With your wedding fast approaching, you’ve probably got your mind on a million little things, but don’t neglect your skin! There are a lot of quick and easy ways to get your skin clearer and more radiant with your dermatologist in time for your big day.
If you’ve never had a facial before, do yourself a favor and try one as soon as possible. In addition to soothing, cleansing and rejuvenating skin, a facial is just a great way to relax and pamper yourself. Consider a facial for the morning of your wedding or the day before. Facials can be performed in a variety of ways and address a wide spectrum of your skincare and emotional needs. Facials can be therapeutic and calming, as a component of many is a massage of the face and neck. If your wedding is in the colder fall or winter months, a facial might be just what you need to restore some much needed moisture before the big day. If you suffer from acne, a facial can help alleviate blemishes and reduce the oil that can cause breakouts or just that undesirable sheen that oily skin sometimes takes on. There are many spas and beauty salons that offer facials, but consider your dermatologist an expert on the subject. In addition to their knowledge and education, dermatologists also give your health a lot more consideration than a day spa. If you have a rapport with your dermatologist, their knowledge of your skin will help them to design the perfect facial treatment with your unique skin in mind.
Chemical peels are a quick and easy way to reduce your acne and help clear up even the nastiest of breakouts. A chemical peel is essentially a super-charged facial. With a chemical peel, your dermatologist will apply a chemical compound to your entire face. Depending on the chemical being used and the issue being treated, the solution will remain on the skin for a number of minutes before your dermatologist removes it. If you’ve got acne, no matter how much—chances are you’re a bit worried about a breakout ruining your photos. Your dermatologist can help, thankfully. For acne, the key component of a chemical peel is salicylic acid. Salicylic acid is an incredibly strong anti-inflammatory that also can penetrate and neutralize oils in the skin. As acne is caused by a large build-up of oils within the skin, reducing that oil does wonders for your skin. For moderate to severe acne, the inflammation and redness that surrounds your pimples can be more unsightly than the whiteheads themselves.
Chemical peels aren’t limited to acne. Chemical peels also work well for other facial imperfections including discoloration, wrinkles, fine lines, sun damage and light scarring. The acids used in chemical peels are harsh on the skin on purpose, and damage the top layers. Skin will usually peel off, giving way to new and healthier skin in its place. With a lot of facial peels, redness like a sunburn and flaking skin are common after treatment. That’s why it’s important to schedule a chemical peel a few days before your wedding. Consult your dermatologist early and figure out the best time for a chemical peel in relation to your big day.
Microdermabrasion is a facial skincare treatment you’ll want to pencil in to the week leading up to your big day. Much like a chemical peel, the goal of microdermabrasion is to remove the topmost, superficial layers of skin that might be blemished, wrinkled or discolored. Your dermatologist will use a device that makes thousands of tiny perforations in your skin. You may experience some discomfort during the treatment, but that’s short-lived. After microdermabrasion you’ll usually notice redness and some inflammation. Once that skin begins flaking off and dying, new skin replaces it. Microdermabrasion is perfect for acne, slight pigmentation abnormalities and fine lines. You’ll want to give your skin a few days following microdermabrasion before the results are fully visible, so make sure you schedule in advance of your date.
Your dermatologist has unparalleled resources at their disposal when it comes to treating facial blemishes and imperfections. Don’t stress about your skin on your wedding day, reach out to the skincare professionals at Northeast Dermatology Associates to get your bridal treatments on the books.
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