The genius way to cover a pimple scab without it looking flaky

How to cover pimple scabs

For when you just couldn’t not squeeze it

Beauty Crew Beauty Writer / February 24 2020

So you’ve lost control and squeezed the spot. You crazy little thing, you. But hey, it happens and we’re not here to play the shame game because we can totally relate – no matter how much tea tree oil, aloe vera, salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide you use, there are just some spots that can’t be left untouched. Yep, the skin care game is no easy feat.

Unfortunately, post-squeeze it’s more than likely you’ve ended up with a gnarly pimple scab that’s crazy hard to hide. Applying your usual creamy concealer or full-coverage foundation over the flaky skin surrounding your acne scab is never a good time. Nine times out of 10 you’ll end up feeling like your scab looks so damn obvious you should just start asking for a plus one to everything. Sigh.

While you’ve probably heard it time and time again, squeezing spots is a big no-no because it can cause oil to go deeper in the skin, which may result in dreaded acne scars. It’ll also irritate your skin, causing redness and making it way harder to cover up.

So, how the heck are you meant to cover said pimple scabs? Our friends on Reddit’s Makeup Addiction subreddit have the perfect solution to get rid of pimple scabs - and if you have acne-prone skin it might just be your best beauty tip yet.

Along with prioritising to heal acne scabs, in a recent thread someone recommended ditching your usual concealer and opting for a full-coverage loose powder foundation to cover the scab. And instead of poking around it with a big ol’ powder brush or concealer brush, you should simply use the pad of your finger to apply the powder.

The user by the name of MyNeighBertoloro said this method resulted in zero noticeable texture. “This will sound ass backwards, but if you don't want flakes then I highly recommend using full coverage loose powder foundation as a concealer. What you do is you press the pad of your finger into the powder and then press that on top of the spot, and it will be even more full coverage and skin like than a liquid or cream concealer,” wrote MyNeighBertoloro.

The Reddit user said they actually came across this nifty little trick after having a hard time covering up a boil, “I have dry skin and one time had a really nasty purple boil between my brows from BHA purging. It scabbed and was really bad. [Tarte Cosmetics] Shape Tape (which is infamously full coverage) would pool in the centre then fade away from the edges while clinging to flakes within ten minutes making it look a horrible pus wart thing.” 

Yep, a horrible pus wart does not sound like fun.

“As a last resort I discovered the powder trick, and that actually flattened the overall appearance of it as well, people honestly couldn't tell at all that there was a lump there unless they were standing way off to the side. It also lasted for 8+ hours without primer.” 

See, a pimple scab doesn't have to ruin your entire makeup look! This clever trick almost makes us want to get a pimple just to try it. Almost.

Top tip: After you take off your makeup, remember to keep your pimple scab clean, or else it can become irritated or infected. We recommend using a mild face wash with antibacterial properties. To speed up the natural healing process and get rid of acne scabs, you could also hold a warm compress (a clean washcloth and warm water will do!) on the affected area. This will help stimulate blood flow to the skin cells, helping heal scabs fast.

If you want to know how to get rid of acne, check out the best acne treatments and spot treatments you need to add to your skin care routine, as well as the best makeup tips for covering pimples, acne spots and dark spots.  

What do you think of this Reddit trick? Have you tried it? Let us know in the comment section below.

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Erin Docherty is a Beauty Writer for BEAUTYcrew, Beauty Editor for Women's Health magazine and a Grooming Writer for Men's Health magazine. She has a keen interest in cosmeceutical skin care and is currently working on minimising her 9-step skin care routine – because ain’t nobody got time for that. When she’s not writing about the latest beauty news, or applying copious amounts of serum, you can find her spending all her money in Sephora.