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How to Conceal Your Acne and Dark Spots

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How delightful it would be if there existed a perfect world where the skin was flawless, and acne was nothing but a figment of the imagination. Well, sadly, this is the real world where acne and dark spots are an ever-present menace. Taunting and frustrating in equal measure, acne, and dark spots are the stuff of nightmares. But thank goodness there are remedies to cover up those annoying blemishes and get you looking right as rain.

Covering up your acne and dark spots isn’t as hard as you might think. With a little bit of effort and the right approach, you’ll have everything under wraps in no time. Here are a couple of tips on how to do precisely that.

Make Sure Your Face Is Prepped

Preparation meets perfection. So, before getting down to business, you’ll want to make sure that your skin is in prime condition. To get things started, clean your face to get rid of all the excess oil and dirt that’s accumulated on it. You can use a simple cleanser or a face cleansing lotion that suits your skin type.

Next, you should exfoliate to get rid of all the dead skin cells on your face. Dead cells can interfere with your efforts to conceal your acne fully — next use some gel-serum to infuse your skin with some much needed and beneficial minerals and vitamins. Finally, use a primer to cover any scars or ridges and smoothen out your face.

Grab a Dark Spot Corrector

Dark spot correctors are essentially skincare products that are either in the form of a moisturizer of a serum. Like a sort of magical wand, these products help to fade spots of acne and dark spots with continued use. Over time, dark spot correctors offer even-looking skin that’s smoother and brighter.

The best dark spot correctors contain vitamins and antioxidants that can fight free radicals. This unique feature means that even with damaged cells, discoloration is kept at a minimum. Go for a plant-based dark spot corrector over its chemical-based counterpart. A natural spot corrector can offer a brighter and clearer complexion while avoiding the unnecessary torture of irritating skin.

Don’t Forget Some BB Cream

For an added advantage when trying to conceal those acne breakouts, consider embracing BB cream. Do they work? They most certainly do and are great at covering up minor facial discolorations.

The best BB creams come packed with a whole bunch of vitamins to give your skin a healthy, glowing look. BB creams with vitamin E, in particular, offer protection against free radical damage while also reducing inflammation. BB creams also come with SPF sunscreen, meaning that your face is shielded from those nasty sun rays. With their shade adapting pigments, these creams are perfect for covering your spots.

Conceal Away

Concealers are a must-have when trying to hide away your spots. And they pretty much do what their name suggests, they conceal. So what should you consider when looking for the ideal concealer?

You want something that gives you a natural look without caking up. Also, look for a concealer that reverses any discoloration on your face. When dealing with acne and dark spots, you’ll want a concealer that comes in a variety of shades to enable you to create just the right shade that blends with your skin. Go for a product that offers you excellent coverage so that your entire acne-struck area is well covered.

Time for Some Foundation

Once your concealer is in place, it’s time to move on to your foundation. When tackling this step, it’s easy to get mixed up, given the vast array of options out there. There is a common misconception that makeup causes acne, but in fact, it’s the ingredients in the makeup that clog pores and cause breakouts.

When looking for a foundation that’s perfect for you, get something that’s hypoallergenic. That way, it won’t react with your skin and cause you even more discomfort. Also, look for a mineral-based product that’s non-comedogenic. That way, you’ll be way less likely to experience a breakout.

Seal the Deal with Some Setting Powder

Once everything is in place, you’ll want it to stay in place. That’s where setting powder plays its role. Setting powders are a dime a dozen out there so they’ll have you scratching your head wondering which one you should go for.

The best option for a setting powder would be something translucent since they’re colorless, and this allows them to work well with your skin tone. Apply a thin coat over your face with a brush, and you’ll have your makeup in place for the whole day. You can officially say goodbye to your nasty acne spots.

A Few Extra Suggestions

Aside from these tips, there are a few more things you should consider for better management of your acne and dark spots. Firstly, you should always give your breakouts time to heal. Putting on tons of makeup every day to try and cover up your blemishes may be effective, but it also suffocates your skin. Avoid putting makeup on a fresh breakout or that freshly popped pimple, and instead, give your scabs time to dry out and heal before concealing them.

Secondly, refrain from using dirty equipment when applying your makeup. Your sponges and brushes are an excellent place for bacteria and mold to grow if you don’t wash them as often. Using a filthy sponge to put on some foundation often tends to make the situation worse, meaning more severe breakouts, more often. Clean your equipment at least once every two weeks to keep them spick and span.

Lastly, use the right tool for the job. If you want to achieve a seamless look, then your best bet would be a buffing brush to apply your products is circular motions. Avoid blending sponges since these pull off your product off your blemishes, undoing all the good work you’d already done.

There you have it, an easy guide on how to conceal your acne and dark spots. Follow these tips and make those blemishes disappear!

Resources – L’Oreal, Self, Makeup, Frends Beauty  

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