I bet there are lots of people who are still not able to distinguish between BB cream, CC cream and liquid foundation. To put it in a nutshell, they are all base makeup products. In the very beginning, there was only liquid foundation. In order to meet different needs of customers, BB cream appeared. It can be said that BB cream is an upgraded version of liquid foundation. When it comes to CC cream, it can be considered an improved version of BB cream. However, upgrading does not mean high quality. Each of the three products has its own advantages. CC cream is mainly for you to create a natural makeup look, brighten and nourish the skin. It provides medium coverage, suited for those with normal skin conditions. Plus, it’s easy to apply a CC cream. A sheer layer of the product is enough to make your skin look better.
CC cream features skin repairing and conditioning. Compared to BB cream, it has a more lightweight texture and better moisturizing properties, and is safer for sensitive skin. Specifically designed for problematic skin, CC cream is formulated with skincare ingredients that help diminish the appearance of blemishes and brighten the complexion while effectively protecting our skin. It should be noted that CC cream is not a skincare product even though it contains skincare ingredients. It’s still a base makeup product that needs to be carefully removed before cleansing your face.
For people with acne-prone skin, be sure to choose products with safe ingredients that neither cause allergies or acne nor clog pores. Plus, pick a CC cream with SPF so that you don't have to wear a sunscreen after applying the product, and it leaves a lightweight and breathable feel.
Based on customer reviews and the articles written by many beauty editors as well as our testing results, we’ve rounded up 10 CC creams for acne-prone skin to help you out.View More
It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream with SPF 50+ is a product for oily and acne-prone skin. Developed by plastic surgeons, this CC cream has been recommended by Allure for three consecutive years since 2018. The creamy, nourishing formula is easy to spread without creasing. It’s available in 12 shades to fit different skin tones. It provides full coverage to hide most of skin imperfections, including acne, dark circles, freckles and the like, and to brighten the complexion. This CC cream is packed with a variety of anti-inflammatory ingredients such as hydrolyzed collagen, peptides, niacin, hyaluronic acid, antioxidants and vitamins to effectively calm inflammation and control shine. In addition, it is a preservative-free CC cream, ideal for those with acne-prone skin. Travel-friendly and bendable, It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream also works as a SPF50+ sunscreen that is adequate to protect your skin from harmful UV rays if you don’t spend a lot of time working in the sun. However, some customers complained that the cheap-looking packaging disintegrated after a period of time.
Unlike the styles of M.A.C and Bobbi Brown, Smashbox is a professional makeup brand known for its Camera Ready Collection. Smashbox is good at creating flawless skin. Photo Finish primer and setting spray are customers’ favorite products, as well as the Camera Ready CC Cream. This lightweight, acne-prone-skin-friendly CC cream leaves a natural, flawless finish. It comes in 4 shades to choose from. Featuring full coverage, the CC cream effectively diminishes post-acne marks and spots, fades fine lines and other skin imperfections, evens out the skin tone while brightening the complexion. It also provides broad spectrum SPF30 sun protection, which is enough for daily commute. You can just apply a sheer layer of the cream or cover it with a layer of foundation to achieve a better finish. Camera Ready CC Cream is infused with multiple anti-inflammatory and skin-soothing ingredients to help calm inflammation and control shine. However, some customers complained that the cream leaves the skin feeling dry. So we recommend hydrating your skin before using.
Kiehl’s Ultra Light Daily UV Defense CC Cream is a product for acne-prone skin. The lightweight, dewy cream is easy to spread and creates a natural and non-greasy finish. The CC cream has good staying power that makes your makeup stay put all day long. It works for color-correcting and brightening, and the brand claims, “Kiehl’s Ultra Light Daily UV Defense CC Cream contributes towards a clearer and more even skin tone and texture, working to reduce the appearance of dark spots, blemishes, wrinkles and freckles, which can occur as a result of sun exposure. It is gentle enough to be used on all skin types and is non-comedogenic.” However, based on our testing results, it can only cover minor imperfections such as dark circles and acne. Accordingly, we recommend customers who have various visible blemishes apply a concealer after using the CC cream. Kiehl’s Ultra Light Daily UV Defense CC Cream with SPF 50 PA +++ is enough for daily commute, not only protecting your skin from UV rays in summer, but also defending against urban air pollution. Infused with multiple plant extracts like lychee, this cream leaves your skin with a healthy-looking glow and provides better antioxidant protection.
MELANO CC Cream is a highly cost-effective essence that won the COSME Best Cosmetics Awards 2018 for No.1 Serum. Clear with a yellowish tinge, MELANO CC Cream has an oil-like texture that is bendable and easy to spread. Though the cream is oily, it easily absorbs into the skin without causing acne, making it suitable for acne-prone skin. With a pleasant citrus scent, ROHTO MELANO CC is infused with Vitamin C and Vitamin E. Vitamin C is effective at repairing and brightening up the skin while boosting skin’s ability to absorb nutrients. Vitamin E helps Vitamin C to penetrate into the stratum corneum. With continued use, it works wonders for diminishing dark spots and acne scars, inhibiting the melanin production, and tightening up the pores to give you delicate and supple skin. YouTuber Kookoo Vlogs uploaded a review of the MELANO CC, and she said, “So this one really does the job in brightening and lightening your scars and your pimple marks, and I really recommended this product they’re very effective,they’re very affordable.” The product comes in a silver-gray tube that is small and easy to carry around. It’s worth noting that since the cream is infused with high concentration of VC, be sure to avoid exposure to UV rays. So we recommend applying the cream before bedtime. Some customers complained that they experienced slight burning and tingling sensations when using the product for the first time. For this reason, conduct a patch test before using.
