How to Cover Up Stubborn Acne Without Making It Worse

Whether you’ve been dealing with acne your entire life, or you woke up this morning with a rare but annoying breakout, the feelings of helplessness still exist. How does one cover up their zits without making them worse? We asked makeup artists, dermatologists, and estheticians to find out the ever-elusive answer to that very question.

Priceless skincare advice for the acne-prone, right this way…

Don’t squeeze it.

The worst mistake you can make while trying to cover up a pimple is to try and pop it first, advises Dr. Elizabeth Tanzi, founder and director of Capital Laser & Skin Care. It’s better to let it run its course and use acne-fighting products containing salicylic acid to spot treat. Moreover, Dr. Hadley King, MD, board certified dermatologist at Skinney Medspa points out, “This usually increases the inflammation, which will only make it more difficult to cover, plus it will now be oozing, and that's impossible to cover. Picking also increases the risk of infection, hyperpigmentation, and scarring, and it will make the pimple take longer to heal.” “When you’re in a bind, though, make sure to use oil-free and noncomedogenic makeup to cover,” says Susan Posnick, makeup artist and founder of Susan Posnick Cosmetics.