You just had a long, hard day at work—amidst a pandemic. You come home, wash your hands, remove your mask, and what are you graced with? Maskne. Come on! After a day like that, you deserve to feel refreshed and empowered in your skin. While your new essential accessory will help you prevent the spread of COVID-19, wearing it repeatedly can wreak havoc on your skin and cause unwanted blemishes and flare-ups.
What is Maskne?
Maskne (a.k.a. acne mechanica) results whenever you wear your facial mask for too long (hence the combination of the words “mask” and “acne”). Friction from the mask causes irritation, breakouts, bumps, and blemishes. Breathing in your own stale recycled air for hours also causes your pores to become congested. From there, you’ll start noticing acne and other blemishes on your skin, especially around your cheeks and chin.
Fortunately, there are a few easy ways you can combat maskne and keep your skin clear and smooth. Try these science-backed tips to restore your skin health!
Buy the Right Type of Mask
First, treat your skin with kindness by purchasing a breathable fabric mask that fits your face properly. In fact, buy more than one of these masks so you can rotate them while the dirty ones are in the wash! You’ll want to choose natural fabrics like cotton or washable silk, which reduce friction on your face and feel soft.
Wash Your Mask Regularly
This is an absolute must! Your mask needs to be washed frequently not only so you can remain healthy and safe, but also to prevent breakouts, blemishes, and skin irritation. That’s because you’re breathing in circulated air in a confined space, which does nothing but suffocate the skin and create a breeding ground for bacteria. Wash your mask on the daily on a hot setting with a gentle, fragrance-free detergent for best results!
Gently Crank Your Skincare Regime up a Notch
Maskne needs to be treated with TLC – that means using a gentle cleanser and avoiding using a ton of unnecessary product with ingredients your skin doesn’t need. Your skin’s protective barrier is pleading for some love and care! My calming essential hydration is the perfect answer to soothe your irritated skin. It gently calms and nourishes the outer skin layer and improves water circulation through a hydrophilic micro-emulsion, creating the steady state your NMF and ceramide layer crave.
Adding exfoliation into your regime will also help prevent breakouts while keeping your skin looking fresh and young. Choose a product like my Exfoliating Anti-Toxin Cleanse to gently yet effectively remove dead skin cells, toxins, pollutants, and protein debris from your pores.
Get More Vitamin C in Your Life
Vitamin C is a powerful ally to have on your side no matter what since it neutralizes free radicals and keeps your skin looking healthy and luminous – but you’ll definitely want it now more than ever. Why? It’s a powerhouse when it comes to repairing damaged skin cells (which happens when you wear your mask all the time).
Remember, not just any vitamin C will do. You’ll want a product that contains Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate: the purest, most potent, and most easily absorbed form of vitamin C. My anti-oxidant vitamin serum’s unique infusion of vitamins C, D, E, F, and K, along with ceramides and jojoba esters, help recreate and reinforce your skin’s unique NMF. Bottom line: this workhorse will repair the past while preserving your future skin and make your skin look nothing short of radiant!
Rehydrate with Hyaluronic Acid
Here’s a secret from me to you: if you want to prevent irritation and recreate that just-out-of-the-shower effervescence, you’ll want to add some hyaluronic acid to your skin regimen. My all-new Hyaluronic Hydration Myst is just what you need. It’s an all-day skin refresher that adds a natural, protective veil on your skin and provides instantaneous hydration, all without ruining your makeup! The KOO signature scent – a decadent combination of peppermint, spearmint, and eucalyptus – has a significant anti-inflammatory effect that calms angry skin. Just hold it at arm’s length and spritz it under and/or over your sunscreen – any time of the day – to soothe your skin and combat maskne naturally!Maskne has no room in your life. Banish blemishes, breakouts, and flare-ups with my help! All of my products contain absolutely nothing artificial – no B.S.! – only hand-selected ingredients to truly heal and nourish your skin. I have 27+ years’ worth of experience and first-hand knowledge to know how skin functions and exactly what it takes to heal it: nothing more, nothing less.