How are things going? Today, I wanted to talk about a very common skin concern right now. Maskne.
Haven’t heard of the term before? Well since you started wearing a mask, do you notice your skin breaking out a bit more around your nose, chin, or cheek area? That, my friend, is what everyone has been calling maskne!
Although keeping yourself and others safe is a big, “YAY!! Go you! We’re in this together~” mood!
Still, breaking out/ getting irritations in the process is a huge, “WHAAT?! come on! 😭 “ mood. Am I right? Or am I right?
Don't worry though! To help you feel a little more at ease, I have some helpful tips for dealing with and preventing the infamous maskne. Let’s get started!
Cleanse Your Face
Technically, you should already be cleansing daily, but this step is such a staple that I had to include it! Thoroughly cleanse morning and night, and double cleanse if you have to! You want to make sure you’re using a gentle product that has the perfect pH balance so you don’t further irritate your skin. If you’re using a cleanser that makes your skin feel dry or tight, then you’re irritating your skin barrier, and then adding on a protective mask on top of that won’t help!
I recommend FaceTory Cloud Puff Cleanser!
It has a balance of 5.5 and won’t dry out your skin! Yay for a healthy and strong skin barrier!
Your skin barrier can be easily irritated due to the constant friction of the mask on your skin. Using non-comedogenic products that hydrate and protect your skin will help keep the irritations at bay. Very common hydrating ingredients that work well with all skin types are Ceramides, Hyaluronic Acid, and Artemisia! I recommend finding a toner or moisturizer with these ingredients to help set your skin up in the morning before you head out with your mask on!
Save Treatments and Oily Products for the Night Only
Make sure your morning routine is simple. Cleanser, toner, lightweight moisturizer, and sunscreen. If you have an extra step like a mist, essence, sheet mask, facial oil or serum, then I recommend saving it for night-time since it may clog or irritate your skin underneath the mask.
Wash Your Reusable Mask Often/ Do NOT Reuse Disposable Masks
If you’re using a reusable mask, wash it after each use with fragrance-free laundry detergent. This will remove oils, bacteria, and dead skin cells that collect inside the mask and prevent buildup. If you have really sensitive skin, try having a few masks with you so you can switch them every 4 hours or so! This also helps prevent bacteria from accumulating inside!
No to Makeup but Yes to Sunscreen!
Avoid wearing makeup as it’s more likely to clog pores and lead to breakouts and acne, especially under a mask. Sunscreen, however, has a green light~ It won’t necessarily prevent acne and breakouts from happening, but it will help stop dark acne spots from darkening! Yay, to a bright and even complexion~
P.S. I recommend mineral sunscreens since they contain the key ingredient Zinc, a natural anti-inflammatory ingredient!
And that, my friend, is what I learned helped me deal with maskne. Making these adjustments can protect your skin and minimize irritations. I'm not going to lie, wearing a protective mask is pretty new to me, but I have a lot of friends who often wear it in Korea, and they helped me learn about all of these tips! Hopefully, we can all be more comfortable wearing a face mask to help keep everyone safe! Stay strong, healthy, and well!
We are in this together!