Check your labels
There’s mixed evidence about which—if any—makeup ingredients actually cause acne, says board-certified dermatologist Fayne Frey, MD, FAAD. Still, everyone’s skin is different, and certain ingredients might make yours break out. Even though there’s no standard for labeling products “noncomedogenic,” which supposedly won’t clog pores, Dr. Frey recommends using them anyway. “Reputable cosmetic manufacturers often do some type of testing of their products to determine whether the product causes clogged pores or acne,” she says.
Stay away from oils
Having oily skin doesn’t mean you need to stay away from every oil, but your skin could be sensitive to certain ones. “Although most individuals will have absolutely no problem applying cosmetics that contain oil on their faces, certain oils (mineral oil, sesame oil, cocoa butter, coconut oil) may cause irritation and breakouts in some individuals,” says Dr. Frey. If your skin seems sensitive to oils, try silicone-based makeup instead, she says. But some say silicone can lead to breakouts too, so experiment with what works best for you.