One of the most prevalent side effects of chronic acne is low esteem. It is hard to feel confident about facing the outside world when you feel that you don’t look your best. For that reason applying make-up to conceal breakouts is important in order for you to both look your best and feel your best.
In her book Feed Your Face Dr. Jessica Wu gives a few reasons to wear make-up if you are acne prone (page 29):
Breakouts are typically caused by bacteria, hormonal fluctuations, and the foods you eat – not by Laura Mercier. In face, some makeup can even be good for you. Certain cosmetics can provide SPF protection, which is great for those of us who sometimes forget to put on sunscreen. (You know who you are.) Wearing makeup may also remind you not to touch your face as often, cutting down on the transfer of germs from your hands. And as long as you’re choosing the right makeup for your skin, it shouldn’t make you break out. If you have oily skin, large pores, or acne-prone skin, look for a water-based makeup that is noncomedogenic.
I’ve had acne for a long time (20 plus years) and am continually finding myself in the position of having to cover up pimples and the red marks left on my face after a pimple has faded. For these pimples and marks my best friend is a green concealer that helps counteract the redness. Since red and green are opposite colors on the color wheel when green is applied to red it cancels it out. Two products to try are Physicians Formula Conceal Rx in soft green (a little bit goes a long way) and GloMinerals Corrective Camouflage Kit. After applying the green concealer apply a flesh toned concealer on top. It usually works well to pat concealer on blemishes instead of rubbing or even using a concealer brush, but how you apply your concealer is really up to you.
Using a powder foundation that gives sheer, yet full coverage is a great option for acne prone skin. Be sure that the make-up is labeled “oil free”, “non-comedogenic”, “ok for oily skin”, “ok for acne skin”, or some combination of words like that. Apply with a fluffy brush until you get the coverage that you want. You could also use liquid foundation if that is what you prefer.
There are lots of make-up products out there that promise to not only conceal your blemishes but to heal them as well with the addition of ingredients like tea tree oil, salicylic acid, or sulfur. It is best not to expect a huge change in how your acne looks when using make-up like this since the percentage of these ingredients in this type of make-up is negligible and will probably not do anything for your breakouts. It is best to look for anti-acne ingredients in your skincare products as opposed to your make-up. Buy make-up because of the lasting coverage, the ease of use, and color match instead of all the extras it promises.