This $6 Acne-Fighting Foundation Is Selling Out Like Crazy

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You always want what you can’t have — especially when it comes to beauty products. That’s why we’re getting the inside scoop from your favorite retailers on what’s selling out right now, how to sign up for waitlists, and where to go to find the next best thing. Because if everyone’s buying it, you know it has to be good.
Those with acne-prone skin are in a frustrating bind when it comes to makeup: If you don't want people to see your breakout, you have to wear foundation. But if you wear foundation, you clog your pores, which worsens the breakout.
"Extended contact with makeup on the skin can lead to irritation, inflammation, and more acne breakouts," says Joshua Zeichner MD, Director of Cosmetic & Clinic Research in Dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital. And while most dermatologists will tell you that going bare-faced is the best thing you can do for your burgeoning spots, that isn't always an option. That's why Dr. Zeichner recommends reaching for formulas that contain salicylic acid to keep pores clear. One of our favorites? ELF's Acne-Fighting Foundation, which is sold out in all but one shade on the brand's website.
At $6 a pop, the salicylic acid-, witch hazel-, tea tree-, and aloe vera-infused blend is a no-brainer for acne-prone skin (not to mention one of the brand's most popular products). If you miss your chance to buy, or want to dip your toes in something new, keep on scrolling.
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This creamy foundation offers full coverage and a demi-matte finish that never looks mask-like on our skin. The only downside? There are a measly five shades in the lineup. Thankfully, the foundations ahead have more to choose from.
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Fans of medium coverage will love this classic drugstore find. It's more sheer than ELF's offering, and it also contains salicylic acid to treat pesky zits.
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This foundation neutralizes redness and conceals blemishes while treating them with salicylic acid. Just remember to blend the pigments by shaking the bottle before sweeping the full-coverage liquid onto your skin.
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For acne-prone patients, Dr. Zeichner is a fan of mineral or powder foundations. This one, which comes in 40 shades, is one of our favorites thanks to its buildable formula that's packed full of kaolin clay to absorb oil.
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These vegan makeup drops don't contain acne-fighting ingredients, but they were formulated with acne-prone skin in mind. The product is free of common irritants like fragrance, parabens, triclosan, and sulfates, and can be worn solo or mixed with moisturizers or other foundations for custom coverage.
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We know this isn't a foundation, but we had to give this lightweight concealer an honorable mention. It doesn't quite have full coverage (it's closer to medium), but the lightweight blend manages to conceal zits, scars, and redness without looking the slightest bit cakey on our skin. It's also packed full of oil-absorbing kaolin clay and acne-fighting ingredients like sulfur, witch hazel, and tea tree oil.
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