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8 Blemish-Fighting Makeup Primers That Won't Break You Out

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Acne. For some people, it's a distant memory, but for many of us, it's still our reality as adults. In addition to dealing with additional shine and requiring products to mattify our complexions, we also want products that truly camouflage acne and won't break us out. One of the best ways to get maximum coverage and staying power is by using a foundation primer. If you have oily, acne-prone skin, then you know that choosing one of these can be a daunting task as things that cover up acne often make it worse. Blemish-clearing primers for acne-prone skin are just the ticket. They contain ingredients to clear your blemishes and soothe irritation while mattifying and giving you a pristine base to work with. Here are some of our favorite acne-friendly primers. Check 'em out and start seeing clearer skin and get better wear from your makeup.

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This charcoal-hued primer might surprise you, but fear not as it blends out totally sheer. Also a gel formula, this primer contains (you guessed it) charcoal, plus a blend of vitamins and botanicals to soothe and detoxify blemishes. Apply, give it a minute to absorb and enjoy smooth, even makeup application with impressive staying power.

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This lightweight gel primer works to treat and cover acne in several ways. It's formulated with kaolin clay, salicylic acid, sulphur and zinc to purify skin, kill acne bacteria and mattify the complexion. It also contains skin-soothing arnica and chamomile to de-puff and reduce redness, and a green tint to color correct. It absorbs quickly and gives you a matte, neutralized canvas that keeps your makeup intact all day.

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Repeated use of this acne primer helps improve the overall texture of skin. It contains acne hero products salicylic acid and tea tree oil to treat the blemishes and vitamin E to heal the inflamed, irritated skin. It locks makeup in place, won't clog pores and you'll notice fewer, less-severe breakouts.

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This is an excellent primer if you are working to cover fine lines and acne blemishes. The lightweight gel formula is water-resistant (so it stands up to sweat and oil) and contains willowbark extract (a natural source of salicylic acid) to treat pimples, aid in cell turnover and decrease sebum production. The mattifying primer smooths out bumps and wrinkles to give you a flawless base for foundation and keeps you shine-free for hours.

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