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A: Why is it that people often get a huge pimple
before a special event? We know there
are many potential causes that can exacerbate acne, and one that can do a
number on you is stress. The holidays
can be a great time, but also stressful…stress hormones can trigger excess
sebum and before you know it, you’ve got some nasty breakouts right before a
fun night out. Before your NYE party or any special event you are looking
forward to, it’s so important to add in a few important things you can do to
give your skin its best chance of shining!
- Wash your pillowcases
regularly! Doing this before your event can help to ensure you don't expose
your skin to any extra dirt and bacteria. The same goes for keeping your cell
phone clean and away from your face.
- Speaking of keeping things away from your face, make sure not to touch your face throughout
the day. Even resting your hand against your face invites more oil and
bacteria to that area.
- Wash your hair regularly,
or keep it in a ponytail a week before the event. The oil from your hair, or
even the silicone based hair care products, can cause congestion in your
- Go makeup free. The
week before your event, try to wear as little makeup as possible so you can let
your skin breath and lessen any chance for your makeup to mix with dirt and oil
from your skin to clog your pores. (Here
are some tips for that party night on applying makeup
the right way when you have acne)
-Try increasing your AcnEase
dose at least one level about two weeks in advanced. If you don’t know how to do this, contact us
NOW! This will ensure that you are
giving your body some extra fighting power from the inside, which we all know
is the only way to treat acne!
- Do gentle exfoliation.
I just talked about this topic of exfoliating for
recently. You can use a very gentle enzyme exfoliate or scrub daily to keep
your pores clear. Also, you may want to add a few extra clarifying and
hydrating masks (only if this is part of your skincare regimen already). The
week before is for gentle pampering, nothing extreme or new. This is not the
time to deep clean your skin or try new products. Stick with the routine you
know works and give your skin some extra attention, but of the gentle
persuasion. And always remember to take extra care if you have open
- Get a facial 1-2 weeks
before the event. Again, with severe acne this is not a good idea, but you
may want to try some professional extraction, which will also deeply hydrate
your skin as well. Also, if you get one at least a week before, you will have
some time to recover if your skin purges after, which is quite common.
-Try lessening your dairy intake.
Dairy can trigger acne flair ups for some, so try to lessen the cheese, butter
and/or milk or hold it all together starting NOW.
- Amp up the exercise!
When you exercise, you sweat out toxins in your body, stimulate the lymph
system and oxygenate your tissues. Your skin glows from happiness – with
exercise, you’re enabling it to be "well fed". Make sure to wipe the
sweat off immediately after though (and if possible, take a shower), as sweat
can dehydrate your skin, and the toxins can cause inflammation.
- Increase your water intake! This should actually be at the top of the list because this is the easiest
way to detoxify your body. Most people do not drink enough water. I have seen incredible changes in people’s
bodies when they take this advice seriously. Water will flush out your system
by moving along toxins and waste, and hydrate your body. Drink half the amount,
in ounces, of your body weight. If you weigh 120lbs, try to drink 60 ounces of
water daily. So drink up and be merry!
And above all, enjoy the season! ☺