How to cover up acne scars – with or without makeup

Carrying acne scars on the face can be an embarrassing experience for many of you. This may keep you distressed as you go in public or attend social events.

The good news is a number of effective treatments are available to help you get rid of acne scars. None of these treatments however can eliminate acne scars overnight. Therefore if you need to adopt a temporary method to cover them up for a day to attend a party where you want to look beautiful, cover up with makeup. We will tell you how to do that.

How to cover acne scars with makeup?

Follow the below steps to cover up your acne scars with makeup:

  • checkStep-1: Wash your face and apply some moisturizer.
  • checkStep-2: Apply primer on your face and wait for a few minutes.
  • checkStep-3: Apply foundation on your face.
  • checkStep-4: Apply concealer on the spots and carefully cover all the scars.
  • checkStep-5: Gently blend the concealer all-over your face or as required using your finger. You can also use a makeup brush.
  • checkStep-6: Carefully apply concealer also under your eye circle to cover-up darkness.
  • checkStep-7: Use a tissue paper to absorb excess makeup. This will give a smooth finish and a natural look.
  • checkStep-8: Wait for a few minutes to let the makeup set down properly.
  • checkStep-9: Apply some powder on your face. You can use a finely milled loose powder or pressed powder, whatever is available with you.
  • checkStep-10: Use a fluffy brush to apply the powder on your face, which will ensure that your makeup stays for a long time.

How to cover up acne scars without makeup?

Makeup can help you only to hide your acne scars for a certain period of time. It is not a remedy to get rid of the scars. Therefore, always relying on makeup to hide acne scars is not at all a great idea. You also need to try some effective remedies to permanently cover up your acne scars so that you can improve your facial attractiveness permanently.

You can try any of the following natural remedies at home to get rid of acne scars:

Remedy-1: Keep your face clean

Always keep your face clean. It would improve your acne scars naturally. You need to wash your face daily (at least twice a day) with good quality cleansers. Make sure that the facial cleanser you are using is alcohol-free. You also need to avoid harsh chemicals, soaps or high alkaline Ph face cleansers (Ph 5.5 is the perfect Ph level for a healthy skin).

Remedy-2: Apply warm compress

Warm compress could be magical on your face in relation to healing scars. It is a simple and effective home remedy, which hardly costs any penny. A warm compress will help your skin remove the toxins from the skin pores and heal the scars. Always use a hygienic cotton cloth for the warm compress.

Remedy-3: Ice cube therapy

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Acne scars can be treated through ice cubes as well. Just follow the below steps:

Step-1: You need a clean washcloth and a few ice cubes to start this therapy.

Step-2: Wrap the ice cubes with the wash cloth.

Step-3: Rub the affected area with the wrapped ice cubes for about 10/15 minutes.

Step-4: To get the best result, apply the ice cube therapy twice daily.


i) Ice cube therapy works better for atrophic and hypertrophic scarring, which occurs at the surface of the skin or just beneath the surface.

ii) This therapy is effective for small scars only.

Remedy-4: Tomato therapy

Tomato has a number of skin benefits. It helps balance pH levels of the skin, prevent bacteria, remove dirt, eliminate oil,and dead skin cells. Tomato is a high antioxidant rich vegetable, it contains vitamin-A, B1, B2, B3, B6, C, E, K, which help nourish the skin, repair skin damages, prevent acne and reduce acne scars. Follow the below steps to treat your acne scars with tomato:

Step-1: Take a fresh tomato and slice it.

Step-2: Take one slice and rub the affected area with it.

Step-3: You can apply 2/3 slices on your face.

Step-4: After rubbing, leave it for around 30 minutes to let the tomato fluids dry on your face.

Step-5: Wash with normal water.

Step-6: Repeat the process every day.


You can also apply tomato puree on the affected area following the above steps.

Remedy-5: Cucumber therapy

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Cucumber is an excellent remedy to cover-up acne scars. Follow the below steps to battle acne scars with cucumber.

Step-1: Take a fresh cucumber and make a puree.

Step-2: Apply the puree onto your face and gently rub on the affected area.

Step-3: Leave it for around 30 minutes.

Step-4: Wash with normal water.

Step-5: Repeat the process every day.

Remedy-6: Almond therapy

Acne scars can also be treated with almond nuts. It can also help improve the skin tone. Follow the below steps to cover-up your acne scars with almond:

Step-1: Take 4/5 pieces of almond and soak them in water all night.

Step-2: ​Peel off the almond’s skin in the morning.

Step-3: Mash the peeled almond.

Step-4: Add 1½ table spoon of rose water in the mashed almond.

Step-5: Mix well and make a paste.

Step-6: Apply the paste on the affected area.

Step-7: Wash your face after 45-60 minutes.

Step-8: Repeat the process at least four times a week (if possible every day).

Remedy-7: Azadirachtaindica(commonly known as Indian lilac, Neemtree or neem leaf)

Azadirachtaindica or Indian lilac or Neem is an extremely powerful healing plant, which can be used as a remedy for almost every skin issues. Just follow the below steps to cover up your acne scars:

Step-1: Boil a handful of neem leaves in water until the water turns green.

Step-2: Wait till the temperature of the boiled water drops to lukewarm or to your skin’s tolerance level.

Step-3: Now wash your face with the liquid.

Step-4: Make it part of your daily routine until all your acne scars are gone.

Remedy-8: Honey and Turmeric

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Honey and turmeric both are effective in treating acne scars. To cover up your acne scars fast, just follow the below steps:

Step-1: Take 12 teaspoon honey, 12 teaspoon turmeric powder and 3 teaspoon cow milk.

Step-2: Mix honey and milk in a small bowl.

Step-3: Add turmeric powder in the mixture and make a paste.

Step-4: Wash your face with lukewarm water.

Step-5: Wait until your skin dries.

Step-6: Apply the paste onto your face and massage in a circular motion for about 10/15 minutes.

Step-7: Keep the mask for at least 3/4 hours.

Step-8: Wash your face with lukewarm water.

Step-9: Repeat the process at least 3 times a week.

Covering up acne scars with medical interventions

There are a number of medical solutions available to cover up acne scars effectively. To get the treatments you need to visit a dermatologist and select what is best for your skin. Following are the most popular medical treatments:

  • checkScar care cream, gel, ointment, medicine or chemical
  • checkDerma roller
  • checkLaser therapy
  • checkMicrodermabrasion
  • checkFiller treatment
  • checkSkin grafting

Please remember that treatment may not always eliminate scars from your skin completely. You should be practical with your expectation and select the right techniques for your skin type in order to get the best result. You should also intake healthy diet while trying any of the above remedies to cover up your acne scars.

Maria Lira
Maria Lira

Welcome to my site charminsider. I am Maria Lira, 28. Out of my personal commitment and passion, I help others get the right answers related to health and beauty. I provide scientific solutions that people will practically find useful in fulfilling their health and beauty needs. If you are one of those, who are looking forward to be beautiful and healthy inside out, this site will serve as an information hub for you to get useful tips and solutions.

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