Holiday Skin – The Sequel

But just in case all the best plans failed, you did overdo it, and are now paying the price through your skin. Here’s what to do if your skin is looking pasty, too red, or breaking out.

Sallow/pasty – Usually from too much alcohol, stress, and not enough sleep. Rev up your circulation in general with exercise, a massage, a hot bath or steam your face gently. Apply a ton of moisturizer and massage it in several times – then makeup. One other trick: try just a small bit of self-tanner, just a tiny dab rubbed in well to give you a little bit of color.

Too red – Usually due to a rosacea flare after too much alcohol or too much wind/cold. Stop alcohol for a night or two, use your rosacea meds if needed, and try a soothing, anti-inflammatory masque.

Breaking out – use a salicylic acid wash and spot treat with a product like Cellex-C Skin Perfecting Pen.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Dr. I 

Dr. Brandith Irwin, MD

Ask me your skincare question!

Hi, I’m Dr. Irwin. I believe that consumers deserve a medically trained and unbiased skincare advocate.

  • All our content is written and researched by myself.
  • My medical office in Seattle has treated thousands of patients for 15+ years.
  • This site is not affiliated or financially tied to any product, treatment or device.
Ask Me Something
SkinTour Skincare
One of the best investments in your skin is your daily skincare. Why? Because you can prevent many problems with blotchy skin color, lack of glow, texture, some types of acne, and fine lines with good skincare products. You can also correct some of these problems with effective skincare products. Great skincare is often more expensive because quality ingredients are expensive. Some companies spend on research/development which benefits all of us and adds to the cost. Are they worth it? In general - yes! I have handpicked some of what I consider to be the best skin care products, and offer them for sale on SkinTour's shop. This is based on my team and I's testing and research at our clinic. Many of the products are in my own regimen. What could be better than using skin care products a dermatologist uses?!