Best Primer for Acne Prone Skin

(Last Updated On: August 3, 2018)

Primer hmm! It sounds like paint primer you know the kind you paint on your house before you put the real coat of paint on. So, this means when you prime your face you are really painting it. Indeed an interesting concept wouldn’t you say? Naturally, if you were going to paint your face you would want to use the best skin primers available. It will be the foundation of all what you will put on your face afterwards. It needs to be a solid and strong base. It is the element that holds everything else together. There are bad primers, not so good primers, good primers and where we are going in this article the best primers.

LORAC POREfection Acne Face Primer

First on the list is lorac porefection acne face primer. (notice the emphasis on pore) This base is best used on sensitive skin and is loaded with different antioxidants of Vitamin A, C and E that is supposed to keep your makeup in place and your skin looking healthy, radiant and glowing.

Pros:

  • Lorac primer is an oil-free primer that guarantees that it will control the production of sebum oil that controls acne and pimples this is what the manufacturer is claiming
  • It does not contain parabens (any of a group of compounds used as preservatives in pharmaceutical and cosmetic products and in the food industry.) that lead to premature aging like getting wrinkles and fine lines
  • It doesn’t clog pores but minimizes them to stop acne causing bacteria from thriving
  • It is loaded with salicylic acid which is a key component in stopping, treating and healing acne
  • This long-lasting primer provides  good complexion due to its matte finish
  • It is fragrant free so it will not irritate sensitive skin

Cons:

  • People with dry skin should apply a moisturizer before using this product if it dries out their skin
  • It is not recommended for oily skins it will the them greasy
  • The pH in this formula is very high for the salicylic acid to exfoliate the skin because the level of salicylic acid s low

Skindinavia the Makeup Primer Spray

Skindinavia the Makeup Primer Spray

Skindinavia the makeup primer spray is temperature controlled technology that helps the skin to glow all day long. It may reduce the need for frequent touch-ups and blotting. This is ideal for oily skins or for skins having over exposure to the environment. Best used on oily skin

Pros:

  • The ultra-fine mist controls the face glow for up to 16 hours making it very practical for oily skins or skins who are in a professional setting and they don’t have time for touch-ups
  • It contains alcohol denat that absorbs all the excess oil from the pores leaving you with fresh-looking skin all day and reducing the chances of acne breakouts
  • It prevents the makeup from caking as its consistency is not creamy as it is in theform of a mist or liquid
  • It is hypoallergenic so it is good for sensitive skins and it does not make them breakout
  • It is lightweight on the skin making it a good fit all day long

Cons:

  • Dry skins may get irritated because of the alcohol denat that is a  cosmetic astringent
  • It contains fragrance which irritate or cause allergies to sensitive skin
  • When applying it make sure it is applied evenly everywhere on the face or t will leave slight patches for this to happen spray it twice in “X” and “T” formations

BECCA Ever Matte Poreless Priming Perfector For Acne

Becca ever matte poreless priming perfector for acne provides an immediate matte effect that lasts and minimizes the appearance of pores. For use on oily or combination skin (our skin can be dry or normal in some areas and oily in others, such as the T-zone (nose, forehead, and chin). Many people have this type. It may need slightly different care in different areas.) and this formula is humidity resistant and sweat resistant.

Pros:

  • This becca has a dual function because it can be used as foundation and as touch up for makeup
  • The consistency is water-based helping to keep the skin feeling lightweight all day
  • The presence of clay-derived absorbent magnesium aluminum silicate provides everlasting matte look to the skin.
  • It doesn’t clog pores so pores cannot become clogged with dirt or sweat this will divert blackheads, pimples and acne from forming on the skin
  • It is fragrance free which is good for those who are allergic to fragrance or scent

Cons:

  • It needs to be applied by patting movements instead of rubbing method otherwise it might become flaky.
  • Combination to dry skins might feel dried out and they might appear flaky and patchy.
  • If after applying it is not dried properly, it might start to peel off.

Paula’s Choice SHINE STOPPER Instant Matte Finish Oil Control Acne Primer

Shine stopper instant matte primer contains an oil-absorbing formula that keeps oily skin free from the shine. This lightweight formula dries to a soft, powder-like finish that hides skin imperfections and minimizes the appearance of the pores.

Pros:

  • It contains the active ingredient Methyl Methacrylate which is textured enhancing oil absorbent instant matte finish that last up to six hours
  • Glycerin replenishes skin and Dimethicone provides great coverage hiding all the minor imperfections that lets the makeup stay in place.
  • It is suitable for sensitive skin as it is fragrance free and would not cause any irritation or allergic reactions to the acne prone skin.
  • It does not clog pores and does not cake acting as a barrier for any acne-causing bacteria.

