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Unexpected acne and other blemishes are never very fun to deal with, and can be especially horrific when they show up right before an important event, not to mention one as important as your wedding day. But worry not, because we’ve got you covered with all the tips and tricks you need to keep your skin blemish-free.
Scrub them Away
Exfoliate once or twice a week and use products with salicylic acid to penetrate and clean out your pores. If you haven’t already, consider switching to a chemical peel for your once-to-twice weekly exfoliation routine, as they have several advantages over physical exfoliants (scrubs, etc). Also, try masques and targeted cleansing strips to pull away blockages and impurities.
Don’t Overdo it
That said, a word of caution: one quite common cause for blemishes is actually over cleansing. Exfoliating several times a week? Using an abundance of products with harsh, anti-acne acids in them? In moderation, such things are positive, and incredibly helpful for reducing acne and getting rid of blemishes, but overused, they can cause irritation that can trigger your pores to release more oil, which is obviously counterproductive.
You can mitigate this by simply using moderation and following the instructions on your products, and as a general rule of thumb, don’t exfoliate more than twice a week. Also, favor products that say “noncomedogenic” or “nonacnegenic,” which means “won’t clog pores” and “won’t cause acne,” respectively.
Try Not to Pop Them, but if You Do, Clean them Up After
It’s generally not advisable to pop pimples, but sometimes they get so big and nasty it’s hard to resist. While we maintain that you should use other methods first and be patient if at all possible, if you must pop a pimple, do it right. Be careful and thorough, putting downward and inward pressure to remove all the pus. Then, disinfect with alcohol or saline, and put a band-aid on the spot to stop the bleeding, and don’t take it off until it’s good and scabbed. Once it’s scabbed up, use a zinc cream on the spot to hasten healing.
Cover Them Up
All else failing, if the big day is coming up and pesky blemishes are still there and don’t seem to be in any particular hurry to leave, despite your best efforts, you can cover them up with makeup. Go for noncomedogenic, non-greasy, mineral based makeups to avoid making the problem worse, and layer foundation, concealer, then finishing powder, being especially careful to neatly cover the blemishes with a hearty layer of concealer before sealing it with powder. You might be able to tell your face is a little bumpy there still, but any obvious discoloration should be blotted out.