As kids, our first experimentation with makeup has more to do with how much we can get away with before we completely do too much. We play with colors and techniques to change our looks and make ourselves look older.
When we grow up, our makeup routine shifts from simply having fun to more of a necessity. As teens and adults, we often use makeup to cover blemishes and hide imperfections. This is especially true with acne scars. Women everywhere are always on the lookout for the right concealer to help them camouflage the scars from their battles with acne.
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Here are a few tips for covering up acne scars with makeup:
Start with a Smooth Base
It is important that you start with clean and smooth skin before you begin to apply any makeup. Concealer will not stick to flaky skin, no matter how expensive it is. Start by exfoliating with a gentle product like Image Skincare’s Ageless Total Resurfacing. Once you have cleansed your face, be sure to moisturize with a brightening lotion that will help decrease redness.
Use a Scar Removal Formula
Most acne scars will improve and become less noticeable over time. Until they do, it does not hurt to add a scar removal treatment into your makeup routine. There are many on the market to choose from although you do want to be sure to pay close attention to the ingredients to ensure they are good for your skin. It is always a good idea to test any new product on a small area of your skin first.
To best conceal acne scars, Mendelson Dermatology recommends using layers. Start with your scar removal formula. It makes sense to have this closest to the skin so it can go to work healing your skin. Next, use a colored concealer to cover your acne scars. Choose a concealer color that will work best with the color of the scar. Then use a makeup base color that will go well with your specific skin tone. Lastly, use additional concealer to address specific spots on your skin as a final layer.
Concealer Color Tricks
Professional makeup artists use a variety of tricks to cover up blemishes and scars, including a variety of concealer colors that work well with the color of the scar. See the chart below for some ideas:
Red Scar – Green Concealer
Pink Scar – Green Concealer
Brown Scar – Yellow Concealer
Purple Scar – Yellow Concealer
White Scar – Regular Makeup
Remember how important it is to use the right products when it comes to makeup. Mendelson Dermatology continues to recommend Image Skincare because of its high quality and beautiful results.
For questions about Image Skincare or for more ideas and tips on using makeup to hide scars, please give us a call at 602-944-4626.