Receive LOVE in your mailbox

Try our weekly newsletter with amazing tips to bring and retain love in your life

Great Tips To Choose The Best Face Primer For Acne-prone Skin

Many people ditch investing in a face primer. According to them, they don’t really need the formula. The actual reason is that they don’t know how to use it. Since primers are not very common, people even makeup lovers get intimidated just by the sound of them!

Before investing in the best face primer for acne-prone skin, you need to learn a few things.

One they are different kinds of primer formulations depending on which part of the face you intend to cover. They are primers for foundation, for eye shadows, and also for mascaras. You can also invest in a primer for your lips.

Suggested read: These Powder Foundations For Your Acne-Prone Skin Will Alter The Way You Look At Makeup

What is the function of a primer?

best primer for acne-prone skin.jpg

A primer prepares your skin for the foundation and the subsequent makeup that is to follow. It will help make your makeup last longer, while also serving as a barrier between your skin and you’re the formulas.

A primer helps create a smooth base so that it is easier for the rest of the products to glide on effortlessly. Primers usually contain silicone, which fills the skin pores, making them appear smaller. This, in turn, makes the skin appear even and silky.

Choosing a silicone-based primer has its own set of pros and cons. Though people usually go for these primers because they even out the skin, making it look flawless, it is a huge no-no for people with acne-prone skin. The dimethicone in these formulas react with the skin and cause an allergy.

For people who are using a silicone-based primer for the first time, even if you do not have an acne-prone or sensitive skin, it is necessary that you do a patch test first. Apply the primer behind your ear lobes, and see if your skin reacts. If you have not bought a primer yet, and are planning to invest in one, I would suggest that you stay away from silicone-based primers to avoid risks.

While most primers help hide the pores and fine lines on the skin, there are some primers which also correct skin discolorations. These primers will help you balance out the redness and cover the dark circles under your eyes.

For people with oily skin, there are primers which help control the excess moisture making the skin ready for makeup. These primers can be used during hot weather by most skin types, except dry skin.

Applying a primer like a pro

A primer will help you create the right canvas for the rest of the makeup to blend in well, and so, it should be applied before the foundation. Once you have toned your face and applied a moisturizer, go for the primer.

If you were planning to dodge the moisturizer, then you need to reconsider. Applying a moisturizer before the primer will improve the skin evening out process.

There is nothing to get confused about. Just remember: Moisturizer + Primer + Foundation + Rest of the makeup. Once you start following this rule, you will get the hang of it in no time.

Take a cherry-sized amount of the primer. Apply a dot of it on the forehead, then the nose and finally the sides of the nose. Now slowly buff the formula into the skin. Go outward in your strokes.

Do not apply the product heavily. It can make your skin look terrible and make the rest of the makeup cakey.

To apply the primer, you can either use your fingers or go for a sponge. Remember to keep the sponge clean and disinfected at all times.

After you apply the primer, wait for a while for it to set. Only then apply the foundation.

Suggested read: All The Top Tips For Choosing The Best Setting Powder For Acne-prone Skin

Best face primer for acne-prone skin

Here are the primers which are the most popular in the market for acne-prone skin.

1. Lorac Porefection Mattifying Face Primer


Image source: shopclues

The salicylic acid in the Lora Porefection Mattifying Face Primer makes it the most suitable primer for people with acne-skin by keeping the breakouts at bay. The primer also contains ingredients like vitamin A and E. These improve the condition of your skin and make it healthier from within.

The finish the primer offers is matte, which in turn, helps the overall makeup last longer. People with extremely oily skin type should trust this primer blindly.

This formula does not contain parabens and fragrances. It will, therefore, not further irritate your skin. It contains no oil, and disappears into the skin in no time, absorbing the excess moisture in your skin.

The mattifying effect leaves the skin velvety, which helps prevent the foundation from settling into the fine lines around the lips and the eyes.

2. Becca Ever Matte Poreless Priming Perfector

best primer for acne-prone skin.jpg

Image source: sephora

The Becca Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector is an oil controlling primer that will not only absorb the excess moisture from your face, but also take care of the blemishes or acne scars along the T-zone.

