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2020 skincare: How to avoid “maskne”

Let’s face it, our lives have changed A LOT in the last few months. We’re all adapting to a new way of life and its new realities, one of them being face masks. Obviously, we have to wear them to protect ourselves and others, and to prevent the spread of COVID-19. I’m all for it. But, we can all pretty much agree that it’s no fun: it’s hot, it’s sweaty, bacteria gets caught, irritation can develop and then… we get the dreaded maskne (mask + acne, get it ?). 

Don’t panic just yet though! We’re here to help you get your skin in check and prevent future breakouts with these tips:

 

  1. Wash that mask! 

Washing your mask regularly and keeping it clean is essential. Healthcare professionals recommend you wash your mask after each use to help stop the spread of the virus. Washing your mask will also remove any dirt, oil or dead skin cells that can collect inside and create skin problems. 

 

  1. Skip the makeup (if you can)

Avoid wearing any heavy makeup under your mask as its more likely to clog your pores and lead to breakouts. If you don’t feel comfortable skipping makeup, try and wear “non-comedogenic” types. 

 

  1. Cleanse and moisturize daily

This goes without saying, but washing your face every night with a mild, fragrance-free cleanser and applying a moisturizer or a facial oil like Dream Beam or Midnight Boost can work wonders for your skin. Moisturizing will be especially helpful if you have dry or sensitive skin.

 

  1. Simplicity is key.

Keep your skincare regimen streamlined and avoid adding new products to your routine right now, as they might further irritate your skin and cause more problems than they’ll solve. Less is more as they say!

 

  1. Finally, wear the right mask

To avoid skin issues, it’s important to wear a mask with the right fit: snug, but comfortable. If you wear reusable masks, cotton is usually a good choice as it’s a natural fibre and it will let your skin breathe while keeping you well protected.

 

So even though we’ll still be wearing masks for a while, your skin (and you!) can still look radiant. #Staydewy

 

By: Madeleine Massicotte 

@maddie.mass


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