Common Mistakes People Make To Conceal Their Acne And Acne Scars

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All it takes is just one and chances are most of us will go into a frenzy? One what? Acne.

Now imagine if you're beset by a pimple outbreak – the chaos would be unthinkable and may even be unmanageable for some! Pimples, albeit common, is indeed one of the most dreaded appearance scares and apprehensions for many.

Many make-up techniques can help to cover up or minimise their appearance, but not everyone actually does them efficiently. Perhaps time is a factor, but if you want to look good, you have to invest effort and time. Still, there could be other reasons why that cover-up is a blowout.

Let it heal

If you have pimples, lathering make-up over them, as a means of covering up does not help when they have not healed properly. The root of the problem lies in your skin so let it heal, and that can't happen if you keep piling on make-up. In fact, you could even be running the risk of infections. The thought of putting on tons of mak-eup on a wound is equally unsanitary as it is in practice.

Spring cleaning

When was the last time you checked the condition of your make-up brush? Pay close to attention to them and other tools. Ensure that you clean them regularly and replace old ones with the new. Check their state before using them because it could mean the difference between a cover-up and total mess up.

Stay hydrated

Proper skin care is important and even more so when you're having an acne episode. Moisturise your skin before putting on make-up as this will make for a smooth base. Keeping skin moisturised is also a good habit in general and staying hydrated does wonders for the body as well.

Colour correction

Getting the right shade or colour correcting is an art, which is why it is a challenge for many. You have to be patient, and you have to understand colours to address your acne issues when it comes to concealing them. For example, using a green or yellow shade addresses red and inflamed marks well. This also depends on the tone of your skin, so find something that suits you and your needs.

Conceal or uncover?

Choosing the right tools to get the job done is often a given – but apparently, it's not! Don't be easily influenced by what you're being shown, focus on what you really need. Choosing the wrong concealer can actually accentuate what you meant to hide. Selecting a colour that matches your skin tone is the best solution, as anything else may just result in the opposite.

Brush it away

Still on the subject of make-up tools, choosing the right brush also matters. Those fluffy brushes help to blend the edges while firm and small ones work wonders in covering up. Have a sponge on hand as well as it creates a natural effect. In the case of a bad breakout, a dry sponge is more efficient.

Too much is at times too much

There's a saying that you can never have too much of a good thing. Well, you can. Going overboard with make-up thinking that it will do a better concealing job is a common yet seemingly unreleased mistake. When you apply, for example, too much powder, it actually makes the pimples more visible due to the added texture. Practise moderation and only doing what is necessary as per your needs. Always ensure that your face is moisturised before putting on make-up. Apply colour correction, foundation and concealer next. Even out everything for a more natural finish.

Bring Out The Colour (Correction)


Here are some tips on colours and how they can address your appearance issues.

  • Green – Redness on the skin can be neutralised by using a green tone. It works for blemishes, rosacea and redness particularly for those with fair to mid skin tones. Those with darker skin tone may end up looking a little ashy, so using a yellow corrector may be a better alternative.

  • Purple – Purple tones, violet or lilac, addresses dull and sallow complexion, which commonly occurs among Asians. Apply it on areas that need a little perk up and brightening like the forehead, chin and cheeks.

  • Orange – This colour works best on darker skin tones as it lifts the grey and/or blue undertones. Apply it around the eyes, to address the blue-toned eyebags and also around the mouth to correct any dullness.

In essence, the colours you should consider are dependent on your skin tone. As a general or rough guide:

  • Fair skin – Pastel tones of peach, green and violet

  • Medium/Olive skin – Warmer tones of peach and violet

  • Dark skin – Richer tones of orange and ochre

Permanent solution for acne and acne scars


Acne scars happen when the skin is unable to heal itself efficiently as a result of an acne breakout that penetrates deep into the skin, which damages the skin and tissue, leading to scarring. It is one of the more dreaded skin issues that can affect an individual beyond just being an appearance issue.

As dismal as the condition appears to be, there is a permanent solution.

PICO Acne Scars Laser with PICOCARE effectively addresses acne scars and reduces pore size significantly. It can penetrate deep into the skin with precision to target the problem areas without causing damage to the skin's surface. This is due to its 450-picosecond pulse, which means an increase in power, which also means less downtime compared to other traditional laser treatments in addition to improved safety.

PICOCARE is FDA-approved, and it comes with a fractional handpiece, the HEXA MLA. This handpiece has a wide range of spot sizes and is safer as well. Aside from shorter downtimes, the PICOCARE advantage includes:

  • Improved safety
  • Painless and comfortable
  • Minimised damage
  • Higher efficacy due to its shorter burst of energy capability

Addressing your skin concerns is about going about it the right way or getting the appropriate treatment. What works for others may not work for you so it's best to always seek qualified advice for a truly more beautiful skin and increased confidence.

Dr. Ivan Puah holds a Graduate Diploma in Family Practice Dermatology from the National University of Singapore. He is the official appointed trainer for PICOCARE in Singapore, and the appointed official trainer for BOTOX® and dermal filler from Allergan Singapore and Merz Singapore.

A skilled aesthetics doctor who seeks nothing less than perfection, Dr. Ivan Puah's passion is fuelled by and aptly represented by an Aristotle quote – "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit."