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If you suffer from cystic acne, hormonal breakouts, or just a blemish here and there, you’re probably critical of the skincare and foundation you put on your face. Non-comedogenic (read: non-pore-clogging) and oil-free formulas are usually sought after labels for those with any type of breakout-prone skin. Setting (and priming) sprays are ambiguously classified in the not-skincare but not quite makeup arena, but these makeup-extending products are often an under-looked culprit causing breakouts, irritation, and clogging pores. So, we went on a quest in search of a solid setting spray for blemish-prone skin.
Many popular and high-end setting sprays contain coconut oil, which, according to a decent body of clinical research, can clog pores and therefore, lead to breakouts, blackheads, and extreme texture. Another common breakout-inducing factor to consider when looking for a safe setting spray is the type of finish it offers. Generally speaking, mattifying formulas will not only extend the wear-time of your makeup for much longer than dewy versions, but it will also help keep oil at bay, which can, in turn, prevent clogged pores, blackheads, and milia from cropping up — especially during the humid and sweaty summer months. If you prefer to stick to all-natural options, selecting a spray with anti-inflammatory properties, such as a spritz infused with rosewater is a great preventative measure that doesn’t pose the risk of irritation. Now, if you’re sensitive and prone to pimples, there are also some other key ingredients you’ll want to avoid to prevent flare-ups: silicones, synthetic fragrances, essential oils, and cocoa butter. We’ve rounded up some reliable setting sprays that will keep your makeup intact all day long, without the risk of causing an unsightly breakout the following day.
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1. Skindinavia The Maker Primer Spray Oil Control
While marketed as a priming spray, this oil-controlling formula is actually a solid two-in-one, doubling as both a makeup-extending setting spray and a prepping primer for added matte assurance. Just like the original Skindinavia setting spray, this option has an ultra fine mist for even application, but doesn’t contain parabens or silicone, so it shouldn’t cause clogged pores or breakouts.
2. Teddie Organics Rose Water Spray
Rosewater has natural anti-inflammatory properties, making it a great soothing agent for not only those with active breakouts, but also those with highly reactive skin. It’s also a refreshing way to re-hydrate and freshen up lackluster skin throughout the day without adding a skin-tightening matte option on top of other matte products.
3. Laura Gellar Spackle Mist
This oil, fragrance, and silicone-free mist is super gentle on sensitive skin, without compromising added lasting power to your look and doubling as a mid-day touch-up agent to revive settled makeup. It restores a life-like effect to makeup that’s been on since the morning, without adding an oily “glow.”