(Closed) Help, Bees–my skin is freaking out

posted 8 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
14183 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I don’t know there’s a lot you can do with 4 days to go, except go to the dermatologist for cortizone shots if you’re having cystic acne.

Personally, i’d just swipe some toner on and go with a completely naked face until the wedding. I know, the horror.

Post # 6
2004 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

Resist the urge to overtreat your skin! If you are having problems with redness and inflammation, try taking 2 Aleve (naproxen sodium) per day, one in the morning and one at night, with food. Aleve is an non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), which means it decreases inflammation, including that associated with acne. I have used it in conjunction with regular acne medications like benzoyl peroxide and I credit it with clearing up my skin (over a period of several months, of course). The Aleve helps whatever acne medication you do use be more effective, so really be sure to be gentle. Good luck and I am sure it will improve.

Post # 8
14183 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Pimples are always better in 3-4 days…so hopefully it won’t be so bad. Even though your foundation is noncomedogenic, it’s probably stress, dude!

Oh, also–disinfect your makeup brushes with alcohol. And don’t use your fingers–that’s just spreading oil onto your face and this week is the week to be diligent about it. At least you can prevent more.

Post # 10
1559 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I don’t really have any suggestions for how to fix your acne (trust me, my face has a good number of freak out on it’s own, esp. in winter) but in the event that you don’t clear up before the wedding, you should invest in some green concealer.

You might know this already, but I’m surprised at how many people don’t, so I’ll share just in case. Using a green concealer under your makeup (just on the red spots) helps to “brown out” the red spots so that your makeup can cover it more easily/naturally. It has to do with the color wheel, and it’s a technique I learned while studying stage makeup. 

On the same note, a yellow concealer will fix dark under-eye issues. 

I use Physician’s Formula “Twins” cream concealer, which has 2 sides, but they also sell stick concealer (it looks like lipstick) in case you prefer that. 

Hope that helps! Good luck!

Post # 12
1093 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: Private home

you can also crush the Aleve into powder and mix it with a little water to make a paste and then put it directly over the pimples if you have any that are particularly bad – I occasionally get nast cystic zits and this really helps since I can’t afford the Dermatologist either!

Post # 14
2090 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Depending on where the acne is, it may be stress related or hormonal, which is harder to get rid of, as its not just a product problem.

If the cleanser you are using is making your skin burn, I would stop using it. Overcleansing and using “harsh” products (you skin may feel its harsh right now, for whatever reason) will make your skin break out more.

I would suggest switching to Cetaphil wash. Remove your makeup at night, and try washing with Cetaphil – gently apply to skin for at least 60 seconds then rinse with warm, not hot water. In your shower, also rinse your face with cool/warm water instead of hot water.

I would also suggest using an alcohol free toner, using one has helped my complexion a bunch.

A good spot treatment is Burt’s Bees acne spot treatment – its tea tree oil and something – it’s a liquid, and you only need a little. I think it’s like $8 usually, so not too $$$.

You can also try a steam facial – just boil some water, then pour it into a large bowl. You can add lavender, or other herbs to the water if you like, or leave it plain. Put a towel over your head/the bowl and sit with your face over the water for 15 minutes. Good luck!!!

Post # 16
5118 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Mrs Grape:I would do as much ‘makeup free’ time as possible. I know you’ve got presentations, but as soon as you can get home (or just prepping in the library, w/e) and can go makeup free, do it. The less product on the skin the easier it can breath and start healing up. All these PPs have some great advice. Good luck to you! And Hooray! It’s almost your wedding day!!

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