When the Maskne Struggle is Real

Tips + Tricks to Combat the Unwelcome Things Happening Underneath Your Mask

If you're like us, we fully support mask wearing based on CDC recommendations to help minimize the spread of COVID-19. And if you're also like us, your skin might be suffering the side effects of mask-wearing. Ranging from small red bumps and rashes to full on cystic acne or bruising, the struggle of masking side effects on your skin is real. We've seen, heard and personally experienced quite the range of the new phenomenon known as maskne this summer.

But why is my skin flipping out?

A few reasons, actually. For starters, your skin is not used to being covered for extended periods each day. Not only is the covering itself a new element for your skin to adjust to, but so are the things happening between your skin and the mask, such as the hot, moist air your are breathing out constantly.

The breathability of your mask can also affect things, as different types of fabric have different levels of breathability. If your mask's breathability level is on the lower side, it will create an environment more prone to sweat and oil accumulation while you are wearing your mask.

Here are a few tips to help minimize your maskne struggle:

Wear a clean mask every day.

Even if your face is freshly washed when you put your mask on for the day, a clean mask daily is key for both the interior and exterior of your mask. Be sure to wash your hands before putting on your mask, as well as after you take your mask off. Read the CDC's suggestions for proper mask removal here.

Wash your masks with non-toxic, fragrance-free detergents.

For those with sensitive skin, this is hugely important. Potential toxins and ingredients like synthetic fragrance can cause skin irritation, and even more so on your face versus your body. We love the non-toxic detergent options from Seventh Generation. Check your local grocer or health food store for additional clean brands.

Cleanse your face before and after wearing a mask.

Ensure there is as little as possible on your face before putting your mask on for the day. Some dermatologists are even recommending minimizing your morning skin care routine as masks can intensify product delivery on your skin.

Upon removing your mask for the day, immediately cleanse your skin to help remove any build-up from things like sweat, oil and product.

Minimize or eliminate wearing makeup under your mask.

Wearing makeup under your mask can further increase build-up and clog pores, especially for extended periods of time. Save yourself time and product and skip the makeup that would be hidden by your mask.

Give your face a little self-care in mask-free hours.

Here are a few of our favorite non-toxic, eco-friendly and cruelty-free skin care products to get you through even the toughest of maskne situations.

Vitamin Cleanse Facial Cleansing Cloths 

For a quick and easy post-mask removal wipe down, these 100% biodegradable and compostable bamboo facial cleansing cloths are soaked in natural and nourishing ingredients: organic honey, sunflower seed oil, jojoba oil, clinical grade pure essential oils and vitamins B12, C and E.

Zitsticka Zit Patch Kit 

These knockout patches uses microdarts that self-dissolve to flood the epicenter of your early-stage zit with targeted ingredients, clearing the upcoming drama before it gets real.

Countercontrol SOS Acne Spot

This gel treatment features maximum-strength salicylic acid to penetrate pores to exfoliate dead skin cells and reduce blemishes.

Blue Tansy Invisible Pores Resurfacing Clarity Mask

This truly natural mask that gently clarifies acne-prone skin with Fruit Enzymes, White Willow Bark, Aloe, and Blue Tansy Essential Oil to soothe the appearance of redness.

Lapis Blue Tansy Face Oil

Named for the precious blue oil it contains, Blue Tansy. This oil holds a component called Azulene which aids in soothing dry irritated skin, reducing the appearance of redness and balancing skin. Formulated for combination, oily, and blemish-prone skin types or any skin in need of balancing hydration.

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