Wedding in 19 days, acne worse than ever

posted 1 year ago in Beauty
Post # 4
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2020

I had a lot of (temporary) clear up on my neck/jaw of the hormonal acne after a clarifying facial with an acne-experienced esthetician. I don’t know if facials are allowed where you are but it could be something to consider. Do it quick though in case you don’t react well. Do you take birth control? Yaz made my skin perfect, I unfortunately had to quit taking it because of other side effects, but holy shit my skin looked so good on it. 

Post # 5
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Helper bee

Oh man! I could write a whole book on this. I had awful acne in my early 20s, like huge cysts that left some  scarring on my cheeks. This is what worked for me:

Magnesium supplements, orally and through foot soaks, the latter is how the body absorps it best. This helps control hormones.

Cut all dairy and even slow down on meat and gluten. It really works and you feel much better overall 

skincare routine- I changed to high quality organic, clean natural beauty. Brands Dr. Hausckha ( clarifying day oil is incredible) and Dr. Alkaitis saved me. I HIGHLY recommend getting the Soothing Gel from Dr. Alakaitis, it is truly a miracle! Even my ex loved it and praised it constantly… not many men do that. It literally takes a day to make a spot disappear and go down.

Also, don’t dry out your face! I found face oils are a lifesaver for acne. It sounds scary at first but you have to fight like with like. If you use harsh, drying creams, your skin will get more irritated and produce more oil, plus spots will get more red. I suggest to look at both brands and see what regimen you can get, but defo get the soothing gel.

Tata Harper also has a acne kit that works wonders, I’m obsessed with her products. 

Drink some diluted apple cider vinegar. This helps clean your gut and helps control body Ph. You want to eat alkaline foods for the next few weeks. Avoid acidic food at all costs! 

Relax! Acne is also triggered by stress. Sleep loads and change your pillowcases often. Also, keep hair away from face and sleep on your back! I know it is so specific but I notice I get tiny spots if I sleep in my side. 

Hope this helps! 

Post # 6
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Busy bee

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@anonandon:  I am so GLAD you said to eliminate dairy and oil. So many people don’t want to hear that diet truly effects your skin. I’ve been plant based no oil for about 2 1/2 years now and my skin has never been better. It used to be the usually combination skin and oily t zone but since the change, no oily skin. It’s just steady. 

Yes to no dairy and no oil is even better! 

Post # 6
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Bumble bee

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@olliesmommy16:  Proactiv contains benzoyl peroxide which I found irritating. It’s worth eliminating dairy, soy, simple sugar, etc. from your diet temporarily to see if it helps. I’m hesitant to recommend eliminating oil: rather I’d suggest switching to healthier oils like olive oil, avocado oil, and coconut oil. Also, it’s worth seeing a dermatologist: a number of places offer reasonably priced virtual appointments. I’d also recommend a vitamin C serum, maybe a retinol (depending on the adjustment time), and weekly facials in the next month, if it fits your budget.

Post # 6
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Honey Beekeeper

Can you arrange an emergency visit, perhaps online, with a dermatologist? 

Post # 7
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Sugar bee

Consult a dermatologist.  They may be able to prescribe something.  I vaugely remember reading something about injecting a medication directly into cystic acne to help shrink it.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

Is it possible to see a Dermatologist or medical esthetician ASAP? I do not believe in getting advice from random unqualified people on the internet when it comes to skin.  Everyone is so different and and there’s a very good chance what works for one person will not work for you. Also, with only 19 days to go you really don’t have time to play around and try different things. You need to talk to a professional ASAP. 

I suffered from acne for YEARS and I scoured the internet and tried every recommendation from everyone and anyone and nothing worked. It wasn’t until I saw a dermatologist and really started investing in my skin that it cleared up. 

Post # 9
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Bumble Beekeeper

I have minimal skin care recs this close to the event, but I will say, acne is much easier to cover than dry flaking skin, ex caused by an aggressive treatment right prior to the event. So while you may be very stressed about the acne itself, sometimes the treatments can cause bigger issues (temporarily normally) as far as being able to cover it up.

Post # 11
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Honey Beekeeper

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@olliesmommy16:  I’d call the dermatologist anyway. Tell them your wedding is 19 days away and that it’s an “emergency.” If they can’t help you maybe they can refer you to someone who does telemed or who can. Also check in with your GP. In rural areas they probably do it all. 

Post # 12
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Helper bee

Can you get some of the Dr Dennis daily wipes? They are pretty amazing at clearing up skin issues.

They’re called “Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Universal Daily Peel”

Post # 13
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Busy bee

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@olliesmommy16:  do you wear makeup? Double cleanse? I would double cleanse with something that has salicylic acid in it. And buy a serum with squalane in it! Squalane is a miracle worker. 

I had stubborn acne under the skin on my forehead that would not go away. And this combo recommended by my facialist worked wonders in days.

Also look into the whole 30 diet. Its challenging, but it elimiates basically all allergens/irritants from your diet. You mat be having a reaction to something and not even realize it! 

Is your pillow clean? Sometimes I Get random acne and realiZe it’s time to clean my.pillow!

Also, I’m sure you know this but…. Breathe and try not to stress out!!  

Post # 14
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3002 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

I have had a few noughts of acne that have resolved wonderfully with antibiotics.  You could see if your doctor will prescribe some.

Post # 15
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2021

I can not recommend differin enough. In the last couple of years they’ve made it available in a lower dosage OTC so you no longer need a prescription so I just buy it otc now off Amazon. Link here: Acne Treatment Differin Gel, Acne Spot Treatment for Face w/ Adapalene, 15g, 30 Day Supply, 0.5 Ounce https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07L1PHSY9/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_-C4mFbH0M7BJM

 

just trust me on this bee! Order it!! I think you can also find it at most pharmacies now if you don’t want to wait the two days for amazon to get it to you!! 

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