When it comes to acne, most of us are well aware of how to prevent it and which ingredients are best at treating it. However, when it comes to covering it up, there’s not nearly as much information out there.
Yet, millions of women are willing to spend a good deal of money on a product that will effectively conceal the appearance of acne. So how do you know which product is best for your skin?
In this post, I will go over the things that you need to know when selecting a concealer for your acne skin. I will also provide a few suggestions for some of the best concealers for acne. Hopefully, by the end of the post, you will learn a bit more about concealers and have the knowledge you need to select a great concealer for your acne skin.
The Best Concealers For Acne (Our Favorites)
The IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Breakout Concealer is one of the best water-based concealer for acne. It contains powerful acne fighting ingredients like salicylic acid for killing acne bacteria and zinc oxide for absorbing oil. It’s formulated with skincare and ani-aging ingredients like:
- Peptides (Increases skin strength)
- Kaolin clay (cleans and exfoliate skin)
- Witch hazel (helps to shrink the appearance of pores)
- Tea tree (helps to calm acne inflammation)
- Sulfur (helps absorb excess oil)
- AHA/BHA complex (helps to exfoliate skin)
This is good full coverage concealer for acne. There are 7 shades to choose from and it can be worn alone. It does not crease or crack.
This concealer is parabens-free and sulfates-free. It is clinically tested, cruelty-free, hypoallergenic, and oil-free.
BTW, for best results, you should pair this water-based concealer with a water based foundation. Check out my guide on water-based foundations if you have time!
The Clinique Acne Solutions Clearing Concealer is one of the best concealers for spot treatment. It is oil free and is a medicated concealer with salicylic acid to kill acne bacteria and prevent further breakouts. You can apply this directly on top of your spots, blend it and it will cover the spot instantly.
It is green tinted to help neutralize the redness of acne blemishes. The formula is gentle and soothing. It works on sensitive rosacea and dry skin.
One thing you need to look out for when using this product is that it dries really fast. Like all other concealers, remember to apply in layers in order to avoid it turning cakey. But other than these, this is a great little bottle of makeup for acne prone skin! Give it a try and see!
Acne Concealers: What You Need To Know
How To Select a Concealer For your Acne Prone Skin
Part of the challenge of scoring a good concealer for acne comes down to finding a balance between a formula that is thick enough to provide good and long-lasting coverage and one that is lightweight enough that it won’t clog pores and actually make acne worse.
Finding a concealer with lots of pigmentation is key. The more pigmented a product, the more coverage it offers.
Similarly, you want to find a concealer that isn’t so thick that it’s impossible to blend it in with your skin. After all, if your concealer doesn’t blend properly, it will look incredibly unnatural and only draw more attention to your uneven skin tone.
It’s a good idea to go for a silicone-based concealer. Silicone-based concealers offer lots of pigmentation while remaining lightweight enough to blend in more naturally with the rest of your skin and avoid caking or flaking.
When it comes to the tone of your concealer, always opt for a shade that matches your natural skin. Anything lighter will just draw attention to the areas that you are trying to conceal.
Additionally, if you can, opt for a concealer that has a slightly greenish tint. Green shades can cancel out red hues that are common with breakouts.
The Best Ingredients in Concealers For Acne Prone Skin
If your skin is prone to acne, you have to take extra care to ensure that none of the ingredients in your concealer can make acne worse. Avoid comedogenic ingredients at all costs. Comedogenic means that it clogs the pores. In other words, these ingredients will further clog pores that are already infected due to acne.
According to acne.org, some common comedogenic ingredients include soybean oil, lauric acid, cocoa butter and coconut oil.
It’s also wise to avoid any products that have fragrances added to them. Fragrances are often irritating to the skin. Because acne causes skin inflammation, further irritation caused by exposure to fragrances can make skin look and feel even worse.
Luckily, some concealers double as spot treatments for treating breakouts. Look for concealers that contain acne-fighting chemicals like salicylic acid, tea tree oil and benzoyl peroxide. These ingredients will combat pimples while concealing them.
How To Cover Acne with Concealer
A concealer will look most natural on a face that has just been exfoliated and moisturized. Plus, by moisturizing your face just prior to applying the concealer, the formula will blend much more easily with the rest of your skin.
I suggests applying a lightweight foundation to your skin prior to the concealer. This will give your skin a nice, even tone to use as a canvas.
While it may be tempting to glob on the concealer in a frantic attempt to hide your pimples, this will only make your skin look unnatural. Instead, layer the concealer on gradually until you are satisfied with the amount of coverage.
It’s also very important to never apply concealer to pimples with your fingers. Instead, opt for a concealer brush. Fingers contain bacteria that can cause pimples to get even worse. Also, always wash your brush when you’re done using it in order to avoid spreading bacteria onto your face the next time.
If you’re not that experienced when it comes to applying makeup, look for some video tutorials online. Today, there are hundreds of makeup tutorials that can walk you through the steps of using concealer to hide acne.