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What Causes Maskne?

You wash your face, never deter from your skincare routine, and routinely change out your masks, so what gives? Even if you have the most strict skincare routine, you can still develop acne from wearing a mask. These are three main ways your mask is causing you stubborn breakouts:

⦁ Rubbing
Masks cause irritation from friction and chaffing, similar to a rug burn. Over time, a tightly fitted mask can cause pressure which results in breakouts. The bridge of your nose and cheeks can be most susceptible to rubbing.

⦁ Irritation
The material of your mask is absorbing your skin’s natural oils while in use. This can cause irritation, dryness, and sensitivity. If you’re washing your mask regularly with scented detergents, these fragrances can cause irritation for skin types sensitive to fragrance.

⦁ Occlusion
Occlusion is simply when a pore gets clogged. Between the irritation and rubbing, the warm, moist air being trapped inside the mask, and any makeup or sunscreen you may be wearing, it’s no surprise as to why your pores are getting easily clogged. For men, even the presence of facial hair adds an additional layer of acne possibility.

Our Six-Step Maskne Eliminating Routine

1.  Wash Your Mask Regularly

We may have been using masks for nearly a year now, but the habit of cleaning and maintaining masks are still pretty new. Washing your mask regularly can help to prevent maskne and keep your face clean.

Be sure to use fragrance-free laundry detergent even if you don’t have sensitive skin. Fragrances can irritate skin and cause redness and acne.

Lab to Beauty - The Balancing Face Wash

2. Wash Your Face

Like you haven’t heard this one before. But skipping washing your face after wearing a mask all day can increase your chances of developing acne in and around your mask area. Even if you didn’t wear makeup or sunscreen on your skin, your skin still produced acne-causing oils.

If you’re struggling with irritation and dryness from your mask, try using a gentle cleanser like The Balancing Face Wash. This gentle CBD face cleanser promotes a clear and calm complexion and is good on all skin types.

3. Skip the Makeup

With most of your face covered up, it’s safe to say that you can go ahead and skip the makeup. Foundations under normal circumstances clog pores which creates acne. Add in a mask, and now you’ve got a recipe for painful and recurring acne breakouts.

But just because you’re skipping the full face doesn’t mean you should forgo sunscreen.

Look for an organic, full-spectrum sun protectant to be worn even while your face is covered. UVA and UVB rays can still penetrate through cloth and cause skin damage.

Coola - Full Spectrum 360 Sun Silk Drops Organic Face Sunscreen SPF 30
Darphin Paris - Hydraskin Light

4. Moisturize Daily

Did you know that dry skin is a culprit of skin acne? When your skin is too dry, it overproduces oil, causing clogged pores, sebums, and acne. If you’re skipping moisturizing in the morning and at night, think again.
If you don’t like how some moisturizers sit heavy on your skin, opt for a lightweight, hydrating cream like Darphin Paris Hydraskin Light. A featherweight cream-gel infused with water-rich botanicals to hydrate and plump your skin. Use daily for best results, and enjoy soft, supple skin all day and all night.

5. Spot Treat

So, you’ve done everything right, but you still keep finding pesky pimples? You’re not alone. Even the most disciplined mask wearers are finding themselves with red, irritated bumps now and again.

Fortunately, spot treatments can help reduce and eliminate pimples nearly overnight!

The Breakout Box features 24 pimple shrinking Salicylic Acid Dots, 24 Whitehead-Absorbing Hydrocolloid Dots, and 3 Blackhead-Eliminating Nose Strips. The best part? You can wear these pimple fighting face stickers right under your mask. Talk about multitasking!

Patchology - Breakout Box 3-in-1 Acne Treatment Kit

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Don’t Skip Your Skincare Routine

While this might seem like a no-brainer, when you’re wearing less makeup, going out in public less, and just moving slower in general, you might be tempted to skip steps in your skincare routine.

Fight the urge to take a lax approach and keep up with your routine. This will help protect your skin’s barrier, fight fine lines and wrinkles, and of course, prevent acne. Even if you didn’t leave the house today, go ahead and treat yourself to your usual routine. Your skin will thank you.

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