Best Primers for Oily, Dry and Acne Prone Skin

Although light makeup is a daily affair but for people suffering from acne this is an everyday pain unless you choose the right primer for foundation that suits your skin type. Ingredients associated with primers are directly responsible either for aggravation or reduction / treatment of acne problems. Select primers cautiously based on your skin type (sensitive, oily and dry).

Primers consisting of certain ingredients like Paraben might cause an increase in irritation and redness of skin further complicating your acne problems.

At the same time, primers that consist of right ingredients like vitamins F, C and E, Salicylic acid, white tea, calendula, aloe vera, Titanium dioxide, zinc oxide and anti-inflammatory properties provide additional benefit of treating your acne whilst protecting your skin from redness, irritation and sun damage (UVA / UVB rays).

Ingredients to look for:

  • Select products which contain Salicylic acid and tea tree oil.
    • Salicylic acid is known to cure acne by drying out blemishes
    • Tea tree oil removes the bacteria and clears pores
  • Vitamin and selenium deficiency is also regarded as reasons for acne problem.
    • Ingredients such as Vitamin A, D & E and selenium work as anti-inflammatory anti-oxidants which help in reducing redness and soreness of skin
  • Oily skin is another cause for skin acne. Hence, you should not just avoid products which have high oil content but also select products which can in turn control oil on your skin

Cover FX Mattifying Primer With Anti-Acne Treatment

It works as a primer for make-up and additionally treats skin acne as well. Main ingredients include,

Willow Bark Extract:

  • Removes dead cells on the outer surface of skin
  • Helps build skin’s natural cells
  • Reduce Sebum

Salicylic Acid:

  • It helps in clearing (exfoliation) skin sebum and treating pimples and skin blemishes
  • Prevents overgrowth of skin cells

Ancient African Bark Extract:

  • It works as an antioxidant and provides anti-inflammatory properties.

Vitamin C, E & F:

  • Works as anti-inflammatory, reduces skin redness and also carries anti-aging properties.
  • Dries up quickly on sking and provides perfect texture after application
  • Best for people with oily skin types as it effectively controls oil
  • Doesn’t break or slip even after long hours post application
  • Works best within 4 to 6 hours after application
  • Slight medicinal smell, may be because it also helps treat acne

And here is the exact product description, “This lightweight, mattifying gel-primer minimizes the appearance of fine lines and pores.

It also facilitates blending and extends your foundation while preventing and healing acne blemishes, all the while providing an instant mattifying effect, leaving skin texture looking flawless.

The secret to Cover FX Mattifying Primer with Anti-Acne Treatment is its ingredients. Willowbark extract, naturally containing salicylic acid, provides gentle exfoliation to clarify the skin and reduce sebum buildup and support the body's natural cell renewal process.

Ancient African Tree Bark Extract reduces pore size, shine, sebum, and inflammatory acne while a natural fruit acid gently exfoliates and supports the body's natural cell renewal process to unclog pores. Vitamins F, C, and E protect the skin, soothe inflammation, and reduce redness while protecting against premature skin aging.

Ancient African tree bark extract derived from the chamomile plant reduces redness and inflammation. Vitamin F esters, Squalene, and Hyaluronic Acid nourish and moisturize the skin.”

Main Ingredients:

White Tea: High in anti-oxidants helps reduce cell damage and also carry anti-aging properties.

Calendula: It works as anti-inflammatory and removes bacteria causing acne from skin surface.

Aloe Vera: It removes acne causing bacteria, excessive oil and clears skin pores. Antioxidants, zinc and vitamins C and E help reduce skin blemishes.

Maintains skin moisture for long hours.

  • It works both as primer and at the same time as a moisturizer
  • Looks quite smooth on skin and lasts longer almost all day
  • Aloe vera effectively soothes redness and inflammation
  • Looks very light making you feel no big difference after applying
  • Takes time to dry

Product Description says, “WHY WE LOVE IT: Revive and re-texturize your skin to achieve a flawlessly smooth finish with our Spackle® Tinted Under Make-up Primer in Champagne. WHAT IT DOES: This formula has the same features and benefits as the revolutionary best-selling Spackle®, but it shimmers with a champagne glow.

• Ideal for bringing a glow to lack-luster skin

• Spackle® also helps the skin retain moisture, feel softer and look smoother

• It is lush, incredibly lightweight and suitable for all skin types

• Spackle® is made with natural plant extracts and the powerful anti-oxidants, White Tea and Centella Asiatica.”


Zinc Oxide & Titanium Dioxide: These two ingredients stand out as the best top two in working as sunscreen protecting you from skin damage caused by UVA & UVB rays.

No harmful chemicals: Unlike some other primers, Hour Glass Mineral Primer is absolutely free from chemicals like sulfates and paranbens.

It removes excessive oil off your skin clearing bacteria infected pores and also minimizes appearance of wrinkles, fine lines and pores.

