10 Drugstore BB Creams With Acne-Fighting Ingredients That Save Your Skin – & Your Money, Too


I was pretty skeptical during the initial rise BB creams back in 2012 or so; when no makeup-makeup came into the collective vernacular, everyone started buying beauty balms by the dozen in search of perfectly imperfect complexions. At first, I thought that the creams were only used by people who already had great skin and wanted a sheer tint throughout the day. I have blemishes and acne scars, and quickly disqualified myself from trying them out. But it turns out that most BB creams have acne-fighting ingredients, which means that I can put my heavy foundations away for the winter.

“Many BB creams contain salicylic acid," Joshua Zeichner, M.D., Director of Cosmetic and Clinical Research at Mount Sinai Hospital tells The Zoe Report. "As well as ingredients that help remove excess oil from the skin and keeps pores clear.”

In other words, these creams can be beneficial as they allow pores to be treated with healing ingredients, without leaving coverage out... as long as you're sticking to lighter formulas, which "ideally regulate oil production and have anti-inflammatory ingredients,” Arash Akhavan, M.D., a dermatologist at the Dermatology and Laser Group in New York City shares. Also keep in mind that mineral-based creams are best for acne-prone skin because they "calm the skin, absorb oil, and do not cause breakouts," Ellen Marmur, M.D., President and Founder of Marmur Medical shares.

Ahead, see the best BB creams that will transform your acne-prone skin.

Effaclar BB Blur


La Roche-Posay

"The Effaclar line by La Roche-Possay has many products in every category of skincare that is ideal for acne-prone skin," Dr. Akhavan says. "This BB cream is no exception. It has a light feel and has some key ingredients like silica, which draws out excess oil from pores, vitamin A, and antioxidants that promote skin health."

Dream Pure BB Cream Skin Clearing Perfector



Dream Pure contains 2 percent of salicylic acid, one of the highest strengths that you can purchase over the counter.

BB Cream



You'll only need a few drops of this mineral-infused formula — a little goes a long way in fighting excess oil and making skin look as radiant as possible.




Need a BB cream that multitasks? This one acts as a primer and provides coverage, too, with ingredients like vitamin E and jojoba oil for smoother application (and seamless finish).

SkinActive Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream Anti-Aging



Focusing mainly on rejuvenating your skin, SkinActive helps retain moisture with the help of Pro-xylane, a sugar-protein hybrid that defends against water loss.

True Complexion BB Cream in Chocolate


Black Radiance

This sheer coverage balm — formulated for richer skin tones — goes on sheer, but is buildable for times when extra coverage is needed.

Alight Multi-Mineral BB Cream



The botanical ingredients (including rose and sweet iris extract) soothe breakouts, while the mineral pigments adjust to your skin tone.

Skin Tone Evener BB CRÈME SPF 15 in Earth Deep



The vitamin C in this beauty balm heals blemishes and leaves skin refreshed. And the SPF 15 adds a layer of protection from harmful rays that can damage skin and make existing breakouts inflamed.

PhotoReady BB Cream Skin Perfector SPF 30



Personally, I love this cream for the coverage that it provides. It does a great job of blending in my blemishes, and isn't too heavy on top of my other layers of skincare.

BB Cream with SPF 15


Burt's Bees

Created with natural ingredients from a noni plant, this balm is full of natural goodness that soothes and evens out skin tone.