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Thursday, February 13, 2014

Quick Fixes for a Wedding Day Skin Dilemma

Planning your dream wedding can be very rewarding, yet extremely stressful. High levels of stress and other factors can lead to surprise breakouts in the days leading up to your wedding and even the morning of your big day. But have no fear! We’ve come up with some great preventive tips and emergency fixes that will help you get that bridal glow before you say “I do!”

Preventive Actions:
  • Don’t change your normal skin care routine. New products have the potential to cause skin irritation, so it’s best to stick with what your skin is already used to. If you don’t already have a regular skin care regimen, start one at least two months before your wedding day. 
  • Always remove your makeup at night. This should happen during your regular skin care routine, but nerves and stress could cause you to forget the night before your wedding. Make sure this is on your to-do list! Not removing your makeup at night could lead to breakouts caused by clogged pores and excess oils. Additionally, makeup left overnight can cause swelling and redness, which are two things you definitely want to avoid on your big day. 
  • Hydrate! Drink plenty of water to keep your skin moisturized and fresh. Hydrating will not only boost your skin’s appearance, but also your mood!
  • See a skin care specialist. At Advanced Dermatology’s medi spa, we offer oxygen facials and other services that can ensure that your skin looks flawless.

Quick Fixes:
  • For a quick and safe fix, apply benzoyl peroxide gel on the inflamed spot. Benzoyl peroxide is commonly found in over-the-counter acne treatments. In a gel form, it can be an effective way to spot-treat a surprise breakout. 
  • Try using a few home remedy solutions if you don’t have time to run to a store. Crushed aspirin with a few drops of water will help with problem spot redness and inflammation. Honey is another home remedy that is a natural antiseptic. Both can be used as spot treatments the night before or morning of your wedding. Don’t expect them to immediately make the pimple disappear, but they can help reduce the size and redness enough to cover with makeup.
  • Don’t touch it! The old adage “it’ll only make it worse” is true. Although tempting, try to avoid touching the area completely. Bacteria from your hands can spread to other pores on your skin and can also cause more inflammation around the already irritated area.

Have any questions about quick-fix treatments I didn’t mention? Leave them in the comments, and I’ll try to answer them. 

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