Maskne – How to prevent and treat it!
2020 has introduced a lot of change, the main one being COVID19 and with-it wearing masks. You may have noticed your skin breaking our or seeming more irritated within the area your face mask touches. Or maybe your more acne prone and have found it difficult to mange recent break outs due to this new change in your routine. Below we will break down the causes and recommended products/treatments to help mange and prevent maskne.
What is Maskne?
Maskne is acne that appears under the area in which you wear your mask. Maskne happens because it causes sweat, oil and bacteria to be trapped under in a humid frictional environment. Thus, creating the perfect breeding ground for acne causing bacteria and clogged pores.
How to prevent Maskne:
A key to preventing maskne is to change or clean your mask frequently. You should be starting each day with a fresh clean mask. Unwashed masks contain moisture from your breath along with dead skin cells, dirt, pollution and oil. You wouldn’t wear the same underwear repeatedly without washing so why would you with a mask.
Is your mask too tight? It’s also important to be wearing a mask that fits just right. As masks that are too tight create more abrasive friction resulting in congestion.
Less is more! Make sure you aren’t applying too much product before you head out whether it be skin care or makeup. Applying too much will lead to more bacteria growth and breakouts under the friction of a mask.
Skincare prevention and treatment.
Now that you know how masks can cause acne lets get down to skincare prevention and treatment.
Ingredients that fight acne:
Salicylic Acid: Reduces inflammation, flushes out pores
Mandelic Acid: Anti-bacterial AHA kills acne causing bacteria, micro-exfoliates to clear pores and helps reduce scarring.
Medical grade products we recommend.
Zo Skin Health Exfoliating Cleanser
Are you cleansing your skin properly? Cleansing the skin is the most important step in a skincare routine and using a proper cleanser makes all the difference. This wonderful cleanser gets right down to business with its gentle exfoliating properties its perfect for targeting surface oil without stripping the skin.
Jojoba Esters: Exfoliates dead skin cells
Encapsulated Vitamin E: Antioxidant
Salicylic and Niacinamide: Reduce inflammation and redness
Zo Skin Health Oil Control Acne Treatment pads
Following through with actives ensures your skin can get rid of all that gunk properly by promoting exfoliation. The Acne Treatment Pads are a one step easy way to banish that pesky buildup, this well formulated product targets Dead skin cells, Dirt, Oiliness and the appearance of pores.
Salicylic acid 2%: Reduces inflammation
Rosa canina (dog rose) fruit extract: Addresses excess surface oil; minimizes the appearance of pores
Mandelic acid, Glycolic acid: Gently Exfoliates the skin
Urea: Helps to restore moisture and hydration
Treatments we recommend!
What is a HydraFacial?
HydraFacial is a non-invasive skincare procedure that’s widely recognized as a safe and effective way to combat acne.
It uses a patented Vortex technology and unique tip to rid the skin of acne-causing and pore-clogging agents, while also diminishing hyperpigmentation and scarring.
How do HydraFacial’s Work?
The procedure is completed in four steps, takes approximately 30 minutes, and requires zero-downtime.
- To start, HydraFacial cleanses away impurities from the epidermal layer before using a deplaning tool to remove dead skin cells and other debris. Many patients liken this sensation to an electric toothbrush gliding over the skin.
- Then, a chemical peel of glycolic and salicylic acids is applied. However, its composition is so gentle that it doesn’t cause any burning or stinging.
- Next, HydraFacial’s Vortex extraction nozzle is employed to release unwanted substances from inside your pores.
- Finally, antioxidants, serums, and peptides are infused to hydrate, nourish, and revitalize skin.
Benefits of a HydraFacial
HydraFacial is safe for all skin types and can address a wide variety of cosmetic concerns, including acne, acne scars, discoloration, large pores, oily complexion, rough skin, dull skin, wrinkles, and fine lines.
How is HydraFacial Effective in Treating Acne
First, HydraFacial targets dead skin cells that can mix with sebum to produce an inflamed blemish. The treatment also works to reduce p. acne bacteria from the skin and clear clogged pores to address active acne and prevent future prevents. Additionally, it’s able to break up hyperpigmentation and smooth scars that are left once a pimple has healed. The result is smoother skin, a clearer complexion, fewer breakouts, and smaller, less noticeable pores.
Medical grade skincare products and facials can significantly reduce acne and fade the existing pigmentation from breakouts faster.
For many of us, the prolonged wear of face masks results in increased oil production and more breakouts. With correct care, acne can be reduced significantly. Acne can be reduced when it is addressed on all levels with the use of topicals, laser treatments and vitamin A supplements. Contact us to help you take control of your maskne and keep your skin happy and healthy.