If you’re anything like us, you’re probably experiencing more breakouts in 2020. And that’s likely thanks to more stress plus wearing masks, which creates the perfect environment for acne-causing bacteria to thrive. But, it’s possible to wear a mask and have clear skin — we promise! Read on for our top five tips on how to beat “maskne” (our favorite term for mask breakouts), including the products we can’t live without.
1. Always ways wear a clean mask
Not only is wearing a clean mask every day recommended by public health guidance — it helps prevent breakouts! Any time you reuse a mask, you reintroduce acne-causing bacteria to your face. Cut down on that bacteria by swapping your mask out for a clean one at least every day. And, speaking of clean masks…
2. Check your laundry detergent
Does your detergent include skin-irritating ingredients like fragrances and dyes, or any of the other culprits on our pore-cloggers list? If so, try switching to a fragrance-free, dye-free alternative like Tide Free & Gentle.
3. Apply an acne-fighting cream before putting on your mask
Try applying our Oxygen or BP Cream (careful — it bleaches fabric!) before putting on your mask.
4. Avoid wearing makeup, SPF, or moisturizers under your mask
We know this might be difficult for anyone who still has to go into the office, but try reserving these products for areas of the skin that aren’t covered by a mask. But, if that’s not possible…
5. Try using an acne-fighting product like A|S’s Maskne Spray
Acne Specialists developed a Maskne Spray to help clear and prevent mask breakouts. Acne-fighting ingredients like salicylic acid help dissolve the build-up that can clog pores, and soothes inflamed skin. Spritz our Maskne Spray on your face before and after wearing a mask (be sure to let it dry first!), and say goodbye to breakouts.
And if all else fails, you might benefit from our long-distance acne treatment program. You can learn more about that here.
Wishing everyone a safe, healthy, and happy holidays!