Undoubtedly the hottest new accessory for 2020 is the face mask, and for many of us, face masks have become an essential part of everyday life. But regularly wearing one can have an unfortunate side-effect: mask-induced acne, aka “maskne”.
Skincare expert, Jackie Donnelly reveals her secrets to help combat the condition.
What is ‘maskne?’
Not so long ago ‘maskne’ was a condition that many of us were unfamiliar with. Nowadays, with face-coverings and masks part of our every-day lives, mask-induced acne is something that may affect us all at some point.
Medically termed as acne mechanica, ‘maskne’ is a skin condition caused by prolonged wear of facial coverings and masks. As we breathe, talk and sweat under our masks, we create a warm, moist environment which can cause pores to become clogged. These conditions paired with the friction of material against skin is a recipe for breakouts and skin irritation. This form of acne is different from normal acne as it is a direct result of physical disruption.
Since mask-induced acne isn’t a hormonal form of acne, there are a number of things we can do to prevent and treat it.
Besides regularly washing your mask, having a well-balanced and rigorous skincare routine is the number one way to prevent your skin from breaking out due to regular mask-wearing. Epionce, Cleanse & Prepare skincare range has been specifically designed to remove impurities in the skin without damaging its natural protective barrier and effectively clears the pores of the excess dirt and oils that have accumulated behind your mask.
Jackie recommends this Epionce skincare routine:
- Start with the Purifying Wash. This comes as a refreshing face and body gel, formulated for daily use. This gentle formula contains salicylic acid that effectively penetrates pores to control acne blemishes and help prevent new spots from forming without drying out or irritating the skin.
- Follow with the Milky Lotion Cleanser or Gentle Foaming Cleanser. Both cleansers gently dissolve any remaining makeup, pollutants, bacteria, dirt and other impurities while simultaneously boosting the skin’s natural protective barrier, which can become damaged from friction caused by your mask. The milky cleanser is very soothing on the skin and is more suited to those with dry skin types. The foaming cleanser is best for those with normal to combination skin.
- Finish the process with the Balancing Toner or Purifying Toner, both of which balance your skin’s natural pH. The purifying toner is particularly beneficial for those with oily skin as its non-stripping formulation helps control excess oil production and destructive microbes.
- Keep your skin glowing with Epionce’s extensive range of Facial Lotion, Nourishing Cream and Defence Serum. These products are specially tailored to your skin type to ensure skin stays moisturised, deeply penetrating through the skin barrier to reach targeted cells to hydrate and fortify the skin.
- Combat any ‘maskne’ breakouts with the Epionce Purifying Spot Gel, a clinically proven spot treatment which rapidly targets stubborn acne blemishes. The gel penetrates pores to control acne blemishes and help prevent new acne blemishes from forming without any dryness or irritation.
Whilst this basic daily cleansing routine can go a long way in helping to prevent and combat ‘maskne’, Jackie recommends supplementing your skin routine with the Epionce Skin Peel which stimulates the production of new, healthy cells. Not only does this tackle the factors contributing to ‘maskne’, it leaves the skin looking brighter and fresher with a new overall glow.
If you wish to discuss maskne treatments in Northern Ireland please contact The Clinic.
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