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Top 10 Best Non-Comedogenic Primers for Acne-Prone Skin

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As someone with acne-prone skin, there’s always the dilemma of finding that holy grail makeup that doesn’t irritate your skin or clog up your pores. (And as you may know, irritated skin + clogged pores = acne.)

Finding the right makeup is hard enough, the last thing we need is to put on stuff that would aggravate our skin.

When that happens, it perpetuates a horrid cycle of getting acne, trying to cover it with makeup, getting MORE breakouts from using the wrong products, finding ANOTHER product to correct the problem… and before we know it, everything goes to shit and the world is ending. (Ok bit dramatic but if you’re caught in this web, it’s really hard to crawl out of it!)

We want to break this cycle and get it right, from skincare to makeup. PREVENTION is always better than cure.

Using high-quality, NON-COMEDOGENIC products is one of the keys to preventing breakouts.

Non-comedogenic means the product is specially formulated to not clog pores. This is a crucial feature for those with oily skin and/or acne-prone skin.

Primers, whose main job is to create a flawless canvas, is the closest makeup to sit on our skin. You apply it right after skincare and before foundation.

And when you have large pores, the only way to recreate refined skin is to mash it down until it disappears. (Makeup artist tip—that’s really how you do it on large pores, by pushing it down with a rolling motion.) It sits on the skin for the rest of the day and if you get the right primer, it’s going to glide on makeup to perfection and not clog any pores.

Jump to: The Top 10 Best Primers for Large Pores

Sometimes primers can even be a hybrid of skincare and makeup, with an array of ingredients that can benefit our skin and address other issues.

Jump to: Tips & Tricks for Using Primers

There is a laundry list of primers out there, but we’ve curated only the best based on our experience and other consumer reviews.

Make sure to check the Best For: line to see which one is most suited for your needs.

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1. BareMinerals Blemish Rescue Anti-Redness Mattifying Primer for Acne-Prone Skin

Best for: Oily & Acne-prone skin, Redness, Large pores, Flakes

BareMinerals Blemish Rescue Anti-Redness Mattifying Primer for Acne-Prone Skin


Video: Acne Makeup Routine with Blemish Remedy Face Primer from bareMinerals


Video: bareMinerals BLEMISH RESCUE Collection Tutorial from bareMinerals

Makeup and skincare in one, this mattifying primer is specially formulated for calming, covering, and preventing adult acne.

It’s part of a skin-clearing clean makeup regimen that is the first of its kind–where a makeup routine resolves to contain current breakouts, prevent future ones, and maintain the skin’s essential moisture (something that we lose as we grow older.)

This lightweight gel-lotion is clinically proven to improve skin hydration both instantly and after 12 hours.*

Green mineral pigments help neutralize any redness**, while chamomile & arnica help calm and nourish the skin.

An anti-blemish mineral blend of zinc, sulfur, and kaolin clay work in synergy to purify the pores. It’s also clinically proven to mattify the skin both instantly and over time.*

Phytosphingosine fortifies the skin’s defenses against bacteria.

All this while providing an effective canvas for even makeup application.

bareMineral’s skin-clearing makeup routine includes:

Dermatologist tested. Non-drying, Non-comedogenic, Non-acnegenic.
Formulated for all skin types, including oily and acne prone skin.
Free of parabens, sulfates, fragrance, talc, and gluten.
Vegan. Not tested on animals.

