Foundation can be a double-edged sword. On one hand, it works miracles at covering up skin imperfections. On the other—if you’re using the wrong formula—it can cause sensitive and acne-prone skin to react, leaving it worse than it was. The solution? Drop the formula, asap! Certain ingredients in your makeup can cause acne, rashes, and in extreme cases, eczema. Good news? Some brands make foundation formulations especially geared for skin that’s a little more high-maintenance. And according to Washington, D.C.-based dermatologist Amy Wechsler, M.D., it’s all about checking the label, first. So before forking over the cash, scan her list of foundation no-no’s below.
Free of oils, fragrances, glutens, and parabens, Cover FX’s silky formulations are suitable for even the most sensitive of skin types. Plus, their new Total Coverage Cream Foundation comes in over 30 shades and can be used as a concealer and a foundation.
With roots in dermatology and plastic surgery, Youngblood was created specifically for patients suffering from raw, inflamed, and discolored skin. Their mineral foundation formula allows skin to breathe while still providing maximum coverage.
After battling acne and skin issues as a teenager, Lorac founder Carol Shaw ensured that none of her products contain fragrances, oils, or harsh chemicals. Instead, they’re packed full of soothing plant extracts, emollients, and moisturizers.