BEAUTY 911 – Skincare Emergencies

We all have had that skincare emergency the day of a big event like a wedding, reunion, business interview, or first date.

The morning I woke up on my wedding day I had a huge acne breakout – thank goodness for foundation!

 Here are some tips to handle common skincare emergencies within 24 hours.


Hives, Redness and Allergies

When you realize a certain food, beverage, cream or cosmetic triggered an allergic reaction discontinue use immediately.
Using a hydrocortisone cream which can be purchased at the drug store, it’s great to have on hand.
Take an allergy medication such as Claritin or Zyrtec to help relieve symptoms.
Try an Apple Cider Vinegar cotton compress, apple cider vinegar is anti-septic and anti-fungal that helps pull toxins out of the skin. A compress with whole milk is also very soothing as well.

Puffy Eyes

Apply cool tea bags or cold cucumber slices to the area for about 10 minutes and it will work wonders to reduce the swelling.
It’s good to invest in an eye cream and keep it in the fridge.
Applying eye cream morning and at bedtime will help with puffy eyes.

Cold Sore

Some dermatologists will offer cortisone injections to tame a cold sore because of cortisones ability to rapidly address inflammation.
You can also have your doctor issue you a prescription for Famvir, Acylovir or Valtrex.
Some natural ways to treat a cold sore would be to apply a lemon tea compress to the area. You can also apply a witch hazel oil or peppermint oil compress.

Cystic Acne Breakout

Those “under the skin” pimples are the worst but resist the urge to squeeze.
This is a common response but it will end up making the pimple more inflamed and could even cause scarring.
Your dermatologist might suggest destroying the deep cystic pimple by getting a steroid or cortisone shot, injecting a diluted glucocorticoid right into the pimple. Within one or two days of injection, it will shrink the inflammation producing relief of pain and almost immediate cosmetic improvement.
If you can’t get to the dermatologist, make a paste using baking soda and water, apply to the area and remove in 20 minutes.
You can apply a sea salt compress to the skin for 20 minutes and that will help to dry up the skin.
 Applying a mask of Natural clay to the area will help as well.

Chapped Lips

Use lip balms with natural ingredients such as almond oil, vitamin E or A.
Make an at home Lip Scrub by making a paste of sugar and honey to use as an exfoliator and exfoliate lips in the shower when temperature is warmer.
Licking the lips can make the dryness worse because lips lack an outer skin layer which is why they are a darker color from the rest of your skin and there are enzymes in our saliva that break down fats and proteins.
Try to keep lips moisturized with a lip balm or coconut oil.

I hope you found these helpful in your skincare emergency!

Thanks for supporting my blog 💕 ~Jennifer