By Candice Chan, Birchbox
30 Days Away!
Blemishes feel like a mean curse even on our best days, but persistent breakouts are even more stressful when you have a special event a few weeks away. We asked dermatologist Dr. Amy Wechsler to give us quick fixes to save our skin in just one month.
This the best time to schedule an in-office treatment like an acne chemical peel or Isolaz, which combines a mini-vacuum and broadband light therapy to calm skin and remove impurities. Can't make an office visit? Focus on finding the best skincare regimen for you, which should ideally include cleansing, toning and moisturizing. Natural ingredients can be the most gentle and effective, so stick with a cleanser like Clark's Botanicals Skin Clearing Face and Body Wash and follow-up with a toner like Pangea Organics Toner for Oily to Blemish-prone skin. For spot treatments, dry out blemishes with an over-the-counter product containing salicylic acid, like Juice Beauty's Blemish Be Gone. Finally, pick a non-comedogenic moisturizer that won't clog your pores like VMV Hypoallergenics' Re-Everything Lotion, which is free of most allergens, parabens and fragrances.
There's still time to get a chemical peel, but don't change up anything in your skincare regimen. "Now is not the time to experiment or deviate from the plan that works for you," says Wechsler. Plus, they don't it call it beauty sleep for nothing, aim to get at least eight hours of z's each night. "It makes such a huge difference, both in how you look and how you feel," says Dr. Wechsler. Also keep drinking to a minimum, and put out those cigarettes -- no smoking allowed!
By now, your skin should be almost clear, and inflammation or irritation should be minimal. If your skin is familiar with it, now is a good time to use a repairing, hydrating mask like myfaceworks' 'i need to heal.' Still experiencing rebellious skin? Focus on sleeping even more and keeping your stress levels down -- or risk it showing up on your face. Stop by a yoga class or practice deep-breathing to stay zen. Also, "be sure to get enough exercise to help stimulate blood flow and relaxation," says Wechsler.
It's tough to hear but if you're still seeing breakouts now, there's not much more that you can do on your own. Wechsler suggests checking in with a dermatologist. "There may be underlying issues and a more aggressive course of treatment should be pursued."
For a last-minute quick fix before a big event, check in with your dermatologist to get a cortisone injection for any stray blemishes.
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By Candice Chan, Birchbox