(Closed) Breakouts RIGHT before the wedding – quick solutions?

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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

put some windex on it

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

Toothpaste is my tried and true last minute “emergency” fix – the paste works the best and usually makes a big impact overnight. (Sounds gross, I know.) Otherwise, my dermatologisrt has one of those “blue light” lasers – they have some kind of “home version” at Sephora… it made a world of difference for me, 

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Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

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mangosandcats:  I am an esthetician. DO NOT put any type of windex on your face, or any skin on your body for that matter. That should be obvious. Also, while the toothpaste “trick” is common and it does dry the area out it is actually incredibly irritating to the skin surrounding the comedone (pimple) and quite commonly leads to irritation on the skin such as flaking. Try to find a spot treatment with a mixture of salicylic acid (it “exfoliates” the area- comedones are caused by bacteria and sebum being trapped under a layer of skin cells blocking the follicle opening – the salicylic acid helps to clear these cells) and benzole peroxide that is antibacterial. If you can and you have the means, go to a skin care center like a spa or derm to get a professional dosage from a professional skin care line. Drug store spot treatments are much weaker and are made up of preservatives, water, and filler and won’t do anything to be honest. The same is true for all skin care at drug stores. Hope this helps. 

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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

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mangosandcats:  if you have a few weeks still, drink lots of water and watch what you eat! Eating clean will keep your skin healthier.

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Worker bee

In my experience, topical treatments of salicylic acid and benozyl perozide that can be bought at the drugstore are very very effective. I suffer from acne and have used them extensively in the past. A topical treatment with 10 percent benozyl peroxide will get rid of all your acne within two days but will intensly drying and harsh on the skin. 

I reccomend using peter thomas roth’s irish moor mask which draws out all impurities, uncongests pores, and at the same time hydrates and brings amazing radiance to the skin. 

If you don’t have that availible, you can take some treatment of benozyl perozide 10% cream, put it over the acne overnight but cover with a bandaid so it doesn’t move on your skin and dry out the surrounding are as much! keep it far far far away from your eye area 

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Blushing bee

I use frankincense essential oil for spot treatments- I break out occassionaly and this usually gets rid of it within a day or so, depending on how often I apply.

 

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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

Be careful with benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid, FDA has put a warning on it, I wouldn’t recommend trying a bunch of new things with such short notice, you don’t want a reaction and make things worse. Everyone’s skin is different. I would recommend a clean diet and lots of water, and a good concealer and foundation ๐Ÿ™‚ 

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Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

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mangosandcats:  You’re very welcome. Some of the previous posters have been saying some differing answers and  I’ll just say I went through school to learn skin care (a lot more complex then most people realize), I am licensed, I take continuing eduction on skin care, and I see clients everyday while treating an array of skin conditions and types. While I have heard of the FDA warning, you have to realize it’s an ALLERGIC reaction and I have never had a client react to either ingredient more than slight redness or dryness. Salicylic acid is derived from the same ingredients aspirin is and is generally safe, as is benzoyl peroxide. If you’re that worried about being allergic, you could always test a small area on your wrist first. The point about drugstore skincare I can’t stress enough. It might come across as I’m trying to put money in other estheticians pockets, but honestly after knowing what I know I would never put another drugstore skincare (or department store for that matter) on my skin again. I promise you, they ARE filled with preservatives, fillers, and water. Most of the time they are irritating to the skin. I know it’s a bit late but honestly for me before I had any knowledge of skincare I had mild acne; I always had at least 3 or 4 breakouts at a time and I was constantly using the drugstore spot treatments (which are almost always made of just 2-5% salicylic and usually aren’t as effective as antibacterial BP) and now I never have any breakouts and the secret is just a really good skincare routine. The drugstore spot treatments DO sometimes work on some people to dry them out BUT they don’t treat the underlying cause and you’ll always have breakouts to treat, which is the point I’m trying to get across. Skin takes about 5 weeks to show major signs of change most of the time and while I know it’s too late, FWIW I would look into finding a good esthy for the future treatment of your acne or at least attaining good skin care from there. I like dermalogica for cleansers and toners and Image skincare for anything for treatments- moisturizers, spot treatments, serums, etc) Dermalogica is a pretty easy brand to find while Image is strictly proffesional. I’d look up a spa near you to find it if you’re interested. While I would have to have a consultation with you and actually see your skin to recommend products I normally recommend special cleansing gel to acneic skin types for a cleanser and active moist if youre combo to oily skin for a moisturizer (Only recomneding instead of image because it’s easier to find- it’s not BAD per se but just not as intense as image) MAKE SURE you’re using an spf during the day. That is THE MOST important step in a skin care regimen. Dermalogica sells one that you can mix into your moisturizer so you don’t have to buy a seperate one. Like I said that’s just generally what I would recommend but I can’t guarantee it because I can’t see your skin. I wouldn’t change your skin care up until after the wedding though just to be safe though. I hope this helps and I’m sorry it’s so long! Skin care is my passion if you cant tell. ๐Ÿ™‚ 

P.s- as far as the question about facials before the wedding – they do tend to be very invigorating and they can tend to “bring things” to the surface, so I would only recommend to start at least 3-4 months before for those. 

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Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

Let me know if you have any questions. ๐Ÿ™‚ I usually avoid skin care questions because they’re hard to answer with skin being so complex and it frustrates me to read people saying incorrect information lol. 

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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

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SoonToBeMrsU:  you clearly haven’t seen My Big Fat Greek Wedding, have you?

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Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

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londonchick:  No, I’m guessing the windex suggestion is a joke from it? I’m actually relieved to know that. You’d be surprised some things I’ve heard over the years lol. 

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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

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mangosandcats:  I’m in the same boat! I have 3 months until my wedding, and I worry because I have horrible skin. Up until this point, I have actually come to accept the fact that I will always have bad skin and blemishes. I’ve tried everything including a derm but nothing seemed to help. I had horrible breakouts last week. I went to the store last Friday evening and saw a acne kit on sale for only $13! Seeing as I still have 3 months, I picked it up and started it that night. It’s called Acne Free for sensitive skin. It has worked miracles already! It’s 3 steps that I do all at the same time. My pimples have completely gone away and my blackheads are still being cleared up! And all the redness has gone away and my face is so smooth! I know every product is not for everyone, but I thought I’d mention my (finally) success with this product. Best of luck to you!

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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

I wouldn’t recommend using benzoyl peroxide (e.g. Proactiv or from a drug store or really anywhere) so close to your wedding. My skin is pretty tough and Proactiv was so harsh that my skin and lips cracked and bled. Personally I just used a gentle exfoliator once a day in the lead up to my wedding.

If you had more time, I’d highly recommend getting a blood test to get your hormones and vitamin levels checked. It turns out that I was vitamin D deficient and had another hormonal imbalance that is linked to acne. Since correcting these issues, my skin has never been clearer.

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