How to cover up acne and hide those horrible spots that just won’t go away

Acne is one of the worst things, especially if you have a date, are about to have a picture taken, or frankly if you just need to leave the house! To make matters worse, these days with Zoom, everyone is seeing a close up of your face, and a breakout is not welcome!

If you’re like me and have tried everything from over-the-counter products to prescription treatments, then it’s probably time for something different. Luckily there are ways to cover up acne spots using make-up and concealer that look natural.

How to cover up acne

What to consider- develop your cover-up strategy!

Before we learn how to cover up acne using make-up and concealer, it’s important you know what you’re dealing with and determine the type of skin you have – as we’re all very different.

  • Consider your skin type. Are you prone to breakouts? Do you have sensitive skin? If so, what products have worked best for you in the past?
  • Consider your skin tone. If you’re fair, consider using a foundation that’s one or two shades darker than your actual tone; if you’re olive or dark-skinned, try one shade lighter than normal; and if in doubt, go with something neutral (nude).
  • Consider your skin’s texture. Is it oily or dry? Does it have enlarged pores or is it bumpy from scarring? These are factors that will affect what sort of coverage works best for you.

Use products specially formulated for acne-prone skin.

The first thing you should do is look for products that have been formulated specifically for acne-prone skin. These products will help to give your face a cleaner, more even appearance and reduce redness and irritation. They also contain ingredients that can help reduce the size of blemishes.

If a product doesn’t contain salicylic acid or other anti-acne ingredients like benzoyl peroxide then it probably won’t be effective at treating your spots—no matter how good it looks on paper. You’ll want to find something with these active ingredients if possible; they would still cover up your acne, but if it has an active ingredient it is able to heal your acne at the same time!

Concealer comes next.

Concealer is a must-have for covering up acne. It’s also great for covering up small spots, like pimples, as well as larger scars (like those pesky red marks that can come from picking at your skin). Concealer works especially well on the dark circles under your eyes—no more excuses for sleeping in!

Concealer can help to hide skin discoloration like sun damage and freckles by neutralizing their appearance. Use it sparingly, though: if you apply too much, it can make your other makeup look caked on or heavy by making it appear thicker than intended.

Make sure to blend your concealer into the foundation.

It’s especially important to blend your concealer into the foundation so that it looks natural. Don’t just apply it and leave it! Blend around the nose, chin and edges of your face. Use a blending brush or clean fingers (if you have short nails) to make sure everything is blended well.

Don’t forget to blend on the sides of your face and forehead as well!

Don’t be afraid to experiment

Try different combinations of products. Your skin is unique, and therefore the best cover up solution will be unique to you as well. If you find a combination that works for you, stick with it! But don’t be afraid to try out new products as well if you’re not completly happy. Although some people may have luck using one type of acne treatment product and sticking with it forever, others will find that they can only get rid of their acne by mixing different types together.

If you don’t mind getting messy, go ahead and try mixing your own remedies! You may be able to come up with something even more effective than what’s currently on the market!

Concealers often have ingredients that help to heal skin as well.

You might be surprised to learn that concealers sometimes contain ingredients that help to heal skin. That’s not what these products are designed for, but there are plenty of natural ingredients that can make your acne better than ever. Take care though, some use ingredients that will do the opposite and aggravate your breakouts.

The best thing about concealers is that they’re designed specifically to cover up problem areas such as acne spots, dark circles under the eyes or redness around the nose, so you’re getting an extra boost by treating your skin at the same time!

Don’t forget to moisturize.

Moisturizers are the unsung heroes of acne treatments. While the topical medications you use to treat your skin might be the most effective step in your routine, moisturizers can help keep your skin healthy and looking fresh. They’re also a great way to prevent further damage and future blemishes by keeping skin hydrated, which is especially important if you live in a dry climate or have naturally dry skin.

Try using a tinted primer or moisturizer with sunscreen as your base.

A tinted primer or moisturizer with sunscreen is a good base. This will help to even out your skin tone and protect it from the sun, which can cause additional damage to an acne-prone complexion. The added hydration will keep your skin looking healthy and glowing all day long!

Using suncreen is a must – whether you have acne or not. According to Hopkins Medicine you should pick a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30. SPF being the sun protection factor – sunscreen’s ability to protect against ultraviolet light preventing sunburns and keepig your skin looking great. No need to have acne and a sunburn!

Add more coverage strategically where needed.

Once you’ve picked the right formula for the whole face, add more coverage strategically where needed. Use a concealer brush to apply concealer to blemishes and areas that need more coverage; use a foundation brush for the rest of your face. If you’re using two different products (concealer and foundation), blend them together with a sponge or sponge tip. You can also use a damp sponge for blending if you want to keep things natural-looking.

Start with a clean face …

It is omportant to start by cleansing your face. Use either a special acne cleanser or regular face wash. Then apply a small amount of foundation or concealer to your skin. Start with the wedge blender, which you can use in a few different ways:

  • Dip it in water and start blending right on top of your skin until it’s all blended out. (This is my personal favorite.)
  • Use the tip of the wedge blender and blend in circular motions starting at the outer edge of one cheekbone, working inward and up toward your temple. This will help correct any unevenness and cover up dark spots while simultaneously giving you an overall even tone across both cheeks!
  • In addition to using different angles on either side of your face (like I do above), try blending outwardly from one side instead! This technique is particularly helpful if you have dry patches near your nose or mouth area — because those areas tend to be more sensitive than other parts of our faces … so we need extra care when applying products like concealer there!

Learn how to cover up bad breakouts!

Acne can be horrible, but you can learn how to cover up bad breakouts! Covering up acne is easy once you follow some of the steps in this post. You can cover up with makeup or concealer – whatever works for you.

There are all kinds of products out there that claim they’ll help you cover your zits, but they’re not all equal. When choosing a product, make sure it has some kind of artificial coloring (like pink or yellow) and that it doesn’t have any kind of moisturizing ingredient (like glycerin). These two ingredients will only make things worse.


So there you have it: tips and tricks for covering up acne spots. It may take some time to find a routine that works best for your skin type, but don’t give up! You’ll find that the more you practice with these techniques, the easier it will become. And remember that even if it doesn’t seem like much now, one day soon those pimples won’t be so obvious anymore.

These tips are great if you want to cover up embarassing spots, but there are plenty of proven remedies and cures for acne. Check out some the best working methods to get rid of spots on this website – our favourite methods are natural remedies which have little to no side effects and are usually way cheaper.