HOW TO ACHIEVE A FLAWLESS COMPLEXION
WHEN YOU HAVE BLEMISH-PRONE SKIN

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We are often keen to hide acne, post-acne marks, acne redness, open pores, shine and dark circles with make-up, but the wrong choices can leave skin looking worse.


In this article we share a dermatologist-approved routine to help achieve flawless results in teen and adult acne:

• Prepare skin by cleansing with EFFACLAR Gel Moussant Purifiant
• Treat blemishes with EFFACLAR Duo (+)
• Dab TOLERIANE Teint Mineral onto the centre of your face using the sponge, before blending outwards
• Fold the sponge in half, take up a little more product, and dab over problem areas for extra coverage
• If you prefer a liquid foundation, dab onto the centre of your face and blend outwards with a kabuki brush
• For very localised blemishes or dark circles, reach for a TOLERIANE Teint Corrector Pen

MAKE-UP AND BLEMISH-PRONE SKIN:
A LOVE-HATE RELATIONSHIP

What is the best make-up for acne-prone skin?

Over 90% of women suffer from complexion problems such as acne pimples, shine, blackhead and enlarged pores. Their first reflex? Turn to make-up to hide their acne, redness and marks. But some make-up can clog pores and actually make them much more visible. That’s why we’ve done this guide to creating a flawless complexion in spite of your oily to combination skin… No matter how sensitive it is.

YOUR GO-TO PRODUCT?
A MINERAL COMPACT FOUNDATION

To instantly even your complexion, conceal blemishes and eliminate shine, reach for a mineral compact foundation such as TOLERIANE Compact Powder  from La Roche-Posay.


This type of concealer/foundation is ideal for even the most sensitive oily-to-combination complexions, performing multiple functions:

  • Evens the complexion in a flash. All blemishes (spots, blackheads, redness, marks, etc.) are concealed.
  • Mattifies for 12 hours. The skin is clean with no shine or stickiness.
  • Lets the skin breathe and leaves it purified for an unrivalled feeling of freshness and comfort.

Oily-to-combination skin’s BFF concealer/foundation relies on 100% purified mineral pigments and super-absorbent perlite to cover, smooth and brighten the complexion without clogging pores. 90% of women saw an improvement in their skin’s appearance and texture and 60% of blemishes were reduced after a month’s use of TOLERIANE Compact Powder.

WHAT IF I PREFER
A LIQUID FOUNDATION?

Liquid foundation suitable for acne-prone skin

For women with very sensitive acne-prone skin, La Roche-Posay has created TOLERIANE Corrective Liquid Foundation. Its frictionless spreadable formula covers acne redness, spots, dark circles and marks without clogging pores and with no mask-like effect or cakey finish. It’s allergy-tested to make sure you won’t be left looking red-faced, and offers a respectable SPF 25.

YOUR OILY AND ACNE-PRONE
MAKE-UP TUTORIAL

The right make-up products and techniques for acne-prone skin

  • Prepare skin by cleansing with EFFACLAR Cleansing Foaming Gel and applying a soothing cream like EFFACLAR Duo (+).
  • If you prefer a compact, take a small amount of TOLERIANE Compact Powder  onto the sponge and dab onto the centre of your face and T-zone, before blending outwards towards the periphery. That way you will have the most coverage where you need it (as pores are more dilated and blemish-prone in the centre of the face).
  • For localised blemishes, fold the sponge in half for extra precision, take some extra product onto the sponge and pat directly over the blemish, gently blending outwards.
  • For liquid foundation application: As with the mineral foundation, start by dabbing product onto the centre of your face and blend outwards for a seamless finish. You can use your fingers or a kabuki brush to spread the formula without creating streaks or friction. You can then layer the product to achieve the desired level of coverage.
  • If you want an extra sheer option: Opt for an über-subtle tinted acne-prone skin tinted cream like EFFACLAR Duo (+) Unifiant. Take a hazelnut-sized amount of product onto your fingertips and smooth from the centre of your face outwards.
    Click HERE for full information on tinted acne-prone complexions skincare creams.
  • If you have individual spots in need of targeted coverage, or dark circles, choose a TOLERIANE Corrective Concealer Pen: Green to neutralise redness, yellow to illuminate dark circles and beige to mask and even out skin imperfections. Dot the pen over the area to conceal and blend with your fingertip.