  • Does not contain harmful chemicals
  • Make-up lasts longer and doesn’t cause any breakouts up to 12 hours
  • Light weight, silky and relatively very little bit of this primer can comfortably glide all over your face
  • It’s water resistant and doesn’t run on your skin in humid conditions
  • Leaves a slight tinge of residue often invisible though
  • Although the price is on the higher side but a single bottle can last for 4 to 6 months. Worth every penny!!

Hourglass Cosmetics Veil Mineral Primer SPF 15 1 fl oz. product description says, “Hourglass Cosmetics Veil Mineral Primer SPF 15 1 fl oz. Unboxed Veil Mineral Primer SPF 15 prepares the skin for flawless makeup application while nourishing, hydrating and protecting.

It smoothes the appearance of enlarged pores and fine lines, extends the life of your makeup, diminishes shine and protects against UVA and UVB damage. Free of oils, fragrances and parabens.

Hourglass Cosmetics Veil Mineral Primer SPF 15 1 fl oz. Unboxed Veil Mineral Primer SPF 15 prepares the skin for flawless makeup application while nourishing, hydrating and protecting. It smoothes the appearance of enlarged pores and fin.”

Main Ingredients:

Contains Vitamins C & E, Antioxidants and plant extracts and is free from harmful preservatives and skin irritants.

Licorice Root Extract: Works as an anti-inflammatory and reduces redness. It also helps reduce itchy feeling and swelling if any around blemishes.

Vitamins: Vitamins C & E exert antioxidants properties improving radiance of your skin and also makes your skin look young.

  • Works best on uneven and rough patches with enlarged pores, dry or excess oily skin types.
  • Free from harmful preservatives and skin irritants
  • Light weight, blends well and easy to apply (Glides on your face) without being sticky
  • Best for acne prone or sensitive skin types and possesses anti-aging properties
  • Pricey on one side and the design makes it hard to get the last bit out of the bottle

Product Description says, “A mineral-infused preservative-free foundation primer Contains soothing plant extracts antioxidants & hydrating vitamins C & E for anti-aging benefits. Targets flaky dryness rough patches & uneven texture, Conceals fine lines & enlarged pores while regulating excess oil. Glides on skin seamlessly with no sticky feel. Gives an even velvety & flawless finish Perfect for all skin types.”

Murad not just works as a primer but also provides essential anti-aging properties as well as SPF 30 sun protection (against sun damage to skin).

Main Ingredients:

Mushroom Peptides: Carries anti-aging properties, fights fine lines and wrinkles by collagen and elastin regulation.

Botanical Infused Soft-focus complex gives skin the much needed, firmness, elasticity and makes your skin look much younger. Fills up rough and uneven blurry patches and smoothens your skin for a perfect makeup.

Barley, Sunflower, and Cucumber Extracts help in retaining your skin moisture thus avoiding any makeup breakouts due to drying.

  • Scientifically proven, dermatologist developed, and tested
  • 100% free of Gluten
  • SPF 30 provides invisible protection from skin damaging UV sun rays
  • Removes wrinkles and fine lines giving perfect smoothness and texture
  • Doesn’t feel greasy or sticky and carries no smell
  • Not for sensitive skin as it may cause redness
  • Bit expensive but works as a three-in-one solution, as a primer plus perfect anti-aging solution (fights wrinkles and fine lines) plus gives protection from sunscreen

Product Description says, “1. Fight visible signs of aging and wrinkles, 2. Protect skin with invisible SPF 30, 3.Improve skin tone and texture Flawless and fabulous in just one step. This invisible skin perfecting shield blends together advanced treatment, primer, and SPF technologies to immediately blur and protect while combating the signs of aging.”

Main Ingredients:

Rejuvenox: It is a non-harazardous ingredient with the capacity to increase skin’s moisture levels as well as respiration & hydration levels. It also performs anti-acne and anti-aging function by effectively reducing wrinkles & fine lines and makes your skin look younger and firmer.

Sodium Hyaluronate: Helps keep the primer fresh all day by drawing and maintaining moisture on your skin.

Peptide Complex: Increases collagen thereby increasing elasticity of your skin

  • It can also serve as a light foundation similar to BB Cream
  • Capacity to increase as well as retain moisture levels makes in apt for dry skin
  • Not at all oily and also is odorless
  • Glides on skin like silk and comes in great colors
  • Bullet Point 2
  • Not SPF – Doesn’t work as sunscreen
  • Doesn’t separate well in the bottle and you have shake it well before squeezing it out

Product Description says, “Effortless Breathable Tinted Primer. Prepare skin for the smoothest makeup application with Effortless Breathable Tinted Primer. This truly unique formula (and celebrity favorite!) molecularly links with foundation when layered together to seamlessly provide all day wear.

Rich in texture, but never heavy or greasy, this oxygen rich primer, based on nobel prize winning ingredient Rejuvenox, creates breathable oxygen "tunnels" so skin always feels its best. Peptides dramatically boost collagen levels while Sodium Hyaluronate keeps the complexion fresh and porcelain-smooth all day long in just the press of a pump.

This true multi-purpose formula helps skin retain moisture without adding oil, diffuses imperfections, and creates a flawless finish for that enviable and coveted "soft focus effect".