face makeup 5 Foundations That’ll Help You Hide Those Pesky Acne Scars

Acne scars? What acne scars?

March 23, 2022
Best Foundation For Acne Scars


For most of us, dealing with acne is an unavoidable reality. And for some, that acne will leave behind scars, hyperpigmentation and other blemishes that can put a damper on your beauty routine, not to mention your confidence. 

But acne scars don’t have to be your future — there are  many treatments, peels, face serums and other skin care products that can help you make them vanish. And while you’re waiting for those products to take effect, you can always grab a great full-coverage foundation to cover them. 

If you’re wondering how to hide your acne scars and where to find the best foundation to cover acne scars, keep reading because we’re sharing our top picks, below.

What to Know About Covering Acne Scars

While color corrector, concealer and foundation can help hide your acne scars, there’s more to it than just picking up a magic product. Your specific skin care needs, your finish preferences and level of scarring all come into play when choosing how to hide those blemishes.

“A lot of it comes down to personal preference,” says Madison Godesky Ph.D., L’Oréal Paris Head of Scientific Communications. “Sometimes you can be acne-prone and have acne scars but your skin is quite dry because of [acne] medications you’ve been on. You’re not always oily when you have acne so the texture of the formula comes down to personal preference and your unique skin care needs.”

Godesky also stresses that what you’re trying to cover — texture, hyperpigmentation or indentation scarring — is important. That could be the difference between picking a buildable coverage foundation, liquid foundation over powder, or always opting for something full-coverage. “If you’re less concerned with texture you can put a little more product on [but] if indentations are an issue for you, lighter fluids may be best,” she explains.

And remember, “different zones of the face even require different needs. Sometimes using two products of a different texture is the best technique.” Many makeup artists call this multi-masking your foundation and it holds true for customizing your coverage.  

Finally, in order to prevent further scarring and pigmentation, Godesky recommends making moisturizer and SPF your priority for protection and plumping. She explains that scarring is more visible on degraded skin and protecting the skin from damaging UV rays is always key.

The Best Foundations to Cover Acne Scars

Now that you understand what to focus on when looking for a  foundation to hide acne scars, take your pick from any of these multi-coverage foundations that will help you temporarily put the look of blemishes in your rearview.

L’Oréal Paris Infallible Up to 24 Hour Fresh Wear Foundation, Lightweight

The Coverage: Medium to full coverage

The Formula: This lightweight, breathable liquid foundation is formulated with oil absorbers that resist sweat, water and transfer. It’s non-comedogenic so it won’t clog pores — key if you are prone to acne — and is derm tested for all skin types. 

The Result: Acne scars are completely masked and your skin tone looks bright and even. Plus the lightweight texture wears comfortably all day so your skin feels as fresh as it looks.

L’Oréal Paris True Match Super-Blendable Makeup

The Coverage: Medium Coverage

The Formula: This liquid foundation is made with vitamin E and Pro-vitamin B5 for a hydrating feeling and a radiant look. It won’t clog pores so people with acne-prone skin can rest assured. 

The Result: The finish is so natural and radiant that people won’t be able to tell the difference between your skin and your foundation. While it’s a medium-coverage foundation, it’s buildable without looking cakey, so you cover those acne scars without sacrificing skin texture or appearing overdone.

L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Radiant Serum Foundation with SPF 50

The Coverage: Medium Coverage

The Formula:This liquid formula made for mature skin is infused with a hydrating serum and vitamin B3, which delivers a radiant finish that won’t settle into fine lines and wrinkles. The lightweight foundation also contains SPF 50 so you get built-in UV ray protection. 

The Result: Your skin feels hydrated all day and your complexion looks even and glowing. Acne scars are covered while fine lines and wrinkles are also blurred.

L’Oréal Paris Infallible Up to 24H Fresh Wear Foundation in a Powder

The Coverage: Full coverage

The Formula: This powder foundation has a lightweight, breathable formula that covers like a liquid and mattifies like a powder. If you have oily skin it’s the perfect option to even out your complexion without adding oil or slickness. It’s waterproof, heatproof, sweatproof, non-comedogenic and suitable for all skin types — even acne-prone skin. 

The Result: Just one layer can give you all the cover you need depending on the level of your scars and dark spots. The finish looks natural, so your blemishes are hidden but your skin looks like skin — just a flawless version.

L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect 4-in-1 Tinted Face Balm Foundation

The Coverage: Light to medium coverage 

The Formula: A makeup-skin care hybrid, this balm-in-foundation has a creamy texture that melts into the skin for easy blending. Formulated with fruit extract and a firming serum, it conceals light imperfections and evens skin tone while hydrating the skin, smoothing lines and firming your visage over time.

The Result:The light to medium coverage won’t completely cover deep or dark acne scars but it will blur them, making them less noticeable. This is perfect for the skinimalism-embracing type who doesn’t want blemishes to be the focus of their makeup look, but isn’t striving to look flawless. 

If you do want more coverage, it’s as easy as grabbing one of the above mentioned options, or pairing this tinted balm foundation with a full-coverage concealer.

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Written by: Shalwah Evans, Photo Design: Crystal Simone