Mask acne has affected almost everyone I know. It’s horrible and so frustrating. I’m here with a bunch of tips and tricks to prevent and heal breakouts and irritation from wearing face masks.
Make sure you are wearing a clean mask. Wash your mask regularly with a detergent that has no fragrance. I recommend ALL Free and Clear https://amzn.to/3b00hgr
All Free Clear is the #1 recommended detergent brand by dermatologists, allergists and pediatricians for sensitive skin. It is also 100% free of perfumes, dyes and is gentle on skin.
You can hand wash your masks. I like to soak them in the sink with water and detergent before washing and then hang dry in my bathroom. https://amzn.to/32ti6Ra
Using a silk, satin or 100% cotton mask helps as well. A silk or satin mask will minimize the amount of friction on the skin which can create irritation, dryness and breakouts. A 100% cotton mask is usually more breathable and comfortable.
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Keep your skin clean, moisturized and try to wear less foundation. You want to wear a mask over clean skin and wash your face as soon as you can after a long period of wear. I recommend removing your mask as much as you can when it’s safe. Take a break, social distance and remove your mask for a bit.
Keeping your skin moisturized with the proper moisturizer is very important as well. Whether you have oily, normal or dry skin this is a crucial step in your skin care health. Dryness and dehydration can lead to irritation, sensitivity, flakiness and breakouts.
If you need some guidance with your at-home skin care regimen reach out to one of our knowledgeable Estheticians and we will be happy to help.
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Minimize your sugar and dairy intake. P. Acne bacteria (the kind of bacteria that adds to breakouts) loves to feed off of sugar. Researchers have discovered that dairy triggers acne via hormones. When we digest the proteins in milk, they release a hormone similar to insulin, called IGF-1. This hormone is known to trigger breakouts. Sometimes the hormones in milk can also interact with our own hormones, confusing our body’s endocrine system and signaling breakouts.
Some milk alternatives you can look into are: oat milk, coconut milk and almond milk.
Sleep with a humidifier on
Use a humidifier when you sleep. A humidifier allows us to control the environment, which is a great way to control the skin. Skin is our largest organ, and extreme temperatures are naturally very drying, so it’s important to keep air hydrated. Low humidity levels degrade the skin’s natural moisture barrier, which can lead to flaking, cracking, and peeling. Also, abrasive factors such as indoor heating, air conditioning, strong winds, and hot showers can disrupt the skins lipid layer, which serves as a barrier of protection against bacteria, pollution and other harmful environmental assaults.
Hard water could exacerbate skin problems by leaving it dry, scaly, and with residue. The hard water can be irritating to some sensitive skin too. The large amounts of minerals found in hard water can create product buildup. For skin, this means higher chances of irritation and clogged pores.
Keeping your mouth and teeth healthy is very important when wearing a mask for long hours. Bacteria from your mouth can get trapped under your mask and sit on the skin. Brushing and flossing your teeth regularly and after meals, using mouth wash regularly, oil pulling can help and using a mouth probiotic. Side note, using a mouth probiotic has made such a huge difference for me!
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