Say Goodbye To Maskne!
Now that masks are an everyday accessory, it’s not surprising that you may be experiencing more breakouts than normal on the lower half of your face. But that doesn’t mean you can’t have a clear complexion while wearing a mask. We spoke to dermatologist Dr. Elizabeth Mullans, who gave us tips on ways you can treat the blemishes you have and prevent new ones from popping up!
ALWAYS WASH YOUR MASK
This step is important. Why? Face masks trap sweat, oil and saliva against your skin, which can cause pimples to form. Make sure you wash your mask daily to avoid the buildup of bacteria.
PICK THE RIGHT DETERGENT
Since a mask rests on your face, you want to avoid washing your masks with products that have harsh chemicals and alcohols in them — they can end up irritating your skin! Instead, you should wash your mask in warm water with a hypoallergenic and fragrance-free detergent, like Arm & Hammer Sensitive Skin Free & Clear Detergent.
CHOOSE THE PERFECT SKINCARE PRODUCTS
When it comes to rinsing off your face, you should use a gentle cleanser twice a day, like Cetaphil or
CeraVe. However, if you’re more acne-prone, use a cleanser that contains salicylic acid. Wash your face before you put on your mask in the morning and then wash it again at night after you’re finished wearing your mask.
CREATE A BARRIER BETWEEN YOUR SKIN AND MASK
Already have pimples on your cheeks or chin? Pop on a few acne patches! The zit stickers will prevent your mask from rubbing against the affected area and causing irritation.
KEEP YOUR MAKEUP TO A MINIMUM
Makeup can make you more prone to maskne, so swap your foundation for a tinted moisturizer that is non-comedogenic. Try to keep the amount of products you use to the bare minimum. Doing so will allow your skin to breathe and will keep your pores from getting clogged.
HYDRATED YOUR SKIN
Having hydrated skin will help create a natural skin barrier so your mask won’t irritate it as much. Look for a moisturizer with hyaluronic acid and ceramides, or use hydrating sheet masks to keep your skin from drying out.