Using the wrong cosmetics (particularly foundation and other concealers) can cause or aggravate acne outbreaks. It’s critical to pick one that provides the coverage you want without overburdening the skin.
Makeup Should Be Matched to Your Skin Tone
The most natural appearance comes from a close match between your concealer, foundation, and skin tone. Examine your inner wrist in natural light to see if you have warm, neutral, or cold undertones. Visit a beauty store and try on a selection of products made to complement your skin tone and undertones.
Some products’ colors may alter somewhat after 1-2 hours of contact with the oils in your skin. For example, the ideal foundation shade may turn yellow towards the end of the day. Try on several samples to determine what looks and feels best after a full day of wear.
If your skin tone changes from light to dark depending on the season, use one set of cosmetics for summer and another for winter.
Mattifying Concealers, Liquid Foundations, and Setting Powders Are All Good Choices
Makeup with a matte finish optically softens and smoothes the texture of your skin. Avoid applying dewy, luminous foundations and powders all over your face since they tend to highlight the texture of your skin.
Choose Items That Are Non-Comedogenic or Oil-Free
Unfortunately, many cosmetics and skincare items can clog your pores, exacerbating your acne. Check the labels of the items you select to ensure they are non-comedogenic or oil-free. This implies that they should not clog your pores.
Most items will have this on the front label, however it may also be on the rear label.
Choose Products That Are Lightweight, Blendable, and Full-Coverage
Full coverage cosmetics are preferred because they provide an even canvas of color throughout your face. Any indentations will be less obvious as a result. Look for a product that provides comprehensive coverage while being lightweight and blendable on your skin. Moisturizing or emollient products will integrate well without leaving a dry, cakey behind.
Camouflage products are intended to conceal areas of discoloration ranging from dark spots to tattoos. If your acne scars are much darker than the rest of your face, they may be an excellent option.
If you want complete coverage over your scars but lesser coverage on the rest of your face, consider a medium-coverage foundation or a highly pigmented tinted moisturizer that is meant to be layered.
Choose Long-Lasting Formulations
Many foundations and powders make claims like “24-hour coverage” or “long-lasting coverage.” To prevent midday touch-ups, stick to a product like this. Additionally, if you expect to sweat, cry, or be near water, use waterproof cosmetics. Wear waterproof products sparingly, as they might clog your pores.
If you wear waterproof makeup, use a cosmetic remover that is designed to remove it. Makeup that is left on your face may clog your pores.
For Your Base Layer, Use a “Pore-Eliminating” Foundation Primer
Makeup primers and foundation primers establish a consistent base layer on which additional cosmetic products can be applied. Many primers provide long-lasting wear, and a primer labeled “poreless,” “pore-eliminating,” or “skin-smoothing” will give you smoother skin.
Primers help your makeup stay in place and last longer.
Primers will not physically erase your pores, but rather fill them in, masking the indentations caused by acne scars and producing the illusion of a smoother canvas for cosmetics to be put to.
Try Concealers Designed Specifically for Use on Acne Scars and Outbreaks
Look for products with labels that say “breakout concealer” or “acne concealer.” These are intended to treat present outbreaks while also preventing future irritations. Silicone-based acne scar fillers attach a layer of silicone to the surface of your skin to treat deep scarring.
The silicone fills in any scars indentations and leaves a smooth surface to put foundation and other cosmetic products.