Skin Care Tips for Prom

JEANINE B. DOWNIE, M.D. is a dermatologist certified by the American Board of Dermatology. She is frequently featured on The Today Show, Good Morning America, MSNBC, The Dr. Oz Show, The Rachael Ray Show, The Wendy Williams Show and more. She has also been published in magazines such as Cosmopolitan, Seventeen, Teen Vogue, Glamour and more.

Tip # 1 A healthier way to get glowing skin for prom is to use spray tans (as long as you don’t have asthma) or topical self-tanning agents like Neutrogena Micromist. Tanning increases your risk of melanoma by 75% and age your skin significantly.

Tip #2 If you have acne you can get a facial one week before prom. If you do not have acne, you may get one three days before.

Tip # 3 If you get a pimple the day of prom, and it is a cyst, see if your dermatologist can squeeze you in for a cyst injection. If that is not an option, heap on topical acne medication and let it sink in. Then, put your best concealer over the medication. Do not pick it and definitely don’t pop it. This can lead to a scar.

Tip # 4 Try this skincare regimen leading up to prom. Use a gentle cleanser 2-3 times a day try Neutrogena Ultra-Gentle Cleanser. Use sunscreen with SPF30 everyday try The Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch. Moisturize your face and body with Aveeno Eczema Relief For The Body. Also don’t forget to have tons of water, rest, and exercise!

Tip # 5 Wax your brow and facial hair at least one week before. If you have never waxed, start after your prom! Make sure whoever is waxing you checks the temperature of the hot wax on their wrist (or yours) before they put it on your face.

Skin First of all, as far as skin problems go, one of life’s mean realities is that worrying about breakouts can actually cause breakouts. So don’t take up that all too popular, “Please, no zits for my prom,” mantra! Chances are the stress of constant worry for weeks on end will make it happen.


It's important to start early with a good face/skin regimen to help ensure good skin on your special night. You might want to try the following daily routine:

  • Exfoliate your face with a mild scrub (try Neutrogena Pore Refining Cleanser) once a week to smooth away dry flakes and dead cells.
  • Apply a moisture lotion containing sunscreen. If you don’t use acne medicine, try Olay Complete UV Protection Moisture Lotion.
  • Be an H2O Fanatic! Drink at least eight glasses of H2O a day to insure healthy cleansing, inside and out.
  • Once a day, take vitamin E pills, to help skin repair itself.
  • Keep lips moisturized by sporting a lip balm 24 - 7! (Try Chapstick or Lip Satin). 
  • If you have great skin, it might be a good idea to skip some of the make-up, like foundation, and just allow your natural beauty to shine through.
  • As for the skin on the rest of your body, be sure to use a body wash/scrub when you shower. Lather up a loofah with Dove Nutrium Skin Nourishing Body Wash or, if acne prone, try Neutrogena Clear Body Wash. Using one of these products a few times a week will smooth things over, especially rough patches on elbows, knees and heels. If you have some trouble areas scrub with a mild exfoliator. For a home remedy, mix one packet of raw sugar with a few drops of olive oil. Rub this mixture in a circular motion over dry areas, such as elbows. Follow by rinsing with warm water.