Does Glossier Skin Tint Make You Break Out? Different Skin Types Explained

can Glossier skin tint cause acne?

This article will explore whether Glossier Skin Tint causes acne or breakouts, what its main ingredients are and its suitability, and possible side-effects on different skin types.  

Glossier Skin Tint ingredients 

The Skin Tint contains a number of ingredients with different properties and purposes. 

Diamond powder

Diamond powder is abrasive and works as a cleanser to open up the pores. It also adds a shimmery feel to your skin.


This is a mineral powder that gives a pearl-based effect to your skin and is present to avoid your make-up from becoming cakey. 

Mica is also used to promote the product’s ability to adhere to the skin and for light-reflecting purposes.


Glycerin in the Skin Tint is used to hydrate and moisturize the skin. 

Boron Nitride

BN improves the product’s ability to diffuse into the skin and creates a creamy, luscious texture. 

Other than these, there is a range of other ingredients that enhance absorption, texture, smoothness, and finish — castor seed oil, yellow and red iron oxide, water for solvency, sodium chloride (salt), etc. 


Glossier Skin Tint contains silicone in the following forms: Cyclohexasiloxane, Cyclopentasiloxane, Peg-10 Dimethicone, and Dimethicone.

Cyclohexasiloxane is a very airy silicone form that allows the skin to breathe and prevents the make-up from becoming greasy. 

It is gentle on the skin and rather than absorbing into it, the silicone evaporates from the skin. So the product removes any oily blotches and gives the skin a smooth appearance. 

Cyclopentasiloxane is another form of silicone with a circular molecular structure. Like cyclohexasiloxane it is also a ‘volatile’ form of silicon, in that it evaporates from the skin and is very airy and light in its texture. 

Both of these ‘volatile’ forms of silicon are used in conjunction with each other and with the non-volatile forms to create a base that repels water and gives a velvety sheen to the make-up and prevents lumps.

They are both combined to ensure that the make-up has an airy feel, allows the skin to breathe, is light on the skin, and in addition, is long-lasting. 

The non-volatile form of silicone used is Dimethicone and its variant Peg-10 Dimethicone. Dimethicone is a polymeric/recurrent form of silicone structure. It is essentially used to create consistency in skin texture and finish. 

It covers up any scars, fine lines, wrinkles or discolorations, or blemishes such as acne or pimples, etc. It also seals in any moisture as it is an ‘occlusive’ agent in the product. 

As an ‘occlusive’ it keeps the skin hydrated by literally forming a physical barrier on the skin, that prevents any ‘trans epidermal’ loss of water/moisture i.e. loss of water from the skin to the surrounding air. 

At the same time, it prevents any goodness from your cream or lotion from getting through to your dermis. 

So while Dimethicone, along with Cyclopentasiloxane and Cyclohexasiloxane provides the velvety consistency and shine that the product is known for, it is also something that is not too good for your skin.

You can read more about silicones in our earlier article about Dove shampoo

Peg-10 Dimethicone is another variant of silicone. Its primary purpose is as a solvent, i.e. to allow for the melding of water and any silicone-based oils or plant-based oils in the products without becoming clumpy. 

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SPF (Sun Protection Factor)

Glossier Skin Tint does not contain SPF (Sun Protection Factor). It could contain a little titanium dioxide which when ground into dust and added to the product, covers the surface of the skin like a sun barrier. 

This product does not use titanium dioxide mainly for sun protection. It is used more as a colorant and to give a silky glow. So it cannot be an effective sunscreen and it may only be used in trace amounts, if at all. 

But Glossier has released its own sunscreen and you can apply this before or after the tint to protect yourself from UV rays. 

Does Glossier Skin Tint clog the pores?

Glossier Skin Tint is non-comedogenic. It is created using ingredients such as volatile forms of silicone and glycerin that make the product breathable and airy and very light on the skin, such that it will NOT clog your pores (pores are called comedones). 

