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Is anyone doing anything related to skin care (i.e. seeing a dermatologist, starting a skin care regimen, etc.) in preparation for the Big Day? I'm freaked out that my face will break out the week of the wedding! I've been having nightmares of a big, fat zit showing up on my forehead the morning of the wedding!

Does anyone have any recommendations on what treatments I should start? (Wedding's in August!) Anyone know how much dermatologists cost? I've never been to a Dr. for my skin. I've never even had a facial before...

Any help/ideas would be appreciated!
Posted on January 27, 2008 at 1:28 pm
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Ms.Sumomo
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Drinking a glass of water when I wake up and before I go to bed helps my skin.

HTH
Posted on January 27, 2008 at 1:54 pm
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I used to go to my derm weekly (before being stuck in middle of nowhere with military...) but she said do treatments weekly to help skin regenerate (she suggested an at home microdermabrasion kit or glycolic acid wipes). I use microderm because my skin is too sensitive for the glycolic but it really helps to let your skin breathe and regrow to be supple and dewey naturally. Then I use a vitamin c lotion (just a loreal one) with SPF to protect and further help it rebuild cells. Drinking water is VERY important too. I drink 4-5 bottles a day (I'm never without my nalgene) and I avoid fluoride in the water because excessive amounts can yellow your teeth so a reverse osmosis kit is very useful.

As it gets closer to the wedding, make sure you have an appointment in place about 4 days before your wedding. Your derm can give you these cortisone injections where they actually inject any severe stress zits and it dries them up in a day or two.

If you get a facial leave at least a week for redness to subside before your wedding. Spa facials run $50-$100 and medical facials such as chemical peels require more time and are more expensive but are also more effective. A deep chem peel takes several weeks for the skin to grow back (but its gorgeous when it does) and for those weeks your skin will hurt and you have to stay at home, away from sun and away from ppl (bc red faces are scary!).

Derm was probably about $50-$100 for a visit w my insurance, sometimes as little as $30 if I only needed a cortisone injection but no other products or prescriptions. If your derm prescribes brevoxyl 4% I would stay away unless you have thick skin because its really 4% benzoyl peroxide and can really dry out your skin and its not covered by insurance because "over the counter versions" are available - don't waste the $85.
Posted on January 27, 2008 at 2:11 pm
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I have made a resolution to exfoliate my face weekly (and deep-condition my hair) from now until the wedding. Normally I just can't be bothered, but my skin is dry and I do NOT want flakiness on my wedding day! I'm also having a really good facial a few days before (I don't have the redness issue with facials that Champagne mentioned). If you haven't had a facial before, you should definitely have one now to see if it works for you. My favorite makeup line, BareMinerals, has a new nighttime treatment that I'm extremely tempted by - it ain't cheap, but I think I'm going to do it. After all, you only get married once, right? =)
Posted on January 28, 2008 at 3:02 am
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I have a pretty strict cleansing regimen that I follow. But my skin is very unpredictable and tends to breakout easily. I've taken meds before, but never found a permanent answer. I have dabbled with the idea of accutane, but to be honest it always freaked me out. I went to my derm to go back on tetracycaline till after the wedding. She recommended I just do the accutane. So that's where I am. To be honest, it's not as bad as I thought it would be. It's more of a pain than anything else. I'll be stopping about a month prior to the wedding and will be getting a facial or two to help bring out that bridal glow prior. I'm also going to be getting a back facial since my dress is a little low.

You probably don't need anything this extreme, but I figured I would toss the extreme out there.

I also have a lot of friends on Proactive who LOVE it. That might be a good choice too.
Posted on January 28, 2008 at 3:52 am
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S2BW did you find that the accutane has affected your mood? That's what I had heard from some friends who took it for work (fashion) but they did say it really cleared things up. At first they said it made things worse for a short time period and then the acne started clearing up. Have you found that?
Posted on January 28, 2008 at 3:57 am
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Start now! What ever you do, start testing and trying now. Also, start a regimen now. The sooner the better.

Lots of water in general is great for your body and great for your complexion. I recommend seeing an esthetician or dermatologist to first get you on a regimen that suits your skin type/ailments.

Its natural to fear a breakout before a such a big event. Stress is a big factor in breakouts. The key is to be prepared and have the tools and knowledge of how to properly clear it up without making it worse. Trained professionals can advise you best with this.
Posted on January 28, 2008 at 4:36 am

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