In an independent clinical consumer test:
– 100% of participants showed an instant improvement in skin’s hydration*
– 100% saw improvement in oil control both immediately and over time*
– 76% agreed the primer instantly color corrected their redness**

*Based on a 4-week clinical study of 33 women
**Based on a 6-week consumer perception study of 34 women

Best for: All skin types including Oily skin, Acne-prone skin, Redness, Large pores, Bumps, Flakes

Formulation Base: Silicone-based primer

Color: Green mineral pigments

Consistency & Finish: Lightweight, Matte-finish, Gel-lotion

Key Benefits:

  • Formulated specifically for adult acne, as coverage and prevention
  • Clinically proven to improve skin hydration both instantly and after 12 hours*
  • Clinically proven to mattify the skin both instantly and over time.*
  • Green mineral pigments to neutralize any redness
  • Contains chamomile and arnica to nourish and calm the skin
  • Contains phytosphingosine, which fortifies the skin’s defenses against bacteria

Make-up Artist Tips:

Apply a pearl-sized amount on your index and middle finger. Press and roll the primer in areas where there are bumps, flakes, large pores, and redness. Repeat until the texture looks even.

Additional Benefits:

  • May be helpful for textured acne scars if paired with a non-comedogenic powder
  • Dermatologist tested. Non-drying, Non-comedogenic, Non-acnegenic.
  • Formulated for all skin types, including oily and acne prone skin.
  • Free of parabens, sulfates, fragrance, talc, and gluten
  • Vegan. Not tested on animals.

Cons:

  • Has a light scent to it, for those who might mind it
  • Commands a higher price tag than most primers, with all the benefits it comes along
  • Doesn’t really help with the longevity of makeup from what we’ve seen
  • From experience, not enough to cover intense redness from rosacea

2. Laura Mercier Foundation Primer: Blemish-Less

Best for: Acne-prone, Oily Skin

This is another specialist primer that doubles as a primer and blemish minimizer.

It’s an oil-free formula that smooths the skin to an even surface for the perfect makeup application. It also helps product glide on easily and last longer. This means you’re color-true for hours and look fresh throughout the day.

If you’re on the oily side, this also helps control shine and minimize the appearance of pores.

The consistency is a lightweight, soothing, and water-based gel. Unlike traditional primers, this isn’t overloaded with silicones so it won’t feel like there’s another layer on. On the downside, this also means there won’t be much assistance if you have visible acne scarring or very large pores (you’ll need a silicone-heavy primer for that).

The formulation also includes salicylic acid and other ingredients that have been clinically proven to significantly improve blemishes after 4 weeks of use.*

All in all, a well-rounded primer for acne-prone skin that knocks it out of the park.

Oil-free. Non-comedogenic. Dermatologist-tested.

BONUS: If you’re not too keen on salicylic acid, there’s a version of the same primer that replaces it with antioxidants and a vitamin complex—the Laura Mercier Foundation Primer: Oil-Free.

*Based on a 4-week clinical efficacy study conducted on 30 subjects.

Best for: Acne-prone, Oily Skin

Formulation Base: Water-based primer

Color: White from the pump, blends out invisibly into the skin

Consistency & Finish: Lightweight gel, demi-matte finish

Key Benefits:

  • Doubles as a primer and blemish minimizer
  • Oil-free formula that smooths to an even surface for the perfect makeup application
  • Lightweight, soothing, water-based gel that adds an almost invisible layer
  • Salicylic acid to help control blemishes and significantly improve it after 4 weeks of use*

Additional Benefits:

  • Oil-free formula. Non-comedogenic. Dermatologist-tested.

Cons:

Make-up Artist Tips:

Apply after moisturizer or sunscreen, gently massage primer into the skin with your fingertips.

3. Laura Mercier Foundation Primer: Hydrating

Best for: Normal to Dry skin, Mature skin


Video: How to Get the No-Makeup Makeup Look | Laura Mercier

This is the brand’s most nourishing primer, which aims to prep dry or dehydrated skin with a moisture and vitamin-rich formula. It helps deliver a natural, dewy base for your makeup application.

The lightweight and creamy consistency give a soft-focus effect to help minimize the look of pores, fine lines, and other imperfections.

Based on the same non-comedogenic formula, this hydrating primer soothes and conditions the skin. It also creates a moisture buffer enhanced with a cocktail of antioxidants to protect the skin against the harmful, aging effects of the environment.

