Best Acne Concealers
Want to camouflage those blemishes? You need a good acne concealer. Luckily, you don’t have to look too hard or spend too much for a decent makeup concealer. In fact, you can find them at many discount chains, drug stores, even the grocery store. And since they’re all under $10, they’re a real bargain.
Some concealers even contain acne-fighting ingredients, to help heal pimples too. But if you are currently using any topical acne treatments, use medicated concealers with care. Watch for dryness, peeling, flaking or skin irritation. Scale back use or switch to a non-medicated brand.
“Physicians Formula” Concealer Twins
Why we love it: A two-in-one! One side is a green color corrector — to tone down redness of active pimples and those red spots left by older blemishes. The other is a concealer to match your skin tone.
First, use the green color corrector. Pat to blend, then cover with the concealer.
This concealer is hypo-allergenic, fragrance free, and noncomedogenic.
What needs improvement: I’ve only been able to find this concealer duo in fair or light shades. If you’re medium to dark complected, you may be out of luck with this brand.
“Neutrogena” Skin Clearing Oil-Free Concealer
Why we love it: This is another medicated concealer that 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.
What needs improvement: 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.
“Almay” Clear Complexion Concealer
Why we love it: It contains the highest percentage of salicylic acid of the bunch (1.0%), so it may heal pimples more quickly than the other medicated concealers. But the higher percentage salicylic acid means, for some people, this may make it too drying.
If your skin starts to peel or becomes irritated, try using the concealer less often, or choose a different concealer with a lower percentage of salicylic acid.
This concealer also has ingredients to help absorb excess oil, and chamomile and aloe to help reduce redness.
What needs improvement: Again, those with darker complexions won’t find a good match for their skin. The darkest shade available is medium.
“Rimmel” Hide the Blemish Concealer
Why we love it: This is a non-medicated concealer stick, so if medicated concealers are just too drying or irritating for your skin, you’ll be able to use this one without issues. It can be used under the eyes to conceal dark circles, too!
The tube makes it easy to apply either directly from the stick or, even better, a stiff makeup brush.
What needs improvement: The coverage is a little light, so it may not camouflage a very angry red pimple.
Dr. Larry Jaeger is the medical director of Advanced Dermatology of New York and specializes in the area of Medical, Cosmetic and Surgical Dermatology.