How to Make Acne Less Noticeable

by Lisa Finn ; Updated July 18, 2017

There's no reason to stress about acne when it finds a home on your face. Most acne responds well to over-the-counter or prescription medications, or even clears up on its own. In the meantime, take steps to make your bumpy blemishes less noticeable. Purchase a few makeup products made especially for an oily or acne-prone complexion, and make sure they match your skin tone. Apply them expertly to easily conceal your acne while it clears.

Pump a dollop of oil-free moisturizer onto your fingertips and smooth it around your face to ease the dryness from acne-fighting products you may be using. Use moisturizer twice a day after cleansing to keep your complexion looking smoother and brighter, and to make the appearance of acne less noticeable.

Squeeze a pea-sized amount of concealer onto your fingertip. Dab the concealer onto pimples one at a time. Use tiny strokes to dab and glide the concealer over each pimple. Choose an oil-free one that is one shade lighter than your foundation and that goes on creamy. Blend some concealer into the sides of your nose, as well, to even out your skin and hide shadows, according to makeup artist Patty Bunch.

Apply a water-based liquid or cream foundation to your face to even out your skin tone and cover blemishes. Use a flat, fluffy makeup brush and apply the makeup gently in a circular motion. Choose a foundation that matches your skin tone, feels lightweight and is formulated to minimize the appearance of pores.

Dip a big, fluffy powder brush into a tub of translucent powder, then tap the brush on the side of your sink to release excess powder. Gently brush the loose powder on your face in circular motions beginning at the T-zone and working out toward the hairline and chin. Look for ingredients such as titanium dioxide, iron oxide and mica, which work to reduce redness, soak up oil and heel blemishes.

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About the Author

Based in Los Angeles, Lisa Finn has been writing professionally for 20 years. Her print and online articles appear in magazines and websites such as "Spa Magazine," "L.A. Parent," "Business," the Famous Footwear blog and many others. She also ghostwrites for mompreneurs and business owners who appear regularly on shows such as Ricki Lake, HGTV, Carson Daly and The Today Show.