What is worse than the onset of an unsightly skincare emergency the day of a big event such as a wedding, high school reunion, business interview, or first date? Only one which erupts during the holidays, interfering with holiday pictures, Christmas parties, and family gatherings. That’s why we turned to New York dermatologist, Dr. Margarita Lolis, to help us handle these common emergencies within the first 24 hours.
PROBLEM: CYSTIC ACNE BREAKOUT Solution: Resist the urge to squeeze and soak the breakout in rubbing alcohol. “This is such a common response and people end up making the pimple worse not to mention scarring their skin,” shares Dr. Lolis. Cystic acne is found deep beneath the skin. If treated correctly (beneath the surface) it can remain a bump and not a red, scabbing mess, she warns. “The secret to destroying a deep cystic pimple is to get a steroid or cortisone shot. Within one or two days of injection into a cyst, the steroid will shrink the inflammation producing relief of pain and almost immediate cosmetic improvement,” explains Dr. Lolis. If you cannot get to the dermatologist, apply a paste of baking soda with water then remove it within 20 minutes. Natural clay or a sea salt compress can also work very well (and quickly!). Sea salt only requires 20 minutes to dry up skin.
PROBLEM: HIVES, REDNESS, AND ALLERGIES Solution: “When you realize a certain food, beverage, cream, or cosmetic triggered an allergic reaction, immediately discontinue use or consumption.” As for treatment Dr. Lolis suggests using hydrocortisone cream which can be purchased at the drug store and should always be on hand. Also take an allergy medication such as Claritin or Zyrtec or try a cotton compress of apple cider vinegar (a natural antiseptic and anti-fungal that pulls any toxins out of the skin) or whole milk, which soothes the skin. (more…)