Tips for Acne, Rosacea and Dermatitis Flare Ups From Wearing Face Masks.
If your face is throwing a tantrum from wearing masks regularly, there are a few things you can do:
Take regular breaks from wearing your mask when it is safe to do so - "The American Academy of Dermatology have recommended taking a 15-minute break every four hours."
Include gentle cleansers and gentle active ingredients like
salicylic acid or niacinamide into your routine to help keep your skin in good condition.
Wear less (or no) makeup if you're wearing a mask as makeup can block pores, which is compounded by the masks.
Change your mask if you notice any dampness, and wash reusable masks daily for maximum hygiene.
Be mindful of where you're putting your mask down when you're not wearing it, so not on your desk or in your handbag.
When you get home, wash your face and apply skincare as soon as you can.
Best Skincare Products for Mask Skin.
Keep scrolling for seven products that can help you with pimples, acne, rosacea flare ups or dermatitis from wearing face masks.
P.S. You won't need all of these - have a look to see which product will work best for your skin and skincare routine.
1. SENSORI+ Freshield Mask Sanitiser.
You know it's interesting times when we're talking about mask sanitiser. But the SENSORI+ FRESHIELD MASK SANITISER 30ml is a genius product.
To help keep your mask sanitised throughout the day (note: mask sano doesn't replace mask washing), this spray formula contains 75 per cent sugar cane distilled alcohol in line with World Health Organisation standards to kills 99.9 per cent of bacteria.
Even better, it's also got salicylic acid to help treat and prevent acne around the chin, cheeks and mouth, Aloe Vera to leave the skin feeling soothed and comfortable, and essential oils including peppermint to mask the smell of your own breath. Very important.
To use, spray three to four pumps on both sides of the mask, and allow 10 seconds for it to dry before putting it back on.
2. COSRX Acne Pimple Master Patches.
Hot tip: Pop a pimple patch over any active breakouts before putting on a mask. It's a game-changer.
Pimple patches are made from hydrocolloid, a type of wound dressing, that can help reduce the appearance of pimples and speed up recovery. They work by drawing out all that pus and bringing it to the surface, but importantly, they also keep bacteria out.
You can either use a COSRX Acne Pimple Master Patch overnight or under a mask/during the day. Otherwise, a COSRX Clear Fit Master Patch will be completely clear and hardly noticeable for during the day.
3. La Roche-Posay Effaclar Ultra Concentrated Serum.
If you love the other LRP effaclar products, you'll love the range's latest serum. Plus, it targets the appearance of ageing and blemishes, at the same time.
La Roche-Posay Effaclar Ultra Concentrated Serum 30ml is an exfoliating serum that uses two chemical exfoliation ingredients: glycolic acid (an AHA or alpha hydroxy acid) and salicylic acid (a BHA or beta hydroxy acid).
Try subbing this serum into your routine, or use it every other day just on the areas where you're experiencing breakouts. You can read our full La Roche-Posay Effaclar Ultra Concentrated Serum review here.
4. Shhh Silk Face Mask.
If you're wearing a face mask every day, your face deserves silk, no?
The Shhh Silk Face Mask Black reusable masks are chic AF, but more importantly, they're made with three layers of 100 per cent Mulberry silk and a cotton inner to get the job done.
Silk is a natural, soft and breathable material, and wearing a bougie silk face mask can help prevent dryness, rashes or mask acne. You still need to wash these after each use, though, which is why the brand's Shhh Silk Face Mask Black - 3 Pack is so practical.
5. Bioderma Micellar Water.
This one's a cult product for good reason, but it's especially great for cleansing your skin after wearing a face mask.
Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micelle Solution is gentle, effective and fragrance-free.
6. Alpha-H Clear Skin Kit With Salicylic Acid.