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Proof That Color-Correcting Can Hide Acne Scars Like Magic

If you thought that color-correcting is just another makeup fad, think again. Beauty bloggers and professionals alike have been using multicolored concealers on dark circles and redness to create a clear complexion. One Reddit user proved the popular technique is equally as effective in covering up severe acne scars .

In a thread posted online, she shared the incredible before-and-after images of her face in three phases: without makeup, with foundation only, and with color-correcting concealers. With just the application of a few pigmented concealers, her acne scars were practically undetectable compared to using foundation alone. Scroll through to see her transformation and get inspired to try it out yourself!

No Makeup

“I have medium/deep skin that scars easily. Every blemish, knick, breakout leaves me a lovely parting gift- for months. This is actually the best my skin has ever looked, and I’m still kinda nervous.”

Up Close

“As you can see, I have some full on purple pitted acne scars with marred skin on my jaw that is especially dark around my lips.”

Old Foundation Routine

“I did one side of my face the old way: foundation layer one, foundation layer two, spot conceal.”

New Foundation Routine With Color Correcting

“I prep my skin with Skindinavia Primer Spray ($35). I squeeze out a bit of L.A. Girl orange corrector ($5) on my hand mixing it with the L.A. Girl yellow corrector ($5) to make a shade that is close to my skin tone. The L.A. Girl orange corrector is POTENT. Applying it straight on changes my undertone and I felt like my face was a bit “two-toned” post foundation. Mixing it with a pure yellow (or concealer if you need it way lighter) allows it blend seamlessly.”

“I dot it [the concealer] right over the blemish/scar. I will put the pure yellow corrector directly on the most prominent part of my under eye circles and blend.”

“Set with Sacha Buttercup powder ($20), using a very light hand. I’ll fast forward past my brows/eyes.”

“I added two more dots near my chin. All the foundation I’m using!”

“Conceal and blend the under my eyes. Set with Banana shade in NYX contour palette ($25)”

Results of Old Routine

“Two layers of foundation, concealer, creme contour and highlight, and set with powder.”

Results With Color-Correcting Routine

You Have to See How Birth Control Made This Woman's Acne Disappear

When we hear about a “magical cure” to any beauty ailment, be it wrinkles, enlarged pores, or breakouts, we only have one question: where are the before-and-after photos? Imgur user seventytimes generously shared selfies of her journey through acne treatment with the internet, and the simple treatment she used shocked us: it was your run-of-the-mill birth control pill.

Seventytimes bravely revealed many photos of herself bare-faced, showing off her cystic acne . She explained that much of it was caused by ceasing her use of Prednisone, a powerful corticosteroid that treats everything from lupus and asthma to Crohn’s disease. One of the unfortunate side effects of withdrawal is blemishes. “My dermatologist was convinced I’d have to go on Accutane,” she said.

For those of you unfamiliar with Accutane, it is the strongest acne medication on the market . Many have seen incredible results from taking this treatment, but it is not without risks. Not only is it severely drying to the skin, but Accutane can cause terrible birth defects, and you must commit to using two forms of contraceptives while taking it. Many women elect to use birth control pills during this time, including Imgur user seventytimes.

“I started the pill a month in advance,” she remarked. “Five months later, my skin has never looked better. No Accutane necessary.”

If you guys are wondering what else birth control can do…

According to NYC dermatologist Dr. Neal Schultz , host of DermTV.com and creator of BeautyRx by Dr. Schultz, oral contraceptives decrease your skin’s oil production. This is one of the primary causes of acne. While this treatment isn’t for everyone, it could certainly be a good option to try before Accutane, which is seen as a “last resort” by many dermatologists due to the severity of its side effects.

Just like Accutane, birth control pills can also have disadvantages, including weight gain, migraines, mood changes, and melasma . No acne treatment is one size fits all, so be sure to ask your doctor what’s right for you before starting any new medications.

In addition to taking birth control pills, seventytimes also swore by a few changes to her beauty regimen. She now always washes her face before bed, preferring to cleanse in the shower (she declares her face, neck, and chest get cleaner this way). Once weekly, she uses face masks and switches her pillowcase to a clean, fresh one. She also got all new makeup brushes and cosmetics and uses a special towel exclusively on her face.

These are all excellent variations to her routine. Many people fail to realize how dirty their pillowcase can get – it’s not just old makeup remnants and face grease that are soaking into the fabric, but oil from your scalp, hair products, and other blemish-causing bacteria. By purging her beauty stash and starting fresh, she can ensure that all her products are hygienic, too. See more of seventytimes’s amazing pictures when you read on.

When your face is birth control enough..