How to Hide Acne Scars

One of the biggest challenges for those of us who have had acne for years is how to hide acne scars. Even if you were good about keeping your hands away from your face and not picking, you probably have some dark spots that you’d like to conceal. If you have, or have had, more severe acne, you may have even more to cover.  The following is one of the better tutorials I’ve seen on how to use makeup to hide acne scars. The presenter, Kelli LaBar, is an aesthetician and makeup artist from Ulta Salon.


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Kelli recommends using a 2% hydroquinone solution to help lighten scars over time. For a professional strength treatment, I would suggest using HQ+ Gel Peel, 30ml (Professional), which is quite a strong solution. This particular product has Free Shipping from Amazon.

If you do use it, make sure you apply a good moisturizer afterwards and a strong sunscreen to protect your skin. I like Kinerase 0.1% N6-furfuryladenine Cream (80g) 2.8 Ounces, which is recommended as a post-procedural moisturizer and does not cause breakouts.

Finally, Kelli uses a concealer stick to dab and roll onto the scars to conceal them. No rubbing! My favorite concealer for acne scars is not a stick at all, but Kat Von D Tattoo Concealer. Be careful though, a little goes a long way.

Don’t forget the sunscreen before you put makeup on. Mineral makeup alone won’t be enough when your skin is sensitive after a peel. You need something extra, extra strong. A good recommendation is Eltamd UV Physical SPF 41, 85-Gram. I like the Elta MD sunscreen since they are physical sunscreens that are great for sensitive skin. They even have a Clear one that’s good for acne.

All of the recommended products are from Amazon and have their Free Shipping available.

Good luck and let me know how it goes!

Note: These are my affiliate links, but that doesn’t mean you pay more. It just means I’ve looked around to try to find the best deals and free shipping.

The Best Acne Makeup

At Makeup for Acne, we are always searching for the best acne makeup.  Finding makeup that is safe for acne prone skin involves much more than just reading the label for ingredients.  Everyone’s skin reacts differently to specific ingredients and it is important to know this before blindly applying the latest product that everyone is raving about.  Know your own skin and what makes you break out.  Keep track of what is in a product that you have reacted to in the past.  Look for makeup and acne skin care products that have as few ingredients as possible.  And, most important of all, make sure you try out a new product on a small part of your face or neck to see what your reaction will be before putting it on your whole face.

A few of my favorite products:


Tarte Clean Slate Natural Face Primer

Clean Slate Natural Face Primer


Benefit Hello Flawless Custom Cover-Up with SPF 15

Hello Flawless Custom Cover-Up with SPF 15

Tarte Cosmetics Smooth Operator SPF 20 Foundation
Smooth Operator SPF 20 Foundation (1.7 fl oz.)


bareMinerals MATTE SPF 15 Foundation

bareMinerals MATTE SPF 15 Foundation Fair


bareMinerals Mineral Veil SPF 25

bareMinerals Mineral Veil SPF 25


Tarte The Eraser 4-in-1 Natural Concealer

The Eraser 4-in-1 Natural Concealer


Kinerase Clear Skin Moisture Light

Kinerase Clear Skin Moisture Light

Some of the products I list are not necessarily designed or marketed for acne prone skin, but I’ve had great results with them.  In fact, many makeup products that are made specifically for acne can aggravate your skin further if you are already using an acne treatment.  Ingredients like salicylic acid, often added to acne makeup, can overdry your skin if you have already applied something like benzoyl peroxide. Consider your own skin’s sensitivity and how dry or oily it is before selecting a product.

Have fun trying out different makeup!

-Sharyn

P.S. I often go to the sites advertised on the right to explore reviews on different products. Don’t just listen to sales associates in cosmetic stores. They are often just promoting the latest makeup they’ve been trained on. Use the websites online to get real user reviews. You can always return something if it doesn’t work out for you.

Best Acne Lotions

In a recent article I wrote for ezineArticles, I talked about how to choose an acne lotion or acne moisturizer.  In the next few articles, I will share with you my favorite products in these categories, as well as tinted moisturizers safe for acne prone skin and a product for mature skin with acne that I rely on.

Acne Lotions:

Kinerase Clear Skin Moisture Light

Kinerase Clear Skin Moisture Light

Kinerase is a brand that is well-known and popular with top skin care salons and cosmetologists.  It is especially good for sensitive and oily skin with acne.  It provides light-weight moisture without clogging pores and while controlling shine. I like the fact that it helps reduce oil production as well and is calming so my skin doesn’t get irritated.

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