How to Use the Best Acne-Prevention Products
How to Hide a Zit
Get the red out: Apply foundation where needed to even your skin. We like Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation ($55, sephora.com), which contains oil-absorbing kaolinite clay. If acne is a constant battle, try a tinted moisturizer laced with salicylic acid, such as Hydroxatone Anti-Acne CC Cream ($39, ulta.com) or Miracle Skin Transformer Acne Control ($48, sephora.com).
Cover like a pro: Put concealer only on the spots that need it, says Troy Surratt, a makeup artist in New York City. "The shade should be a perfect match so you don't draw more attention to them," he says. Skip liquidy textures in favor of tackier versions. "These are less likely to move around and can adhere to a very small area of skin," says Surratt, who swears by Kevyn Aucoin The Sensual Skin Enhancer ($45, spacenk.com). Apply it with a concealer brush that lets you dab color in the center, making small up, down, and crisscross motions.
Smudge-proof it: A final dab of translucent powder, like Revlon PhotoReady Translucent Finisher ($13, ulta.com), not only locks concealer in place, but it also absorbs excess oil that your skin may still be churning out, helping to keep your complexion shine-free, Surratt says.Brighten Up
Got a pesky mark that lingers long after your pimple goes away? Because your skin has been traumatized, it may produce a surge of pigment that makes the spot red or brown. Luckily, it's often just in the superficial layers and will go away as your skin heals. Speed up the repair by using a treatment with ingredients that spur cell turnover, such as retinol or azelaic acid; soothing antioxidants; and melanin blockers, including licorice root, mulberry extract or kojic acid. Our fave: Dr. Gross Skincare Ferulic Acid + Retinol Brightening Solution ($85, sephora.com).
Originally published in FITNESS magazine, October 2013.
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