In the past couple of years, there’s been an absolute craze for Korean cosmetic products. We’ve started to use Korean hydrating tissue masks, and of course, their amazing BB creams. Soon after, we caught onto what the Koreans were doing right, so Western brands started coming out with their own versions of the product.
Although we may feel as though we’ve been in the know all along, BB creams have only been a part of our routines since 2010! So today, we’re going to figure out whether they’re really the magical solution to all our skin troubles.
Acne: What Is It and How to Make It Go Away
Everyone gets acne. Young or old, all people break out from time to time. However, there are a few ways to deal with it. If you’ve been dealing with acne your whole life, you’ve heard all the tips:
- Keep your skin clean.
- Don’t touch your face with your hands.
- Change your sheets frequently.
- Use drying masks.
After a while, the well-meaning advice just seems contradictory. Even doctors can’t seem to agree on the course of treatment. So it’s up to us to figure out which ingredients work and where we can find them. That brings us to BB creams!
BB Creams: Makeup and Skincare All in One!
Initially, BB creams were invented by a German dermatologist in the 60s to use after facials and surgery. Even though they’ve lost their primary purpose over time and become more of a lightweight foundation than anything else, some of them still use nutritional formulations our skin loves. However, as with any other product, we always recommend reading the list of ingredients before you commit to a cream. After all, that’s where you’ll find oils, fragrances, and other ingredients acne-prone skin isn’t particularly fond of.
Our criteria for finding the best BB cream for acne excluded all of these ingredients. We were also looking for UV protection, moisturizing properties, and of course, color. Still, we should note that BB creams are very lightweight products, which includes their coverage. So if you’re looking for something that will entirely cover your acne or scarring, we recommend checking out foundations for oily skin instead.
How to Use a BB Cream
If you’ve ever put on any sort of face cream before, you’ll know how to put on a BB cream. The rules are simple:
1. Wash Your Face
Whatever you’re putting onto your face, you’re going to want to start by cleaning it. Many of the ingredients in skincare products are meant to create a protective layer over your skin. That layer should seal in moisture and protect you from sun exposure — but it can also seal in bacteria. So it’s best to start on clean skin. In fact, we particularly like how tinted creams look on exfoliated skin.
2. Apply the BB Cream with Your Hands
There’s really no method to this madness. If you don’t want to reach for your brushes, you can put your BB cream on with your hands. Provided that they were clean, of course. These types of products are supposed to melt into your skin and almost completely disappear. So you definitely won’t see any of the streaks you’d see if you just slapped on your foundation.
3. Or Smooth It over with a Sponge or a Brush
However, you can also use your makeup tools to apply a BB cream or simply to smooth it out. You can use a brush if you’d like or a damp beauty sponge for a more seamless look.
4. Finish Off the Look
As we have previously mentioned, you’re not going to be able to get a lot of coverage out of a BB cream. You can just go out with a BB cream on — maybe with some lip balm to complete the natural look. However, if you like to be a bit more polished, you can also add some concealer, contour, and whatever other products you usually use.
Now that we know how to properly apply a BB cream, let’s see which are the best ones on the market right now.
The Top 5 Best BB Cream for Acne
Best BB Cream for Acne When You Have Oily Skin: La Roche-Posay Effaclar BB Blur SPF 20
Many BB cream formulas are lightweight and dewy. Naturally, that is the last thing you want when you have oily skin! This BB cream from La Roche-Posay is the perfect matte formula.
Why we like it:
- SPF 20
- Very good coverage
- Oil, fragrance, and paraben-free
You might want to choose La Roche-Posay Effaclar BB Blur if:
Usually, BB creams are a bit runny. That’s part of the reason why so many of them don’t have much in the way of color pay-off. But it’s also why you usually don’t need to get your exact color match. In contrast, this BB cream has a thick mousse consistency. The thick formula will absorb any excess sebum your skin makes and smooth out your pores and any minor scarring you may have. It also has surprisingly good coverage, so it will actually eliminate underlying redness on the skin. However, because the formula is so pigmented, you’ll need to get a close color match.
