This Most Popular Primer Now Has a Version for Acne-Prone Skin—and It’s a Game Changer

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If you’re a makeup lover with acne-prone skin, you may feel like you’re trapped in a never-ending cycle. After you perform a perfectly calibrated skincare routine, the very products you use to conceal your existing blemishes will cause your skin to create new ones. Treat, cover, break out, repeat.

If you’ve ever wondered if there’s a way to reap the benefits of your skincare routine without sacrificing your makeup, you’re not alone—especially during Acne Awareness Month, which has the topic even more top of mind for any of us with acneic skin. Luckily, e.l.f. Cosmetics has come to your rescue.

What It Is:

e.l.f. Cosmetics Blemish Fighting Putty Primer
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Enter the e.l.f. Cosmetics Acne Fighting Putty Primer. The newest member of the Putty Primer family (the number one primer range in the U.S.), this velvety base product contains 1.8 percent salicylic acid, a powerful acne-fighting ingredient recommended by dermatologists for reducing acne and encouraging your skin cell turnover. The Acne Fighting Putty Primer not only treats your existing breakouts, but it also stops future blemishes in their tracks. And it does all of this while being vegan and cruelty-free.

I like to apply a thin, even amount after my sunscreen but before my foundation and watch as it creates a smooth, poreless base that grips my makeup for all-day wear while smoothing over imperfections. Meanwhile, the salicylic acid (alongside other skin-loving ingredients like zinc and kaolin) works behind the scenes to fight acne. Talk about pulling double duty.

e.l.f. Acne Fighting Putty Face Primer
e.l.f. Cosmetics Acne Fighting Putty Primer $9

Why I Need to Have It:

Building the perfect acne-fighting skincare routine took a lot of work—mixing cleansers, toners, and moisturizers to find the perfect alchemy that keeps my blemishes at bay. But at the same time, makeup is a powerful form of self-expression for me. Whether I’m creating all-out glam or going for no-makeup makeup, I want my base to look flawless and my makeup to stay put. I shouldn’t have to choose between my skincare and my makeup. And thanks to the e.l.f Cosmetics Acne Fighting Putty Primer, I don’t have to.

e.l.f Cosmetics Acne Fighting Putty Face Primer
 e.l.f. Cosmetics

Where to Get It:

You can find the e.l.f. Cosmetics Acne Fighting Putty Primer ($9) at, Target, and Ulta. Pro tip: Add the Putty Primer Brush and Applicator ($6) and Camo CC Cream ($14) to build your perfect base and score free shipping on, and download the e.l.f. Cosmetics app to shop and scan your receipts for points and rewards.