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The Very Best Makeup For Acne Scars (And How To Use It)

The Very Best Makeup For Acne Scars (And How To Use It)

Sadie Upwall Sadie Upwall
3 minute read

The unfortunate truth for those of us that struggle with acne on a regular basis is that the acne itself is just one portion of the problem. When it’s been plaguing you for months, maybe years at a time, odds are probably high that you’ve had to deal with scarring on one level or another. These scars can range anywhere from red spots from more superficial acne to deep pits from large cystic acne. While you’re in the process of treating your acne and acne scarring, it may feel like an uphill battle to feel relatively normal. The good news is that there are products and methods to cover those spots up so well that it looks like a baby’s bottom. Here’s the very best makeup for acne scars (and how to use it), so you can look and feel like your favorite self.


A decent skin primer is going to be the biggest game changer when it comes to concealing acne scars for a few different reasons. Certain primers are formulated green in order to neutralize redness, which will take care of the little red dots as well as any outstanding color from current acne. However, the main reason why primer is going to be your best bet is because it's supposed to even out your skin to look smoother, minimize pore visibility and prevent any imperfections from standing out more than they should. Therefore, when you finally apply your foundation, it will apply in such a way that looks much more natural. 

Jane Iredale - Smooth Affair Brightening Face Primer

Jane Iredale - Smooth Affair Brightening Face Primer


This skin-quenching primer prepares skin so makeup goes on easier and lasts longer. It also helps maintain skin’s youthful appearance and minimizes the look of pores and fine lines while bringing our your natural radiance. Features & Benefits:• Helps skin hold… read more

BB Cream 

Once you've added your primer, then it's time to apply the foundation. Sometimes regular foundation just won't cut it when you've got some scarring - that's when BB cream comes in. It's considered the best of the best in maximum coverage while minimizing pores, blemishes, and wrinkles while making your skin tone look more even. If you can snag a BB cream with SPF, then you're helping yourself out even more by reducing any further scarring via sun exposure. 


Finding a decent concealer that won't further break you out can be tricky. That's why we're pretty big fans of the Jane Iredale Disappear Concealer with Green Tea Extract. As you may have already guessed, the green tea extract works to conceal any redness (as well as almost anything else, from tattoos to scars to veins to stains). Here's the cool part: this particular concealer is geaered to treat acne while it simultaneously covers it. For those of us who have experienced the vicious cycle of getting acne from covering up your acne, you KNOW how big of a deal that is.  

Palladio - Stick Concealer

Palladio - Stick Concealer


Hide blemishes, neutralize dark spots, and camouflage redness with this medium-to-full-coverage herbal concealer infused with Green Tea, Aloe, Ginseng, Chamomile, Ginkgo Biloba, and Vitamins A, C, and E. Cruelty-free, paraben-free, gluten-free, vegan.… read more

Beauty Blender

Finally, there's nothing much worse in the makeup world than that caked on look - especially on top of scars and presently existing acne. We highly, HIGHLY recommend the BeautyBlender for not just acne sufferers, but anyone using foundation on their skin. It absorbs any excess makeup while allowing it to blend in seamlessly so it very much looks like your natural skin.

Beautyblender - Blender

Beautyblender - Blender


The first, the best, the original. Get a flawless blend with the award-winning, premier edgeless, reusable, high-definition cosmetic sponge applicator. 12-time Allure Best of Beauty Award winner, BeautyBlender features exclusive Aqua-Activated™ material that provides an airbrushed application and absorbs minimal product, so your… read more

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