Health & Beauty
Clear Skin 101: Get Rid of Acne Scars
With the right acne scar treatments and expert tips, you can finally forget your breakout-ridden past
1. Concealer. Choose a concealer that's non-comedogenic (look for that term or non-acnegenic on the bottle), and provides full coverage and a matte finish. He recommends MAC Pro Longwear Concealer, $16.50.
When you're buying concealer, you want to look for a shade that perfectly matches your skin tone, so to be safe, go to a makeup counter to find your perfect shade. However, if your scars are indentations in your skin, you can try a concealer that's one shade lighter than your skin tone. Stapleton says this can help balance the natural shadows that happen with depressed areas of skin by "lifting" out the darkness.
2. Color corrector. Steer clear of shades with red undertones in them; there's enough red in those scars already. Instead, buy a green color corrector. If the scars are more of a dark grey or purple color, try a rust-colored corrector to neutralize your skin tone. Check out Physicians Formula Gentle Cover Concealer Stick in Green, $5.
3. Primer. If your scars are more like indentations in your skin, you'll want a primer to smooth the surface, which will help your concealer go on more smoothly. Try Tarte Clean Slate Primer, $30.
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