Cons:

  • Frequent touch ups and blotting needed throughout the day for extremely oily skins as Dimethicone is a hydrating agent and might turn your skin greasy.
  • When applying, it needs to be dabbed instead of rubbed otherwise the desired matte look would not be achieved.

BareMinerals Prime Time Oil Control Face Primer

bareMinerals Prime Time Oil Control Face Primer

Bareminerals Prime time control face primer is loaded with antioxidants  that provide nourishment for the skin. It greatly extends the wear of your foundation giving fresh, healthy skin for a longer period of time. As the name says it particularly controls the shine on the face and maintains a matte finish at the same time. For use on oily skin.

Pros:  

  • This mineral primer combats rough patches and flaky dryness inducing hydration to maximize the effect of the foundation due to the presence of silica gel (silicon dioxide).
  • The acrylates present in this formula act as an adsorbent which controls excess oil and reduces the building of sebum in the pores.
  • It does not block pores so no bacteria are trapped in the outer layer of skin minimizing the blemishes and pesky pimples.
  • This formula is fragrance free and gentle for the skin and does not lead to irritation or sensitivity.
  • It nourishes skin with antioxidants such as Vitamin A, C, E and different plant extracts.

Cons:

  • Works beautifully on slightly oily skins but those with very oily skin may see only one or two hours of shine free skin.
  • If a bigger blot of the primer is applied it might feel sticky and gross. The quantity applied matters the most, half a pump only.
  • If your skin is dried and you apply this primer, it will flake off quickly in no time.

Benefit Cosmetics POREfessional Primer for Acne

Benefit cosmetics porefessional primer for acne is specifically designed to minimize the appearance of pores. Ths lead to a smoother and silkier skin which leads to which is perfect for ,makeup to stay in place. Generally, this formula complements all skin tones as it is specified to be reducing the appearance of pores. Use on oily skin.

Pros:

  • It quickly minimizes wrinkles, fine lines and pores which help in the de-accumulation of dirt and bacteria in the pores reducing the chance of breakouts.
  • It is silky, lightweight formula that can be applied two ways i.e. under and over makeup.
  • It is a non-comedogenic product and does not let oil build up on the skin and stops sebum production.
  • It contains a Vitamin E derivative, silicone blends and film-forming agents that are known to protect skin from free radicals.

 

Cons:

  • It contains strong fragrance and hence it is not suitable for sensitive skins or skins that are allergic to perfume.
  • Dry skins must moisturize before applying this primer as it might get cakey otherwise.
  • It is a bit expensive and a bit overrated for its tendency to hide pores completely.

Hourglass Cosmetics Veil Mineral Primer

Hourglass Cosmetics Veil Mineral Primer may prepare the skin for the best makeup application along with protecting, hydrating, and nourishing the skin. Hourglass primer is the only product on the list that provides sunscreen protection. This is a nice little added bonus. For use on oily skin.

Hourglass Cosmetics Veil Mineral Primer

Pros:

  • It is a lightweight formula with SPF 15 that glides on scars and makes the application easy on an acne prone skin.
  • Zinc Oxide is the main component of this primer which is a moisturizing agent and protects skin from sun damage.
  • Titanium dioxide is a whitening, lubricating and sunscreen ingredient used in cosmetics the way it does for this primer helping the skin is glowing while protecting it from UVA and UVB damage.
  • It is free from oil and parabens that may otherwise cause the clogging of the pores resulting in acne-causing bacteria thriving on the skin.
  • It does not contain fragrance and is suitable for sensitive skins.

Cons:

  • It is a bit too high in price according to the quantity. This could hurt sales for the product.
  • Dry skins are recommended to avoid this primer as it contains drying agents and might cause break outs.
  • The darker skin tones might get a ‘slight’ powdery white cast if not applied properly.

Too Faced Cosmetics Primed and Poreless

Too faced Cosmetics Primed and Poreless  is formulated to wear under bronzers foundation or alone does an effective job in temporarily hiding  all the wrinkles and fine lines. Primed and poreless also covers up skin pores remarkably. And it provides a great canvass so makeup glides on effortlessly and it stays on.  Use on oily skin

Pros:

  • It virtually minimizes pores to protect the skin from building up excess oil and bacteria causing acne.
  • It hides imperfections including patches, fine lines, spotty and rough skin increasing and improving the skin complexion.
  • It comprises of Mulberry extracts and arctostaphylos UVA URSI that protects and brightens the skin making it suitable for long-time wearing.
  • Retinyl Palmitate and Cyclodextrin are the hydrating agents that restore skin moisture and provide the skin with collagen elastin proteins to maintain its elasticity.
  • It contains many antioxidants that revitalize the skin and makes it firm including Camellia Oil and Vitamin A essence.

