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How To Prevent “Mask-ne”

By Molly Sims

Most of us have now been wearing cotton or medical face masks for about ninety days. I don’t know about you, but I’ve definitely had a few pimples pop up out of nowhere! They all happen to appear on my jaw line — where my mask goes. This got me talking to a few of my friends and they’re all having the same issue. Even though we’re quarantined, this doesn’t mean our skin should suffer.

Swap out your masks daily

I spoke to my dermatologist, Dr. Haleh Bakshandeh about this and she says that we should treat our masks like underwear. We would never wear the same pair of underwear everyday, right? So, why would we put the same fabric on our faces daily. Especially when this fabric is being exposed to the outside world and is attracting so much bacteria. Now, this doesn’t mean you need to have 7 masks but have about 2-3 and make sure you alternate them and wash them before wear.

Wear minimal makeup

It goes without saying that makeup clogs your pores. So when you’re wearing face makeup and then a cloth on top of it, your skin definitely isn’t able to breathe. Opt out of wearing foundation and focus on your eyes since that’s what most people are looking at these days. I’m going to do a post soon on how to accentuate your eyes so stay tuned for that! Dr. Be recommends wearing a moisturizer with barrier technology in the morning like Avene Tolerance cream. “Tone down the active products you are using like acids and retinols that make you peel or contribute to raw skin,” says Dr. B.

Wear a natural fibers

Dr. B suggests wearing a cotton versus a synthetic or paper mask and like I said above, wash it daily! Cotton or silk materials let your skin breathe so you can have some airflow.

Double cleanse your face

A lot of people may think that double cleansing is extreme, but it might be time to rethink that mentality… especially the days you’re out and about. Start with a cleansing oil or balm that pulls impurities from your pores without stripping your skin. Then follow up with a gentle cleanser, Dr. B’s favorite is SkinCeuticals Gentle Cleanser.

Lastly, you may need to consult with a dermatologist for a prescription product like a topical antibiotic solution if you’re not seeing results.

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