The Best Primers for Acne Prone Skin

A Guide to Primers for Acne Prone Skin
The Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Face Primer, The Nyx Tea Tree Balance Skin Elixir and The Pores No More Anti-Aging Mattifying Lotion by Dr. Brandt

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As someone with oily acne prone skin, finding the right primer can sometimes be a headache. On one hand I do appreciate the improved staying power and look of my makeup when wearing a primer, and on the other hand I hate having to deal with the breakouts that I almost always get as a result. After some serious trial and error, I have been able narrow down my primer favorites to 3 amazing products, that will hopefully save you from the same headache I had. Here are my top 3 choices for acne prone skin ready primers.

The Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Face Primer

The Best Primers for Acne Prone Skin
The Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Face Primer

I recently received a deluxe sample size of the Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Face Primer from Ipsy. In addition to priming the skin, Too Faced states that will also “hydrate, smooth and brighten skin for a dewy healthy looking finish.” Having oily skin usually means avoiding anything that has the word dewy, since the end result is almost always a huge oil slick mess. This primer, however, was perfect. The texture was creamy, and my skin seemed to just drink it up. My makeup looked flawless for my entire 6 hours shift at work, and best of all it’s silicone free! You can find it at Sephora, Ulta, and toofaced.com for $32.

The Nyx Tea Tree Balance Skin Elixir

The Best Primers for Acne Prone Skin
The Nyx Tea Tree Balance Skin Elixir

I have been using the Nyx Tea Tree Balance Skin Elixir since reviewing it earlier this year. Now I will admit that at first I wasn’t a big fan of the product, but after using it for another month, it has become my holy grail primer. What makes this primer so amazing is that it also doubles as a serum, and the tea tree oil is highly effective at treating breakouts. This primer is so good, that it has become a part of my acne fighting arsenal. You can find the Nyx Tea Tree Balance Skin Elixir at Ulta, CVS, and nyxcosmetics.com for $11.99.

Dr. Brandt’s Pore No More Anti-Aging Mattifying Lotion

The Best Primers for Acne Prone Skin
Dr. Brandt’s Pores No More Anti-Aging Mattifying Lotion

When it comes to using anti-aging products, I usually proceed with caution. Anti-aging products tend to be thicker and heavier in consistency, and jam packed with acne causing ingredients. So when I came across this No More Pores Primer by Dr. Brandt, I was thrilled! The primer is oil-free, and in my experience reduces shine for a good 5 hours. It also does a decent job of minimizing the appearance of fine lines. Best of all I get the anti-aging benefits without the pore clogging ingredients. This primer is great for women who are looking to slowly transition into an anti-aging beauty routine. You can find the  Dr. Brandt Pores No More Anti-Aging Mattifying Lotion at Sephora and Ulta for $60.

Do you have oily, acne prone skin? What has worked for you? Tell us in the comments below.