Oil-based concealers are not recommended for acne prone skin, so look for a concealer that is oil free, just like the foundations you wear. Oily concealers can give the skin a very oily look (and give you the dreaded shiny face), make acne worse, and clog the pores. Keeping the pores clear while covering your problem areas is important in avoiding acne outbreaks, so also look for an acne concealer that has a label saying that it is non-comedogenic, and contains some acne fighting ingredients.
Concealers that contain acne-fighting ingredients, help to heal pimples too. But if you are currently using any topical acne treatments, use medicated concealers with care.
Acne concealers contain ingredients that are commonly found in acne treatment creams and face washes. These products can be a good choice if you suffer from regular outbreaks. Ingredients like salicylic and mandelic acid are mild forms of alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) and work by gently exfoliating the outer layer of the skin and penetrating into the skin to help unclog the pores. If your skin gets overdry, starts to peel, shows signs of flaking or skin irritation please discontinue use.
Revlon Colorstay Blemish Concealer, Light/Medium, 0.21 Ounce
It contains 0.5% salicylic acid. It shouldn’t be used in place of an acne treatment, but for that zit that is just crying out for coverage, this concealer can do the trick while helping the blemish to heal. It stayed in place all day, too.
Neutrogena SkinClearing Blemish Concealer, Light 10, 0.05 oz
Contains 0.5% salicylic acid, to help heal the pimple while it conceals. And it’s oil-free! The soft pen-like applicator makes it easy to apply and blend the concealer.
There aren’t many color choices. If your complexion is medium to dark brown, you probably won’t be able to find your perfect shade.
Maybelline New York Mineral Power Concealer-Micro minerals fully conceal imperfections and under eye circles. Does not have acne fighting ingredients but does offer all day natural coverage. Won’t clog pores because it contains 0% oil, 0% talc and 0% fragrance.
This YouTube video is a great overview of a variety of the drugstore foundations, I found it very informative, hope you all do too!
Murad – Acne Treatment Concealer-2.0% Salicylic Acid to clear active breakouts and prevents new ones. Contains Polyphenols to regulates sebum production to promote clearer skin. Also contains Bisabolol to help to calm and soothe the skin.
Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage SC-3 One Size Camouflages dark circles, discolorations, and minor imperfections. Allure – Editor’s Choice for Best Concealer 2009 and 2010. Oil Free as all Laura Mercier’s products tend to be. Amazing at covering up blemishes.
MAC Studio Finish Concealer SPF35 – NW25-Provides a smooth, long-wearing invisible coverage for all skin blemishes. Water-resistant, fragrance-free and non-acnegenic. This emollient-based, lightweight concealer is so concentrated that a tiny amount can provide opaque coverage of the skin’s imperfections and discolourations. It effectively covers dark circles, blemishes, moles, tattoos and birthmarks. Enriched with antioxidants (derivatives of Vitamin A and Vitamin E), it also contains Silica to help adsorb the skin’s oils. Concealer has an SPF of 35 and is available in a wide range of colours. It can be applied with a medium to firm fiber brush, a latex sponge, or the fingertips.