It goes without saying, but when buying a foundation that won’t clog your pores, you should check that it’s labeled “non-comedogenic”, which means it doesn’t contain any ingredients that can clog pores. . You can check this by going to the Acne Clinic NYC website, where you can copy and paste a beauty product’s ingredient list to check if it contains anything comedogenic. (It’s so easy and a complete game-changer for me and my online shopping businesses, TBH). One or two potentially pore-clogging ingredients in a product won’t always make for a comedogenic formula, but it’s still a great awareness tool. Everyone’s skin reacts differently to a product. If you know your skin is very sensitive, it’s a good idea to check for comedogenic ingredients. The main culprits I’ve found in foundations are usually soybean oil, coconut oil, coconut alkanes, and algae.
Instead, you’ll want to opt for lightweight, hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid, aloe, squalane, and jojoba oil. If you’re also prone to acne, you can even try foundation that contains things like salicylic acid to help fight breakouts. Take a look at all of our favorite non-comedogenic foundations below.