- 9 years ago
- Wedding: March 2013
Girl, me too!! and I am freaking out about being a complete zit head for my wedding (in 9 weeks)! I usually have a small pimple or two but right now my whole face is broken out plus a few in random spots (the back of my neck, chest, even on my arm???). I am thinking it must be the stress because nothing else has changed (diet, skincare routine, etc). I hope it goes away by the wedding (trying a new product this week) but I am doing airbrush make up so hopefully that covers if it doesn’t.
Just stop picking! Pull your hair off your face, and fold your hands in your lap. Picking spreads bacteria and can leave you with scars. If the blemishes are cystic, it’s time to see a dermatologist. To alleve some of the throbbing, apply a hot compress to it until the pain subsides.
Getting products that you are not sure if they will work seems like a waste of money.
If you ‘re willing to invest in airbrushing, realize this: the better the foundation is (your skin), the better your makeup will look. If you are willing to invest in covering up, why wouldn’t you just invest in your health (and your skin – the largest organ) to prevent and actually treat the issues correctly and then you wouldn’t have to cover it up?
I’m not saying this simply because I’m an esthetician. The more you stress the worse it will get. Your face is the first thing anyone sees, so why not take care of it with expert help?
Birth control, while yes, can be a miracle drug in some ways, can also just be covering up the problem or causing other problems. I’m not anti-birth control in any way, I just don’t like what it does to the body besides preventing acne.
Instead of perpetuating the problems, why not seek the advice of someone who deals with it for a living, instead of a well marketed product written up in a magazine because the product’s company bought extra advertising pages.
If you have 7 (or 9) weeks before your wedding, this is not the time to be experimenting on stopping the birth control.
I recommend going back on the pill but also talking to a dermatologist and definitely get at least 2 facials, get the 1st one now and the 2nd one 2 to 3 weeks before the wedding (from someone who has good reviews — and let them know you are getting married and when!)
Seriously ladies, I promise that this is not a judgment post, this is coming from someone who just cares about your skin and your sanity!
You may just need your hormones to normalize. It just takes time for your own hormones to kick in from the lack of BC hormones. Make sure your washing your face. I went through this last year and it took 2-3 months to normalize. I use clean and clear for my face, and neutragina pump on my back. I wash once/day and every other day use a clearsil on my face, works well for me. Combo benzoil peroxide and salicylic acid. You can also go see your general practitioner and get some type of cream or antibiotic. Tea tree oil is a good natural alternative as well. Good luck!
@skipanther: I think you’re right.. I think having my hormones balance out is the real “fix” I started using a scrub and toner every night and my face is totally clear! and my back is about 50% clear! I think I’ll be good to go by the time the wedding rolls around!
@MrsRichard: What scrub and toner are you using?? My face is driving me crazy. I always have a small pimple or two but I have been completely broken out these past few weeks.. I am getting a facial next week to help with breakouts but want to figure out a product to help keep it clear!!
@Brooklyn55: I usually use bio elements which can be expensive but I bought neutragena body scrub and their fight and fade toner. I bet there’s a face scrub that’s good too but I just kept using my regular face wash with the toner after, it’s very drying but omg! Literally 4 days and my face doesn’t have a mark
It’s probably birth control. I would start changing your sheets ever 2-3 days so your back isn’t exposed to the grime that can build up at night.
I’m a cosmetologist (don’t work as an eshetician but did study it) I think exfoliating and using a toner is usually good for everyone especially if some people can’t afford to get to the spa.
@MrsRichard: Practicing and studying are two very different things. Exfoliation, yes, is key for all, however, scrubs are not. Toner is simply to balance the pH of the skin preparing the skin for serums and moisturizer. It is not for additional cleansing. It is actually a product no one needs since the skin normalizes within minutes of cleansing and most cleansers are pH balanced now. I responded to your post to provide real and expert help as a true kindness (and free of charge, since you mentioned affording spa services). I wish you good luck in your search for help with your skin health.
@jillrobin: sure they are two very different things and of course you’re more knowledgable from experience, but I work with plenty of estheticians who say a toner is essential and that using a scrub can be very beneficial. Just like I don’t agree with every hair dresser, not every esthetician will have the same advice as you. I’m sorry if you felt like I didn’t appreciate your input because I did. The scrub and toner is working for me, which is a relief since I truly didnt wanna get back on birth control, but I’m sure this wouldn’t work for everyone. Again, thank you for your advice.
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