Breakouts can happen to anyone. In a world where the new normal means wearing a face mask throughout the day, people have quickly begun to realize that pesky pimples and blackheads aren’t always reserved for adolescent years. While mask-related acne isn’t a new concept (as many hardworking healthcare professionals know), there are a few extra steps that maskne newbies can take to help alleviate redness and blemishes. Help ease blemish woes and learn all there is to know about causes, skincare treatments, plus COSMEDIX customized ‘Maskne’ skin care routine below!
What Causes Maskne?
Maskne is the trending term for “mask acne”—the not-so-lovely blemishes that seem to multiply every time you take off your mask. While a face covering is often required, constant use can create a less than ideal environment for your skin. Think of your mask like the protective barrier that it is, designed to let nothing in and nothing out. This means when you breath or cough, heat and humidity encompass your skin often leading to redness and sensitivity. Pair that with the straps of your mask rubbing against your skin and you have the perfect combination for maskne madness.
What Can You Do to Tame Maskne?
Everyone’s skin is unique. Different skin types will react to different skin care treatments in different ways, but prioritizing hygiene is a fool-proof way to help your complexion look and feel it’s best. If you are struggling with Maskne, the first and most obvious step is to ensure that you are regularly washing your face mask to avoid build up or contamination. For skin types that experience stubborn blackheads or congestion, consider scheduling a trip to your aesthetician’s office for a professional extraction. Extractions are an ideal way to gently refine congested skin and clear pore-clogging impurities. But remember, as tempting as it is, DO NOT pick! This can cause even more irritation and redness over time.
What COSMEDIX Skin Care Products Can Help?
C.P.R | A Skin Recovery Serum that helps ease the look of redness and aids in the recovery of dry skin. Powered by a soothing blend of Blue Agave, antioxidants and peptides, C.P.R helps promote healthy skin recovery while restoring the look of clarity to the complexion. If you are experiencing sensitivity or dry patches after wearing your mask, apply C.P.R. to a clean face for a boost of replenishing skin care ingredients that help soothe the skin.
Affirm |Antioxidants pack a punch when it comes to potential skincare, hair care, and body care benefits—which is why it’s the powerhouse behind Affirm Antioxidant Firming Serum. Formulated with antioxidants, peptides, Vitamin E and more, Affirm works to improve the appearance of uneven skin tone while protecting the skin from age-accelerating environmental stressors.
Correct | COSMEDIX Rapid Relied Acne Treatment is ideal for stubborn blemishes that need a bit of targeted attention. Correct contains an exfoliating blend of Salicylic Acid and calming Aloe Vera to help deep clean pores and prevent buildup of pore-clogging impurities. You can easily treat blemishes caused by maskne and encourage a clearer-looking complexion without stripping the skin of essential moisture.
Restore | This Moisture-Rich Mask doubles as a deeply nourishing overnight treatment for skin that needs a surge of hydration. If constant mask wearing has your skin feeling dry, apply a thin coat of Restore to your face before bedtime and wake up to suppler, smoother looking skin. Hydrating ingredients like Mango Seed Butter and Squalene work to lock in moisture, while Papaya Fruit Extract gently exfoliate the skin for a refined look that feels soft and restored.