Acne scar makeup for men

Written by debbie lamedman
  • Share
  • Tweet
  • Share
  • Pin
  • Email
Acne scar makeup for men
(BananaStock/BananaStock/Getty Images)

In a society that puts much emphasis on outward appearances, individuals who have struggled with acne over the years know it can contribute to low self-esteem. Even after the condition clears up, telltale scars are often present. Many women use make-up to hide these scars, and now there are products to help men cover their acne scars as well.


The American Academy of Dermatology states that the number of cosmetic treatments to help fight acne is on the rise. However, the majority of products on the market are geared for women’s skin care. According to Paula Begoun, author of 18 books on skin care and creator of her own skin care and cosmetics line, men should use a water-soluble cleanser and a gentle, non-irritating shaving product prior to applying any type of cosmetic.


Men may be self-conscious wearing make-up to cover acne scars, but cosmetics specifically made for the concealment of skin imperfections can be effective if applied correctly. Men should avoid using any type of heavy base foundation. A lighter, more natural over-the-counter concealer is more effective for male skin types.


<p> suggests men should not use acne make-up made for women. The website also recommends starting out with a concealer that may be all an individual needs to cover scarring and redness from acne. It advises using concealer sparingly, as it can appear heavy and “caked on” when it dries.


According to, make-up for men is becoming more common. Concealer products are available to cover up not only acne scars, but moles, dark circles and other skin blemishes. Lightly dab the concealer on the area you want to cover and then smooth and blend the make-up with the tips of your fingers or a small sponge. Choose the correct colour to match your skin tone for a more natural look.


To prevent further breakouts and to keep your skin clean, the American Academy of Dermatologists recommends you use products that are water-based and oil-free. Always apply any acne medication that you may be using prior to the application of acne scar make-up.

Don't Miss

  • All types
  • Articles
  • Slideshows
  • Videos
  • Most relevant
  • Most popular
  • Most recent

No articles available

No slideshows available

No videos available

By using the site, you consent to the use of cookies. For more information, please see our Cookie policy.