Dealing with Hormonal Acne: Makeup Walkthrough & Embarrassing History

Hello Lovelies! I’m going to cut right to the chase: I’m dealing with a lot of hormonal acne right now. I’ve noticed a lot of tutorials for completely covering up acne, but usually those result in more breakouts for me. This includes when I am extremely careful with hygiene and only using non-comedogenic makeup. No area on my face is spared. Therefore, I decided to come up with a walkthrough of how I like to apply a light face of makeup to cover up my acne without breaking out.

When I was a young teenager, my skin was absolutely flawless. I then had the pleasure of facing a ton of stress from school and if so and so liked me and being on the cheer team that I broke out. After that cleared up on its on, I experienced a pimple every now and then around every female’s favorite time of the month but it was never anything major. Until my senior year of high school, my face was usually clear and needed almost no makeup. My senior year I was enormously stressed and had the worst acne of my life. Again, it cleared up on its own toward the end of the school year. It came back with an angry vengeance my first year in college.


This was at the end of my senior year acne extravaganza. Also, those were my mom’s sunglasses from the 80s. They broke a year later 😦


First year of college. Side bangs rescued the worst of it.

After that, I decided to see a dermatologist. This acne lasted almost my entire first year and the scars didn’t fade until around Christmastime of the next year (even with the dermatologist’s help). Once my skin was healed, I’ve only broken out one more time in my life up to now, and that was when a doctor thought it was a good idea to give me a hormone called “progesterone” to regulate my periods (spoiler alert, it didn’t regulate my periods and my acne was the worst it had ever been).

I didn’t take many pictures at this time because I was so embarrassed of my acne. Whereas all the other times I had breakouts on my forehead and side swept bangs could hide portions of it, this was on my cheeks. There was no hiding. I didn’t hesitate to go back to my dermatologist and my skin has been decent ever since.


Seriously the only photo of this time. All that redness is breakouts (not blush). I didn’t bother trying to cover up this acne: it hurt too much.

What I learned from all of these times is which makeup is torture for my skin and how to properly take care of what’s on my face. I also want to note that I brought up my previous experiences with hormonal acne so you could know that I am fully aware that I’ve had it way worse before. Hormonal acne is the devil because it tends to lie underneath the skin (also known as cystic acne). For me, it’s mega painful and so even applying makeup sometimes is a chore. I also should mention that because of my current pregnancy, I cannot take anything prescription-strength for my skin, nor can I use most topical creams.

So here we go! Here are the products I used for this look:




I promise my lighting was just being extremely kind. 


You can’t see the current scarring. it’s all over my chin and forehead.

The first step was to wash my face and use a good moisturizer and under eye cream. I then applied Maybelline’s Master Prime in the shade 300. The one I used is the green-ish label said to blur and control redness.


Already making the redness more even.

I then used Essence’s Say NO to Dark Circles in their peachy shade for only under my eyes. Next, I used Maybelline’s Cover Stick Concealer in the shade Yellow for under my eyes and blotted it on the areas with the worst of my acne.



Then, I went in with L’Oreal’s Magic Skin Beautifier in the shade 812 Light. I had never used this before but heard decent things and decided to give it a try, seeing as how most BB creams are light and this was labeled as non-comedogenic. It startled me at first because it came out white. Trust me, it isn’t just a primer (which is what I thought maybe I purchased instead), once you start to blend it adjusts to match to your skin tone.

Next, I applied Maybelline’s Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Concealer + Treatment in the shade 110 Fair only in a triangle shape under my eyes. On top of that in the inner corner, I went in with Maybelline’s Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer. I’ve had this one for so long, it’s the old packaging and all the text has rubbed off. Therefore, I don’t know the shade but I can guess I used 320 Ivory. I set everything with Maybelline’s Loose Powder that I can’t seem to find info for, so they might have discontinued it. I bought it in the winter of this year, however, so it isn’t too old and might still be on the market.


The sun started peaking through the blinds, but this is post blending and applying the rest of the makeup.

I then only applied blush, some gold-ish eyeshadow and mascara. I topped it off with lipstick and was done.



What do you guys think? Would you try the face makeup out? Let me know!

Happy makeup-ing and I’ll see y’all soon.



3 thoughts on “Dealing with Hormonal Acne: Makeup Walkthrough & Embarrassing History

  1. You look great! And I’m glad you got the help you needed and are over the worst part! I have some bad hormonal acne too, and therefore a lot of scars and so on. I feel like my Manhattan Clearface compact powder helps me because it is antibacterial (and fights spots) and whenever I have it on, I remind myself that I am NOT allowed to scratch my face (which is a really bad habit I have when I feel stressed)


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