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

For the times when it's too late for the 'don't squeeze it' advice

July 30 2021

So you’ve lost control and squeezed the spot, you crazy little thing, you. It's not ideal, no, but 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 blemish-banishing game is no easy feat.

Unfortunately, though, squeezing doesn't always turn out to be the dynamite idea you think it'll be. In fact, we'll bet you’ve ended up with a gnarly pimple scab that’s crazy hard to hide. A cruel irony when you were trying to make the damn thing less noticeable, we know.

Applying your usual creamy concealer or full coverage foundation over the flaky skin surrounding your acne scab is never a good time, either, so camouflaging said scabs can be a nightmare. 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.

So, how the heck are you meant to cover them? 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...

@taylor_hill

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.

Some of our fave powder foundation options? The Estée Lauder Perfecting Loose Powder ($68 at Estée Lauder), the IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Breakout Powder ($42 at Adore Beauty), and the Charlotte Tilbury Genius Magic Powder ($70 at Charlotte Tilbury).

Estée Lauder Perfecting Loose Powder

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Breakout Powder

Charlotte Tilbury Genius Magic Powder

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.”

Um, 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.

Main image credit: @bellathorne

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