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The 12 Best Concealers for Acne

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There's no worse feeling than realizing the acne you spent hours trying to cover up is peeking through—or your concealer is flaking off (or, worse, separating). Let it be known: We are in an age of acne positivity, so if you don’t feel like covering up, great! But for the moments you do, it’s important to choose a concealer that fits your coverage needs. Whether you want to cover up the redness or are craving full coverage, the type of formula you use is important for a cover-up that not even wearing a mask can budge. Some long-lasting and full-coverage concealers can inflame and even worsen already-sensitive acne, so your first step should always be to look at the ingredients to make sure your concealer is non-comedogenic. We cut out some of the work for you and listed our favorite concealers for acne coverage and acne scars.

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The Multi-Effect One
4-in-1 Sculpting Concealer
PÜR ulta.com
$22.00

Available in 16 shades, this concealer doesn’t just conceal—it also corrects, brightens, and plumps the skin. A personal favorite, the concealer offers complete coverage while the ingredients, encapsulated retinol and lactic acid, work to even skin and offer a smoother and brighter texture. Plus, it's made with clean ingredients—silicones and sulfates not welcome.

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The Skincare Choice
SkinClearing Blemish Concealer
Neutrogena amazon.com
$8.43
$7.49 (11% off)

The OG in skincare makeup, this concealer from Neutrogena provides coverage for even the trickiest of skin concerns. When you use the concealer, it’s not just providing coverage but also treatment for acne. One reviewer wrote, “This concealer provides good coverage and treats the acne simultaneously which is perfect! It doesn't clog my pores."

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For A Matte Finish
Soft Matte Complete Concealer
Courtesy Of
NARS sephora.com
$30.00

NARS knows a thing or two about concealers, and this one is literally made with acne coverage in mind. Vitamins A, C, and E work together to keep acne from drying out no matter how many layers you put on. One reviewer wrote, “This product gives great coverage. I absolutely love how well it hides scars and acne. It makes breakouts not nearly as big of a deal as it was before I found this stuff. At least the redness will be gone!”

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4
The Ultimate Coverage Choice
Turn Up the Base Butter Silk Concealer
Courtesy
ONE/SIZE by Patrick Starrr sephora.com
$25.00

The name of this concealer lives up to the hype, offering a buttery silk application on every skin texture. It’s not only waterproof and vegan but also formulated with caffeine to de-puff under-eye skin; avocado oil, shea, and mango butter work to keep the product from clogging your pores. 

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The 2-in-1 Choice
Vision Cream Cover
Courtesy
Danessa Myricks danessamyricksbeauty.com
$28.00

Danessa Myricks products are professional-grade cosmetics that are all about pigment and versatility. This cream cover is both a concealer and a foundation and has vitamin E and squalene to thank for its moisturizing effects. For foundation coverage, mix it first with an oil for a light finish.

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For Discoloration Coverage
Bye Bye Under Eye Full Coverage Concealer
Courtesy
It Cosmetics ulta.com
$27.00

Pimples and clusters are one thing, but the scarring that is left behind is a whole other annoyance. This concealer is made to help with discoloration of all forms, from acne scars, melasma, hyperpigmentation, broken capillaries, and other coloration problem areas. 

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The Anti-Cake One
Beauty Stay Woke Luminous Brightening Concealer
UOMA Beauty ulta.com
$25.00

No one likes a cakey concealer. That’s it, that’s the sentence. Uoma Beauty has you covered with this brightening concealer that is made to give you a well-rested look even if you did spend all night watching the new season of Sex Education. In addition to its dark circle coverage, the concealer covers blemishes with its creamy, blendable formula.

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The Drugstore Favorite
16HR Camo Concealer
e.l.f. Cosmetics ulta.com
$6.00

This is the full-coverage choice that works almost instantly—no, seriously, it dries very fast so have your Beauty Blender handy. If your biggest concern is your concealer separating while wearing a mask or doing long activities, this is the one for you. The product itself dries matte and will cover it all, from redness to various breakouts.

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9
For A Custom Coverage
3C Color Correcting Concealer Palette
Courtesy
NYX Professional Makeup ulta.com
$12.00

Mix and play around with this palette to create your very own custom shade that work to combat it all! Take it from this reviewer: “I cover up dark circles, acne scars, active acne, everything on my face with this palette. The texture is great and blends seamlessly, I don't even need a regular concealer over it bc the finish is so nice.”

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For A Flawless Finish
BOUNCE™ Airbrush Liquid Whip Concealer
beautyblender sephora.com
$26.00

This magic concealer lives up to its name, with reviewers saying it leaves an airbrush finish that looks seamless even on the most textured skin. “This concealer did not cling to the dry patches that active pimples cause which is what sold me. A lot of the time I find that concealer can actually make my pimple look worse. Great concealer for breakouts!”

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The Sensitive Skin Choice
Buildable Blur™ HD Creaseless Concealer
Courtesy
Thrive Cosmetics thrivecausemetics.com
$28.00

With acne usually comes sensitive skin. The last thing you want to do is irritate your skin more, and Thrive Cosmetics knows that. This buildable concealer lets you layer the product to your liking with the promise of no creases.

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The Dermatologist Approved
Dermablend Cover Care Full Coverage Concealer
Courtesy
Dermablend dermablend.com
$28.00

Dermablend creates products to provide coverage for numerous skin annoyances, like acne, dark circles, scars, discoloration, and a slew of other issues. If you’re looking for a product that is transfer-resistant, waterproof, dermatologist-tested, and full of barrier-protecting ingredients like sunflower oil ,then don’t wait any longer, go pick up one...or two. While it’s formulated specifically for under-eye coverage, it can be used wherever needed. Oh, and it's super long-lasting so if you decide to finally stop skipping plans and go out, you’re covered, literally.

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