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While common skin ailments are troublesome no matter what stage of life you’re in, they can feel especially exacerbated when you have a wedding on the horizon. You’re of course your own worst critic and things are often not as bad as you perceive, but the idea of high-definition photography and hundreds and pairs of eyes examining you can leave even the most low-key bride nervous. Lucky for us, Danuta Mieloch, Esthetician and owner of Rescue Spa (soon opening an NYC location!), filled us in on what you can do to correct almost any problem plaguing your appearance. Keep in mind that according to Danuta, “It takes daily self-discipline to cleanse, exfoliate, treat, moisturize, and protect your skin to achieve the goal of perfection. The sooner you get started, the better!”

While avoiding direct sunlight should always be the goal, this isn’t always a practical (or fun!) solution. However, unsightly skin damage very well may result. “Lighter skin tends to develop freckles and sunspots, whereas darker skin becomes patchy and shadowed. Luckily, there are several options to correct this, but know that not all spots can be treated equally.”

Many treatments like hydroquinone and RetinA can be rather harsh and actually increase the problem. To be on the safe side, start with a balancing and regulating skincare regimen while slowly introducing more acting ingredients. “Retinol is not as harsh as RetinA, and should be used up to two nights a week. This will work especially well when alternated with Vitamin C and IPL treatments. Biologique Recherche’s Lotion P50 Pigm 400 is a product you can safely use daily. Rather than hydroquinone, it uses kojic acid and niacinamide to effectively reduce pigmentation while still respecting and protecting the skin.”

Unfortunately with this ailment, patience is the key. “Whenever pigmentation doesn’t respond quickly to treatment, it means the damage is deep and will take time to surface. Often times during treatment it can appear darker before it begins to lighten.”

Acne doesn’t just plague the face, and spots on the chest and back are certainly not what you want people looking at when you’re in your dress. “To cleanse hard to reach places, rely on the genius Aquis Back Scrubber. Lotion P50 1970 should be applied across any problem area to remove every trace of sweat and oil buildup, the major cause of acne. To further treat, try Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare All Over Blemish Solution.”

If you’re noticing this problem more than normal leading up to your wedding, you very well may have your amped up SoulCycle routine to blame. Make sure to shower as soon as possible after every workout.

Acne Scars
While some at-home exfoliating treatments will help to lessen scarring caused by acne, serious results are best achieved by the pros. “This is especially well treated by clinical laser treatments as well as regular professional microdermabrasion to soften and smooth your skin,” explains Mieloch.

Keratosis Pilaris
Unless your dress is long-sleeved, you want your arms to be in tip-top shape before your walk down the aisle. Those pesky red bumps that plague so many is a condition called keratosis pilaris, caused by a buildup of keratin. “My go-to treatment is P50 Corps as well as dermalac lotion to remove the dead skin cells,” says Mieloch. “Follow with a good body moisturizer since this condition is more likely to appear if you have dry skin.”

Written by Casey Sharbaugh for Over The Moon
Photographed by Paul Reynolds Photography Weekly Must-Have: Biologique Recherche P50

Weekly Must-Have: Biologique Recherche P50

October 9, 2014

If I were stranded on a desert island and could only bring one beauty product, Biologique Recherche P50 Balancing Exfoliator would be it. No question.

P50 is adored by celebrities and fashionistas like Jenna Lyons, Julia Restoin Roitfeld, the Olsen twins, and practically every top model, and for good reason. The multitasking magic potion (hey, it didn’t get the nickname “facial in a bottle” for nothing) exfoliates, hydrates, and balances the pH of your skin all with a single swipe of a cotton pad. It also preps your skin for additional product application by getting rid of excess gunk that accumulates on the surface so that your other products can really sink in and do their thing. It’s done a great job at shrinking my pores and clearing up some lingering acne. I like to think that P50 has made my visage brighter and tighter, and who doesn’t want/ need/ obsess over that?

After cleansing, douse a cotton pad with P50. Starting at the base of your neck, use a light patting motion to work your way up your face while avoiding the eye region. I pat a little extra around problem areas like my nose and chin. Make sure to let the product absorb fully before applying serums and moisturizers so that you can receive the utmost benefits from your beauty heavy hitters.

Made with a combination of Onion Extract, Lactic Acid, Salicylic Acid, Burdock Extract, and Plankton, the scent isn’t exactly pleasant (hey, it’s not perfume), but the result is worth the stench. While your boyfriend may initially balk at the smell, he’ll quickly change his tune. I’m betting he’ll be stealing your P50 within days. If not for the glowing complexion, he’ll be reaching for the P50 to eradicate stubborn ingrowns from shaving (yes, it works for that, too!).

Use this baby daily, morning and night. If you are a bit sensitive like me, go with the milder P50 V version. This stuff is seriously hard to find stateside, so I suggest purchasing from here (one of only a handful of online retailers, but this site seems the least stressful).

PRICE TAG: $59 for 5.1 oz

Casey Sharbaugh currently resides in New York City and works in the fashion industry. In her spare time, you can find Casey spinning, trying new beauty products, or browsing the city for the best ice cream cone. Find her on Twitter at @chs_psu