Face masks are an everyday essential in 2020, but many of us are discovering a frustrating side effect: maskne. We support and encourage mask-wearing, but unfortunately it has caused a surge of people experiencing "maskne" ~ now a term used for acne caused by wearing a mask. Have you noticed your skin breaking out more since you’ve been wearing your mask? YOU ARE NOT ALONE. And we're here to help.
1. Start each day with a fresh mask and a clean face.
Avoid reusing the same face mask for multiple days. For the health of both your skin and body, they should be washed after a day’s use. Make sure to cleanse your face beforehand to minimize clogged pores — we recommend our Salicylic Face & Body Wash
2. Prevent unnecessary buildup on your skin.
The humid environment inside the mask limits your skin’s ability to breathe, which means it’ll be easily weighed down by makeup and heavier skincare products. Skip the foundation and moisturize with a light hydrating formula, like our Green Tea Antioxidant Serum
or a lightweight tinted moisturizer like our Daily Replenishing SPF 30.
3. Clear your pores after the mask comes off.
Once you’re back home, wash your face to remove any buildup and then use a gentle exfoliator to clarify your skin. We recommend a combination of salicylic acid (BHA) to dissolve excess sebum and glycolic acid (AHA) to remove dead cells, as in our Dual Action Toner & Pads.
4. Prevent and repair skin irritation daily.
Keeping your skin’s barrier intact is key. Check the fit of your mask — if it’s too tight, it will worsen chafing and irritation. Use a fortifying formula like Vita Soothe
to help soothe and restore your skin without clogging pores.
5. Spot treat pimples when they appear.
Emerging acne can worsen and spread into bigger breakouts quickly under face masks, so it’s best to get them under control as quickly as possible. Nighttime salicylic acid spot treatments, such as our Acne Spot Treatment
, act fast to treat pimples and calm inflammation.
Holistic Approach - Practice Self Care
With these steps, you should notice an improvement in maskne breakouts within a few weeks; however, it’s important to remember that stress and lifestyle changes can cause acne to flare up, too. The best approach to troubled skin is holistic — consistent self-care and prioritizing overall health can go a long way, especially in difficult times.
Be well, friends.