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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.

CLINIQUEAcne Solutions™ Liquid Makeup Foundation

Size: 1 oz·ITEM: 1315035

Color: Fresh Clove

1.6K Reviews

$33.00

Best Foundation Ever!!!...I have struggled with acne since my mid-twenties and have used soooo many foundations that seemed to promote break outs even though they were "designed" to prevent break outs. ...Great for acne scars and blemishes...I use this if I have one or two light break outs. It blends easy and works well with powder foundation.

Coverage:
✔ Medium

Skin type:
✔ Combination
✔ Oily

Finish:
✔ Matte

What it is:
Clinique Acne Solutions Liquid Makeup is a skin-clearing makeup with salicylic acid. Helps cover, clear, and prevent blemishes. Oil-free.

bareMineralsOriginal Loose Powder Mineral Foundation SPF 15

Size: 0.28 oz·ITEM: 1922541

Color: Fair Ivory 02 - for very fair neutral skin with peach undertones

19.6K Reviews

$35.00

Best stuff EVER...I struggled with cystic acne as a teen and frequent break outs as an adult. ...Best Coverage and Great for break out prone skin !...There is nothing that covers my flaws and break outs like this does ! I have very fair skin and get redness and breakouts and this covers it all without making it worse !!!

What it is: A lightweight, skin-improving mineral foundation that provides buildable sheer-to-full coverage with a natural, luminous finish.

Coverage: Medium

Finish: Natural

Formulation: Loose Powder

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

SPF: SPF 30 and under

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide: Provide mineral-based SPF protection.
- Mica and Bismuth Oxychloride: Provide a luminous finish with a silky, soft-skin feel.
- Iron Oxides: Clean, mineral-based pigments for natural-looking color and coverage.

bareMineralsMatte Loose Powder Mineral Foundation SPF 15 

Size: 0.2 oz/ 6 g·ITEM: 1922715

Color: Neutral Dark 24 - for dark cool skin with red undertones

7.9K Reviews

$35.00

Best foundation...It also covers the best - acne scars/marks, breakouts, even freckles if you want them hidden....I've been using BE since I saw it on an infomercial when I was 18! I have oily and acne prone skin and this foundation has never made me break out.

What it is: A clean, loose mineral foundation that delivers buildable sheer-to-full coverage with a matte finish while helping to control excess oil.

Coverage: Medium

Finish: Matte

Formulation: Loose Powder

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

SPF: SPF 30 and Under

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide: Provides mineral-based SPF protection.
- Silica/Calcium Silicate and Lauroyl Lysine: Provide a matte finish with a silky, soft-skin feel and helps controls oil.
- Iron Oxides: Provides clean, mineral-based pigments for natural-looking color and coverage.

La MerThe Soft Fluid Long Wear Foundation SPF 20

Size: 1 oz/ 30 mL·ITEM: 1999952

Color: 240 Buff - Light Skin with Warm Undertone

377 Reviews

$140.00

It’s a medium coverage, but does an amazing job covering up any blemishes & acne scars I may have without having to building it up in too much....I don’t usually review things but I just wanted to say, One of the best foundations I’ve ever used!

What it is: A weightless, natural looking foundation with buildable coverage for luxurious, long wear.

Coverage: Medium

Finish: Natural

Formulation: Liquid

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

SPF: SPF 20

Ingredient Callouts: Free of sulfates SLS and SLES, parabens, formaldehydes, formaldehyde-releasing agents, phthalates, mineral oil, retinyl palmitate, coal tar, hydroquinone, and triclosan.

What Else You Need to Know: This silky, lightweight formula helps maintain balance and provides buildable coverage. It leaves skin is visibly plumped with hydration.

Bobbi BrownSkin Long-Wear Weightless Foundation SPF 15

Size: 1 oz/ 30 mL·ITEM: 2191682

Color: Cool Golden (C-076) - brown with pink undertones for medium to dark skin

2.6K Reviews

$52.00

I absolutely loved this foundation gifted by Bobbi Brown. I have sensitive skin when i usually use foundations i break out the next day( this so far hasn’t made me break out yet. ...For my really oily and acne scar peeps…...(I’ve worn foundation for almost 10 years now) I also struggle with acne and pimple scars and it doesn’t have full FULL coverage but it is very buildable.

What it is: A long-wearing foundation with a buildable oil-free formula that delivers undetectable coverage, broad-spectrum UV protection, and a hydrated glow for a natural finish.

Coverage: Light

Finish:
Natural

SPF: SPF 15

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Glycerin

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

What Else You Need to Know: Lightweight and water-based, Skin Foundation quickly helps plump, moisturize, and boost skin’s glow. Sustained hydration keeps skin looking and feeling fresh and ensures that color stays true all day.

MAKE UP FOR EVERMatte Velvet Skin Blurring Powder Foundation

Size: 0.38oz/11g·ITEM: 2210029

Color: R230 Ivory - for light skin with pink undertones

1.4K Reviews

$40.00

The breakouts have left behind scars so I needed more coverage. ...My combo-oily very acne prone skin loves this. It does not make me breakout and covers my light acne scars.

