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Official List of Acne-Safe Makeup + Sunscreen

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Official List of Acne-Safe Makeup + Sunscreen

Non acne-safe products are extremely common and may be contributing to a huge percentage of your breakouts. They contain what are called comedogenic (a.k.a. pore clogging) ingredients scientifically shown to increase breakouts. There have been over 120+ comedogenic ingredients identified thus far. Even a one-time use product (like a mask or a friend's sunscreen) or just one comedogenic ingredient in one product of your regimen can keep these breakouts going if you're sensitive to them.


This is so common problem in my practice that approximately 80% of new clients are unknowingly using comedogenic products. I cannot stress enough the importance here to always check every product you use with this list of comedogenic ingredients. Even if most of your products are acne-safe, just one comedogenic product can continue to trigger new bumps. Be vigilant about avoiding these to keep your skin clear!


1. Beware of untested carrier oils. Most carrier oils used today were not tested in this study such as argan oil, borage oil, hemp oil, macadamia oil, pumpkin seed oil, rosehip oil, tamanu oil, walnut oil. These cannot be confirmed as acne-safe and I strongly recommend to avoid them. 

2. Sunflower, safflower, jojoba, and all essential oils are acne-safe. While most oils are comedogenic, jojoba, safflower, sunflower, and all essential oils were all found to be acne-safe. Feel free to use these ingredients without worry.

3. Download the comedogenic list. Check your own products and future purchases using our list complied from the scientific research on comedogenic ingredients:

4. Shop Skin Nutritious for acne-safe, non-comedogenic skincare. Our whole skincare line is designed specifically for acne-prone skin types to be 100% non-comedogenic and as non-toxic as possible.




SPF - physical (face)

  • Suntegrity Tinted (or untinted) SPF 30
  • MD SolorSciences Mineral Creme Broad Spectrum (tinted or non-tinted) SPF 30 
  • Dr. Jart Premium Beauty Balm SPF 45
  • Supergoop! CC Correct Daily Broad Spectrum SPF 35 Sunscreen
  • La Roche Posay Anthelios Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50
  • Illuminare Foundations SPF 20 (all are acne-safe) 
  • Neutrogena Shine Control Makeup SPF 20
  • Neutrogena Clear Face SPF 30 and SPF 55


SPF - chemical (face)

  • Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 40
  • Sum Bum Original Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30


SPF (body)

  • Suntegrity Body SPF 30 
  • Banana Boat Baby Tear-Free Broad Spectrum SPF 50



  • Young Blood Liquid Mineral Foundation
  • Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation
  • Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Foundation
  • Urban Decay All Nighter Foundation
  • Nars Sheer Glow Foundation
  • Makeup Forever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation
  • Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Long Wear Foundation
  • Clinique Stay-Matte Oil-Free Makeup
  • Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation
  • Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Ultra-Longwear Foundation
  • Illuminare Concealing Mineral Foundation SPF 20
  • Neutrogena Shine Control Makeup SPF 20



  • Benefit Cosmetics The POREfessional Face Primer
  • Lancome La Base Pro Perfecting Makeup Primer
  • Elizabeth Arden's Flawless Start Instant Perfect Primer
  • NYX's Pore Filler


Loose Powders

  • W3LL People Bio Brightener Invisible Powder
  • W3LL People Altruist Foundation Powder
  • Bare Minerals Original Loose Powder Foundation SPF 15
  • Laura Mercier Mineral Powder
  • Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Airbrush Foundation


Pressed Powders

  • Urban Decay Naked Skin Ultra Definition Powder Foundation
  • Sephora Collection Matte Perfection Powder Foundation
  • Makeup Forever Duo Mat Powder Foundation
  • Bare Minerals Original Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 15


Setting Powder

  • RMS "Un" Powder (NOT “Un-Cover” which contains coconut oil)
  • Lily Lolo Finishing Powder
  • W3LL People Realist Invisible Setting Powder
  • Bare Minerals Mineral Veil Setting Powder



  • Fenty Beauty Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter
  • Benefit Cosmetics Cookie Highlighter



  • Bare Minerals Invisible Bronze Powder Bronzer
  • Buxom Hot Escapes Bronzer
  • Color FX Monochromatic Bronzer Duo
  • Lorac TANtalizer Buildable Bronzing Powder



  • Fenty Beauty Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter
  • Bare Minerals Gen Nude Powder Blush
  • Too Faced Papa Don’t Peach Blush
  • Urban Decay Naked Flushed
  • Alima Pure Satin Matte Blush


Concealer sticks

  • Urban Decay Stay Naked Correction Concealer
  • Chanel Corrector Perfection
  • Sephora Bright Future Gel Serum Concealer


Shaving Gels

  • Bulldog Natural Skincare Original Shave Gel
  • King of Shaves Alpha-Gel Shaving Gel, Sensitive Super Cooling


Shampoo/Conditioner/Body Wash