Best Powders for Acne Prone Skin

(Last Updated On: November 8, 2019)

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural 2

We are talking about acne prone skin again. This time the treatment we’ll be talking about is with powders. It seems like powders would aggravate the acne problem not make it better. Or it would just be hiding the acne problem by covering it up. Maybe just maybe powders can treat and help you get rid of acne if you have acne prone skin. Probably choosing the right powder for your skin type would be a big step forward. Let’s examine the validity of using powders as a legitimate acne treatment. We will review some of the top acne powders.

Powders for Acne Prone Skin

The Balm Sexy Mama Anti-Shine Translucent Powder

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This powder has an invisible formula which makes it hard to see on the face, It has no color-correcting or skin-brightening features. The translucent powder will not allow any shine to the skin. It doesn’t show up in a totally matte but rather, semi-matte on the skin. It doesn’t give the skin an oily appearance, and it locks the oil in the powder. But does not absorb into the skin that would cause pores to clog up with oil or powder.

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural

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This effective powder offers the goodness of 77 minerals. Yes, 77 minerals not one. It is also enriched with Vitamin E. This powder has a slowly baked dome face powder with low-level pearlized pigments. Which means it won’t make your face shine like a light. The powder gives a dimensional appearance to the skin causing the powder to look evenly spread throughout the skin. This also helps to keep the shine down.

Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay In Place Powder With SPF 10

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This is an excellent powder for acne prone skin. It has a lightweight formula and complements the natural tone of the skin. Perfect for people with acne prone skin. This powder holds your makeup in place and prevents it from melting. Also, the powder comes with SPF 10 which is an added advantage. If the makeup melts, it can release all types of oil into the skin which will result in acne breakouts. The powder soothes the skin all day and prevents breakouts from occurring. It keeps the skin looking and feeling fresh.

Clinique Beyond Perfecting Powder Foundation + Concealer

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This powder has a unique formulation of foundation and concealer all-in-one. It comes in a lightweight and extremely comfortable formula, which makes it very easy to glide on the face. The powder foundation and concealer will hide acne because it delivers a nice even coverage. This foundation + concealer from the house of Clinique settles nicely on the face. It has an anti-shine look and best of all it will not clog the pores. It keeps the skin looking healthy.

Bobbi Brown Sheer Finish Pressed Powder

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This is a long-lasting powder sits comfortably on the face. It gives very nice coverage. The pressed powder has a slight natural-colored tint which provides the correct dose of color to your face. This pressed powder works for all skin types, including acne-prone skin. The sheer tint of this pressed powder has more of a pinkish finish, and thus the powder is better suited for cool skin tones.  

Bobbi Brown Skin Weightless Powder FoundationFace Powder

This foundation defies gravity and is literally weightless on the face. It feels extremely lightweight and is very comfortable. The foundation comes in several shades so you can pick the best color for your skin tone easily. It offers a matte finish to the skin. It has an oil and sweat controlling formula, too. This powder provides full coverage, hides flaws (like acne) and does not facilitate the growth of acne. All great features to prevent acne breakouts from occurring.

Clinique Superpowder Double Face Powder

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This Clinique powder is long lasting and applies to the facial skin smoothly. It has full coverage on the face and a matte finish. It will hide imperfections or pigmentation on the face quite well.

It Cosmetics Celebration Powder Foundation with SPF 50 

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This powder is loaded with SPF 50 which is decent even if you are in the great outdoors all day. The compact acts like a natural shield on the face and protects it from damage. It reduces breakouts and maintains the pH balance of the skin. This results in acne control on the skin. This powder has a high coverage formula.

Chambor Trinity All Over Face Powder – Rosetta

This is a unique powder because it offers three shades that go well with light to medium skin tones. These shades can be used together as a highlighter, blush or a compact powder or can be mixed together for a unique look. These powders will hide acne imperfections on the face.

Best Loose Powders for Acne Prone Skin

Please note in this section the powder will be given then a direct quote of the best review for each product will be recorded. All reviews can be found on MakeupAlley

Chantecaille Loose powder

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The best review for this product was done by The Copper Top.

Here is what The Coppertop said about this product:

“Well, this is my best replacement to my HG of powders that decided to cheap out (Christian Dior Poudre Libre, after a long run as a high-quality, finely-milled loose powder with a perfect color… went and added TALC, which makes me break out horribly! It stayed the same price too: USD 45). Anywho, so began my quest for a comparable replacement. After reading reviews on this site, I decided to go for Chantecaille Talc-Free Loose Powder.”


