Professional Tips & Advice

Will a spray tan cover up my acne?

3 Min Read Friday 14th July 2023

There are plenty of reasons why you might want a spray tan. Maybe you have a big event coming up such as a wedding or an anniversary, maybe your holiday tan is starting to fade and you want to keep that glow for a little bit longer, or maybe you feel like having just a bit of a glow up.

Some people may look to have a spray tan to help cover up some imperfections or other abnormalities they may have on their skin. This could include some small spots, marks or stretch marks. These are all totally normal for every person in some way, and a spray tan shouldn’t be used solely to cover these up.

That being said, you may be wondering “will a spray tan will cover up acne?” Let’s dive into it…


Spots, blackheads, bumps and scars are just some of the tell-tale signs of acne. Commonly affecting teenagers and young adults, this skin condition can be deeply upsetting, especially when it occurs over the face and leaves it looking red, blotchy and inflamed.

You may want to turn to a spray tan to help neutralise the redness of these spots. The warm, golden tone of a spray tan can counteract this redness and balance out an uneven complexion. Indeed, suffusing the sore appearance of inflamed skin with a caramel-coloured tan greatly reduces the scarlet flush of acne and can give acne sufferers their confidence back. All Sienna X Spray Tans are enriched with skin-loving ingredients to care for your skin whilst giving a golden glow.


If your skin is particularly oily, a spray tanning mist is your best option. Instead of a spray tan, this mist will not only bind to your skin better but will also give you a softer glow, minimising the appearance of any oily patches of skin. This light application of colour is sprayed evenly across the skin without leaving behind a greasy residue that clogs up the pores.


Once acne begins to clear up, a fake tan can also camouflage any scars or areas of discolouration that are left behind — tanner almost acts like a very light foundation or concealer so you can get away with wearing less make-up (plus the effects last for up to a week!). However, a layer of foundation applied over a fake tan can provide extra coverage if you need it and should help to completely cover up acne scarring across susceptible areas like the back and chest.

***As always, we’d recommend that you go for a patch test before getting a full spray tan if you’ve never tried it before. Your therapist will apply a touch of tanner to an inconspicuous area to double-check that your skin doesn’t react adversely to any ingredients in our award-winning range of tanning solutions.***

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