I’ve had acne since I was 12, I sympathise.
The last thing you want to do is to be using anything too harsh or astringent, It will dry the skin out, and can cause the skin around the zits to become red and flaky….not good for make up! You don’t want to do too much to the skin, because stripping it will take off the oils and make more oil production, which will cause more zits. It’s a myth that harsh, astringent chemicals will cure acne, it will just inflame it more. Teenage skin can take Proactiv, adult skin is more delicate.
Spots arise because of oil and sebum blocking the pore. It’s not dirty skin that is problem, stripping the skin or continuing to mess with it’s PH will make the skin sore and irritated and prone to infection from bacteria.
I recommend keeping your hair off your face and washing your hands before touching your skin. I also recommend:
Fill a large bowl with hot water, maybe add some lavender oil if you like, sit with a towel over your head and steam your skin to open the pores. Once you have done that, you can treat the zits with some tea tree oil, and cleanse your skin (even though my skin is oily, it likes a fluid cleanser and mild toner. You can use a little tea tree oil and lavender in water, in a spray bottle, be sure to close your eyes when you spray it on your face) With clean hands and a light day moisturiser, massage your skin gently to help aid drainage and stimulate blood flow.
DO NOT PICK THE ZITS!
In the morning, you can use a light facial exfoliant to remove dead skin and stop pores being clogged, with nothing with large grains that will scratch or strip the skin. A gentle face mask with kaolin clay will draw away the impurities and it’s even better if you wear it in the bath, where the steam will open the pore and allow the clay to draw out the oil. Keep the skin moisturised with a light day cream, dry skin will over produce sebum and contribute to spots. I never used to moisturise my oily skin, once I started, it got a lot better.
At night, make sure you have a clean pillowcase and tie your hair back. Dead skin deposits on worn wedding can make bacteria breed more, leading to infection.If you can get hold of a silk pillowcase, you’ll be less wrinkled too 🙂
As for diet, plenty of water, a zinc supplement and,fruit, veggies and oily fish can all help skin, as can exposure to sun (in a safe way, ten minutes may be all you need.) Some people find that dairy makes their acne worse.
If you have a spot that is raised, red and sore, you can crush up a aspirin in a paste with some water and apply it to the spot, the salycic acid will take down the spot and speed it’s healing.
I would also meet with your make up artist, talk about the use of a primer (to stop shine on the skin and make up slipping if your skin is oily) and also a good concelear that is a good colour match and has a good consistency, to be applied with a brush to make sure the surface of the skin is even.
Lush have some great gentle skin care products, because they are not made with chemicals, they are lighter on the skin. Above all, remember you are a beautiful lady and a few zits can’t change that. You’re marrying the love of your life, it’s not about being perfect, it’s about being you. Stress and worry make my skin worse, do whatever you can to relax over the next week, because the stress hormones will flare up your skin. Calm, relaxed and ready to wed 🙂