If you’re struggling with blemishes or acne-prone skin, you’re not alone. In fact, it’s estimated that acne affects up to 50 million people each year in the United States, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.
What exactly is acne?
As opposed to a stray pimple popping up here and there, acne is a chronic inflammatory skin condition that happens when your skin’s hair follicles and pores become clogged with bacteria and other residue. To properly care for acne-prone skin, you’ll want to use products that cover existing breakouts and help prevent future ones.
Here’s what Desiree Zirolli, Director of Education for IT Cosmetics, recommends.
Hydrate and Prime Your Skin
Choosing the best moisturizer for your skin concerns is key when you’re dealing with acne-prone skin. Fortunately, IT Cosmetics’ collection of Bye Bye Concentrated Serums offers solutions for dark spots, large pores and more issues that come with the territory. After your serum application, Zirolli suggests using a lightweight, oil-free gel moisturizer that delivers long-lasting hydration without feeling heavy on skin. Next, apply a thin, even layer of a hydrating primer to smooth the appearance of pores and keep your makeup looking fresh throughout the day.
Define Your Brows and Eyes
The more attention you draw to your eyes, the less anyone will be paying to your blemishes. Zirolli recommends shaping and filling in your eyebrows with a product like Brow PowerFULL Eyebrow Pencil. The budge-proof formula adheres to skin and mimics the look of real hair for natural eyebrows that last.
To brighten dark under-eye circles, Zirolli reaches for an illuminating full-coverage concealer that won’t crease or crack and also applies it to her eyelids. “If you’re someone like me who has dark circles and they seem to travel up and over the eyelid, this is a great way for you to get coverage for all that darkness and prepare your eyelids for eyeshadow,” she says.
For your final eye-opening steps, sweep on a shade of matte eyeshadow that enhances your eye color, then apply a liquid or pencil eyeliner and one or two coats of a volumizing and lengthening mascara.
Color Correct Your Complexion
Once your eyes are picture perfect, you’ll want to create a flawless complexion. The best way to spot cover blemishes, acne scars and other areas of discoloration is to use a full-coverage concealer in a shade that’s slightly deeper than what you use for foundation.
For all-over skin perfection, choose a product like our best-selling CC+ Cream. In addition to working as your full-coverage foundation, the formula features broad spectrum physical sunscreen, which is what dermatologists recommend as the best sun protection for sensitive skin.
As a finishing step, Zirolli uses the Heavenly Luxe Flat Top Buffing Foundation Brush #6 to press the foundation into the areas where concealer was applied. This makeup application technique ensures that instead of breakouts, all you see is beautiful skin!
For more tips from Zirolli, watch this makeup tutorial for acne-prone skin.