“While I personally feel it is a shade less silky than my old fave (CD Poudre Libre), it is perfect for my needs, and for me, I like a slightly dewy finish, not cakey or heavy… I like to let my skin show through (I routinely use select concealers — like under the eyes, around the corners of my nose, and on any select blemishes or patches of redness — and depending on the day,

I also love Shiseido’s Stick Foundation… no skin reactions and it goes on great; is buildable and still lets my own skin show through. BUT, enough about that!).

Chantecaille’s powder is finely milled, a good color, and I use my old CD brush to apply it… no chalky appearance and it sets my makeup, so my skin feels silky smooth, and dispels shine just enough until I touch up throughout the day (only if needed) with MAC’s Blot Powder (which is great because that doesn’t build up product).

And best of all, this talc-free powder does not break out my sensitized skin (THANK YOU Chantecaille for producing a quality loose powder that YES, CAN be talc-free!) I put dates on my products, so I know a) if they’re past their expiration date and b) to see how long they last me… and this first package has lasted me 6 months so far and by my accounts, will last me at least another 3… so, it’s a worthwhile purchase.”

Powders for Acne Prone Skin


“Very limited availability, at least in Orange County, CA; had to go to Neiman-Marcus (overly pretentious store, IMHO), and they only accept cash or American Express. So that was a pain. Short of ordering online, you have to go prepared! Then, I agree that the packaging is gorgeous BUT the biggest pain in the you-know-what to work with (messy, you potentially lose product too). So, after peeling back about half of the sticky shifter cover to only let a little product out at a time, I finally caved and VERY CAREFULLY pried open the package with the flat edge of a metal spatula and transferred it into my old (and now empty) container.

Christian Dior Poudre Libre packaging with the same thin metal spatula (are you kidding me? For $45 this stuff is like GOLD, and you don’t want to lose any of it!). See my review on the packaging for CD’s Poudre Libre, you’ll see why I love it so much, plus they gave you a killer compact (as in small) powder brush built into the package. I think the Chantecaille packaging came with a powder puff but why would I use that with loose powder? Powder puffs are meant for pressed powders, brushes are meant for loose powders.”


Dr. Jart+ Water Fuse BB Beauty Balm SPF 25 PA++

“Please don’t expect this powder to necessarily hold your shine at bay all day if you tend to be oily. As a makeup artist, I have learned that loose powder is formulated more as a finishing/setting powder.

If you want coverage and shine control (long-lasting), you will need to use a pressed foundation powder or more heavily-pigmented loose powder, and apply with a sponge or powder puff (sponges work GREAT for picking up enough product; plus, with their triangular angles, you can more easily get into crevices that you cannot with a regular powder puff).

Also, if you are having excessive oil production problems, your skin care routine may be the culprit (a proper and controlled skin care routine that you DON’T overload product onto will help immensely. My new fave is Origins, which I will review as well).”

Ben Nye Neutral Set translucent powder 

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The review for this product was written by Radio Cure 11

Radio Cure 11 says: “I wanted to add the ingredients list above, but for some reason, it won’t let me. So I’m adding them here: Talc, aluminum hydroxide, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben, sorbic acid. HTH someone! Took me forever to find the ingredients online!” These ingredients may be effective in keeping acne at bay. “

Marcelle Face Powder in Translucent

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The review for this product was written by Radio Cure 11

Radio Cure 11 says: “I wanted to add the ingredients list above, but for some reason, it won’t let me. So I’m adding them here: Talc, aluminum hydroxide, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben, sorbic acid.HTH someone! Took me forever to find the ingredients online!” These ingredients may be effective in keeping acne at bay. “

Marcelle Face Powder in Translucent

The review for this product was written by Aspiecutie

Aspiecutie states: “Simply EXCEPTIONAL – in its own…quiet way.

Powder is vital in my routine, especially loose powder. I have many of them. While I like to experiment with new exciting things, this powder is always there. I am male but can never go on a trip without my sunscreen, the ELF powder brush, and Marcelle Face Powder. I can live without foundation, blushes, and bronzers, but I simply cannot leave the house with an SPF oily face.

