Post # 1
Hello, my wedding is a little over 1 year away and I am starting to think about my skin, hair, everything. Recently, I noticed that my upper chest area has started to breakout (a few pimples) and it is very noticeable if I wear a scoop neckline.
I don’t have a lot of facial acne, just a few pimples at certain times of the month. I also noticed that the skin on my legs and arms seems extra extra dry or just odd looking. My fiance even pointed out that on some places it looks like my skin pores are open and you can almost see them (if that is even possible). I am pretty good about drinking tons of water so I don’t think that is it. I also plan to visit the spa and get a scrub, but that might not be enough.
Any suggestions on skin improvement before the big day?
Post # 3
Working out, particularly yoga, is really great for your skin! It keeps everything healthy, so if you don’t break a sweat already, I highly recommend it. A body scrub you can use every other day in the shower (you can buy one or make one out of raw sugar and olive oil) will help a lot. 🙂 Then after you dry off, slather yourself in an extra-rich cream, like Eucerin, which is affordable & great for most skin types. Working out should help with the random pimples, but if not you could try Proactiv. I started breaking out when I was 21, used Proactiv for only 3 months (just the cleanser) and haven’t had a problem with my skin since! That said, keeping your skin clear and beautiful is really a life-style adjustment, and not something that can be handled in just a day (although a monthly spa trip would be a nice reward for making it thru your workouts!). Good luck & I’m sure you will look beautiful on your big day!
Post # 4
If you’ve got the funds, consider getting facials for the 4 months before the wedding (once a month). Also, the dry skin could be seasonal (I started to get it around 25). Moisturize, moisurize, moisturize and maybe try a mask on your chest. Or, talk to your aesthetician when you go in for a facial, she’ll have some great tips, and maybe even focus a bit of energy on that area as well.
Post # 5
- Wedding: May 2018 - Our home and the two acres it sits on
I wash my upper back and arms (AFTER rinsing conditioner off my hair) with Cetaphil (or some sort of oil-free facial wash). Conditioner is really slick and clogs my pores. Also, I use a facial scrub once a week, including on my neck, shoulders and upper back to minimize the pore thing.
Cheap and effective (for me). I also had good luck with Proactiv back when I had a pretty decent acne problem, but with only an occasional pimple, it might be too drying for you.
Post # 6
Try using a salycylic acid scrub in the shower, maybe with a loofah. Then be sure to moisturize afterward.
Post # 7
could it be hormonal or diet related (before you just treat just the surface)?
Post # 8
As somebody who works in the medical field, i can attest Amysue is right. Salycylic acid works well. Neutrogena (I think) has a gentle body scrub to take care of this problem.
Use a good body scrub pouf or loofah. For the back, get one on a stick so you can reach those hard to get spots on the back. It is important to do this every day, exfoliate, so the follicles don’t get plugged up with sweat or oil or product from either hair or body lotion.
If nothing else works, see dermatologist for a clinical strength scrub.
Post # 9
As someone who has also worked in the medical field, dermatology to be specific, I would go straight to the dermatologist. Your problem may be able to be cleared up with one medication. I would go as soon as possible, as some medications take months to work. Regarding the poufs and loofahs, my dermatologist said NOT to use those as they can cause micro tears on the surface of the skin. Those areas can get infected and cause even more problems.
Post # 10
Use a good skin care line that your skin reacts to well. I use Origins and my skin is smooth and soft, and if there ever are acne spots, they disappear quickly and do not leave a mark. If you do start using natural/organic products – expect your skin to look bad for a few days as it gets rid of all the toxins from the chemical-based products.
Post # 11
For about a year before my wedding (I was married this past August) I did the following things to make sure I was healthy and my skin, hair and nails looked great:
- I went to a dermatologist who recommended a skin care line for me (Bioelements)
- I’m allergic to sulph/sulphate/sulphites so I cut out all liquid soaps
- I got a monthy facial and massage
- I hired a personal trainer to work with me 2 times a week
- I started doing yoga 1 – 3 times a week
- I wear Epicurian Sunblock #45 on my face and arms everyday
- I started a strict vitamin regimne that included a vitamin for skin/hair/nails
- I cut out the excess breads and fats in my diet and started drinking more green tea
Okay — so the wedding was the catalyst for all of this, but now that I’m married I am still doing most of it because it makes me feel and look good!