Non-comedogenic. Dermatologist-tested.

BONUS: Alternative for extra luminous skin, try Foundation Primer: Radiance or Radiance Bronze.

Beauty FYI: Laura Mercier created the industry’s first primer in 1995. She originally studied art in France and wanted to create a product that would blend makeup perfectly to the skin, like paint on canvas.

Best for: Normal to Dry skin, Mature skin

Formulation Base: Water-based primer

Color: Invisible coverage

Consistency & Finish: Lightweight, Natural, Dewy finish

Key Benefits:

  • Prep dry or dehydrated skin with a moisture & vitamin-rich formula
  • Gives a soft-focus effect to help minimize the look of pores, fine lines, and other imperfections.
  • Creates a moisture buffer enhanced with a cocktail of antioxidants to protect the skin against the harmful, aging effects of the environment

Make-up Artist Tips:

  • Apply after moisturizer or sunscreen, gently massage primer into the skin with your fingertips. If you have severely dry skin, add a hydrating serum in between.
  • This is also the perfect primer for winter.

4. Elizabeth Arden Flawless Start Instant Perfecting Primer

Best for: All skin types; Issues with skin texture

Elizabeth Arden Flawless Start Instant Perfecting Primer


Video: Elizabeth Arden’s ‘No Makeup’ Makeup Look | SkinStore

A product that you’ll find in most professional make-up artist’s arsenal–and with very good reason.

This pore-minimizing primer features a triple-blurring complex with light diffusing technology that immediately blurs pores and fine lines to create an immaculate canvas for the rest of your makeup. From experience, this one makes you Insta-ready in a flash.

The formulation also contains longwear polymers which are a balance of emollients to keep your skin moisturized and give you a radiant glow. Its unique time-released skin balancing technology helps control shine while locking in moisture throughout the day.

This primer is silky, lightweight, oil-free and non-comedogenic; all essential in keeping any potential breakouts at bay.

All the above combined can give you an even-toned, retouched appearance in an instant.

Winner: IMAGE Beauty Awards

Best for: All skin types especially Mature skin, Enlarged pores, Fine lines; Issues with skin texture

Formulation Base: Silicon-based primer

Color: Nude

Consistency & Finish: Silky, lightweight, universal-tint primer

Key Benefits:

  • Triple-Blurring Complex – light-diffusing, soft focus ingredients to instantly perfect your skin’s texture and minimize the appearance of pores, wrinkles, and fine lines.
  • Time-Release Skin Balancing Technology – a unique formulation of hyaluronic acid and botanical extracts to hydrate and plump lines, while hollow silica beads help absorb oil throughout the day
  • Longwear Polymers – a balance of emollients that adhere to the skin and extend the wear of your foundation

Additional Benefits:

  • Instant retouch look, very useful for those with skin texture issues
  • Winner IMAGE Beauty Awards 2016

Cons: For those with oily skin, you’ll need to blot after around two hours. From experience, it’s not as oil-controlling as the other primers on this list.

Make-up Artist Tips:

  • Apply a thin layer throughout your face and under the jaw. The blurring effect should be instantaneous.
  • Allow primer to set for at least 10 seconds before applying your foundation.
  • It’s quite thick before its set, so a little goes a long way

5. Dermablend Insta-Grip Jelly Face Primer, 1 Fl. Oz.

Best for: All skin types, Longwear makeup

Dermablend Insta-Grip Jelly Face Primer


Video: How To Apply The Insta-Grip™ Jelly Primer | Dermablend Professional

This is a powerful 3-in-1 multi-tasking primer that gives 24-hour extended makeup wear, is an instant facial moisturizer, and delivers a subtle skin-tightening effect. All this makes for a better makeup application and longer wear.

Its unique jelly texture, formulated with panthenol (Vitamin B5) and cork extract, help grips onto makeup for up to a 24-hour staying power. (You can sweat through a concert and it will stick!)

