Post # 1
I am one of those unfortunate souls whose face still breaks out. Any experiences, advice, suggestions on what skin regimen you followed before wedding? Any experiences going to Derm for advice specifically on how to try to control your acne specfically for wedding?
I use Cetaphil every morning/night. I exfoliate with Clinique Exfoliating Scrub about twice a week. I moisturize with Clinique.
Post # 3
I have rosacea which also means not only is my skin supersensitive, but I get these awesome bumps on my face that aren’t quite acne, but still get all red and gross looking.
I recommend Bare essentals mineral makeup, facewash, and exfolliant. All of those work wonders for me and help me contain my face when it throws teenage-esque tempter tamtrums and flare ups. I also moisturize with coconut oil (a small amount, based on how you face reacts to it!) and sometimes even vasaline in the winter because my face dries out so much in some areas (thanks, skin condition! I hate you!!).
Thats just what I’ve found to work well for me. Good luck on finding what your skin likes best!
Post # 4
While you’re there you may want to book an apt for a few days before the wedding if your derm is hard to get an appt with. That way in case you have a bad breakout s/he can give you a cortisone shot directly into any pimple that may pop up right before the wedding.
Post # 5
I invested in one of those clarisonic brushes last year. It certainly didn’t solve all my problems, but I think it made a difference.
If you are going to do the dermatologist route, I would look into doing a microderm abrasion facial. You can be red for a day or so afterwards, so don’t schedule one the same week as your wedding. They usually say you need a series for them to be effective, so depending on your timeframe and budget I would look into doing it like once a month.
Those are usually offered at a medispa or even a cosmetic specialists office. The one by my house is a medical esthetician who works out of a plastic surgeon’s office so they share clients.
Post # 6
@imnotorange: I started going to a derm over the summer just for the wedding. I have Rosacea and cystic acne (an AWESOME combo). I am on Axeron for inflammation, Finacea for redness, clindamycin foam for topical treatment, and Solodyn as an oral antibiotic. The Solodyn and Axeron were the last 2 things added as the original topical-only treatment I was on wasn’t working. Now I’m on a maintenance dose to see how my skin does! It’s no biggie and it’s helpful for them to have a date in mind when plannign your treatments and experimenting with products. I will say that the experimenting to find what works is NOT cheap.
Post # 7
- Wedding: October 2014 - Restaurant
Ugh, acne is the worst! I feel for you!
I have found that good old 10% benzoyl peroxide works for me. You have to start out slow because it’s really drying to your skin, but I stated using it evey other day on my face before bed, then went down to about once every 3-4 days (increasing the frequency around my period or if I start to break out). Follow with a good heavy moisturizer (I like a tiny amount of cetaphil moisurizing cream). You have to be careful because it will bleach your clothes and bedsheets – always wash your hands afterwards and get a white pillowcase. This stuff is like $4 at the grocery store though and it really worked for me.
Also, eating a healthy low-GI diet with lots of vegetables is really, really helpful.
Post # 8
So I have acne issues as well (which I have had the majority of my life) and didn’t want to have to deal with that for my wedding day either so here is my advice/experience. I planned ahead of time like you are for getting my face cleared up so I started doing Dermalogica Acne Facials. I did two of these facials and saw a pretty good improvement; I also started using the dermalogica skin care line, but only a few of the products (the Medibac wash, clearing mattifier, and oil control lotion). Right before my 3rd facial I bought a Clarisonic as well (I got the Mia 2). I have since had my 3rd facial and between the facials, skin care product, and clarisonic, my face is AMAZINGLY better, I am talking day and night difference people commenting on how much better it looks better. I still have some spots pop up here and there but nothing like before (I will actually go out without makeup on now). Also, I have some scarring from old acne and will be doing a few peels to help with that. All in all, my experience with the facials have been fantastic and I absolutely love the way my skin is looking.
Post # 9
@imnotorange: it’s very expensive, but I did a few treatments with the Smoothbeam laser a few years ago. The results have been amazing. I still get a zit once in awhile, but nothing like before my treatment. I had six treatments over a six month period, but I saw results immediately.