Acne can make you self- conscious and generally not on bright, shiny form. If you want to improve it before your wedding day, start early. Acne can clear in three to six months depending on how bad it is. See your dermatologists, but try these approaches, too.

How to fix it?

“The first thing to do is remove the things that make acne worse,” says naturopath and author Roderick Lane: stress and bad diet

♦ Hormones, stress and inner cleansing

“Balancing your hormones and reducing stress in vital for treating acne,” says Margo Marrone of a Organic pharmacy. “Take calcium and magnesium before you go to bed to help your body cope. For balancing hormones, agnus castus is brilliant, and herbs like dandelion and burdock help cleanse the blood and liver.”

♦ Detoxing your diet

“Very poor dietary choices make acne worse” advise Lane. “Increase your intake of raw foods and fruit and vegetables, cut back on processed food, and eat plenty of fresh fish like salmon, sardines and mackerel. Finally, get juicing for a liquid nutrition hit that’s far healthier than any amount of vitamin pills.”

“Beauty does come from within. The skin reflects on the outside of your body what’s going on inside.”

Scarring : How to treat it

“If you have acne scars, use the Medlite laser with microdermabrasion; it’ll help smooth the skin without any downtime,” says Dr. Jaliman.


A vital part of the bride- to be’s armory, acupuncture uses the same meridian of pressure points as acupuncture but with finger pressure instead of needles. Once you know the points you can do it yourself pretty much anytime. It might also make you look better: the Chinese have used the Heavenly Appearance acupressure points as beauty treatments for thousands of years. Check online for websites detailing each acupressure point or invest in a good acupressure reference book.


Need stress relief? Help sleeping? “Acupuncture’s highly effective against stress. It’s been proven to lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol and increase the release of serotonin and also epinephrine,” explains acupuncturist Shellie Goldstein. “A single treatment can leave you feeling calm, relaxed, more focused, and clear headed.” it’s also a well- documented treatment for chronic pain and even cellulite and acne, and the World Health Organization has officially recognized that it works.

  • To find a fully qualified practitioner in your area, contact the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.

Acupuncture can help alleviate physical stress- related symptoms like trouble sleeping, anxiety, depression and headaches.

Address book

If you’re anything like the rest of us, a good few of the contact details for your guests are probably hopelessly out of date. Update your address book while you’re still getting your guest list together and before your save- the- dates or invitations are ready to be sent out – it,ll also minimize the time searching for the random bits of paper and bills you’ve jotted everyone’s new details on when you go to send out your thank you cards after the wedding.


Isn’t the future an adventure? Full of ups, downs, and excitement. Try to see your wedding day this way, too, without putting pressure on it to be perfect.