CHANEL’s base makeup products have always been favored by customers since their launches, as well as the CC cream. CHANEL CC Cream is a versatile formula that combines sunscreen, makeup base, primer, concealer, and foundation into one tube. The lightweight, bendable cream can cover the entire face just by applying a small amount. Meanwhile, it blends perfectly into the skin, leaving a radiant finish. Formulated with cornflower water, the CC Cream soothes and calms the skin without causing acne, ideal for acne-prone and sensitive skin. In addition, it packs with a variety of skincare ingredients to moisturize the skin and provide anti-aging benefits when wearing makeup. CC Cream features a unique luxurious scent of CHANEL. Also, it comes with Broad Spectrum SPF50 to provide daily protection against UV rays and pollution, making it good for daily commute. However, it only provides medium coverage to diminish the appearance of mild acne. For those with severe skin imperfections, we recommend applying a concealer at the same time. Allison Chase did a wear test on YouTube, “The CC Cream is a bit more fluid but it’s still I don’t know it’s a like a nice creamy texture. I think the Channel CC is fantastic. I know it’s a bit pricey but I think it’s really worth it,” said the beauty blogger.
Etude House Correct & Care Cream is a popular multitasking formula that combines concealer, sunscreen, makeup base, and moisturizer into one tube, ideal for acne-prone and sensitive skin. The lotion-like Correct & Care Cream provides medium coverage. It can only deliver slight color-correcting results and smooth minor fine lines. If you’re looking to disguising the imperfections such as acne, acne scars, and dark spots, we recommend apply a concealer after using the cream. Correct & Care Cream comes in a travel-friendly, soft tube with a pump head, which allows for easy application of controlled amount. It comes with SPF30 that is enough for daily sun protection. If you need to spend a lot of time outdoors, apply sunscreen with higher SPF first. In addition, due to the average staying power, touch-ups are required after wearing makeup for three hours. Overall, this CC cream is an cost effective option, suitable for students.
The Face Shop Face It Aura Color Control CC Cream is a go-to that combines CC cream and cushion into a compact case, ideal for acne-prone skin. This CC cream blends perfectly into the skin and brightens the skin to give a natural, luminous finish. With full coverage, the formula evens out the skin tone and effectively diminishes dark circles and fine lines. It keeps your makeup clean and stay put for up to 12 hours, which means it can free you from touch-ups. “This Korean CC cream does not come off easily, which is perfect for those who don’t want constant touch-ups,” said one user. However, some customers complained that the face became oily over time, so it is not recommended for oily skin. It is worth mentioning that this product comes with a soft, smooth powder puff, which is hygienic, easy to use, and replaceable. Meanwhile, it provides SPF30 to protect skin from harmful UV rays.
Banila Co is a Korean beauty brand that produces base makeup products such as cream foundation, BB cream, CC cream, liquid foundation and the like. Most of the products are formulated with green tea and herbs that help hide the look the pores and wrinkles and make the skin soft and moisturized. It Radiant CC Cream is an 11-award-winning product that is well received by customers. The lightweight, oil-free formula is infused with botanical extracts and niacinamide to deliver long-lasting hydration and make your skin glowing throughout the day. It comes with broad spectrum SPF30 that provides daily skin protection against UV rays and environmental aggressors. However, it’s only available in one shade that has a sheer coverage, so it is more recommended for those with lighter skin tones and minor imperfections. “If you want extra-luminous dewy skin, this is the best Korean CC cream choice. This cream is perfect for those who live in warmer regions as it also provides a cooling effect on the skin,” one user wrote.
Erborian CC Cream is a formula suitable for most skin types. The white cream feels comfortable on skin and is easy to spread, leaving a natural, dewy finish. The CC cream provides a sheer coverage that only hide dark circles and minor imperfections. “This is best for those who prefer relatively sheer coverage and a lighter, more natural look,” said a user. Accordingly, to achieve a more seamless finish, we recommend those with visible skin imperfections apply a liquid foundation and concealer after using this cream. Erborian CC Cream packs with skincare and active ingredients such as Vitamin E and honey to moisturize the skin. Compared to most CC creams with SPF30, this formula only provides SPF25 sun protection. So if you want to do outdoor activities, be sure to wear a sunscreen. It also contains a variety of fragrances and ingredients harmful to pregnant women, those with sensitive skin and nursing women proceed with caution. Plus, compared to most CC creams on the market, Erborian CC Cream is higher priced in a 15ml size, so honestly it’s not a cost-effective pick.
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