First of all, remember that acne scars are caused mainly by zits that have been popped or squeezed out. Pimples usually have a life span of three days to a week and are best treated with topical creams containing benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid. Touching them or otherwise disturbing them, however, can lead to scarring that could become permanent. That’s why to prevent acne scars in the first place, you should treat your face as though it were sacred – touch it only with very clean hands, and only for circumstances such as washing your face or applying makeup. If you already have some acne scars, there are ways for you to make them less noticeable. Here are some steps that you could try out:
- Wash your face. This should be the first step, as wearing cosmetics on dirty and oily face will reduce in pore blockage (which in turn will result to more pimples). Invest in a gentle facial wash that is specially designed for oily skin.
- Exfoliate. Exfoliating your face will help reduce acne scars in some degree. Exfoliating refers to scrubbing off old skin cells to give rise to the fresher layers underneath. They also work to cleanse your pores and reduce breakouts. You should be gentle with exfoliating your face, however, and you should do this just about two to three times weekly, to avoid irritation.
- Invest in a high-quality concealer that matches your skin color exactly. Allot about half a day to hunt for the perfect concealer for your skin. A previous popular belief was to use a concealer that is a shade lighter than one’s skin – don’t do this. This will only serve to highlight your flaws. The best way is to pick within a general range of shades that are close to your skin, and then zero in on the closest shade to your skin as possible. It’s best that you see how the concealer looks like on your face under natural lighting; sunlight, in other words.
How would you know that the shade of concealer is the best match for your skin? You should be able to blend it into your skin so well that it appears invisible.
Another factor to consider is the type of concealer to choose – liquid, cream, creamy stick, etc. If you have oily skin, it’s best that you choose a creamy stick concealer.
- Know what concealer to buy for your specific case. If you are suffering from red acne spots, it’s best that you buy a concealer with a green tone to reduce the appearance of redness. If you are suffering from dark spots, on the other hand, it’s best to use a concealer with a yellow tone. When using these types of concealers, it’s very important that you use them very sparingly and that you blend them in well.
- Know how to blend the concealer into your skin. When working with a concealer, the key is to put just a tiny amount onto your acne scar, and then tap it (not swipe) gently with a sponge until it’s hardly noticeable. Let it set for about two minutes.
- Smooth on foundation and powder. To give your entire face a more polished look, you should pat foundation all over your skin – make sure that your foundation is the same shade as your concealer. Then finally, apply powder to set your make-up.
There you have it! These are the steps for hiding your acne scars. Remember, acne scars need not hamper your style! Good luck, and hope this helped.