How to Cover Up Breakouts Without Concealer
Did you wake up this morning to find a stubborn pimple on your face, only to realize you’re all out of concealer? Don’t fret! There are other alternatives you can turn to. Keep reading for the best tips and tricks to covering up breakouts without concealer.
Whether it popped up before your period, after a strenuous workout, or seemingly out of the middle of nowhere, for most of us, pimples are a very unfortunate fact of life. Even if you follow a strict skin care routine to keep breakouts at bay, every once in a while, we all get a blemish or two and in those instances, it’s time to reach for high-coverage concealer to help blur visible evidence. No concealer? No problem. We share exactly how you can cover up pimples without concealer, below.
WHAT IS ADULT ACNE?
Before we dive into how to cover up acne without concealer, let’s first discuss why you may be getting blemishes to begin with. Many people wrongly assume that pimples are only a teenage problem. Not quite. Adults can get acne too, even if they’ve never dealt with pimples during their adolescence. Adult acne is cyclical in nature and presents itself most often as papules, pustules, and cysts around the mouth, chin, jaw line, and on the cheeks. Another unfortunate truth to adult acne is that it can leave its mark. This higher risk for scarring is due in part to the slowed desquamation process, which is essentially the natural shedding of dead skin cells to reveal new one’s underneath. As we age, the process tends to slow down, and once a breakout clears it can result in an unsightly scar. While teenage acne is most often caused by excess oil and clogged pores, adult acne is typically caused by these four factors:
- Hormonal fluctuations: Puberty, pregnancy, and periods are all common instances where these flare-ups can occur. Hormonal fluctuations can cause the sebaceous glands to act up and result in breakouts.
- Blockage of oil: Genetic factors, build-up of dead skin cells on the surface of the skin, and poor cleansing can cause a blockage of oil.
- Bacteria: Bacteria is a common culprit for breakouts, which is why cleansing in the morning and at night to remove bacteria is incredibly important.
- Flare-ups: Stress, pollution, and poor sleep can cause skin flare-ups.
So, how does one go about covering these blemishes? First things first, patience is key when it comes to addressing pimples. Resisting the urge to pop, poke, and pick at your skin is of paramount importance. Not only can you make matters worse by picking at your skin, you can also end up with a scar long after the pimple has made its exit. That said, sometimes pimples get popped and when this happens do not (we repeat: DO NOT) put makeup over the area—since your skin can be more susceptible to infection! Instead, reach for an an acne-fighting product…STAT! And remember, until that blemish has dried up and closed, makeup is off-limits.
Icing the skin helps to cause short-term vasoconstriction of the blood vessels which can sometimes help to temporarily improve the appearance of some pimples. Wrap a few cubes of ice in a paper towel and ice the area on and off for a few minutes.
Pimples may come in various sizes but one thing they almost all have in common is their tell-tale redness. Concealer alone may not do the trick and hide the redness and that’s where color correction comes in. Think back to grammar school when you learned all about the color wheel in art class. The colors opposite one another neutralize each other. Therefore, to neutralize the appearance of redness, you’ll want to reach for green. Lancôme Miracle CC Cushion Color Correcting Primer utilizes cushion compact technology and color correction to help visibly reduce the appearance of redness. Pat gently on the affected area and then reach for your foundation—no concealer necessary!
Have a pimple you need to get rid of fast? Reach for a spot treatment formulated with acne-fighting ingredients like salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, or sulfur. Many spot treatments can dramatically reduce the appearance of breakouts—some after just one day—like the La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo Acne Spot Treatment. This dual action acne treatment—formulated with benzoyl peroxide—visibly reduces the appearance of acne blemishes. Its fast-absorbing formula penetrates deep into the pores to clear stubborn whiteheads and blackheads.
Editor’s note: Keep in mind that while benzoyl peroxide is a great ingredient to turn to to address breakouts, it’s also notoriously drying. Follow up with a heaping dose of moisturizer to lock in hydration and keep your sun exposure to a minimum. If you must head outdoors, don’t forget to wear a wide-brimmed hat, apply broad-spectrum sunscreen and reapply at least every two hours—even if it’s cloudy.