You’ve probably heard of ‘maskne’, the latest beauty term doing the rounds over the past few months. By the off chance that you haven’t, it’s basically breakouts around the chin, jaws and mouth areas due to wearing a face mask constantly.
Face masks can affect the skin in various ways. For instance, the mask constantly rubbing off your face and causing friction can result in your skin being irritated or sensitive. While the humidity of the mask can lead to pores being blocked, and spreading bacteria. Face masks are essential right now, but they’re causing havoc with our skin.
So, how can we prevent maskne? First up, it’s worth checking that your mask actually fits you properly. If your mask is too loose, this is where the friction comes in, irritating your skin. One simple thing to do is to tie a not around the ear loops, so your mask is that little bit tighter. You’ll know yourself if it’s too loose or too tight, whatever feels most comfortable.
Next, it’s time to skip heavier foundations. When you’re pairing a heavy foundation with a face mask, the mask will only push the formula into the skin, causing blocked pores and congestion. If you don’t want to part with your favourite foundation, mix it in with an illuminator (Laura Mercier’s latest are stunning) to lighten the formula slightly without changing it too much.
If you’re still having problems, it might be time to look at your morning skincare routine. If you’re adding too many products and formulas, it’s going to over complicate things adding a face mask into the mix. When it comes to both your skincare and makeup routine, keep lightweight products at the top of your list. Cut to the bare essentials, and you can reach for your additional, must-have products at night.
If you’re still having problems with breakouts, it’s worth investing in products with salicylic acid. Salicylic acid works as an exfoliant, helps to clear pores and reduce congestion. Be careful though, start off slow with salicylic acid so your skin can get used to it. Give Skingredients Sally Cleanse a go every third night to start off with and you’ll be on your way to clear skin in no time.