This $14 concealer doubles as an effective acne treatment

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As someone who’s dealt with adult acne, I know the hesitation that comes with putting on makeup when you get a fresh pimple. Despite the need to cover it up, you don’t want to make things worse and irritate what’s already very sensitive skin.

But the good news is that makeup is totally fine to wear if you’ve got a breakout. Rather, it’s the ingredients in your makeup you have to pay attention to. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, you need to find makeup products that are oil-free and won’t clog your pores (i.e. non-comedogenic).

This is why Sephora’s Cream Concealer is truly a novelty. It covers up your blemishes on the surface while also treating your acne underneath. Most importantly, it contains two percent salicylic acid, one of the three ingredients dermatologists recommend to help clear up the appearance of blemishes.

Shop: Sephora Clear and Cover Acne Treatment Cream Concealer with 2% Salicylic Acid, $14

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According to Healthline, salicylic acid is particularly great for treating blackheads and whiteheads because it penetrates the skin and dissolves the dead cells clogging your pores. Additionally, it works as a exfoliant for smoother skin.

Not to mention, the concealer has the same percentage of salicylic acid as Murad’s Rapid Relief Acne Spot Treatment and Kate Sommerville’s EradiKate Salicylic Acid Acne Treatment.

And adding to the product’s credibility, a clinical study of 28 users found that “100 percent observed skin improvement and a decreased number of blemishes,” according to the product description.

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Now, as far as the concealing part, it’s also not too shabby. It provides medium coverage, has a matte finish, comes in 15 different shades and is designed to be used on multiple skin types.

Although there aren’t many reviews for the product yet, it has a 4.5-star rating on Sephora and over 7,000 loves. One shopper raved that the concealer didn’t crease when they applied it.

“It’s just amazing!” they wrote. “I have acne and post acne and it was really hard for me to find good coverage. A lot of full coverage products goes to your wrinkles but not this one.”

Another reviewer had a slight criticism but overall, praised the product for helping with their breakouts.

“It is a nice thin formula, doesn’t have too much coverage on its own but looks nice with foundation on top,” they explained. “It did help my breakouts not get worse from wearing makeup.”

If you enjoyed this story, you may like reading about top-rated skincare products at Sephora under $30.

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