They are dermatologically tested to be non-comedogenic. It is a very light base of make-up that gives one a fresh and dewy look – a ‘no make-up look. This is suitable for people who wish to wear minimal make-up but also ensure coverage of dark spots etc. 

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Is Glossier Skin Tint oil-free? 

The Skin Tint has been tested oil-free. It does have castor seed oil as one of its ingredients but this is used as an emollient i.e. to enable water and the silicone-based oils to emulsify together. 

Castor Oil is also used as a perfuming agent.

Skin Tint does not contain oil as an active ingredient, but only oleaginous or oil-like components that are derived from other ingredients. So it can be safely said to be oil-free.

Skin Tint does not contain any essential oils either.

In addition, the use of alcohol, glycerin, etc. helps dissolve any natural oil derivatives such as castor seed oil extracts or derived ingredients.

It does not cause the skin to become greasier when applied, which indicates the oil-free nature of the product. The glycerin and silicone, in fact, take away the oil from the skin and leave it fresh but moisturized. 

Is Glossier Skin Tint good for rosacea?  

Rosacea is a skin problem that causes redness and enlarged blood vessels or red bumps on the facial skin. 

Glossier Skin Tint does a good job of covering the redness and red spots and provides skin tone consistency. But it does not completely conceal the redness. Instead, it gives you a natural,  consistent look that reduces the unevenness of the red blotches. 

For people who have rosacea, this skin tint could be quite useful to create a light and smooth foundation, without hurting the skin. It is dermatologically tested and is free of parabens or chemicals that can irritate the skin (Glossier Skin Tint is also hypoallergenic). 

So it won’t trigger or inflame your condition. 

Is Glossier Skin Tint good for oily skin? 

The Skin Tint is an oil-free formula. The use of glycerin and silicone-based components ensure that a creamy foundation is provided without a greasy, slick feeling. 

Volatile silicone components help the product components that may be greasy to simply evaporate from the skin surface, leaving only the light foundation to disperse and absorb. 

The lightness of the product and its breathability makes it suitable for oily skin and do not cause any discoloration. The alcohol, glycerin, and silicone also help to retain moisture while also taking away any oil patches creating an even and smooth look.

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Is Glossier Skin Tint good for acne prone skin? 

The skin tint is quite a light concealer and is not meant to be a foundation. It will not completely conceal acne or acne scars/blemishes, but it will even out your skin tone. Since it is airy and breathable, it will probably not trigger any more acne problems. 

It also has glycerin and silicone which prevent greasiness that may contribute to the spread of acne. It is hypoallergenic so it is gentle on sensitive skin. It does not cause skin irritation nor does it aggravate any allergies or breakouts of acne. 

Is Glossier Skin Tint good for dry skin? 

Glossier Skin Tint is good for both dry and combination/oily skin types as it caters to a range of needs. It provides a velvety texture and smooth sheen. At the same time, it is not greasy or slick. 

It hydrates and creates a trans-epidermal barrier to prevent loss of moisture while also using silicone to remove the oily patches. So it provides moist coverage that works for dry skin. 

You may need to use extra moisturizer if you have very dry patches since the product is a minimal concealer. But otherwise, the product leaves the skin feeling plump and looking nourished. 
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Does Glossier Skin Tint cause acne or breakout? 

Glossier Skin Tint does not cause acne or breakouts. The product is dermatologically tested to be non-irritating and contains no parabens or essential oils. These qualities ensure that breakouts and acne are prevented to a large extent. 

Silicone and glycerin help remove any excess oil, leaving only the dewy, breathable concealer, which does not clog the pores or cause dirt in the pores that usually cause acne and breakouts. 

The alcohol in the Skin Tint is antimicrobial and antibacterial. This prevents the build-up of bacteria or grime on the skin that leads to acne and breakouts.

Since it is not a heavy foundation and does not cake-up the skin, it is suitable for people who are prone to breakouts. By and large, it does not trigger skin issues. 


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