I Have Nightmares About Acne On My Wedding Day. What Should I Do?

Matt Donovan

Malin Akerman’s skin glows before her recent wedding.
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Every bride’s worst nightmare is waking up on her wedding day with a zit that’s bigger than her engagement ring. You want perfect, red-carpet ready skin like The Watchmen’s Malin Akerman, whose recent wedding highlighted her flawless complexion. So, what do you do if you wake up and with Mount Rushmore on your chin? We asked world-renowned dermatologist Dr. Dennis Gross, MD to clear things up:

“There is good news and bad news when it comes to dealing with acne as part of your wedding beauty regimen. First, the bad news: something that came up this fast is unlikely to drain easily because it’s in the lower skin layers. Now for the good news: you have options on how to handle it. First and foremost. cover it up before you start to pick or squeeze. Don’t pick at your face for any reason. If you can, get to a dermatologist for a quick skin cortisone injection — this will work within four hours and noticeably reduce the size and color of the offensive pimple(s). If professional help isn’t an option, apply spot-treatment or mask that contains  sulfur-based ingredients which help to draw out the infection and shrink the blemish. I recommend keeping my MD Skincare Correct & Perfect Spot Treatment on hand if you’re acne-prone for just such an occasion.”

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About This Wedding Expert: Dennis Gross, M.D., is a practicing dermatologist and board-certified dermatological surgeon in New York City and is also the expert behind his own ultra-successful skincare line, MD Skincare. A favorite of beauty editors and celebrities alike, Gross and his products are consistently featured in Vogue, Elle, and Harper’s Bazaar. He has also appeared as a guest on The Today Show, The Early Show, Entertainment Tonight and Extra.

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