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How to Get Flawless Skin on Your Wedding Day

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You aren’t the first bride to want a wedding day that goes off without a hitch, so when your stress level goes through the roof, bringing with it the acne nightmare that you’ve been dreading, you might be ready to turn into a runaway bride. But don’t bolt out the backdoor just yet (and please, put down the Windex!).

There are plenty of ways to prepare your skin for the big day (and deal with last minute issues) that will leave your face, back, arms, and any other exposed areas so smooth and flawless that you won’t even need makeup. Here’s the 4-1-1 on skincare for the concerned bride-to-be seeking the perfect wedding day.

For starters, you prep work should begin at least six months out (a year is even better). The reason for this is that you’ll want to give your skin time to become accustomed to any new routine you undertake. So visit a dermatologist and see what steps need to be taken to clear up your current skin problems. Whether you’re dealing with acne, rosacea, scarring, spotting, wrinkles, or other issues, there are treatments that can help you improve your overall skin tone and reduce the problems that have been plaguing you.

Between a daily regimen and periodic treatments like Botox, fillers, and peels (chemical or laser) you should have no trouble getting your skin in ship shape before the big day. Some girls even go so far as to have a little lift or tuck done, but this should be saved for extreme cases. Each treatment comes with a timetable for healing (not to mention potential complications) so keep this in mind as you move into the home stretch (the last few weeks leading up to your wedding).

Once your routine is firmly established (and it may undergo changes along the way), you’ll need to have a workable plan in place for the stressful days just before the wedding (when you’re meeting with family and friends, putting out fires, and handling last-minute arrangements).

You should think about nabbing your bridesmaids a few days ahead of time and hitting the spa for a relaxing day of treatments, including a facial. This will clear out pores to leave your skin fresh and smooth, but it can cause a couple days of redness, so DO NOT get one the day before the wedding.

If you should get to within 48 hours of the main event and discover a pimple or a breakout in the works, don’t panic (and don’t pick). Call your dermatologist to see if she has an emergency opening (or consider making an appointment just in case and cancelling if you don’t need it). She can give you injections of cortisone that will reduce inflammation and speed healing so that you will be acne-free in time to walk down the aisle.

Although flare-ups are common amongst brides as they near their wedding day, there are a number of options for treatment at your disposal. And if money is an obstacle, just think about what you’re shelling out for the dress, the venue to house all your guests, and of course, the photographer. If you wind up feeling self-conscious on your wedding day because of a breakout that could have been prevented, is any of the rest of it going to matter?