Concealing acne scars is achievable for an almost flawless complexion by implementing a few tips and tricks.The scars can cause pitting or be slightly raised and give your face the look of anything but soft, smooth skin. Like any scar, acne scars can take time a long time to fade and deep ‘ice pick’ scars never truly go away. (Take our Acne Do’s and Don’ts quiz!)
Most scars do improve and become less noticeable over time. Some fade a lot, others unfortunately only fade a little. As we’ve talked about in other posts about scarring in general, lots of factors come in to play. Since this “maturation process” can take up to 2 years, you won’t know for sure how much your scars will improve until then. In the meantime, there are a few things you can do to improve your chances:
Add a Scar Removal Formula
There are plenty of scar treatments on the market to choose from. Check the ingredients to make sure the ingredients are “skin friendly” and non-comedogenic if possible. Hypoallergenic formulas are the way to go but even these can sometimes cause a break-out. It’s important to make sure you test any new product on a small are of your skin first to make sure you can tolerate it. Some products also contain ingredients (like vitamin C or licorice) that can help fade dark acne marks.
Make-Up Concealing Techniques
Dermatologists and doctors are investigating into the benefits of concealing scars with makeup as a way to improve quality of life. In France, 129 patients with various skin diseases, including those with acne scars and acne rosacea, were taught how to use make-up to conceal and “correct” their complexion. They applied the camouflage make-up techniques learned directly from a cosmetician for a month.
There were no negative side effects and nothing bad to report from using the corrective concealer and make-up. All patients looked significantly better in their skin appearance and they reported their quality of life improved significantly.
This new area of investigation is called medical corrective make-up, corrective camouflage make-up, and camouflage make-up.
Know the Expert Make-Up Tricks
When using make-up to conceal scars, different make-up artists use slightly different techniques. Here’s a chart on the concealer colors that are used most often to hide different colors of scars.
Color of the Scar Color of Concealer to Use
Red scar Green concealer
Pink scar Green concealer
Brown scar Yellow concealer
Purple scar Yellow concealer
White scar Regular makeup
You can purchase different color concealers from various make-up companies.
Use Make-Up Layering Techniques
When using make-up to conceal acne scars, use layering techniques. Here’s a suggested routine to use:
- First use your scar removal formula. Having this closest to the skin makes sense as you want as much healing to occur in the skin.
- Next cover the acne scars with the colored concealer.
- Then use a make-up base color that matches your skin tone.
- Finally, follow the color concealer chart above to find a concea few shades lighter than your regular skin tone to dot on top of the acne scars for the final layer of acne scar cover-up.
Now look in the mirror. You’re looking great! Tips from the experts really help!
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