Is your makeup making your skin worse?
Oh dear makeup… you better make me look just as good when I take you off!

Last week, we did a very in depth look into which ingredients you don’t want in your makeup and skin care products if you want to beat acne and have the clearest skin possible.

Now let’s put some products to the test and see what’s really in some of those popular brands!

There are obviously millions of makeup products out there, so I’m just choosing a few foundations and concealers to have a look at and compare them to the information in my previous article.

(Also – PS.. I know this is depressing stuff considering nearly everything seems to be chalk full of bad ingredients, so just bear with me… next week we’ll be looking at good – or at least better – makeup options!)

Maybelline Fit Me Concealer

Maybelline Fit Me Concealer - good for acne prone skin?

Let’s start with Maybelline Fit Me concealer because that was, of course, my personal favourite product…


Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Glycerin, Sorbitan Isostearate, Propylene Glycol, Titanium Dioxide, Ozokerite, Phenoxyethanol, Magnesium Sulfate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Disodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Methylparaben, Acrylates copolymer, Alumina, Butylparaben, Aluminium Hydroxide, Tocopherol, Silica, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract /- (CI 77891/Titanium Dioxide, CI 77491/CI 77492/CI 77499/Iron Oxides, CI 77019/Mica)

Let’s see…. I spot:

Cyclopentasiloxane = silicone

Hydrogenated polyisobutene, propylene glycol, phenoxyethanol, methylparaben, butylparaben = petroleum products

Methylparaben, butylparaben = parabens

Acrylates copolymer = acrylic

Sorbitan Isostearate, silica, mica = potentially pore clogging or irritating ingredients

Not sure what some of the other ingredients are, but I think I’ve seen enough. There are definitely more harmful ingredients than healthy ones. I’m embarrassed to have ever used such a thing!

L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte 24HR Foundation

l'oreal infallible pro-matte - is it good for acne prone skin?

This one is a popular low end liquid foundation on the Makeup Alley website


Water, Dimethicone, Isododecane, Nylon-12, Acrylates/Polytrimethylsiloxymethacrylate Copolymer, Silica, Butylene Glycol, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Isohexadecane, Isononyl Isononanoate, Pentylene Glycol, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Bis-PEG/PPG-14/14 Dimethicone, Magnesium Sulfate, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Acrylates Copolymer, Disodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Calcium Gluconate, Perlite, Magnesium Gluconate, Tocopherol, Aluminum Hydroxide +/- (CI 77891/Titanium Dioxide, CI 77491/CI 77492/CI 77499/Iron Oxides)

Dimethicone, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Bis-PEG/PPG-14/14 Dimethicone = silicones

Acrylates/Polytrimethylsiloxymethacrylate Copolymer, Acrylates Copolymer = acrylics

Butylene glycol, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Pentylene glycol, Bis-PEG/PPG-14/14 Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Isododecane, Isohexadecane = petroleum products

Silica, Isohexadecane, Isononyl Isononanoate = potentially pore clogging or irritating ingredients

Ugh, a very yucky product!

La Prairie Skin Caviar Concealer Foundation

La Praire Skin Caviar - worth the money?

I chose to review this one because it’s very high end… apparently a bottle of this will cost you close to $200!!! So is it really worth the money?


Petrolatum, isopropyl palmitate, isostearyl behenate, silica, microcristalline wax, dimethicone, nylon-12, ozokerite, glyceryl dibehenate, polymethyl methacrylate, mica, caviar extract, glycoproteins, panax ginseng root extract, horsetail extract, algae extract, lactobacillus ferment, licorice root extract, lavender extract, camellia sinensis leaf extract, chamomile flower extract, hydrolized malt extract, hydrolyzed wheat protein, tocopheryl acetate, retinyl palmitate, ascorbyl palmitate, soybean oil, butylene glycol, glycerin, tribehenin, triethanolamine, water, glycine, arginine, glyceryl behenate, lauryl methacrylate/glycol dimethacrylate crosspolymer, isopropyl myristate, isopropyl titanium triisostearate, methionine, polyglucuronic acid, methylparaben, propylparaben. May contain: titanium dioxide, iron oxides

I see:

Petrolatum, isopropyl palmitate and myristate and titanium, polymethyl methacrylate, butylene glycol, triethanolamine = petroleum products

Dimethicone = silicones

Polymethyl methacrylate, lauryl methacrylate, glycol dimethacrylate crosspolymer =  acrylics

Methylparaben, propylparaben = parabens

Silica, algae extract, soybean oil, mica, isostearyl behenate = potentially pore clogging or irritating ingredients

They go and add some caviar in there and think it makes up for all the garbage. It has a few good ingredients in there, but don’t waste your money!

