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Anyone who suffers from acne — whether it’s the occasional pimple to a full-out breakout — knows how embarrassing it can be when you think everyone is staring at your face. What’s even worse is that, just when you finally got rid of that nasty zit, you’re left with an annoying acne scar. These marks are even more stressful when they appear on your face. Ugh. Most likely, the scar will fade within 12 months, but, ummm, who can wait that looooong?!
The good news is that there are a ton of effective and easy ways to cover up those pesky acne marks! Below are the best solutions to hide your scars, from using makeup to going au naturel.
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1. Using Makeup
Starting with a clean face, add an anti-acne primer like Blemish Control Face Primer from E.L.F. Cosmetics ($6) to ensure the rest of your makeup goes on smooth and stays on all day.
Next, it’s time to balance and correct your complexion with a color corrector like Rainforest of the Sea™ Wipeout Color-Correcting Palette from tarte ($40). Use this to cover up individual scars. For example, neutralize a red scar with a touch of green concealer and hide a purple blemish with a tiny bit of yellow.
After, apply foundation by putting dots of foundation on your cheeks, forehead, nose and chin, and blending with a brush. You can also apply concealer in a criss-cross fashion. Use a formula that gives twice the coverage of a classic foundation, like DermaBlend Smooth Liquid Camo Foundation ($37) to really disguise those pimples. Then let it set for five minutes.
2. Going Naturel
Another easy solution to covering up your scars is by raiding the kitchen pantry. There are a few different natural options for hiding your acne. Lemon juice is awesome because its acidity can help lighten and discolor your scars. You can lighten marks with lemon juice by dipping a Q-Tip into a small bowl of it and then dabbing it directly onto the scars. Wait a few minutes before washing your face and make sure to moisturize afterwards because lemon juice can be super drying.
A second option is exfoliating your face with baking soda. It’s the perfect way to exfoliate your skin by promoting cell turnover for a more radiant complexion. Mix baking soda with a couple teaspoons of water to make a thick paste. Apply the paste to your face and let it dry for one minute. Afterwards, remove with a damp cloth and apply your fave moisturizer.
3. Seek Medical Treatment
Depending on the severity of your scarring, you could also consult with a dermatologist to help you get rid of your scars. They could use a variety of techniques to help smooth out your face, including dermabrasion, laser treatment as well as other treatments that your doctor will recommend.