The COVID-19 pandemic has changed our world in many ways. It's brought all sorts of new things for us to navigate like distance learning, WFH and Maskne. I can't help you work from home or teach your children algebra but I can help you with your skin! Some of you may have already heard of and/or experiencing maskne by now. So what is maskne exactly? The technical term is Acne Mechanica- a skin irritation caused by constant rubbing, heat and pressure. The skin may feel rough and look red with with acne-like bumps. I typically see this condition with clients who are athletes. It appears where their helmets,goggles and/or sports bras come in contact with the skin. Today everyone is wearing masks, pair that up with a hot and humid summer and you may get maskne.
5 Easy Ways To Treat and Prevent MASKNE
Fight back with pimple patches! The plus here is you don't have to wait until bedtime to start treating your breakouts. These little guys will do all the work hidden underneath your mask. Try Patchology's Breakout Box
Use a cotton or disposable mask. Replace daily (disposable) or wash daily (cotton)!
Protect your skin with an occlusive like Dermalogica's Barrier Repair. This silky smooth moisturizer will help heal red irritated skin and it protects by forming a thin barrier between you and the mask.
Stop wearing make-up. Really what's the point, most of your face is covered.
Mask at least once a week. No not the masks that are causing maskne. I'm talking a skin care mask. Try a hydrating or soothing mask to calm and hydrate your skin. If you prefer sheets masks, I love FlashMasque Soothe and Moodmask Get Dewy With It. If you prefer a traditional mask Dermalogica has two great ones; Hydrating Masque and the NEW Hydro Masque Exfoliant coming August 20!
Maskne Survival Kit
Moodmask Get Dewy With It
Patchology Breakout Box
Dermalogica Redness Relief Essence (trial)
Dermalogica Calm Water Gel (trial)
Dermalogica Barrier Defense Booster (sample)