No matter how old you are, acne can wreak havoc on your self-esteem.
We often think of it as a skin issue that plagues teenagers, but the fact is that a growing number of women in their 20’s, 30’s, and 40’s are dealing with adult acne that is often inflammatory and originates deeper in the skin. What’s most frustrating about acne is that even if you take good care of your skin and eat a healthy diet, you may still wind up with pimples and nodules due to hormonal issues.
While you’re trying to figure out the best way to heal your acne, though, you don’t necessarily have to suffer with embarrassing red marks and welts on your face. With the right makeup, you can hide your acne so you feel a little more confident and secure when you head out the door.
If you have acne, concealer is really your best friend. Loading up on a full coverage foundation all over your face often just draws attention to your skin’s flaws because it looks cakey and unnatural. Instead, you should use a lighter coverage foundation all over your face and only add full coverage concealer in spots where you have breakouts – the overall effect is much more natural and allows your skin to breathe.
When you’re applying concealer to your acne, though, sanitation is key. Using your fingers to dab the concealer on can be a good option because the heat from your skin warms the makeup so it blends into your skin more easily. However, if you plan to use your fingers to apply your concealer, make sure to wash your hands thoroughly before and after so you don’t spread bacteria around your face.
If you want to avoid touching your acne with your fingers, a synthetic concealer brush may be a better option for applying your cover up. A brush can also provide a more precise application, so you can keep the concealer just on your pimples and red spots. When you’re using a brush, though, you should wash it with anti-bacterial brush shampoo after each use to make sure that it remains clean.
If you’re on the hunt for a good full-coverage concealer to hide your acne, here are five of the top options to help you fake clear skin no matter how bad your breakout may be.