Ironic but true: "Even the ‘happy’ stress of wedding planning can trigger skin problems," says NYC dermatologist Amy Wechsler, M.D. "Recognize that it’s going to happen, but know that beating yourself up will only make things worse." If your skin is flaring up, this is the time to enlist a dermatologist to help fine-tune your regimen and address any concerns. A prescription topical retinoid like Retin-A can work wonders on acne or fine lines; a series of microdermabrasion peels can improve skin texture and lessen the appearance of pores. And just knowing there’s an expert to call upon will help you stay calm. "I always make room in my schedule for my brides," says Dr. Wechsler.
- Maintaining a regular skin-care routine and product consistency is key. While it’s tempting to stock up on an arsenal of new skin cleansers and creams, know that it’s a recipe for an irritated complexion.
- Wash your face with your hands, which are less harsh on skin than a washcloth. Dr. Wechsler likes fragrance-free cleansers from Cetaphil, Purpose and Dove. The idea is to gently remove dirt, oil and makeup—going for "squeaky clean" means you’re stripping skin of its natural oils.
- Even with the best care, zits happen, so keep your derm on speed dial. She can give you a cortisone injection that will take down a cyst in 48 hours.