Although our goal, at the Clear Clinic, is always to clear your acne and reduce the appearance of your acne scars, we understand the need to cover up your acne and acne scars with makeup during the course of treatment. In the end, we hope that you will not need to use foundation and concealer; however, acne treatment can take time, so it is important to know what makeup to use to cover up acne.
Dr. Schweiger notes that, “We recommend using a concealer and foundation that have been clinically proven to be non-comedogenic or non-acnegenic. These phrases indicate that the makeup has been studied and proven not to contribute to the formation of a acne.” There are some concealers available that not only provide visible coverage of acne, but they actually contain an active ingredient to fight acne while disguising it. These makeup products often contain an ingredient called salicylic acid. Salicylic acid helps to unclog the follicles and block the formation of the microcomedone. Stopping this process decreases the attraction of the acne causing bacteria to the follicle, resulting in fewer acne breakouts.
Even when choosing non-comedogenic and non-acnegenic makeup to cover up acne, it is imperative that you remove it from your skin every evening. We recommend cleansing with gentle cleanser on a cleansing brush, such as the Clarisonic brush, in order to remove makeup and grime completely. Cleansing brushes have been shown to clean the skin significantly better than traditional cleanser alone.
Click here to read more about cleansing brushes for acne-prone skin.