Most powders are either too coarse, too shiny (why do they have to put mica in there?), or so dry that I feel like I’m dragging my sunscreen as I slide the brush around my face. Marcelle is so fine, the brush glides smoothly, and the finish is just perfect! No need for a setting spray. I’m not sure whether it is the fine talc or the small amount of mineral oil it contains but it is pure genius!

Is the packaging too big? Yes!! There’s 70g or product in there, which makes it cheaper than Ben Nye Luxury Powders by size. You can get it for 10.97 CAD at Walmart. Considering the size, it’s as cheap as the NYC Loose Powder. The container might be a bit too bulky for travel, but I don’t care. I just put a sticker to block the sifter and toss it in my bag. I don’t even bother to transfer. The two available shades, Translucent and Translucent Medium differ mainly not in darkness but in color. Translucent Medium is simply a bit red, not dark.

Trying to be impartial, I guess its greatest PROS can turn out to be its CONS as well.

– Because it is so sheer, it doesn’t offer any coverage. It will slightly blur imperfections, but that’s about it. Which is good because it doesn’t turn my facial hair beige when applied liberally. 🙂

– Because it is so creamy, there are other talcs/cornstarch/rice powders on the market that control oil slightly better. But for normal to slightly oily, slightly dry skin people this is great.

– Because it is so smooth, I find that blush and bronzer don’t bind on it as well. I’d say it’s more suited as a finishing powder. But I personally prefer yellow powder for that.

Bottom line: If you need powder to remove shine from sunscreen all over your face and neck this powder is excellent. If your skin is not too oily, it makes a good finishing powder as well. A real beauty bargain, 100% Canadian.:) “

Hynt Beauty Finale Finishing Powder

Sonia Kashuk barely there loose powder in flesh

This review was written by Bibliophile

Bibliophile writes: “I previously reviewed this product, and gave it five lippies. What has changed so drastically to make me re-think my opinion? Well, the price recently skyrocketed from $17.50 per ounce to $71.50 per ounce.

The amount of product in the container went from 0.458 oz. (13 grams) for $8 to 0.14 oz (3.9 grams) for $10. While the product itself is of top-notch, superlative quality, the two color choices are sorely lacking (Naked is too light for most and Flesh is too dark for most), and now the price has skyrocketed overnight, placing itself out of reach in the long term.

Sure, you might buy this powder once (be sure to purchase both colors because you’ll likely have to mix). To continue using this powder, my per year cost would be at least $200, and probably more! This product is no longer the affordable luxury it once was.”

Coty airspun loose face powder translucent extra coverage 

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The review for this product was done by Fragrances All’s

Fragrance All’s writes: “This is going to sound over-the-top impossible but, trust me. Many years ago someone told me about this trick, and it works. Instead of applying the powder over your liquid foundation, you apply it first, then foundation. Using a cotton ball, pat the powder liberally over your clean, non-greasy moisturized face, then, with a clean puff, stroke downward to remove excess.

Next, and this is crucial, dot on an oil-free, MUST be oil-free, liquid foundation and blend. The result is a poreless, flawless complexion. Even though my skin tends towards dryness, this method doesn’t seem to dry it out. I’ve only tried this method with Coty, but it may work with other loose powders.”

Jurlique Silk Dust

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The review for this product was created by Asianista’s

Asianista’s says: “After reading the raving comments about this product, I bought it on sale on strawberrynet (love this website) and couldn’t wait to try it.

The smell is fantastic (both Rose and Citrus), the texture is fine, the packaging is fantastic (I now use it for my LaNeige loose powder). However, I get a really whitish glow from dusting even a light layer of it on my face. I’m caucasian, fair/med skin, never go in the sun and usually use products that are lighter in color than what most women use in Canada (been in Asia for too long!!!) But this one is way too ghostly for me. Made me look ‘old!’

After reading the ingredients, I looked in my cupboard and tried on rice starch and had similar results for a fraction of the price. I’m sure if you add a drop or two of rose/citrus/lavender essential oil in rice or yam starch (or a mix of both) and shake a lot, you probably get a similar product (silk protein powder is also available online on makeup supply websites.)

All in all, what is the HG for someone is sometimes the ‘what was I thinking of’ purchase for others!!! “

C’est la vie!!!


Here is the take on the best powders for acne prone skin. Included in this article were reviews of top acne powders and then we listed the actual reports of users using acne powders they reviewed. Find your powder and run with it. Check out these foundations for acne prone skin.


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