Concealer Isn’t the Only Way to Cover Acne — Try These Tips

October 12, 2022
By: Jackie Burns Brisman | by L'Oréal
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Pimples are a fact of life at any age, whether they pop up due to hormones or seemingly out of nowhere. Even if you follow a strict skincare routine to keep breakouts at bay, the occasional blemish or two is inevitable. Typically, a full-coverage concealer is our go-to when it comes to covering up an acne flare-up — but it’s not the only way to cover spots. Keep reading to find out how to hide pimples sans concealer.

What Is Adult Acne?

Before we dive into how to cover up acne without concealer, let’s break down why you may be getting blemishes post-puberty. Many people wrongly assume that pimples are reserved for hormonal teens. But adults can get acne, too — even if they never dealt with pimples during adolescence. While teenage acne is most often caused by excess oil and clogged pores, adult acne is typically caused by hormonal fluctuations, a blockage of oil, bacteria, stress or pollution-driven flare-ups. Adult acne is cyclical in nature and presents itself most often as papules, pustules and cysts around the mouth, chin, jawline and cheeks. Adults also have a higher risk of scarring due to a slowed rate of cell turnover. 

Can You Cover Adult Acne With Concealer?

So, how does one go about covering these unwanted blemishes? First things first, patience is key. Resisting the urge to pop, poke and pick at your skin is of paramount importance. Not only can you make matters worse, but you can also end up with a scar long after the pimple has made its exit. 

Still, resisting the urge to pick at a pimple is easier said than done. If you do pop a pimple, do not — we repeat, do not — put makeup over the area until after you’ve let it heal. Instead, reach for an acne-fighting product, and remember: Until that blemish has dried up and closed, makeup is off-limits. Below find three tips for making your acne heal faster and appear less noticeable. 

Improve the Appearance of a Pimple With Ice

Icing the skin helps to cause short-term vasoconstriction of the blood vessels, which in turn will temporarily improve the appearance of some pimples. Wrap a few cubes of ice in a paper towel and hold up to the affected area on and off every few minutes.

Use a Color Corrector to Neutralize Redness

Pimples may come in various sizes, but one thing they all have in common is their tell-tale redness. Regular concealers alone may not do the trick. This is where color correction comes in. To neutralize the appearance of redness, you’ll want to reach for a green color corrector. We like the Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Wear Camouflage Corrector. The precision tip makes application easy, and the full-coverage formula camouflages signs of redness. Pat the pigment gently on the affected area and then reach for your foundation. No concealer necessary.

Use a Spot Treatment

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 minimize the look of breakouts. We like the La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo Acne Spot Treatment. It’s formulated with benzoyl peroxide to visibly reduce the appearance of acne blemishes.
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