Wedding makeup blues…I have bad skin

posted 3 years ago in Beauty
Post # 2
7 posts

If what you’re really not liking is your texture, I would suggest heavy exfoliation. Like a chemical peel or AHA/BHA exfoliant. Not sure when your wedding is, but your face can take a few weeks to heal from a chemical peel and AHA/BHA exfoliants can take a couple of months to really see results.

Post # 3
712 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

Keep in mind, yes your photographer will be editing your photos, but your family and friends will be taking pictures too and they’re not going to edit your face in any of those that may end up on social media. 

I highly encourage those who don’t wear makeup all the time to get minimal coverage at the very least because not all photographs will be edited. its going to look especially awkward if you have BMS and they all have their makeup done, and you don’t. Just a couple thoughts. 

Post # 5
2667 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: County courthouse

I have the same skin u described and I’m 30. I wear dermablend powder foundation and it completely covers my hyper pigmention and acne and rednees. I bought mine at my loCal ulta store. This makeup brand is considered medical grade makeup and it really covers well with little produce usage. I highly recommend dermablend makeup to fellow acne suffers.

Post # 6
668 posts
Busy bee

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wedding2017 :  I’ve had a light chemical peel done a few times and there was zero peeling/scaling and very, very minimal redness. Skin was photosensitive for a few days and that was it.

Post # 8
2773 posts
Sugar bee

I have used this line  FOR YEARS. They are very customer friendly and will work with you and your  your issues.  Drop them a line, they will get back to you and I will be very surprised if they can’t help you.

If you could see my family of origin you would see I didn’t inherit great skin.  If you saw me you would think I had inherited a great complexion. NOPE. Isomers.


Post # 9
1128 posts
Bumble bee

If you are already looking into exfoliation and you are comfortable with that route, maybe do some research on Retin A?  It is a prescription night cream that works as a chemical exfoliant (works for acne, some scarring, aging…) it’s got a very good reputation.  Tretinoin is the generic name

Post # 10
1128 posts
Bumble bee

Oh I should add whether you use retin A or any other exfoliant/peel, make sure you have a good facial SPF cream that works with your skin.  You’ll have to kind of commit to wearing it daily.  Photosensitivty lasts for as long as you use any of these products and even if you can’t see burning/skin damage the effects will be worse over time

Post # 12
54 posts
Worker bee

The little bumps you describe sound like closed comedones, which are like pimples that have not and may not surface. An exfoliant like BHA will bring these to the surface (resulting in an initial ‘breakout period’ called a purge) and then after it heals your skin will be smoother. For post-acne discoloration and scarring, you need an AHA which will take off the top layers of skin to minimize the look of these flaws.

You need to strike a balance in strength of the acid you use. Too much and you will get effects like the flakey skin, too little and you don’t get enough efficacy. For me, a 7% AHA is the right strength

When using acids you definitely want to be on top of moisturizing and sunscreen (remember exfoliation is taking off the top layers of skin, making you prone to both dryness and sun damage). Also, introduce acids slowly to your routine. Patch test, and don’t jump in with applying every day. Start with once a week, see how your skin reacts, then go more frequent. I never use an acid more than 3x a week. Also don’t start using too many acids at once. You will destroy your moisture barrier 

 How long until your wedding? Exfoliants take time, but if you have the time you may not need a super heavy foundation on your wedding day. Imo, heavy makeup often settles into your skin and exaggerates rough textures

Post # 13
75 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

Maybe you’ve already looked into it with the trials you’ve done, but you could go to a local beauty school and see if theres anything they suggest?

I also know people have had good luck going to sephora and asking for samples of product for certain skin problems

Post # 14
136 posts
Blushing bee

Totally understand where you’re coming from, I’ve got acne and had it since my teen years. Organising the makeup for the wedding was incredibly stressful and awoke some deep seated anxieties about my skin (and being photographed all day…).

As previous bees suggested, some facials may be beneficial for you. Definetly check with your dermatologist beforehand though. I’ve been having a series of peels and it’s done me wonders. The texture of my skin is much better but it has taken a number of months though.

Id also second using Vichy dermablend foundation. Great converage and goes on nicely with a beauty blender. Make sure you get a decent primer for it.

Finally, im not sure of your makeup skills or if this is a thing just in my city, but often if I’m getting my makeup done I’ll just get my eyes done. This means I’ll do foundation myself and the MUA does the eye shadow and lashes. It’s real cheap too! This could be a route if you’d prefer to handle your own skin (lots of acne sufferes do!) and you’d still get the effect of a finished look if your not super great at makeup yourself.

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