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6 Tips to Prevent Maskne

September 3, 2020

With face masks now mandatory, people across our area are feeling the side effects of what wearing masks for long periods of time can do to your skin. Learn how these 6 tips to prevent maskne can help you find relief.

Face masks can cause skin irritations, spots, and maskne

Extended use of face masks, especially with the Florida heat, has caused an increase in people experiencing acne or other irritation in the areas around the nose, mouth, and chin. The effects are so common now that people have to start using the term “maskne” to describe the condition.

The combination of sweat, oil, make-up, and moisture from breathing under the mask can cause skin irritation. This can be either from physically rubbing against the skin or by trapping all that moisture and bacteria close to the skin, leading to conditions such as heat rash, inflamed hair follicles, broken blood vessels, rosacea, and acne breakouts.

6 Tips to Prevent Maskne

While mask-wearing is not likely going away soon, there are some steps you can take to help you mitigate the negative effects on your skin.

6 Tips to Prevent Maskne — Wellness Jar can help you get relief from skin irritations and maskne

Face Mask Facial

This unique solution targets relief of mask-wearing effects. Each Face Mask Facial is customized to your specific needs. For some, this is an advanced acne treatment, including medical-grade products and advanced technology like Blue LED light. For others, the focus is more on soothing and nourishing skin, also leveraging medical-grade products and Red LED light technology. The added benefit of the Face Mask Facial is the customized expert assessment of your home care routine. Our Aesthetician Vanessa can talk through what your skin needs to mitigate the effects of mask-wearing – specific to your skin’s type and current condition.

Handle with Care

While it may be tempting to opt for strong cleansers or exfoliators at home, you may be overcompensating and disrupting the outer skin layer leading to inflammation. Stick to a simple, gentle formula such as ZO Skin Health Gentle Cleanser. If you are already experiencing breakouts you can use a cleanser with salicylic acid which will enable a deep but gentle cleanse. We love ZO Skin Health Exfoliating Cleanser and ZO Complexion Renewal Pads. Remember to wash your face before putting on a mask and as soon as you take off your mask – or as soon as you get home. And, always wash your hands before washing your face! Talk to our experts to better assess your products and home routine.

Spot Treat Trouble

You can spot-treat face mask-related pimples with ZO Skin Health Complexion Clearing Masque. This natural, clay-based masque purifies pores and absorbs excess oil that can lead to future breakouts while hydrating the skin to combat dryness. If you are developing a rash or dryness, look for healing, soothing products, and apply multiple times a day—specifically to those areas that are most irritated. You are essentially lubricating those areas and with occlusive ointments, you can also help strengthen the barrier for the trouble spots.

Build a Barrier

Having thicker skin is a great defense. Think of it as your protective ‘shield” that both protects bad things from getting in and good things (like moisture) from getting out. Examples of ingredients to look out for in your moisturizers are ceramides, niacinamide (vitamin B), and hyaluronic acid. One of our favorite products is ZO Skin Health Daily Power Defense which not only contains Ceramide 6 to help restore your barrier function, it includes enzymes which help speed your skin’s natural repair process as well antioxidant protection and other general goodness! For sensitive, stressed, and irritated skin we also love NeoCutis Bio Cream Overnight Smoothing to soothe skin and restore moisture. A bonus tip is to apply moisturizer while the skin is still damp. This will help maximize hydration. The goal is to seal in moisture to further protect your skin.

Lighten the Load

Wearing a mask means you are likely rubbing your make-up off. Unfortunately, it also means you are pushing it into your pores which can make breakouts and other irritations worse. If you can skip the make-up or at a minimum opt for lighter consistency makeup. While it is a good idea to up your moisturizing application, try to also use a lighter consistency moisturizer or focus your application (and re-application) on the areas along the edges where the mask is most tightly fitted.

Mask Matters

Avoid synthetic materials when selecting a face mask to wear. Pick something soft and natural like cotton. However, you don’t want to trade one problem for another. Try finding a mask with a filter layer made of more tightly woven material to ensure you are protected. Wash your mask every day or you are simply applying and trapping germs, bacteria, dirt, and makeup from the previous day on your skin. Similarly, disposable masks should not be re-used.

To learn more about Maskne or our Face Mask Facial, contact visit us today in North Palm Beach or call (561) 660-8070 to schedule your free consultation with Vanessa Gil, our Senior Aesthetician.

Vanessa is our Skincare Specialist. She brings over 20 years of experience as a licensed aesthetician in the state of Florida. Her passion for skincare started at a young age when she watched her mother advise women as a Mary Kay beauty consultant. She loved seeing the trust the women had in her mother and the joy they showed when they saw results. Skincare has come a long way since then and so has Vanessa. Vanessa received her education from Lia Schorr Institute of Cosmetic Skin Care Training, and today she is an active member of the Esthetics Association Florida. Her passion and results-driven approach led her to constantly seek new skills and certifications including CoolSculpting, HydraFacial Dermaplaning, chemical peels, micro-needling, ZO Skin Health, and much more. Her hands-on experience includes working with many local dermatologists, plastic surgeons, and med spas in the area. These experiences led her to now also be pursuing a nursing degree to bring even more depth to her already impressive capabilities and passion for aesthetics and wellness.