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"MASKNE" MASK ACNE How to prevent the breakouts?

We don’t have to tell you that wearing a mask is one of the best ways to stop spreading sickness during the pandemic. Wearing it protects you and others around you. The Beauty Element is totally behind this and potential fashion trend of 2021. This Burberry face mask may be on our wish list? Isn't on yours? Read on....



There is something you should know though...

"Maskne" or Face. Mask. Acne. is the term of the time…. It’s acne and irritation caused by mask wearing due to the overproduction of sebum and lack of free air, stale breath caught in the lower half of our faces which is the perfect breeding ground for bacteria.

Oh it’s real - The feeling of oil and sweat swishing around in your mask… That’s because masks can worsen skin issues that already exist or cause new ones. Add in the summer heat and humidity and you’ve got a petri dish for breakouts.


Healthcare and other front-line workers are most at risk because their masks are tighter-fitting, and they are wearing them longer. A research letter published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology reported that at least 83 percent of health care workers in Hubei, China, suffered skin problems on the face. And anecdotally, doctors report an increase in acne flare-ups in people outside of health care as well.


As we move into the current restrictions, wearing a mask is not compulsory in Grater Brisbane, our team is feeling the heat and some irritation, so we’d thought we’d share some tips!


How to Avoid Maskne?

1. Consider the type of mask you wear. Only you can decide how you want to balance the weight of the mask material with the level of protection it will give you, but dermatologists suggest 100% cotton as a good compromise because it allows skin to breathe a bit. As the temperature rises and you sweat more, you’ll need to keep the mask clean. Treat it like underwear and wash it frequently.


2. Streamline your skin care routine. This is the time to scale down and simplify your routine. Less is more! Use a gentle cleanser, but do a double cleanse, gently massage and clean your face for 60 seconds. Reduce the use of your actives such as acids (all your A, B, and C), including retinols, which can cause more irritation to the skin. If you’ve never used a retinol (we call this “naïve skin”). Now is NOT the time to try it. If you’re a seasoned user, you may need to reduce your usage.


3. Moisturise! Use a fragrance-free moisturiser which does the double duty here. Besides, keeping the skin moisturised, it can protect it from mask friction. Pick the type of moisturise that suit your skin type and follow the suggested directions.


4. Break up with makeup, especially foundation (at least temporarily). If you must wear make-up try mineral foundation from brands like Ere Perez or even better go with tinted moisturiser with sunscreen. We suggest Aspect CC Cream with 50+ SPF (available in salon).



5. Tackle sweat during the day. Use micellar water or a gentle cleanser to do a quick wash when you take it off. (Overwashing your face dries it out, tricking it into thinking it needs to produce more oil, which can give you more of the acne you’re trying to avoid.) Either apply moisturizer or, if it’s late enough in the day, whatever products you’d use at night


Home Treatment

If you end up with maskne, keep in mind that acne treatments can be irritating, and you still need to contend with the continued irritation of the mask. If you can get to the pharmacy, over-the-counter benzoyl peroxide treatment can be used only on the spots, and starting with a 2.5 or 5 percent concentration, not 10 percent. If you use retinol, apply that product one night and the spot treatment the next. If you have black or brown skin and develop hyperpigmentation from the acne, glycolic acid, which can treat both the blemishes and the darkening of the skin.


In Salon Treatment

- We recommend the Ultimate Cleansing Treatment with pore extractions to reduce the clear your skin and reduce the chance of future breakouts.
- Once your acne is more manageable, we recommend skin needling to bring back your glowing complexion.

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