It’s also quick absorbing, formulated with plant extracts and glycerin to moisturize, smoothen, and tighten skin for enhanced makeup application.

The silicone-free, non comedogenic, jelly texture dries to a natural finish and creates a fresh canvas.

Formulated without: parabens, phthalates, triclosan, sodium lauryl sulfate.
Developed for safety:
dermatologist-tested, fragrance-free, allergy-tested, sensitive skin-tested, non-comedogenic, non-acnegenic.
Vegan formula: no animal derived ingredients or byproducts.

Best for: All skin types including sensitive skin, Longwear makeup

Formulation Base: Water-based primer

Color: Clear

Consistency & Finish: Jelly-like texture, natural finish

Key Benefits:

  • Unique sticky jelly texture grips onto makeup for up to 24-hours
  • Preps skin for a smooth makeup application
  • 3-in-1 product: makeup gripper, instant moisturizer, and tightening mask

Make-up Artist Tips:

  • Apply 1 to 2 pumps on your fingers and apply to your face in outward and upward strokes. Let it absorb for at least 30 seconds before applying your foundation.
  • Use a damp beauty blender to apply foundation for a smoothing effect.

Additional Benefits:

  • Formulated without: parabens, phthalates, triclosan, sodium lauryl sulfate.
  • Developed for safety: dermatologist-tested, fragrance-free, allergy-tested, sensitive skin-tested, non-comedogenic, non-acnegenic.
  • Vegan formula: no animal derived ingredients or byproducts.

Cons:

  • Super sticky, which may be hard to smooth on the face
  • Can be hard to use, you really have to practice as it can be really tacky
  • Don’t do your hair first! It’s that sticky (yes, we’re back to sticky)

6. Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch

Best for: All skin types; Fine lines & wrinkles, Pores

Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch


Video: Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch by FAnnparfumerie

This award-winning primer has a wrinkle-smoothing formula that leaves a soft veil over the skin’s surface—concealing fine lines, pores, wrinkles, and other imperfections.

It has an ultra-light texture that melts into your skin but neither weighs down nor clog your pores. Your skin becomes even and flawless, ready for your foundation.

Key ingredients include:

  • Vitamin E – protects the skin
  • Acacia Micro-pearls – temporarily refines skin and fills in fine lines and wrinkles
  • Pink Pearl Pigments – Optically minimizes fine lines and wrinkles by blurring or softening the skin’s appearance

Non-comedogenic; allergy and ophthalmologist tested.

Best for: All skin types, Mature skin, Fine lines and wrinkles, Pores

Formulation Base: Silicone-base primer

Color: Skintone

Consistency & Finish: Ultra-lightweight, Creamy

Key Benefits:

  • Leaves a soft veil over the skin’s surface—concealing fine lines, pores, wrinkles, and other imperfections
  • Vitamin E – protects the skin
  • Acacia Micro-pearls – temporarily refines skin and fills in fine lines and wrinkles
  • Pink Pearl Pigments – Optically minimizes fine lines and wrinkles by blurring or softening the skin’s appearance

Make-up Artist Tips:

  • Always use the scooper it comes with when getting the product from the container. It’s more hygienic and the primer won’t get under your nails (yikes).
  • Wait a few minutes before applying your foundation. The heat from your skin will help the primer melt into fine lines and pores.

Additional Benefits: Non-comedogenic; allergy and ophthalmologist tested.

Cons:

  • Quite pricey for the amount of product, though a dime size is all you need for the entire face.
  • If you put it on too thickly, it can clump up with powder foundation.

7. Too Faced Primed & Poreless Skin Smoothing Face Primer

Best for: Combination skin with large pores & fine lines

Too Faced Primed & Poreless Skin Smoothing Face Primer


Video: Too Faced Primed and Poreless Primer | First Impressions

This pore filling primer and can work for both dry and oily zones, so it’s perfect for combination skin. The texture is thick and comes in a neutral shade, which disappears on the skin once applied. It also helps your foundation stay throughout the day as it’s specifically formulated to be worn under makeup.

