Day-of blemishes happen—here's how to combat them.

By Elizabeth Swanson
August 16, 2019
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You can do everything in your power to have perfect skin on your wedding day (eating lots of fruits, veggies, and healthy fats, diligently following a skincare regimen, and exercising, just to name a few), but sometimes hormones just get the better of you; no matter what you do, blemishes happen, and that's true even on a wedding day. What should you do if you wake up with a hormonal pimple on the big day? First and foremost, don't freak out. In the grand scheme of things, it doesn't matter—you won't remember a little pimple on your wedding. What you will  remember is seeing your husband as you walk down the aisle, celebrating with your friends and family, and that you had the best day of your life.

As for treating it, we're outlining exactly what you should (and shouldn't) do. We talked to New York dermatologist Dendy Engelman, who has pretty much seen it all when it comes to breakouts, and asked for her top tips for dealing with hormonal acne on the big day.

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Make a beeline for your dermatologist.

"The quickest fix is a cortisone shot by your dermatologist," Engelman says. "Cortisone is a steroid that reduces inflammation under the skin and shrinks swelling around the infection. This is the best option for same-day results. Within six hours, the pimple should be gone."

Freeze it to shrink it.

Need an at-home treatment? Engelman has a great one: "Wash two spoons and put them in the freezer," she says. "After they're cold, immediately apply them to the blemish. This should help relieve inflammation."

Try aspirin.

"Aspirin contains salicylic acid, which can penetrate into the pores to dissolve dead skin cell buildup and shed the top layer of skin," Engelman says. "It also contains anti-inflammatory properties. Grind it into a soft powder and add water until it is a paste. Apply it to a popped pimple. Try to get it only on the exposed opening so the rest of the skin doesn't get too dry. Leave it on for 10 minutes, wipe off, and immediately apply moisturizer."

Keep a sulfur mask on hand just in case.

"Sulfur helps reduce bacterial growth, inflammation, and causes mild shedding," she says. "It's a great spot treatment to help dry out a freshly popped pimple. It doesn't help with the root cause of the issue, but will improve the current condition." Immediately apply moisturizer afterward, or your skin can get too dry. Engelman recommends Proactiv Skin Purifying Mask, which contains six percent sulfur.

And then leave it alone!

"Avoid picking before sanitarily popping or after the pimple has been popped, because constant touching can irritate or inflame the breakout," Engelman says. "And bacteria can spread around the face if the breakout is open, which can lead to more breakouts." And you'll be too busy having fun to think about it anyway, right?

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