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20

laura mercier tinted moisturizer - is it good for acne prone skin?

A popular medium end (retails $42) tinted moisturizer sunscreen…


Octyl Methoxycinnamate and Menthyl Anthranilate. Purified Water, Cetearyl Alcohol (and) PEG-40 Castor Oil, Dimethicone, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Cyclomethicone, DEA-Ceryl Phosphate, Hexyl Laurate, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E Acetate), Sodium Dehydroacetate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Allantoin, Carbomer, Methylparaben, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Sodium Ascorbate (Vitamin C), Propylparaben. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Mica.

Let’s see..

Cetearyl Alcohol = alcohol at top of list

PEG-40 Castor Oil, DEA-Ceryl Phosphate, Hexyl Laurate = petroleum products

Dimethicone, Cyclomethicone = silicones

Methylparaben = parabens

Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate = potentially pore clogging or irritating ingredients

Hmm.. could be worse, but could be a lot better…

bareMinerals Blemish Remedy Foundation

Bare Minerals - is it really good for acne prone skin?

Bare Minerals seems to be many people’s first foray into mineral makeup.

Many people have success with mineral makeup with acne, but I have also heard a lot of people having some big issues with this particular brand (although I think that may be because it used to have bismuth oxychloride in it, which appears to have been formulated out as far as I can tell)


Lauroyl Lysine, Silica, Salicylic Acid, Populus Tremuloides Bark Extract, Soil Minerals, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Litchi Chinensis Fruit Extract, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract, Disodium Edta, Limonene, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Sorbic Acid. May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides.

Silica = pore clogging, and right at the top of the list

Disodium EDTA, phenoxyethanol = petroleum products

Salicylic Acid = potentially dehydrating ingredient

Obviously not a terrible formula compared to others above (in fact, miles ahead), but I would be wary of it due to the use of silica so high up the list.

The fruit extract ingredient (Litchi Chinensis Fruit Extract) is also something to note: fruit extracts are very useful in repairing the skin (like the papaya enzymes) but only if used every four or five days.

However, used every day, they can thin the skin barrier and cause skin sensitivity… which leads to dehydration, which leads to clogged pores and redness.

The same can be said for salicylic acid, which is an ingredient high in the list in this product. Using it every day like this would lead to the same thin skin, sensitivity, and dryness.

Physician’s Formula Organic Wear BB Cream

Organic Wear BB Cream - is it good for acne prone skin?

This guy is a common drug store brand natural line…


Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Water*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Dodecane, Glycerin+, Polyglyceryl-4 Diisostearate/Polyhydroxystearate/Sebacate, Lecithin*, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Water*, Magnesium Aluminium Silicate, Beeswax/Cire d’abeille*, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Zinc Oxide, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Extract, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax/Cire de carnauba*, Glycerin, Lauroyl Lysinem, Magnesium Sulfate, Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract*, Xanthan Gum, Silica, Tocopherol, Water/Eau, Leuconostoc / Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Leuconostoc Ferment Filtrate, Fragrance/Parfum. May Contain / Peut Contenir: Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide

Dodecane = petroleum product

Coconut oil, polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Silica = potentially irritating or pore clogging ingredients

Fragrance/parfum = synthetic fragrance

Honestly… this one really isn’t that bad. Certainly not perfect, but most of the bad ingredients are quite low in the list (one of them being that dratted coconut oil that’s in all the natural products!)

If you had to make a choice between this one and the ones above, I’d choose this one!

Next Week

As I said, next week I’ll list some better makeup options so that you know there are actually alternatives to the above junk!

Stay tuned!