulfates SLS & SLES, triclocarban, triclosan, and contains less than one percent synthetic fragrance.

SaieGlowy Super Skin Tint Foundation with Hyaluronic Acid

Size: 1 oz / 30 ml·ITEM: 2637346

Color: 14 - medium skin tones with peach undertones

805 Reviews


Great Clean Beauty Foundation...I’m using a strong tret prescription and this foundation allows me to treat my skin with hydrating ingredients during the day while covering my acne scars. ...Best foundation ever...Absolutely love this foundation. Super glowy and lightweight while actually covering acne.

What it is: A lightweight skin tint foundation with medium coverage that brightens skin for a dewy, luminous finish.

Coverage: Medium

Finish: Natural

Formulation: Liquid

Highlighted Ingredients: 

- Hyaluronic Acid: Attracts and binds moisture to smooth and hydrate skin

- Rice Bran Peptides: Reduces the appearance of fine lines, pore, helps fade dark spots brightening skin tone.

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