7 Best Concealers For Acne Prone Skin: Which Ones Actually Work?

(Last Updated On: August 8, 2019)

It’s tiring trying to find the perfect way to cover up my blemishes. Every time it started going away, more would come back! It took me a while to find a good concealer that will suit well for blemish prone skin like mine considering skin tone, ingredients, and coverage.

What To Consider?

There are general rules when it comes to picking one. It has to match the skin tone of course, and should fit comfortably on your skin. To cover up the blemishes and pimples though, there are a few more things to consider.

Sanitation and Cleanliness

If you reuse brushes or just throw on some product with your fingers, dirt may leak into your pores and cause more breakouts thanks to the bacteria. I realized I have to at least make sure my hands are clean before using them.

What are the best concealers for dry skin?


I’d like to make my blemishes just about invisible. Well, to hide the scars, you’d need a certain formula to get rid of the redness in just a couple light layers.

Medicinal Properties

Pick ones that work to treat blemishes while covering with ingredients like salicylic acid and others to prevent drying.

My 7 Best Concealer For Acne Prone Skin


Concealer Cream For Dark Circles & Acne

This is meant to use its natural ingredients for good coverage and pimpletreatment. With its complexion repairing ingredients that smooth out and brighten, I knew that it would cover and hopefully treat my breakouts at the same time.

Why It’s So Popular:
– It’s thick enough to hide, yet isn’t overly thick
– The spread doesn’t leave your complexion feeling oily
– The application is smooth and flawless, and doesn’t cause more pimples

– Some people say that it does not cover their blemishes as well
– It feels more like tinted cream and moisturizer, and may need to be reapplied often
– The main issue has been with the consistency of the product

Vichy Dermafinish

Vichy makes this high coverage formula that provides a flawless finish. Even those of us with pimples and blemishes should find that they’re covered up properly for an entire day. The lightweight feel is definitely an added bonus.

Why It’s So Popular:
– Easy application
– It goes on smooth even over your blemishes
– It’s both water resistant and good for sensitive complexions

– To get the full coverage for blemishes, you might need to add in other products
– It does not blend well with foundation when applied
– Tends to clump together over spots

Murad Treatment

This treatment formula both treats acne with its specific blemish-fighting formula while hiding them until they’re gone. Salicylic acid clears breakouts with just a thin layer on even the worst areas.

Why It’s So Popular:
– The salicylic acid dries out the acne and reduces inflammation with just a dab
– Even with larger pores or oily complexions, this still works without jamming pores
– Especially red or large pimples are covered up easily

– It does need to be reapplied frequently throughout the day
– Finding coloring that isn’t too dark, but that will still cover blemishes has been an issue

Boo-Boo Cover Up 

Hide away the blemishes and pimples until Boo-Boo heals it up! The coverage should make sure that no one even notices your blemishes until it’s gone anyway, and any scars or other blemishes should be covered up too.

Why It’s So Popular:
– A tiny bit goes a long way to hide redness
– It blends perfectly and goes on very smoothly
– Blemish prone complexions doesn’t dry out further, and it combines well with lotion

– Larger blemishes or spots may be a problem to cover
– Some people are not satisfied with the consistency of the coverage
– It’s been said to try in a more powdery manner

CONS Natural Organic

The ingredients in CONS not only treat and cover your scars, but also reduce redness and inflammation quickly. This long-lasting waterproof coverage includes ingredients that’ll spread easily over acne prone skin without feeling too thick.

Why It’s So Popular:
– The cream is very easy to spread on breakout areas
– Pimples and blemishes has been known to heal very quickly
– It isn’t oily, and works well to cover up

– People with light complexions and blemishes have a hard time with the coverage
– The formula is a little wet, so it wears off in warmer weather
– It may cover, but not everyone finds relief

Clinique Solutions Clearing

Clinique makes this medicated formula to both clear and prevent blemishes. The gentle formula can be worn alone or with other makeup, and some simple tints can completely cover up the redness associated with my pimples.

Why It’s So Popular:
– The coverage works well over blemishes
– Smaller areas of pimples are covered well and cleared
– Oily complexions that break out easily is especially helped

– It can feel a little dry sometimes
– Other complexion issues are solved easily, but people haven’t seen lots of improvement

Body Shop Tea Tree

This perfectly portable stick can be worn either alone or with other makeup. What made me look twice though was the tea tree oil that fights my acne while preventing new blemishes. It shouldn’t even dry out the skin.

Why It’s So Popular:
– Consistent blemishes are smoothed out quickly
– It’s not oily and won’t cake into your pores
– People have noticed improvements after a short time using it

– It doesn’t necessarily cover large blemishes well
– The blend isn’t great with redness or other skin tones
– The coverage has been the most consistent issue with buyers

There’s already a lot to consider when you’re picking out one, but there’s even more when you’re picking the best concealer for acne prone skin! I hope this guide will help you look in the right direction. Read: Best concealers for dark circles

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