If you're prone to breakouts and congested pores, using the right makeup is key. For today's lesson on acne-friendly makeup, the focus is blush — and according to board-certified dermatologist Dr. Kristina Kleven, who spoke to Elite Daily for this article, the best blushes for acne-prone skin are non-comedogenic formulas that don't contain petrolatum–based ingredients, such as mineral oil (which can clog pores), or talc, one of the most common ingredients found in traditional cosmetics, but which can be irritating to sensitive or acneic skin. Dr. Kleven says that mineral makeup is preferred, because it elevates cosmetics by "supporting the skin with soothing, calming, and nutritive ingredients, and allowing the skin to breathe."
Makeup artist and beauty expert Neil Scibelli says the blush area is one of the most common places people get breakouts, and he's had clients react to both powders and creams. "It’s possible to get breakouts from the powder blushes if you’re talc or mica sensitive. When it comes to creams, if you’re sensitive to oils, that could be tricky." He advises purchasing talc-free powders and watching how your skin reacts to any new cosmetic. Though he typically leans towards powder blushes if a client's skin is on the oily side, creams offer a "lit from within," dewy finish he also loves, adding, "There’s room for both creams and powders on acne-prone skin." As always with makeup or skin care products, it all depends on the formula itself — and figuring out what does or does not work for your skin.