Should Men Wear Makeup to Cover Up Acne?

Wouldn’t it be great if there was some sort of magic cream that you could rub on your face to make your acne magically disappear before your eyes? Well, something like that does exist: It’s called makeup.

You may notice that girls with bad skin will have their faces caked in makeup to cover up their acne. This supposedly makes them look good (not in my opinion), but I guess it is better than nothing.

It’s okay for them to cake on makeup, because that’s what girls do right? And while it may not look great as an ‘au natural’ look, it’s okay because their girls.

Guys, however, do not have that luxury of wearing makeup. It would be great if guys could have the same thing to use, but that’s not the case. To be blunt: Makeup is for women. It was designed as a means for women to look more youthful, which increases their sex appeal. While it does hide blemishes, it’s just not the same for guys to use it.

Regardless, I’ve used it in the past.

My Experience

When I was in high school my acne was pretty unbearable. I wanted a way to make it look better and be willing to go out in public. My mom introduced me to concealer and it was a game changer. I could not dab a little on my worst blemishes and it would blend pretty well into my skin.

That only lasted for a short while though. What ended up happening is that, despite the fact that the cover up did its job, I started to become anxious about people finding out I was wearing makeup as opposed to being anxious about my acne.

When it comes to skincare, remember: There are no shortcuts.

Wearing makeup is only a temporary solution to cover up acne. In fact, it may even be detrimental as it may irritate your skin and clog pores. Instead of trying to use concealer as a band-aid, work on attacking the root causes of your acne (i.e. Vitamin and Mineral Deficiencies, Hormonal Imbalances, Digestive Issues).

It’s probably okay to have a little tube of makeup on hand just in case you get a blemish and you need to cover it for a big event, but don’t rely on it. If you find yourself using it often, than you need to go back and get those root issues addressed.

What type of makeup should I get?

Unfortunately,  I can’t really help you here. Ask a female family member, or just go to a department store and chat up the girl working the counter and they’ll help you out.

But I’m Too Embarrassed?

If you’re too embarrassed to ask about buying makeup then you’re probably going to be too anxious to wear it. In that case just avoid it altogether.