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.
"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."