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How to prevent ‘masks’ and blemishes by wearing a face mask

Have you had more breakouts since you started wearing a mask? While face covers help protect us and those around us, wearing the new everyday essential can cause breakouts in a side effect known as ‘maskne’.

As if stress pimples weren’t bad enough, Lucy Xu, skin specialist and founder of the London Premier Laser Skin Clinics, explains how wearing a face mask is linked to more breakouts and skin discomfort.

“Maskne is the term used for acne and blemishes caused by wearing a mask,” she says.

Skin specialists share their best tips and tricks for tackling the skin care problem 'maskne'

Skin specialists share their best tips and tricks for tackling the skin care problem ‘maskne’

From the friction of the mask causing irritation to bacteria moving from the mask onto your skin, there are many ways that wearing a mask can mean your skin will suffer, become irritated, clogged and possibly have acne around the cheeks and chin area. ‘

In addition to the breakouts caused by wearing a mask for a long time, many of us find that it causes other problems, such as sensitivity, pain and rosacea.

With this in mind, we asked the experts about the best solutions to clear up ‘maskne’ and prevent further breakouts caused by wearing face coverings.

1. Materials make a difference

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“ When choosing a mask, I would spend a little more to make sure it fits properly, is large enough to cover the face, provides the right type of fabric that is breathable, soft on the skin and non-irritating, ” says Mrs. Xu.

“ I would also recommend buying a pair that allows you to rotate the mask every day so you wear a clean mask every day while the other is in the wash. ”

She adds, “Opt for natural fabrics such as cotton or washable silk, as these types of fabrics reduce the friction of the mask on your face, which should help avoid irritation from rubbing.”

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2. Double cleanse with result-oriented skin care

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Skin specialist Dr. Jaskaren Midha, founder of drjaskaren.com, explains how to aim for results-oriented skincare ranges and targeted ingredients like salicylic acid if you want to banish ‘maskne’ blues.

She says, “If you get breakouts or acne from wearing your face mask, treat it with anti-inflammatory ingredients like a salicylic acid cleanser. This reduces inflammation and helps prevent skin clogging. ‘

Ms. Xu goes on to explain how double cleansing is a must to remove unwanted bacteria, dirt and excess oil. She says, ‘If your skin is prone to inflammation and breakouts, you may want to invest a little more time and money in your skin care to ensure that while we have to wear masks, you take care of it morning and night. regenerates for every day. ‘

She adds, ‘I would recommend, if you don’t already, do a double cleanse every night before bed to make sure your skin is clean after wearing the mask. You can use a cleansing balm, milk, or oil, but make sure you double clean with warm water and a muslin cloth to remove unwanted bacteria from all parts of the face and neck. ‘

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3. Keep the skin hydrated

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If you suffer from sensitivity and dryness, lightweight emollients can help restore lost moisture and protect the skin from friction from your mask.

Dr. Jaskaren suggests: ‘After washing the skin, try not to rub the surface, but pat dry with a towel instead of rubbing. A good moisturizer is also essential at this point to bring any lost moisture back into the skin. ‘

The Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Moisturizer contains a heavy dose of Hyaluronic Acid to keep the skin hydrated and lock in your natural moisture at an affordable price.

The ultra-light gel moisturizer drenches the skin in goodness like a glass of water, delivering instant plumper and hydrating results. Plus, it lets makeup glide seamlessly.

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4. Use a clay facial mask in your skincare routine to unclog pores

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According to Ms. Xu, a hard-working clay mask is what you need for a complexion boost. She says, “I would also start using face masks more often, maybe a few times a week.

These will remove any impurities and bacteria that got on your skin from wearing the mask and will work deep into the epidermis. A clay mask is best for acne-prone skin. ‘

Enter the L’Oreal Paris Pure Clay Charcoal Detox Clay Mask. The best-selling mask on Amazon is formulated with charcoal to remove impurities from the skin and clear clogged pores, making it ideal for blemish-prone skin.

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5. Go makeup-free or opt for lightweight products

Morphe 2 Hint Hint Skin Tone, £ 16

It’s okay to wear makeup, but try to choose lighter products that are applied sparingly. Skincare or makeup – when applied too heavily – can clog the skin. So keep in mind the products you use on the days when you wear a face covering.

‘If you can, go without makeup because then the skin can breathe. If you are unable to stay away from the foundation, make sure to thoroughly remove all traces of makeup once you have removed the mask, ”says Dr. Jaskaren.

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6. Add antioxidants and balms to your daily skin care routine

Kora Organics Noni Bright Vitamin C Serum, £ 60

‘If you’re going into town on public transport, you should consider adding some antioxidant skincare products to your regimen to keep your skin healthy and protect it from all the harmful pollutants and bacteria that come out from under the mask’, explains Mrs. Xu.

Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant ingredient that will work to keep your skin healthy and light, and neutralize any free radicals. It will also work to repair damaged cells by wearing the mask. ‘

The Noni Bright Vitamin C Serum is a vegan and cruelty-free serum formulated with a powerful dose of 12 percent ascorbyl glucoside, a water-soluble derivative of vitamin C. It quickly sinks into the skin after application, allowing you to harvest skin cells. all the benefits before it destabilizes. It’s our top pick for a more brightened and radiant complexion.

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7. Keep your mask clean

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Ms. Xu explains that keeping your mask clean is vital to making sure you keep your skin clean and free of all the harmful bacteria that could trigger an outbreak.

By regularly changing your mask, you can reduce skin irritation, especially after sweating and exercising.

Ms. Xu adds, ‘It’s super important to make sure you take your mask off when you’re not wearing it so that the skin can breathe and some air can get into the mask. I would also recommend machine washing your mask on a warm setting with a good detergent after each use, and I would recommend buying some masks so you can twist them. ‘

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