What it is: A full-coverage, blurring powder with a lifelike matte finish that bends and breathes with skin for 12-hour wear that never cakes, flakes, or fades.

Coverage: Full

Finish: Matte

Formulation:Pressed powder

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

What Else You Need to Know: This portable compact contains an innovative powder formula with Make Up For Ever’s unique flexi-fit puzzle complex for lightweight feel and flexible coverage. Blurring technology smooths and mattifies, visibly reducing pores and absorbing oil for a balanced, natural look. Available in 30 shades.

SEPHORA COLLECTION10 Hour Wear Perfection Foundation

Size: 0.84 oz/ 25 mL·ITEM: 2222289

Color: 66.5 Light Espresso - for deep skin with neutral undertones

4K Reviews

$20.00

The only down fall is it causes break outs. I've never broken out till i've used this foundation i had to switch...wanna be zit city? try this...my skin is pretty durable. it can handle a lot of abuse without much reaction. this stuff makes me break out terribly!!! the pigment is good, but literally by the end of the day EVERY TIME i wear this, i will have 1-2 new zits. one just erupted on my chin, after 5 days not wearing this and having NO break outs, so it reminded me to write this review.

What it is: A weightless foundation with medium, buildable coverage that blurs imperfections and conceals blemishes with a smooth, natural finish.

Coverage: Medium

Finish: Natural

Formulation Liquid

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Hyaluronic Acid: Hydrates and improves the look of aging skin.
- Vitamin E: Protects the skin from external stressors.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of parabens and mineral oil.

What Else You Need to Know: This oil-free foundation acts like a second skin, adapting to the natural movements of your face—without settling into fine lines or wrinkles. Designed to last for up to 10 hours, the f

Rare Beauty by Selena GomezLiquid Touch Weightless Foundation

Size: 0.94 oz/ 28 mL ·ITEM: 2361335

Color: 300C - medium with cool beige undertones

4.9K Reviews

$29.00

best foundation I’ve used in years!...I use to break out really bad but after I switched foundations I’ve noticed less break outs! ...FABULOUS BUT BEWARE SENSITIVE ACNE PRONE SKIN...As much as I love the coverage and how light this foundation feels it causes my skin to breakout with small pimples.

What it is: An innovative breathable foundation that combines the weightless feel of a serum with buildable medium coverage for truly layerable wear. 

Skin Type: Normal and Combination

Coverage:
Medium

Finish:
Natural

Formulation:
Liquid

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Botanical Blend of Lotus, Gardenia, and Water Lily: Helps soothe, calm, and nourish skin.

What Else You Need to Know: The super-fluid, serum-like texture makes it easy to build and blend your coverage just how you like it while evening out skin tone and smoothing the look of pores—no clogging or caking. Plus, the mess-free, doe-foot applicator lets you apply one dot at a time.

SmashboxHalo Healthy Glow Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 25 with Hyaluronic Acid

Size: 1.4 fl oz/ 40mL·ITEM: 2376630

Color: Medium - Medium with a warm undertone

619 Reviews

$41.00

This moisturizer is honestly the best. It keeps my skin protected while also covering some of my acne scaring. ...Wanted to love but made me breakout...I really wanted to love it but for some reason it made me break out like crazy on my forehead every time I tried to wear it - I’d still give it a shot if you’re looking for a dewy tinted moisture, unique texture and good coverage!

What it is: An all-in-one, SPF primer-infused tinted moisturizer with lightweight, natural-looking dewy coverage that hydrates skin for up to 24 hours.

Coverage:
Light

Finish: Natural

Formulation: Liquid

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

SPF: SPF 30 and Under

Ingredient Callouts: Free of sulfates SLS and SLES, parabens, formaldehydes, phthalates, mineral oil, retinyl palmitate, oxybenzone, coal tar, hydroquinone, triclosan, and triclocarban, and contains less than one percent of synthetic fragrances. This product is also vegan and cruelty-free.

IT CosmeticsYour Skin But Better Foundation + Skincare

Size: 1 oz/ 30 mL·ITEM: 2380178

Color: Fair Warm 12 - fair complexion with yellow undertones

522 Reviews

$44.00

looks nice but made me break out...However, after about 4/5 uses, my skin started to develop bumps/I started to get acne when I usually don't have breakouts until a day or two before my period (even then, I'd get 1-3 pimples but this was just a huge patch of red bumps across my face)... ...Found my new foundation!...I prefer the coverage I get from liquid foundation but hate the acne. Mineral powders give me ok coverage, and my breakouts always go away so that's a win!

What it is: A lightweight, buildable, hydrating foundation with a natural radiant finish that works to give you better-looking skin instantly and over time.

Coverage: Medium

Finish: Natural

Formulation: Liquid

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Hyaluronic Acid and Aloe Vera: Instantly hydrate and visibly smooth skin.
- Hepes Acid: Gently exfoliates for a brighter-looking complexion.
- Vitamins E and B5: Moisturize and fight free radicals to support skin‘s barrier.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of sulfates SLS and SLES, parabens, formaldehydes, phthalates, mineral oil, retinyl palmitate, oxybenzone, coal tar, hydroquinone, triclosan, and

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