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Watch Lisa Eldridge's video on covering acne scarring. The products she recommends are really good. You could use the Dermablend foundation wherever you need it if you didn't want to buy too many new things.
What are the actual products you are using and how are you cleansing? Hibiscrub is much too harsh. You need to be gentle. I'd also ditch the tea tree and the Sudocrem. Get The Ordinary 2% Salicylic acid to dab on new spots instead.
I suffered from Acne late 20's to mid 30's. Nothing worked, except for the treatment from a dermatologist, after many a visit to the GP! However, I learnt to do less (I dumped all the washes and so call over the counter medicated products, including my Clinique) and pulled back from using any products, as they were too much, too harsh and my skin did far better being left to heal after medication. However, I covered up scars and red marks using green concealer, applied via a very fine paint brush, so on the marks and then a light foundation over all the face. I changed my pillowcase every night, towels for face every day and made sure I kept my hands off my face. I had an antibiotic topical lotion and retin A, if I remember rightly, which made it worse to start with, but then it was uphill all the way. Not saying this will work for you, but please go see a specialist, it is the only way imo.
For future reference you need 2 months to clear up acne. At this point I would reccomend you immediately get antibiotics from your GP and cover your spots in honey (tea tree oil can make it worse). Wait until it settles down (probably a week). Then use Beauty Pie Fruitizyme 5 minute facial to try to clear up your complexion as much as possible. On the day get a good primer and full coverage foundation/concealer. Good luck!
Stop using harsh stuff on your face and try just using water to wash. Honestly. I used to use everything under the sun to try to stop my skin being greasy, and it took me a long time to realise I was making it far worse.
Can you afford new foundation and concealer? You might find a trip to a good make up counter (Clinique?) helpful to get some excellent cover up product
I've mentioned this a few times on MN but I suffered from adult acne for my whole 20s and early 30s. A few months ago I started using Rosehip Oil (from Amazon) as my moisturiser and it has revolutionised my skin. I don't use anything else, just cleanse and rosehip oil morning and night and it has worked wonders. And it's cheap!
I have acne too and also get the flat red marks after (because I pick, I think).
Funnily enough I also use Nivea BB cream. However for being filmed I would use foundation. I wore Estee Lauder Doublewear Light for my wedding and it did a great job of staying put and giving a base layer of coverage over any marks.
Concealer. My go to concealer is Mac Select Moisturecover. I have it in two colours for different seasons (and because my neck and jawline is always pale). I would recommend it.