Acne FAQs: How to Properly Cover Acne Blemishes

Posted under Acne Treatments,General Information on Adult Acne by swright on Friday 9 July 2010

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How to Properly Cover Acne Blemishes

Aside from actually getting rid of acne, the most important thing to most acne-sufferers is knowing how to effectively cover acne blemishes. While concealing zits may sound simple, it can often become frustrating and time-consuming, and may even worsen acne. Thankfully, there are a few acne tips and tricks that will make covering breakouts simpler, easier and faster.

Cleanse
As with most acne tips, step one is cleansing the complexion. Use a mild, non-abrasive cleanser formulated with your favorite acne ingredient, such as salicylic or lactic acid. Be sure to cleanse your hands as well to avoid transferring dirt or bacteria from your fingers to your face. After cleansing, apply an acne spot treatment if you feel that it’s necessary.

Moisturize
Dry zits are much harder to camouflage than “fresh” zits. Using a non-greasy, non-comedogenic moisturizer before applying a concealer will help create a smoother texture and more natural appearance. If a pimple is particularly dry and flaky, you can apply a thick coating of a petroleum jelly-based skin care product and leave it on for a few minutes. Apply a warm compress to the skin for a few moments, then use the compress to wipe away the excess product to reveal a suppler and smoother skin texture.

Conceal
The number one tip to remember when applying concealer is that less is more. If too much concealer is applied, it will appear dry and cakey, making your blemish even more noticeable. Using your application tool of choice (a brush, sponge, or clean fingertips all work great), dab a small amount of concealer on and around your zit. Gently blend outward to create a natural-looking finish. After concealing, even the complexion with your favorite makeup base. A mineral makeup pressed foundation is ideal for acne-prone skin, as it sets concealer and helps control excess shine.

Remove
Cleansing your face at the end of the day is an important step on the road to achieving clearer skin. When skin care makeup is left on overnight, it’s more likely to enter the pores and interact with bacteria, causing blemishes, irritation, and unhealthy skin. Taking five minutes to remove makeup and cleanse away the dirt, debris, bacteria, and oil of the day will help clarify your skin while preparing you mentally for bed.

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