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How to Hide a Pimple for Men

by Celeigh O'Neil, studioD

Pimples and blemishes often seem to appear out of nowhere. They can be caused by stress, hormones, environmental factors or eating habits. Even the smallest blemish can drastically alter the look of your complexion and take your confidence down with it. Concealing a pimple takes the focus off of the temporary imperfection, allowing you to focus on your best features. Men can conceal a pimple with some untraceable concealer application.

Wash the affected area thoroughly. Gently massage a deep-cleansing face wash into the skin with clean hands and rinse with warm water. Cleansers containing witch hazel or green tea will unclog pores while calming the skin to prevent further inflammation.

Dry the skin completely. Allow the skin to air dry, or pat it dry with a clean paper towel. Paper towels contain less bacteria than regular towels and will not irritate the pimple.

Select a concealer to use. Choose a creamy concealer in the same tone as your skin for the most natural look. Opt for a product with salicylic acid content in order to treat the pimple while hiding it.

Dip a flat-bristled makeup brush into the concealer. To avoid a heavy look, only pick up one layer to start.

Apply the concealer to the pimple. Gently press the brush on top of the pimple, twisting the brush in a half circle. Use light strokes to prevent the concealer from dissolving.

Blend the concealer into the skin. Use your finger to tap around the outer edges of the pimple until the makeup is camouflaged with the rest of the skin.

Apply a translucent powder to set the concealer. Place your finger in the powder and lightly press it onto the pimple and surrounding area. If a traditional setting powder is not available, cornstarch is a suitable option.

Items you will need
  •  Deep-cleansing face wash
  •  Concealer
  •  Paper towel
  •  Translucent powder


  • Avoid applying any moisturizers or acne treatments under the concealer. This may cause cracking in the makeup.
  • Cleanse the skin at the end of the day, as in Step 1, in order to remove all makeup and allow the skin to breathe. Skin care is the most important element in clearing breakouts.

About the Author

Celeigh O'Neil has been writing professionally since 2008. She has a Bachelor of fine arts from the University of Ottawa, as well as degrees in fashion illustration/design, digital arts and certification in hair and makeup artistry. O'Neil was a frequent contributor to Toronto's "Dialog" newspaper and has worked as an instructional writer, creating lessons in fashion, art and English for students of all ages.

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