It also has several vitamins (A & C), mulberry extract, and a dose of retinol. This gradually helps banish pores while leaving the skin firmer, hydrated, and detoxified. Make sure to pair with a good non-comedogenic sunscreen though, as retinol can be photosensitizing.

As mentioned, only apply a thin layer to avoid patchy foundation and make your makeup last throughout the day.

Best for: Combination skin with large pores & fine lines

Formulation Base: Silicone-based primer

Color: Light beige, disappears once blended

Consistency & Finish: Silicone-rich, Thick with a dry-finish

Key Benefits:

  • Virtually erases pores and imperfections
  • Creates a smooth, airbrushed surface for flawless makeup application
  • Brightens the skin, improves skin texture and minimizes fine lines over time
  • Improves makeup wearability

Make-up Artist Tips:

  • Apply a nickel-sized amount alone or prior to bronzers, powders, or foundation for an airbrushed finish
  • Careful to overdo the application as it has a tendency to pill.

Additional Benefits:

  • Vitamins A & C, Mulberry extract – brightens the skin and leaves it hydrated, firmer, and detoxified
  • Ivy extract – helps smoothen skin texture with regular use
  • Retinyl Palmitate – helps retain skin elasticity and suppleness
  • Gluten-free, Paraben-free.
  • Vegan & Cruelty-free.

Cons:

  • There’s only one shade (light beige). Whilst it disappears into the skin one blended, it can look ashen on deeper skin tones.
  • It has a small dose of ivy extract, which can be irritating to sensitive skin.
  • Also has a dose of retinol which can be photosensitizing. Make sure to use a good non-comedogenic sunscreen to avoid any redness or sensitivities.
    There’s really no mechanism for oil control, so if that’s something you’re looking for in particular for a primer, some of the earlier ones mentioned might be more suited to your needs.

8. Clarins Beauty Flash Balm

Best for: All skin types; Tired & dull skin

CLARINS Beauty Flash Balm


Video: Lisa Eldridge – MakeUp Basics: Primer Tutorial (Skip to 6:20 for the Clarin’s Beauty Balm)

A classic and one of Clarin’s most popular radiance booster, this product is sold once every 20 minutes worldwide.

This brightening balm eliminates signs of fatigue and is the ultimate refresher for tired, stressed skin. It instantly moisturizes, brightens, and tightens the skin so your face looks rested and relaxed.

Key Ingredients:

  • Witch Hazel – diffuses the look of fine lines and wrinkles, and helps to visibly smooth the skin’s surface
  • Olive – Lends radiance and tightening effect
  • Bisabolol – soothes and helps restore the skin’s youthful glow
  • Rice – mattifies

This non-oily formula makes for a great primer for hours of luminous makeup wear.

Quick tip: When applied in a thick layer, you can use this as a 10-minute “energy mask.”

Allergy-tested and non-comedogenic.

Winner: Best in Beauty Icon, Readers Choice
Woman & Home Best in Beauty 2013

Featured in The Anti-Ageing Beauty Bible

Winner: Best Instant Skin Perfector
Woman’s Own Ageless Beauty Awards 2013

Best for: All skin types; Tired, Dull skin

Formulation Base: Water-based primer

Color: Skin-toned, invisible finish

Consistency & Finish: Creamy, lightweight

Key Benefits:

  • Diminishes signs of fatigue
  • Restores the skin’s youthful glow
  • Smooths and soothes the skin

Make-up Artist Tips:

After cleansing, apply a thin layer and do not rub. Glide in an upwards motion for a tightening effect.

Cons: 

We find that the glow effect diminishes after a few hours.