HOW DO I CHOOSE THE RIGHT
SHADE OF MAKE-UP?

Choosing the right shade of concealer or foundation can be challenging for women with blemish-prone skin because they have several different colours of skin on their face: Blemishes, redness, dark circles and normal skin. To choose the right foundation shade, look for a healthy area of skin on your jawline and test the product there. If it matches, you’re good to go.

HOW CAN I BE SURE MY MAKE-UP IS SAFE
FOR SENSITIVE SKIN?

The right make-up products and techniques for acne-prone skin

All La Roche-Posay make-up respects a strict formulation charter. Dermatologically formulated, it has been tested on sensitive to intolerant skin types. TOLERIANE Teint Mineral and Corrective Liquid Foundation won’t irritate even the most delicate skin. Non-comedogenic, they are ideal for blemish-prone skin and their hypoallergenic formulation is suitable for even allergic skin. The added bonus? Both formulas offer SPF 25 for daily UV protection.

Click HERE for a complete skincare routine for sensitive skin.

So there you have it. With the right routine, blemish-prone skin can look flawless and selfie-ready in a flash… and progressively clearer with repeated use. One final tip: Regularly wash your make-up sponges and brushes in soapy water and leave to air dry. That way you won't be spreading spot-causing critters onto your face.

Looking for more information on skincare for acne-prone skin? Click HERE.

Want more details on make-up suitable for the most sensitive skin? Go HERE.

TRUE
OR FALSE

SQUEEZING A PIMPLE
WON'T DO YOU MUCH GOOD.

TRUE

Even if it seems like aquick fix, squeezing a pimple will actually make things worse for your acne-proneskin as it could actually damage the infected hair follicle and increaseinflammation. You could even introduce a new infection with your fingernails.So popping zits is a harmful habit and best avoided!
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SUGAR CAN MAKE
ACNE WORSE.

TRUE

Recent studies haveshown that high Glycemic Index foods - the ones that cause blood sugar to spike- can make acne worse. We know it's easier said than done, but to keepyour skin happy, steer away from sweets, sugary drinks, and goodies made fromwhite flour and stick to high-fiber foods, like whole grains and pulses, instead.
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OILY FOODS
EQUALS OILY SKIN.

FALSE

Acommon acne myth is that grease on your plate translates to more oil in yourpores, but there is no direct link between the two. However, a diet rich insaturated fat can fuel micro-inflammation in all of the body's organs,including the skin. In short, bacon andchips won't cause acne, but moderation is the best policy for overall health.
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CHOCOLATE IS BAD
FOR ANE-PRONE SKIN.

FALSE

There is no solid evidence that chocolate has any effect on acne, evenif everyone is different so acne could cause breakouts to some people. Darkchocolate is actually filled with skin-loving anti-oxidants!
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Did you
know?

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The 3-step EFFACLAR routine – cleanse, correct, protect – shows proven effectiveness on patients with acne-prone skin living in polluted environments.

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*Quantitative study, Beijing/Shanghai, 2014, Total sample: n=600 ²DIM Sell-in YTD Sept 2015 ³INS/Kantar Health La Roche-Posay Barometers 2013

WE ALSO HAVE
A RANGE FOR THAT

EFFACLAR is a complete range of anti-imperfection solutions that targets all the stages of the imperfection life cycle with a high efficacy, while ensuring a perfect tolerance.

OUR SAFETY
COMMITMENTS

Safety standards beyond international cosmetics regulations.

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ALLERGY TESTED

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If we detect a single case, we go back to the labs and reformulate
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JUST THE ESSENTIAL,
AT THE RIGHT ACTIVE DOSE

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Developed in collaboration with dermatologist and toxicologist, our products contain only the necessary ingredients, at the right active dose.
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TESTED
ON VERY SENSITIVE
 SKIN

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Our products' tolerance is verified on the most sensitive skin: reactive, allergic, acne-prone, atopic, damaged or weakened by cancer treatments.
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OVER TIME

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