5 tips to prevent and cure breakouts caused by face masks.
Face masks have become the new and unfortunate norm. No matter how cute you make them, you’ll never get me to like them. But as long as we have to live with them, how can we live with them in harmony – ensuring our faces stay smooth and clear under those bacteria breeding grounds?
A few tips to prevent and cure mask acne
Wearing a mask makes it ever more important to take care of your skin. The following tips are valuable even when you’re not wearing a mask, but we’re making some specific recommendations for products that are more gentle on your delicate facial skin.
Tip 1: Use Scent-Free Products
Fragrances can be really irritating to your skin – and especially those of you prone to eczema. So it’s ideal to stick with formulations that don’t have a heavy scent.
Yes, I know this is part of the draw of many beauty products. I’m a sucker for a good smell. But have you ever noticed that the really effective products your dermatologist prescribes almost never have a scent, and they’re certainly not perfumed? Take a hint front the pros here.
Tip 2: Wash your face
Clean skin is of course the foundation of clear skin. So it makes sense to wash your face before and after you wear your mask. By washing it beforehand, you minimize the bacteria that’s getting underneath your mask and sitting there for hours at a time. And by washing it afterward, your clearing away all that was breeding underneath.
Tip 3: Slough off dead skin
You know we love a good exfoliation on the regular, and this is important when wearing a mask. Once or twice a week, use a gentle, scent-free exfoliator.
Tip 4: Patch it up!
This is something I’ve never tried, but I found it while doing a little research. Try wearing an acne patch over pimple prone areas while you’re wearing your mask.
Tip 5: Wash your mask!
Seriously. Wash that dirty thing. Here’s what I do with my kids’ masks, since they have to wear them to school every single day. I wash it in baby wash. Dreft or something similar that is light on the fragrances will be gentler on delicate skin. And this is especially important for those who are prone to eczema and other conditions caused by irritants.
An important note: I hand wash my masks in Dreft, and then I dry them in the dryer without dryer sheets. Dryer sheets add a coating onto fabrics, and I know I don’t want that being inhaled all day by my babies or me.
Bottom line: as with other hygiene lessons we’ve learned this year, keep your face clean. Use our handy tips above to keep your skin clean and clear in this season of mascne.