How to Get Rid of Acne Before your Wedding (Or Any Photoshoot)


Planning for a wedding—or any photoshoot, really—can be a whirlwind of emotions and tasks. Among the myriad of things to think about, your appearance, especially your skin, can take a significant spot on your list of worries. As a boudoir photographer, I’ve seen firsthand how acne can become a focal point of stress for many. But fear not! I’ll show you not only how to tackle those pesky pimples but also to assure you that, in the grand scheme of things, they’re a minor detail easily fixed with a little post-production magic.

Quick Fixes to Reduce Acne Appearance

Let’s start with some practical tips on reducing acne’s appearance. These methods are not overnight miracles but can significantly reduce inflammation and make acne less noticeable for your big day.

  1. Reduce Sugar Intake: It’s tempting to reach for comfort foods, especially with the stress of planning an event. However, high sugar intake can worsen acne for many people. In the weeks leading up to your photoshoot, try to moderate sugary foods and drinks. Your skin (and your body) will thank you!
  2. Use Pimple Patches: Here is a link to the ones I use! These little lifesavers are great for targeted acne treatment. Pimple patches help to extract the pus, protect the area from further infection, and reduce inflammation. They’re nearly invisible, so you can wear them overnight or even during the day if you’re staying in.
  3. Ice the Area: For particularly inflamed pimples, icing can work wonders. Wrap an ice cube in a thin cloth and gently press against the affected area for a few minutes. This can reduce swelling and redness, making acne less prominent.

The Magic of Editing

Now, let’s talk about the elephant in the room: no matter how much you prep, some acne might still show up in your photos. Here’s where I want to ease your mind—acne is incredibly easy to edit out. Advances in photography editing software have made it possible to remove acne without leaving any trace, ensuring that your skin looks flawless in the final images.

Remember, while these tips are useful, acne shouldn’t overshadow the joy of your photoshoot experience. It’s a small, temporary issue that we can easily fix in post-production. Here is a before and after headshot I took. The first you can see some acne by my chin. In the second photo, I easily removed it in editing.

Celebrating All Body Types

As a boudoir photographer, my philosophy extends beyond just removing temporary blemishes like acne and bruises. It’s about celebrating every body type. While I carefully edit out non-permanent marks, I consciously choose not to remove permanent features such as stretch marks and wrinkles. These are part of your story, completely normal, and beautiful in their own right.

Your photoshoot is a chance to see yourself in a new light, to celebrate your body and the journey it’s been on. Whether it’s for your wedding or any other occasion, my goal is to create images that you’ll look back on with love and pride, seeing the beauty in every detail—edited or not.


In conclusion, while acne can be a nuisance, it’s nothing that should cause you undue stress, especially with a photoshoot on the horizon. With a little preparation and the magic of editing, your photos will look exactly as you’ve dreamed. And remember, at the heart of every shoot is an opportunity to celebrate you—just as you are.

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