Bad Skin Acne and Spots on the Wedding Day? Eeeek!

It’s very rare for someone to have perfect skin, if you are one of those people (I am very jealous!). I have always suffered with my skin and from the age of 10 I started to get acne and now I am nearly 30 I have had only a couple of good years of great skin! I have constantly been on antibiotics in the hope of perfect skin and thankfully after my most recent course of an antibiotic cream my skin is looking much better! Whenever I have had any occasion my main worry is my skin and how it will look… Will it behave? Will I have a good skin day?

Here are some dodgy morning photos of me with bad skin! My most recent bout of bad skin was from October 12 – June 13.

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Me with cystic acne

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Me with cystic acne getting worse on my chin

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Not very pretty but this is where one of my spots gave me a black eye!

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Painful spots and cystic acne

I can understand that when it comes to your wedding day, having a spot (or any skin complaint) is a big worry that it will be at its worst due to the stressful lead up to the big day…. It probably won’t but I understand you need that security blanket of knowing you will look your best regardless! The one thing those brides want to know is do I have products that can cover spots/acne/oily skin and will it stay covered all day?! Yep, yep and yep!

Skin looking better! bad skin and acne

Skin is looking better! I still have a a few pimples and bit of scaring but its improving.

My Wedding Preparation Skin Tips!

Spots and treatment (Without getting too long winded!):

There are many different types of acne – for some ladies its hormonal, others its persistent cystic acne, food allergies, and then there are some that ‘breakout’ in stressful situations. The smaller spots (blackheads, whiteheads) are more on the surface of the skin and if its coming up to the big day and you know you suffer with either if these it may be an idea to get a few facials booked in or an antibiotic cream to help shift these spots. Doing this a few months to the run up it may help significantly. If you get these spots as well as cystic acne you may need something stronger. From my personal experience (after trying all of the lotions and potions and spot creams) I have always needed antibiotics for my cystic acne but it is slow working and can take up to 3 to 5 months to kick in. Once it does, it makes it worthwhile! This takes a bit of forward planning and patience.

*Antibiotics have always worked for me but there can sometime be side effects and not all of them work so I have had to do a lot of trial and error, I understand that people’s opinions are split about this but it was a last resort after trying counter creams, homeopathic creams, changing my diet etc.

Beauty Treatments:

Facials are great for improving the skins condition and great if you want to indulge in a bit of pampering! It works by pushing the impurities up to the surface of the skin and by doing so improves the skins condition. Initially it may make your skin appear worse but it’s really worth booking a few treatments as it will get better and improve with each treatment.

Skin Prep:

I have found that anyone with oily skin avoids moisturiser! If you have very oily/acne skin one mistake people make is to wash a lot with heavy duty facial washes and to avoid moisturiser (this used to be me!). The more you wash the more it strips your skin of natural oils so your sebaceous glands produce even more oil to compensate, and this also applies if you don’t use moisturiser… (Not too annoying!) Your skin still needs to be clean so wash twice a day with a gentle cleanser and by using a cream that’s noncomedogenic (doesn’t block pores), works with your skin that is lightweight, oil free and tailored to oily skin. It will create a good base to then apply your makeup and will keep you skin looking and feeling hydrated and not greasy.

Getting a Good Base:

If you have spots it will generally mean that the surface of the skin can be bumpy so avoid anything that creates a ‘dewy’ look as products that have shimmer/shine will highlight any bumps you may have on your skin, opt for a mattifying primer that helps absorb excess oils. When using foundation I don’t agree with the thicker the better, just because you have bad skin doesn’t mean you have to wear a foundation mask! You may want something that lasts longer and has a lighter, medium coverage so the key is to look for foundations that are for ‘oily/combination’ skin types and use a fuller coverage concealer on the more concentrated, spotty areas. Its a good idea to use a small brush for this as it will be a more precise way of applying the concealer to your spots. You will have really good skin in some areas and a bit rubbish in others so focus on the good bits and find a concealer that camouflages for the not-so-good bits! I always set the foundation with a powder, this stops any movement and keeps everything looking matt. I use a translucent (loose) setting powder, as I want to create a light veil on the skin, not another layer of a heavy product. Again for bronzers and blush’s avoid cream and shimmery products opt for matt but if you do want to incorporate that ‘dewy’ look use a highlighter high on your cheek bones and as a little tip for a pouty lip, put a tiny bit on your cupids bow!

Here are some of the products I recommend and always have in my kit…


Aqueous cream & Simple


Illamasqua Matt Primer

MAC Oil Control Lotion

MAC Skin Refined Zone Treatment (for very oily areas)


MAC Studio Fix Fluid

Ester Lauder Doublewear




MAC Prep + Prime Translucent Finishing Powder

Dermablend Setting Powder

Hope this has been helpful! Lucy Jayne x

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