What’s the Difference Between BB and CC Cream?

Everyone dreams of having perfect, flawless skin, but sometimes we need a little foundation to get us there. But, we don’t love how heavy and unnatural foundations can look and that’s where BB and CC creams come in. They’re creams that target issues to perfect your skin while smoothing out imperfections with a bit more pigmentation than tinted moisturizers. So, what’s the difference between BB and CC creams?

BB Cream

BB stands for beauty balm or blemish balm and it contains serum ingredients, pigments, moisturizer, and usually sunscreen. The coverage is great for those who want a no-makeup makeup look as it provides some light coverage with a dewy or natural finish. If you have freckles, BB Cream won’t hide them.


CC Cream

CC cream is lighter than BB cream and it provides more coverage. It’s like BB cream, but it has a concealer or color correction built-in. It works well for those with acne, enlarged pores, sunspots, wrinkles, rosacea, or scarring.

BB and CC Creams vs. Foundations

Foundations are only for skin coverage and evenness, they don’t improve your skin like BB and CC creams do. Foundations can come in liquid, cream, airbrush, pressed powder, or loose powder with a matte, natural, or dewy finish. They’re ideal for applying long-wear makeup, stage and photo makeup, coverage for problematic skin, or bold looks.