No matter how old you are, acne can wreak havoc on your self-esteem.
We often think of it as a skin issue that plagues teenagers, but the fact is that a growing number of women in their 20’s, 30’s, and 40’s are dealing with adult acne that is often inflammatory and originates deeper in the skin. What’s most frustrating about acne is that even if you take good care of your skin and eat a healthy diet, you may still wind up with pimples and nodules due to hormonal issues.
While you’re trying to figure out the best way to heal your acne, though, you don’t necessarily have to suffer with embarrassing red marks and welts on your face. With the right makeup, you can hide your acne so you feel a little more confident and secure when you head out the door.
If you have acne, concealer is really your best friend. Loading up on a full coverage foundation all over your face often just draws attention to your skin’s flaws because it looks cakey and unnatural. Instead, you should use a lighter coverage foundation all over your face and only add full coverage concealer in spots where you have breakouts – the overall effect is much more natural and allows your skin to breathe.
When you’re applying concealer to your acne, though, sanitation is key. Using your fingers to dab the concealer on can be a good option because the heat from your skin warms the makeup so it blends into your skin more easily. However, if you plan to use your fingers to apply your concealer, make sure to wash your hands thoroughly before and after so you don’t spread bacteria around your face.
If you want to avoid touching your acne with your fingers, a synthetic concealer brush may be a better option for applying your cover up. A brush can also provide a more precise application, so you can keep the concealer just on your pimples and red spots. When you’re using a brush, though, you should wash it with anti-bacterial brush shampoo after each use to make sure that it remains clean.
If you’re on the hunt for a good full-coverage concealer to hide your acne, here are five of the top options to help you fake clear skin no matter how bad your breakout may be.
Make Up Forever Full Cover Concealer
The name says it all — the Make Up Forever Full Cover concealer provides full coverage that is ideal for hiding angry, red acne breakouts. The formula is also oil-free so it won’t clog pores and has a matte finish that will keep oily skin shine-free — and it’s waterproof too, so it’ll stay put on pimples even in the humid weather. Available in 12 shades, the concealer also works well to hide scars, hyperpigmentation, burns, and even tattoos. $32 at Sephora.
The Body Shop Tea Tree Concealer
If you’re looking for a handy concealer to throw in your purse or book bag, the Body Shop’s Tea Tree Concealer is an ideal option. It comes in a convenient stick form that makes it easy to dab on a spot and go — and the formula doesn’t just hide acne; it helps treat it with natural tea tree oil. $9 at the Body Shop
Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage
The Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Concealer is a full coverage concealer that works beautifully to hide acne and acne scars. What makes it different than other concealers, though, is that it comes with two shades in the compact so you can customize your shade to match your skin perfectly — no matter what the season or how tan you might be. The formula is also oil-free and non-comedogenic, so you don’t have to worry about it making your acne worse. $32 at Sephora.
Clinique Acne Solutions Clearing Concealer
If you want to treat your acne as you cover it, look no further than the Clinique Acne Solutions Clearing Concealer. The formula isn’t just oil-free; it contains salicylic acid, a proven acne fighter, to help heal blemishes while you conceal them. Available in three shades, the concealer is also super creamy and blendable so it’s easy to apply. $17 at Sephora.
Neutrogena SkinClearing Blemish Concealer
If you’re on a budget, the Neutrogena SkinClearing Blemish Concealer is a great option available at any drugstore. The formula contains salicylic acid to help treat acne and is oil-free and non-comedogenic so it doesn’t clog pores. Available in four shades, it comes in a convenient twist-up pen applicator to making applying the concealer a breeze. $8.99 at drugstores and mass merchandise stores.