FACE POWDER FOR ACNE
BareMinerals blemish rescue skin-clearing powder foundation, 6g, £28, bareminerals.co.uk
CLAIM: This contains 0.5 per cent salicylic acid, which the maker says will fight acne and promote clearer skin. It also contains chamomile, aloe vera and oat protein, said to calm skin.
EXPERT VERDICT: Dr Anton Alexandroff, a consultant dermatologist at BMI The Manor Hospital in Bedford, says: ‘I prefer acne patients to avoid makeup because many products can block pores and sebaceous glands, which can cause flare-ups. However, some patients struggle to leave the house without it — and for them, a powder like this may be useful. The chamomile, aloe vera and oat protein should calm inflammation, and salicylic acid is thought to exfoliate skin and unclog pores. However, there are no robust clinical studies to confirm this. This also contains chlorphenesin, a preservative that can irritate some skins.’