Best BB Cream for Acne When You Have Dry Skin: MISSHA M Signature Real Complete BB Cream SPF 25
It’s true — people with dry skin get acne too. But most products that are geared for acne-prone skin are only fit for oily skin! Well, here’s a BB cream you’ll be able to use even if you have dry skin.
Why we like it:
- SPF 25
- Improves your skin over time
- No parabens, mineral oil, alcohol etc
You might want to choose MISSHA M Signature Real Complete BB Cream SPF25 if:
While this BB cream can’t manage the same amount of coverage the previous one could, it’s incredibly moisturizing and soothing to dry skin. It’ll give you just the right amount of color to cover some basic imperfections while also allowing your skin to breathe. If you look at the list of ingredients, you’ll find over 50 natural extracts and oils in this cream that are going to keep you looking fresh and hydrated.
Aside from the oils and extracts, the cream also contains lipids and amino acid complex peptides which restore the natural balance of your skin. Furthermore, we were especially happy to see zinc oxide on the list of ingredients, as zinc is great for clearing acne.
Best BB Cream for Acne When You Have Sensitive Skin: Marcelle BB Cream Matte
Even though the previous two products we’ve mentioned are both non-comedogenic, this Marcelle matte BB cream might be the best one for sensitive skin.
Why we like it:
- Self-adjusting pigment
- Oil-free shine control
You might want to choose Marcelle BB Cream Matte if:
If your skin breaks out at the drop of a hat, you’ll want to get a BB cream that won’t irritate it. In fact, this cream has hyaluronic acid, aloe leaf juice, and many other ingredients that will replenish and nourish your skin. Because this is a fairly hydrating formula, the coverage isn’t all that great. However, this cream can easily serve as a primer or a daily moisturizer. What’s more, the pigment particles that are in the cream can easily blend into almost any skin tone.
But really, one of our favorite things about this cream is the no-nonsense packaging. The pump applicator should make it not only easy but also more hygienic to use this tinted moisturizer.
Best BB Cream for Acne When You Have Combination Skin: Maybelline New York Dream Fresh BB Cream
How do we possibly respond to the demands of combination skin? Does it want moisture or cleansing? With this BB cream from Maybelline, you don’t have to guess.
Why we like it:
- SPF 30
- Five shades
- Silicone, paraben, alcohol, and sulfate-free
You might want to choose Maybelline New York Dream Fresh BB Cream Cream if:
No matter what skin type or tone you have, you can probably benefit from this Maybelline BB cream. There are no oils or other heavy ingredients to be found here, only nourishing ones that make up a dewy formula. Although this BB cream has a fairly runny consistency, it does a great job of covering imperfections and brightening skin.
The formula’s main active ingredient is titanium dioxide, which is a sunscreen agent. With that in mind, we recommend this product to all the ladies who won’t wear sunscreen because it leaves a white cast. Now you can treat your skin the way it deserves to be treated!
Best BB Cream for Acne When You Have Aging Skin: Neutrogena Healthy Skin Anti-Aging Perfector SPF 20
Although mature skin is typically more on the dry side, it can still get blemishes. So how can Neutrogena conceal and fix them?
Why we like it:
- SPF 20
- Hydrates skin
- Contains retinol
You might want to choose Neutrogena Healthy Skin Anti-Aging Perfector SPF 20 if:
We’re all about aging with grace. So it’s important to know when to stop using heavy foundations and transition into tinted creams. This Neutrogena cream will even out your skin tone and leave your skin feeling supple and hydrated. It will also reduce the appearance of your fine lines, thanks to a magical ingredient known as retinol. Retinol, otherwise known as vitamin A1, is the cure-all ingredient that targets several problems. It doesn’t only brighten skin and encourage cell turnover, but it’s also a very effective defense against acne.
The Best BB Cream for Acne Is the One That Works for You
We believe that BB cream is the perfect tinted product for people with problematic skin. Foundation often tends to exacerbate any blemishes, even though it momentarily covers them. So BB creams are the ideal solution, as long as you can handle letting some of your skin peek out. And why not? Thanks to these BB creams, the quality of your skin will improve with each use.