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How to Cover Up Acne Scars Without Makeup

by Lorraine Jones


Photo by Anna Nekrashevich from Pexels


Ugh, acne scars! As a zit begins to diminish, its natural healing process creates a scar usually based on the severity of the inflammation. Often when dealing with a blemish as stubborn as an acne scar, unlimited coats of makeup can’t conceal the uneven pigmentation. Trying to paint on layers of coverage to hide the post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation can clog pores and even cause new blemishes to appear or worsen existing breakouts. Put down the foundation and let us dive into how to cover up acne scars without makeup.

After struggling with blemishes for years as a teenager, Lauren Udoh , Hair Creative Director of and beauty expert, has now found the secret to covering the aftermath of breakouts without the security of cosmetics. Udoh searched in vain to match the right coverup with the skin tone of the scar and also that of her skin, thus forcing her to resort to alternative methods of skincare.

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She has discovered numerous methods to diminish the drastic look of past acne without an ounce of makeup. There is an abundance of over-the-counter drugstore products that have active ingredients to decrease hyperpigmentation and promote skin cell renewal! Creams and other skin treatments that contain alpha-hydroxy acid and beta hydroxy acid have skin-brightening agents.

“Alpha hydroxy acid is a potent exfoliant that works by peeling away the top layer of dry skin to uncover a smoother, more radiant complexion. On the other hand, Beta hydroxy acid has a similar function as alpha hydroxy acid but with a bit more drying power. Skin brightening agents work to even out skin tone by inhibiting two enzymes that produce pigmentation,” said the beauty expert. This won’t eliminate them but will drastically decrease the severity of the discoloration.

“You can use tattoo concealers that are designed to cover scars and tattoos! Another way is lightening a hyper-pigmented area with a hydroquinone bleaching cream or glycolic acid treatment may also reduce the appearance of acne scars,” said Udoh. To anyone hiding behind these troubled spots, you have options that don’t require hours in front of the mirror applying cosmetics.

Take the time to research and find the best products for you and your skin. Although the improvements may be gradual, the confidence and glow of a natural face are worth the efforts and the frustration that come with persistent scars. If you don’t even know where to begin or what will work best for you, speak to a dermatologist about treatment options. When figuring out how to cover up acne scars without makeup, it never hurts to consult a dermatologist to find the right products that will help combat the severity of your scars specifically.

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As someone who has been surrounded by the beauty industry for several years, Udoh has not only seen the effects of these remedies on clients, but has also experienced tremendous progress on her scars as well. She now feels so confident in her skin that she doesn't even feel the need to wear makeup at all. “I feel great and proud that I was able to cover my scars through a simple skincare routine,” said Udoh.


Even if you left acne behind in your awkward phase, its marks may linger as a constant reminder. These spots can take months or even years to naturally vanish on their own. Get rid of every trace of zits without the need to constantly reapply pounds of concealer and foundation. These life-changing tips will allow people to focus on you and not your skin.

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