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Q: I have oily skin. I also have acne scars. My breakouts are finally at a minimum. What is the best way to cover the acne scars without causing more breakouts? Foundation, tinted moisturizers, powders, ??? HELP! Amy

A: Thanks Amy for this question. Scarring on the face can leave a person feeling self conscious. Covering them up with thick makeup is not the solution as it will bring more attention to your skin. I would like to suggest to you mineral makeup. It is great for an oilier complexion, covers up imperfections and is simple to apply.

According to mineral makeup companies, mineral makeup is pure, lacking talc and other fillers; allows the skin to breathe; is a natural sun protector; and can relieve skin problems such as acne, eczema, psoriasis and rosacea. Mineral-based makeup is also supposed to be gentler on skin and will provide you with a wonderful natural glow. I personally use mineral makeup and find it to be comfortable on the skin and does not cause me to breakout at all.

Some mineral makeup suggestions are:
Bare Escentuals
Urban Decay Surreal Skin Mineral Makeup
Jane Iredale
L’Oréal Bare Naturale

Let me know how you get on!

3 Responses to "Ask Ellen"

  1. Melissa  Tuesday, October 2, 2007 at 12:15 am

    Amy, you’re not alone. I also have scars from past breakouts. I am going to try out some different mineral foundations, but right now I am using L’oreal True Match liquid foundation. I find it gives good coverage and feels light and looks natural. For my compact foundation I use Sephora’s powder-foundation compact, and I find it also gives very good coverage and handles excess shine. I am also going to try MAC Studio Fix, because I used it before and really liked it. I’ll let you know of any products I find helpful. Good luck!

    Thank you Ellen for the advice. I have heard lotsa good stuff about BE, so I will give that a try. I am also interested in L’oreal’s version since I have had success with their True Match. I think I’ll get a mineral foundation for big events and warmer weather. thanks for the tips!

  2. Flora  Tuesday, October 2, 2007 at 2:16 am

    I have the same problem, to a degree, and also problems with occasional current breakouts even though I have reached a certain age. I also have blotchiness from a mild case of rosacea that I need to cover up. That also makes my skin very sensitive, and makeup is essential to protect it. I found that I do well with a mineral makeup, but it does not cover enough unless I put some sort of base on first.

    Right now I am using Jane Nearly Foundation oil-free tinted moisturizer – it is very light in texture and is hardly visible – it just gives the minerals something to latch onto. Currently I use L’Oreal Bare Naturale and then finish it off with their new Soft Focus Mineral Finish, a less expensive product very much like Bare Escentuals Mineral Veil. i have been very pleased with the results both in appearance and lasting power. There are so many mineral products out there rght now it can be very confusing.

    I would like to experiment with using the minerals over an oil-free primer such as MAC Photo Finish to see how it does. I don’t really know how minerals work with a standard primer yet. Again, there are so many of those now it’s hard to know what’s going to work on you.

  3. Kiley  Tuesday, October 2, 2007 at 7:36 pm

    I’ve the same problem as well. In the past I’d use L’oreal True Match liquid foundation, but my face would be an oil slick by noon. Loads of people have said mineral makeup is better at preventing shine, so I’m willing to give it a try. However, the L’oreal True Match mineral makeup lists talc as an ingredient. My skin is extremely sensitive, so I’m a bit worried. Also, a friend with sensitive skin broke out in a rash over Bare Escentuals. Perhaps there’s a way to get samples of these products?

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