9. bareMinerals Good Hydrations Silky Face Primer

Best for: Dry skin, Winter use

bar minerals bare minerals GOOD HYDRATIONS SILKY FACE PRIMER


Video: bareMinerals Good Hydrations Silky Face Primer on QVC

This hydrating primer is formulated specifically for dry skin. It has powerful skin plumping ingredients like hyaluronic acid, glycerin, and coconut alkanes that gives instant and lasting hydration. Perfect for winter use.

It also improves application and wear time of your foundation. It smooths over flaky skin, fine lines, and pores; as well as prevents any makeup from setting into the creases.

Its rich, silky texture dries to a smooth, glowing finish with a soft-focus effect. A blend of minerals also gives a hint of opalescent luminosity.

Non-comedogenic: will not clog pores or contribute to breakouts.
Oil-free, sulfate-free, paraben-free, and fragrance-free.
Contains antioxidant ingredients.

In a consumer test:
100% of women agreed this primer improved their makeup application
97% of women felt their makeup lasted longer throughout the day
93% of women felt their skin was more comfortable throughout the day

BONUS: An alternative for combination skin is the COMBO CONTROL™ MILKY FACE PRIMER. This is a lightweight version that keeps the skin’s moisture balanced while absorbing any excess oil. It has a milky feel that dries to a powdery texture for a soft, natural finish.

Best for: Dry skin, Winter use

Formulation Base: Silicone-based primer

Color: Skintone to transparent

Consistency & Finish: Rich, Silky

Key Benefits:

  • Instant and lasting hydration for dry skin
  • Minimizes the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines
  • Improves application and longevity of makeup

Make-up Artist Tips:

  • Apply a pea sized amount after your moisturizer and before foundation.
  • Don’t rub it in—use the heat of your fingers and pat into your skin. Wait for it to absorb before applying makeup to avoid any pilling.

Additional Benefits:

  • Non-comedogenic: will not clog pores or contribute to breakouts
  • Oil-free, paraben-free, sulfate-free and fragrance-free
  • Contains antioxidant ingredients
  • Contains hyaluronic acid, glycerin, and coconut alkanes

Cons: It’s rich and thick, you might need to work it in some instances.

10. NYX Cosmetics Pore Filler

Best for: Normal to combination skin with large pores

NYX Cosmetics Pore Filler


Video: NYX Pore Filler Review by Mia Schiro

This pore filling primer is quite similar to the Benefit’s the Porefessional above and L’Oreal’s Magic Base in that it’s mattifying and dries to an almost powdery finish. The consistency is thick (I’d say it’s similar to royal icing) so you can use this to zero-in on your problem areas. After applying a non-comedogenic moisturizer (don’t forget to wait until it’s fully absorbed!) squeeze a pea-sized amount on your fingers and gently pat it in. It’s weightless on the skin and the initial peachy tint fades out so you can wear it underneath your concealer or foundation without it clashing with any shade.

The tube is pretty small but it’s very affordable and you’ll only use it in small amounts so it should last for a long time. Keep away if you have dry skin because it has a tendency to cause makeup to look cakey.

Best for: Normal to combination skin with large pores

Formulation Base: Silicone-based primer

Color: Translucent peachy-tint that sheers out when applied

Consistency & Finish: Mattifying, thick & dries to a powdery finish

Key Benefits:

  • Helps minimize the appearance of pores
  • Preps your complexion for smoother makeup application

Cons: For comparison’s sake, this version is a bit tackier than the Porefessional. This can also leave you patchy if you’ve peeling or dry areas.

Additional Benefits:

  • Infused with Vitamin E
  • Oil-free, Talc-free.
  • Drugstore dupe of Benefit’s Porefessional

Make-up Artist Tips:

  • Set for a few minutes so it won’t pill. Make sure to exfoliate and moisturize well because it can give you dry patches if you have any peeling or dry spots.

Tips & Tricks for Buying and Using Primers

It’s one thing to have the perfect primer, but it won’t be as effective if it’s not used properly.

