Hey there! This post is a tad different in the sense that I rarely create beauty related content. On this post I am going over a few products, that are topical, to help disguise acne scars on a daily basis. The last few items are topical as well, but are things like creams to help with the fading of acne scars. So here is my list of beauty items for textured skin.
As I have been doing for the last 14 years, try to hide my scars the best I can.
As you may or may not know I am chronic acne sufferer. I have suffered with acne for 14 years and counting. I went through six months of accutane (aka agony), and I still get pimples here and there. Check out my Accutane journey here.
As result, my skin is horribly scarred, I would show you a pick for reference but I am too self conscious to do that. My goal this month was to get a session of laser to treat my scars. The dermatologist suggested this new laser called CO2 fractional. Long story short, I decided to wait until October because you need at least 10 days for recovery.
I decided that meanwhile I will do my best to try to combat some of the acne scars I currently have. Also, as I have been doing for the last 14 years, try to hide my scars the best I can. While trying to conceal the skin with makeup it is important to start with a good base.
First I apply moisturizer; i have oily skin so I do need a moisturizer is oil free. I really like the Moisturizer Drink of HO2 by tarte (here) and Dramatically different moisturizing gel by Clinique (here). The Clinique moisturizer is my fave for the winter months, whereas the HO2 is my fave for the hotter months since it is more light weigh and feel fresh on the skin.
My second step is to apply primer before applying foundation or concealer. One of my favorite primers is the Optical Illusion Primer by Urban Decay (here). It has a blurring effect which i really like. Speaking of blurring effects, lately I have been using the Tatcha Silk Canvas Protecting Primer (here). This primer leaves your skin looking smooth and soft. Both of these are light weigh and oily skin friendly.
If you have textured skin, the full coverage foundation will make it seem more obvious that you are scarred and that you are trying your hardest to cover it up.
Once upon a time I was in Sephora looking for a new foundation. The guy who worked there was really insistent in selling me a full coverage foundation. I continue to decline his suggestions because, as I told him, if you have acne prone skin and use a full coverage foundation there is a higher chance of getting acne. He thought that the full coverage was the best option for me to cover the scars.
This is a full on myth. If you have textured skin, the full coverage foundation will make it seem more obvious that you are scarred and that you are trying your hardest to cover it up. I know it sounds weird, but the foundation that works the best are medium coverage foundations.
One of my favorites medium coverage foundation is Tarte’s rainforest of the sea foundation (here). Similarly to the moisturizer from the same collection, the foundation is light weight and watery. It has medium coverage, but it also could be buildable. This foundation is perfect for summer and for people with oily-combination skin. However, for the most part, I use drugstore foundations. My favorites are Superstay or fit me by Maybelline. The Superstay foundation is a little thicker, but I love the color and how long it lasts. The Fit Me foundation, also by Maybelline, is great for the summer as it is light weigh. Both of these foundation also are medium and buildable coverage.
Lastly, I really like to wear creamy night mask moisturizing mask – moisturizing and plumping by Sephora (here) at night. This moisturizer plumps your skin and leaves it looking smoother. I usually wear this twice per week only because if I wear it too often I will break out. I apply it before going to sleep and wake up feeling like a Disney princess lol.
Although these products do not help you get rid of the acne scars, they will help you to make them seem less obvious. I am planning on trying the collagen booster pills, sold at Sephora (here). Also, I heard that retinol cream is amazing to treat acne scars.