Now that protective face masks are the norm, so is a form of acne most people are just learning about: “maskne.” What is maskne? Technically called acne mechanica, this type of skin issue is caused by repeated friction, pressure, and irritation from using face coverings regularly. As you can guess, the breakouts typically occur right where the mask physically touches or covers: the nose, cheeks, and jaw area.
From a physiological perspective, a face mask causes congested pores by blocking them with sweat, makeup, oil, and other clogging particulates. On top of that, skin becomes more susceptible because the face masks themselves might not always be clean and the humidity caused by the moisture from the breath being trapped inside the mask allows bacteria to fester more easily.
The good news is you can simply upgrade or alter your skincare routine to help prevent and minimize the appearance of maskne. The professional team at Image Skincare has come up with a specific maskne protocol based on the issues you might be facing.
If You’re Suffering From Classic Maskne (Visible Pimples)
ORMEDIC balancing facial cleanser – Resist the temptation to wash or scrub your skin intensely. If you’re suffering from maskne, chances are your skin is more sensitive than usual due to all the chafing. Sweep away the debris using a gentle cleanser, like this one that features a nourishing complex with organic aloe vera and botanical extracts to soothe skin.
CLEAR CELL restoring serum – Use a serum specifically designed to balance and calm skin while visibly minimizing pore size, shine and sebum production. This serum contains a vitamin B6 derivative to help with just that, while botanicals help reduce the appearance of irritation and inflammation.
CLEAR CELL mattifying moisturizer – Don’t skimp on moisturizing because of the maskne or for fear of adding additional moisture to your face. This self-adjusting hydrator for troubled skin delivers moisture where skin needs it and absorbs surface oils in shiny areas, while protecting skin and reducing irritation.
I MASK purifying probiotic mask – Give your skin a well-deserved break while you’re at home and mask-free. This specialized fortifying mask harnesses yogurt-based probiotics and nourishing superfruits to balance the skin’s natural flora and helps it resist dehydration and imbalance. Purifying green clay and charcoal help to detoxify and clear away impurities, leaving the skin clean, smooth, and refined.
If You’re Feeling the Friction
ORMEDIC balancing facial cleanser – Again, go the gentle route with your skin even though you might be tempted to slough off all the impurities. This cleanser will ease your skin while clearing away dirt, debris, and makeup.
I RESCUE post treatment recovery balm – If you’re seeing visible blemishes due to friction, focus on allowing your skin to rejuvenate itself. Developed by plastic surgeons for post-procedure recovery, this restorative complex helps to reduce discomfort, irritation and the appearance of redness, and reduces transepidermal water loss. Use every morning (before putting on a mask) and night before bed.
ORMEDIC gel masque – Treat your skin with extra TLC while it has a break! This ultra-gentle gel masque instantly soothes and refreshes delicate, dry and tired skin. It hydrates the skin and restores balance with soothing botanical extracts and organic aloe vera. Mondo grass extract and prickly pear cactus water help to soothe the skin and support resilience against dryness and environmental damage.
ORMEDIC balancing antioxidant serum – The best way to combat the visible effects of friction is by arming skin with antioxidants. This ultra-soothing serum calms the skin and strengthens its defenses against damage. Kakadu plum and beet root extract are multi-benefit antioxidants that give skin a healthy glow. Nutrient-rich organic grape water and hyaluronic acid help to restore balance and hydration to dehydrated skin.
If You’re Looking a Little Irritated
I RESCUE post treatment recovery balm – Just like you would with excess friction from mask usage, use this recovery balm to help your skin revitalize and strengthen itself if you’re experiencing the appearance of a rash or likewise.
VITAL C hydrating water burst – Skin that’s been rubbed often by a mask will need loads of gentle nourishment and hydration. This lightweight transformational gel releases a flood of antioxidants, hyaluronic acid, vitamins and anti-aging peptides to provide a youthful, brighter, healthier-looking complexion.
I MASK hydrating hydrogel sheet mask – This hydrogel mask delivers instant hydration to skin that is dry, dull or depleted. Cooling and soothing, it refreshes and helps to revive thirsty skin with mineral-rich waters and hyaluronic acid. A blend of amino acids, aloe vera and antioxidant extracts leave skin radiant and glowing.
Now that you’re armed with the necessary tools to help your skin face maskne, you can keep yourself safe without compromising your skin’s beautiful glow. Stay safe and healthy, everyone!