The finish the formula offers is matte, so it leaves your skin looking fresh through the day. Also, the primer does not contain silicone, so yay!

While it controls the excess oil production by the sebaceous glands, it also minimizes the size of the pores and leaves your skin with a natural glow that lasts for 12 hours or more.

The texture of the formula is like a gel, but it dries quickly and offers a matte finish. If and when you apply this formula, do not dodge the moisturizer or else it can have an uncomfortable tightening effect on the skin.

3. Benefit Cosmetics The POREfessional

best primer for acne-prone skin.jpg

Image source: benefitcosmetics

If you have large skin pores on your face, and you want to cover it, then this is the face primer to fall back on. It blends into your skin easily, and gives you a smooth and flawless finish.

The Benefits Cosmetics The POREfessional is a product which will help you minimize the appearance of the size of your skin pores.

The formula is oil free and it will suit your skin which s sensitive to fragrance. Though it contains silicone, and some polymers, it will not aggravate your skin type. However, get a patch test done before you apply this formula on your face.

It contains vitamin E which will rejuvenate your skin and build it up from within.

4. Skindinavia The Makeup Primer Spray


Image source: skindinavia

Skindinavia The Makeup Primer Spray is a spray obviously and so its properties are different from the rest of the formulas on this list which are either cream or gel.

The product is formulated in such a way that it has a patented temperature control technology. This basically means your skin will not get that unwanted luster that most primers leave. Thus your skin will look natural and glowy.

It is a long-wearing formula which lends a matte finish to the skin that lasts up to 16 hours at least.

It blends into the skin easily and dries in a jiffy, ready for the foundation.

5. Dermalogica Hydrablur Primer


Image source:

The last primer on our list for acne-prone skin is the Dermalogica Hydrablur Primer, which also works wonders on dry skin type. If you don’t want to go through the trouble of trying formulas after formulas, then you should definitely go for this product.

The product is packaged in a travel-friendly tube with a twist open cap. Squeeze a cherry-sized amount of this lightweight and non-oily formula, and apply it on your face before you apply the foundation.

The primer will help reduce the appearance of large skin pores. It will also hide the fine lines around the lips and the eyes due to the mushroom extract that it contains.

The exotic fruit Wu-zHu-Yo fruit extracts in the formula will improves the skin’s radiance, making it appear healthy naturally.

These elements make the primer ideal for acne-prone skin, but what ingredients does it contain that it also benefits dry skin? Let’s find out.

The primer is infused with Abyssinian oil and an H2O Realese Complex which enables hydration and locks it in the skin, thus moisturizing it optimally. All this is done without triggering the production of excess oil by the sebaceous glands.

This primer also provides a natural and long-wearing coverage. You can wear it on its own, or also use it as a base for the rest of your makeup.

Suggested read: Great Tips For Choosing The Best Concealer For Acne-prone Skin

That is all we have on today’s post on the best face primer for acne-prone skin. Was this helpful? Will you be recommending it to others too? If you have makeup queries that you would like to share with us, then please do so in the comment section below. Our experts will get back to ASAP.

You can also subscribe to our newsletter to receive these articles in your inbox every day.

See you again tomorrow!

Article Name
Great Tips To Choose The Best Face Primer For Acne-prone Skin
Are you wondering how to add a glow to your skin? Well, all you need to do is pick the best face primer for acne-prone skin. Let us help you with that!
Riya Roy

Riya Roy

“If my doctor told me I had only six minutes to live, I wouldn't brood. I'd type a little faster.” This Isaac Asimov line, embraces my love for writing in the finest and most desperate way that it is and should be! I was tormented by the earnestness of the written word not very early in my journey. But once smitten, it has helped me devour life twice over; savoring the moment and indulging in its memories. As a flâneuse, I wander to understand the intricacies of human relationships. Realizing that, they are just different manifestations of the same feeling of love, has been my greatest learning. I seek to share its opulence through the words I type.