Let’s be totally real. Wearing a mask all day running errands, on the subway, or at work is fine and well but underneath it might not be so pretty. A mix of sweat, grime, and heat can lead to some less than happy skin. So, if you’ve ever noticed new pimples after wearing a mask know you’re not alone and there’s ways to combat this! Keep doing your part to protect others by wearing a mask and keep reading on how you can switch up your routine to ease irritated skin.
Make Sure You Are Exfoliating Regularly
Especially in hot weather, it is important to remember to exfoliate whether it be physically or chemically to sluff off old dead skin cell build up and allow the skin the breathe. Too much build up can cause the pores to block and pimples to form. Glycolic Peel pads are a quick and handy way to exfoliate. Plus, Glycolic & Salicylic acid are common key acne fighting ingredients. You can also always opt for more natural exfoliant ingredients such as Papaya, Honey, or Pumpkin.
GLYCOLIC PEEL CLEANSING PADS WITH GLYCOLIC AND SALICYLIC ACID | DERMATOLOGIST'S CHOICE ($39)
SPOTLIGHT PAPAYA RESURFACE PEEL | LING SKINCARE ($65)
Use a Hydrating Mist
Often times dry, unmoisturized skin can create more sebum than needed thus clogging pores and leading to more break outs. A hydrating mist is a must have to carry in your bag for a quick spritz underneath your mask to freshen up.
BLUEBERRY & WHITE TEA HYDRATING MIST | CIRCADIA ($29)
Using a Lighter Sunscreen+Moisturizer
Consider switching from thicker creams to light moisturizers! Farm House’s Fresh Kale Water Moisturizer is Oil-Free and 98% natural. A natural SPF powder is also a lighter way to get your daily dose of UVA/UVB protection without dyes, oil, fragrance, alcohol, and chemicals. This non-chemical, non-toxic SPF powder from La Bella Donna is often used by sensitive skin/acne & rosacea sufferers.
KALE WATER WEIGHTLESS MOISTURIZER | FARMHOUSE FRESH ($34)
MINERAL POWDER SUN PROTECTION SPF 50 IN MEDIUM | LA BELLA DONNA ($68)
Use Pimple Patches Under Your Mask
One of the perks of wearing a mask that covers your face is being able to discreetly use pimple patches to shrink a pimple’s size during the day! Active pimples should be treated like a wound that should be protected from further irritation. Look for patches with anti-bacterial ingredients such as salicylic acid, hyaluronic acid, witch Hazel, and Tea Tree Oil to speed up the healing process and calm redness.
BREAKOUT BOX 3-IN-1 ACNE TREATMENT KIT | PATCHOLOGY ($20)
- Wash face or use micellar water as soon as possible after sweating/taking off mask
- Wash your masks regularly – have multiple in rotation to always have a clean one available
- Consider switching to a 100% cotton mask to let skin breathe
- Look for products with key acne ingredients / opt for more “clarifying” products
- Visit your dermatologist for further treatment
Do you have some tips for combat Maskne? Comment here to share what you found works for you!
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