How to Hide a Pimple for Men

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Avoid picking at acne, as this will lead to scarring.
Avoid picking at acne, as this will lead to scarring. (Image: BananaStock/BananaStock/Getty Images)

Pimples occur when a skin’s pores become clogged with bacteria, dead skin cells and naturally occurring oils. Acne can be triggered by a number of reasons, including hormonal changes that occur in adolescence, damage or friction to the skin and an overexposure to greasy products, such as makeup and lotions. Women will slather on makeup to cover a pimple, which for many men is not a viable solution. Men and boys can cover up zits with proper preparation and the slightest hint of concealer.

Things You'll Need

  • Mild, soap-free cleanser
  • Cotton swab
  • Cucumber juice
  • Moisturizing lotion
  • Flat-bristled makeup brush
  • Men's concealer

Wash your skin with a mild, soap-free cleanser. Choose a cleanser manufactured for your specific skin type. Work the cleanser into the skin for 30 to 60 seconds and rinse it away with cool water. Any makeup used to hide the pimple will adhere to clean skin more effectively.

Soak a cotton swab with cucumber juice. Wipe the pimple itself and the area around it with the juice. This will help reduce the pimple’s redness, making it easier conceal.

Cover the end of a flat-bristled makeup brush with a layer of concealer. Use concealer formulated for men, such as the Men Pen.

Set the end of the brush on top of the zit. Rotate the brush to help cover the entire surface of the pimple.

Continue to apply light coatings of the concealer until the zit is completely covered.

Tips & Warnings

  • Apply a light moisturizing lotion to the skin to keep your skin hydrated, and prevent future breakouts.

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