Maskne: At-Home Hacks
Earlier this month, the Collins Dictionary announced its top 10 words of 2020. Amongst them were all the obvious new additions to our vocabulary; furlough, lockdown, social distancing, tik toker… but we couldn’t help but think that one was missing. Maskne – otherwise known as mask acne – is a common side effect of wearing a face covering. Its definition, according to Dr Marwa Ali at the Wellness Clinic, is that: “it is caused by the humid environment and increased sweating underneath the mask which creates the perfect breeding ground for bacteria.” Know it all too well? Meet the at-home remedies to give your skin a little TLC.
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EviDenS de Beauté The Blemish Out Concentrate is a fast-absorbing, non-irritating serum enriched with Ferulic Acid, which helps reduce blackheads formed from blocked pores, and a special Enzyme technology to reduce inflammation.
Use The Light Salon Boost LED Face Mask 3 to 5 days a week for 10 to 20 minutes to plump, brighten and treat uneven skin tone and texture. The combination of red and infrared light heals inflammation at a deeper level than any topical skincare can reach. Spa worthy results from the comfort of your own home.
A must-have addition to any beauty aficionado’s skincare routine, Patchology’s Breakout Box is like a pair of boxing gloves for your skin. Inside you’ll find Blemish Shrinking Salicylic Dots, Pore Clearing Anti-Blemish Dots and Detoxifying Charcoal Nose Strips to fight all types of pesky maskne.
Tea tree and Manuka are two oils that do only good things for blemish prone skin. You’ll find them in Sunday Riley’s Clearer Saturn Sulfur Spot Treatment Mask. They help get rid of nasties trapped in your pores and target acneic breakouts. Leave the mask on the areas that need it for 20 minutes and voilà.
Lay the Foundations
Heard the word non-comodogenic? It’s your secret weapon to minimising the effects of maskne when wearing make-up. Any product with “non-comodogenic” on the label means it’s particularly designed not to block pores. If you’re suffering, try avoiding foundation or concealer that contains isopropyl myristate – a pore-blocking culprit – and derivatives on its list of ingredients. Then, top it off with high-performance powder to absorb any excess oil and act as an extra barrier.