(Closed) TERRIBLE skin 3 weeks before wedding… help!

posted 4 years ago in Beauty
Post # 2
2712 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

gracetravel:  other than stress, has anything else changed that could be the culprit? New medications, different products or makeup? Dietary changes? I would try to see a dermatologist or an aesthetician ASAP, but with so little time to go before the wedding that may not be possible. It seems strange that stress alone would cause such severe issues, surely you’ve gone through other stressful times in your life? Is it also possible that maybe your skin isn’t quite as bad as you think it is? I also have had pretty much perfect blemish free skin my whole life, so when I get just one pimple I feel super self conscious about it even though other people might not even notice it. Most of us are our own worst critics!

Post # 3
1668 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Start pounding down water like it’s your job. 

Post # 4
1166 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

Stop eating dairy and cut out carbs (breads, rice, pastas, sugar)!  Also I agree with the above, start drinking water as well.  

Post # 5
1732 posts
Bumble bee

gracetravel: Luckily, 3 weeks is probably enough time to get your skin back to where you feel comfortable. I would make an appointment to get a facial ASAP. Whenever I’ve experienced bad break outs, facials always reduce the appearance of my blemishes immediately. Dermatologists and medspas always give the best facials IMO. Then I would take special care to make sure that I don’t pick, drink a lot of water, moisturize well during the day, and apply some sort of blemish treatment  at night. Philosophy microdelivery peel from sephora is also an AMAZING product to try at home if you feel the need to take it a step further once your blemishes are cleared up. It’ll remove any excess dull dry skin. I felt like my face was brand new after I used it for the first time!


Good luck! I’m sure that you will look absolutely amazing on your wedding day!! 

Post # 6
1251 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

lots of water, reduce dairy, reduce any chocolate etc you may be having (that always makes me break out!) and get on evening primrose tablets. They did wonders for my skin in the lead up to the wedding!

Post # 7
1938 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Did you start taking BC? Anything else out of the ordinary? I wouldn’t take it to chance… if your skin has always been one way and now its another it could be a sign of a lot. I would go to a derm doctor. 

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Post # 8
999 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

gracetravel:  Commenting to follow because I’m having the same exact problem. My wedding is less than three weeks away as well (May 17th) and I’m breaking out like crazy. I know mine is partially stress since it’s finals week so I’m hoping it will go away. I’m just trying to drink water like crazy and eat healthier, which is hard during finals week!

Post # 10
248 posts
Helper bee

I would definitely drink tons of water, cut down on carbs, dairy and chocolate as previous posters have suggested. I would also limit washing your face. I had a terrible period of break outs last year after purchasing/using the mia cleanser. Though most people swear by it and use it twice a day, I ended up drying my skin out and everything was thrown off balance. My skin has improved greatly since then but I stopped using the mia and only washed my face with water in the AM and with cleanser at night. I would also recommend using a heavier moisturizer at night. Don’t forget to moisturize (preferably with Spf content) in the Am before stepping out of the house. Hope all works out for you!! And congrats on the upcoming nuptials!

Post # 11
56 posts
Worker bee

My dad is a doctor and based on what he’s told me I would highly advise against facials if you don’t get them regularly as they have a tendency to purge your skin, which is great if you’re not on a timeline, but you could have a flare up that doesn’t heal in time for your wedding. 

I’ve had dry very acne prone skin in the past and honestly getting a heavy duty moisturizer worked for me. Don’t be afraid that oily creams will break you out. The sooner you restore the moisture to your skin, the sooner your skin will stop overproducing oil to try and hydrate itself(thus creating breakouts).

Cetaphil, CereVe, and Vanicream(literally the best thing I’ve ever used on my face) all make hydrating creams that are amazing and fragrance free.

If you are able to see a dermatolgist, you can get aczone, which is probably one of the best acne medications on the market because it’s a spot treatment that doesn’t dry your skin out but treats blemishes as effectively as benzoyl peroxide.


Post # 12
1150 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

gracetravel:  As other bees said, drink tonnes of water! and if you’re willing to try a new skin-care routine, try something natural/basic. I made this change recently upon a recommendation and will never look back, its been amazing! i’ve tried a million skin care routines and this is what i’ll stick with from now on! 

1. wash your face first with a dove beauty bar 2. cleansing/tone with witch hazel & 3. moisturise with nivea creme (i only use the nivea creme at night as its very thick and makes my skin super shiny, I use a lighter moisturiser in the morning).

I honestly noticed a difference within days and my skin is so much fresher, clearer and glowy now! (just for reference, I have combination skin, dry cheeks, oily t-zone, but this has totally evened things out! I also used to get really shiny by the end of the day but this keeps my skin much more ‘matte’ looking). Extra bonus, its SO much cheaper than anything else i’ve used!

And honestly don’t stress, even if at the end of the day you still have a few blemishes or bumps here and there, your make-up combined with clever photography will have you looking FAB! 🙂

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