How to Cover Up Acne With Makeup, According to an Expert

Is it just us, or has your acne also gotten noticeably worse this fall?

Not only do we have dry weather to deal with, but we also have to worry about maskne and the fact that a lot of us are lacking some much-needed vitamin D. Since we're not venturing out a lot these days due to COVID-19, our skin has been dealing with all sorts of changes.

We don't know about you, but we've been getting all sorts of acne popping up on our faces, and it isn't fun. Dealing with the same thing? We spoke with Dr. Lisa Chipps, a dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon, about the absolute best ways to cover up acne with makeup. Keep reading to find out what she had to say.

Sweety High: What are the hardest forms of acne to cover up with makeup?

Dr. Lisa Chipps: When you pick at your acne and cause scabs, it's much harder to cover with concealer. As a dermatologist, I advise patients to avoid picking at their acne because it can cause long-lasting scars. Additionally, cystic acne can be difficult to cover up with concealer alone and may require additional forms of makeup, such as a color-correcting product (like THIS Lancome color corrector), to cover up certain stubborn areas on the face where cystic acne is present.


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SH: What are the most common forms of acne we get on our faces?

DLC: There are a few common forms of acne that we experience on the face, such as open comedones (blackheads), which are dilated open pores filled with sebum (oil) and bacteria, and closed comedones (whiteheads), which are dilated pores that are closed at the surface and look like tiny white bumps. Another common form of acne you may experience on the face is milia, which are bigger whiteheads, forming little cysts. They can last for months and are generally painless and not red. Additionally, inflammatory pustules are pus-filled red bumps that are common to experience, along with inflammatory nodules, which are red bumps that are often deep and painful.


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SH: What types of products should we use to cover up acne with makeup?

DLC: Using the wrong concealer can clog your pores and lead to more breakouts, which is why it's important to be conscious and aware of the products you choose to use when you are trying to cover up acne. A concealer with a bit of salicylic acid (like THIS one from Neutrogena) may be helpful to cover acne bumps. Salicylic acid has some antibacterial properties, and it helps to dry up pimples. Additionally, it can be beneficial to use products that are non-comedogenic, oil-free and fragrance-free, as they are less likely to clog pores, make the face oily and irritate already sensitive skin.


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