Cons:

  • t contains Ivy Extract that can be irritating to the sensitive skins.
  • It is not intended for dry skins as it might dry them more causing breakouts.
  • Oily skins might feel the need for a touch up every hour or so and re-applying will cause the layers to accumulate in patches.

COVER FX Mattifying Primer

Cover fx mattifying Primer is a water-resistant gel primer that helps keep the skin matte, minimizes the pores, and heals acne effectively. It also facilitates the blending of foundation and extends the life of your makeup hiding any acne blemishes. Best used for combination skin.

Pros:

  • COVER FX primer contains Willow bark extracts that naturally contains Salicylic acid, a main component in healing acne and the active ingredient t of this primer.
  • Salicylic Acid treats the larger pores and restricts oil or sebum from blocking them hence reducing the chances of breakouts.
  • This water-based primer has a pH value of 4.1 which means that the Salicylic Acid will be able to function as an exfoliator which is an extra benefit that other primers do not provide.
  • It contains anti-oxidants such as Vitamin C, E and F that protect and soothe the skin while treating premature anti-aging.
  • It contains African Tree Bark Extract that is derived from chamomile plant which is believed to reduce redness and inflammation that might have been caused due to the pesky pimples.
  • This primer has been formulated without the use of Parabens, Sulfates and Phthalates.

Cons:

  • It contains fragrant Citrus fruits extracts that possess slight risk of irritation to the sensitive skins.
  • Since, this product is not primarily intended for shine control, it would not absorb oil for more than an hour so it is not a good choice for extremely oily skins.

BareMinerals Original Prime Time Foundation Primer

Bareminerals original prime time foundation primer s a preservative-free formula designed to make your skin silky and smooth throughout the day. It makes the application of foundation easier and lets the makeup stay in place.

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20

Pros:

  • bareMinerals Primer is formulated without preservatives and irritants which makes it suitable for sensitive skins as well.
  • Its active ingredient is Cyclopentasiloxane i.e. is a skin conditioning agent and hides all imperfections including rough patches, flaky dryness and uneven texture.
  • Cyclopentasiloxane is also believed to boost collagen and elastin (skin proteins) that help maintain the elasticity of the skin.
  • It also contains Dimethicone, which is an absorbent and removes any excess sebum and oil from the skin providing you a sheer matte look.
  • Only a small quantity (small pump) is needed to layer up.

Cons:

  • It contains fragrant Citrus fruits extracts that pose slight risk of irritation to the sensitive skins.
  • Since, this product is not primarily intended for shine control, it would not absorb oil for more than an hour so it is not a good choice for extremely oily skins.

Clinique Super Universal Face Primer

Clinique Super Universal Face Primer for casual wear makes the face an ideal canvas. So go ahead and paint away. It makes the foundation stay in place and the makeup applies smoothly and it stays true. This is because the primer is color-correcting to the tone of your skin. For use on oily to combination skin.

Pros:

  • It contains Dimethicone and Cyclopentasiloxane as active ingredients, former one is an absorbent and the latter one is a skin conditioning agent that makes it completely suitable for all skin types.
  • Clinique Face Primer is colorless thin liquid that eliminates wrinkles and fine lines. Unlike other primers, it has a very thin texture that makes the skin look smooth.
  • It has an entirely different formula as compared to other Super-primers because it has a broad range of antioxidants to maintain the elasticity of the skin.
  • It nicely blurs the pores without clogging them maintaining skin hygiene and to reduce the chances of bacteria resting inside them, eradicating chances of acne.
  • It is hypoallergenic and fragrance free which makes it completely suitable for sensitive skins.

Cons:

  • Very dry skins would not find any benefit as it will not have a noticeable effect due to its thinner consistency.
  • It is not a long-wearing primer and would not last longer than two hours. This is a very short wearing primer. It may not be worth the cost.

Conclusion:

This is the end of the discussion on the best primer for acne prone skin. You will now be better informed as to which primer will work best for your peculiar skin type.

Written by Irina Radosevic MD
Irina graduated from the University of Belgrade, School of Medicine as a Doctor of Medicine (MD) and spent over 3 years working in the Clinical Hospital Center Zvezdara, in the Department of Emergency Medicine. She also undertook a postgraduate in Cardiology from the same University and had previously worked for over a year as a Physician and Nutritionist Dietitian for the Fitness club Green Zone. She eventually left her chaotic but fulfilling job in the ER to pursue her passion of writing, travelling and mountain climbing which has included writing a first aid course for the alpine club of Belgrade. Irina currently works as a VA for PintMedia focusing on medical and travel writing. Feel free to connect with Irina on LinkedIn and FaceBook. Her CV can be seen here.