The best types of cosmetics to use for
oily, or acne prone skin are either oil-free cosmetics, or non-comedogenic
Oil-free cosmetics mean products that contain little or no ingredients
such as isopropyl myristate, isopropyl esters, oleic acid, stearic
acid, petrolatum and lanolin (especially acetylated lanolin, alcohol's
and lanolin fatty acids).
The label on the cosmetic should state
that it is oil-free. This implies that the product has been formulated
with no oleaginous ingredients. These products would be appropriate
for oily or acne-prone skin. For a small number of people, acne
may still flare up. To feel better about yourself, you may want
to consider using cosmetics to cover up your acne. You should remember
that not all skins react alike to the same cosmetic. Oily foundations
give the best and longest coverage, but tend to make acne worse.
You can use water-based creams or alcohol-based
liquids under your foundation. Matte or semi-matte, oil-free foundations
are the best choices.
Sheer or transparent foundations are
usually recommended for comodonal (blackhead) acne.
Fuller foundations (opaque) may be needed for red lesions or scars.
You can mix loose transparent powders
(of appropriate tone) into the foundation to give better and longer
(from: Cosmetics in Dermatology,
Draelos 2nd Ed.)