Here are a few tips and tricks for buying and using primers:

  • Clear out any build up of (sometimes invisible) dead skin. This will prevent uneven application and that sketchy-looking surface you get when you apply foundation on dry skin. You can use physical exfoliation during cleansing or chemical exfoliation through AHA toners or AHA serums.
  • Moisturize well beneath your primer and wait for 5 minutes or so to let it absorb fully. If you apply your primer on a skin that has traces of moisturizer, your foundation will break up into patches pretty easily. If you have acne-prone skin, use a non-comedogenic moisturizer underneath. Something with a matte finish like La Roche-Posay’s Effaclar Mat Oil-Free Facial Moisturizer is a great choice for oily skin.
  • It’s very important for people with large pores to always keep the oils at bay because they reflect light and tend to exaggerate the skin’s uneven texture. A face that is mattified, however, can give your skin an airbrushed finish. If you have issues with excessively oily skin, I recommend a highly acclaimed program called The Oily Skin Solution by Patricia Everson. Our skin is very dynamic and the causes of oily skin can be one or ten things at once. This guide can help you get to the root causes of your oily skin and help you get rid of it.
  • If you have oily skin, use the right face wash to avoid early production of sebum.
  • Primers not only makes your skin look smoother, but they also help make your foundation stick to your skin for hours on end. It’s not a hard and fast rule, but you should always try to combine products that have the same base. If you apply a water-based foundation to a silicone primer, the silicone primer will tend to repel the foundation and prevent it from thoroughly blending into your skin. This can cause unevenness and will not make your makeup last as long as it could. You should always try to combine makeup based on the same ingredients–silicone-based primers works best with silicone foundations and water-based primers with water-based foundations.
  • Do not rub your primer. Rubbing will ball up the product instead of setting into your pores. Just press and pat gently with your fingers until you’ve filled all your pores. The heat from your fingers will lead to better application.
  • Try not to over apply your primer. Overdoing it will cause your concealer or foundation to slide sooner than later. Just use a small drop and apply a thin layer on your skin.
  • Remember, not every product will work for every person. You may need to try and observe which combination of products will work best for your skin.

Jump to: Editor’s Choice: The Best Primers for Large Pores

 

References


  • Arbuckle, R., Atkinson, M., Clark, M., Abetz, L., Lohs, J., & Kuhagen, I. et al. (2008). Patient experiences with oily skin: The qualitative development of content for two new patient reported outcome questionnaires. Health And Quality Of Life Outcomes6(1), 80. doi: 10.1186/1477-7525-6-80
  • bareMinerals Mineral Makeup and Skincare for Face, Eyes and Lips. (2018).
  • Choi, H., Cho, Y., Lee, E., Kim, J., & Park, C. (2017). Phytosphingosine enhances moisture level in human skin barrier through stimulation of the filaggrin biosynthesis and degradation leading to NMF formation. Archives Of Dermatological Research309(10), 795-803. doi: 10.1007/s00403-017-1782-8
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  • Dermablend Foundations, Concealers, Setting Powders, brushes, Makeup Remover, Skincare. (2018).
  • Elizabeth Arden Makeup, Skincare, Perfume & Gifts | Official Site. (2018).
  • Laura Mercier Cosmetics. (2018).
  • NYX Professional Makeup Official Site – Professional Makeup & Beauty Products. (2018).
  • Too Faced: Makeup, Cosmetics & Beauty Products Online – Too Faced. (2018).

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Top 10 Best Non-Comedogenic Primers for Acne-Prone Skin Overall rating: ★★★★★ 5 based on 4 reviews
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Great selection. I'm going for the bareMinerals one, it looks really promising. Thank you!

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Exactly what I was looking for! I have pore filling ones, but it tends to break me out (at least I think so). Better safe than sorry.

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Exactly what I was looking for! I have pore filling ones, but it tends to break me out (at least I think so). Better safe than sorry.

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I love Laura Mercier. Will be looking into this primer for sure!

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