2020 brought us many changes – more than I think we ever anticipated. One thing that became predominant in the world of Dermatology during 2020 was Maskne. Many patients that may have not previously experienced acne or hadn’t experienced acne in quite some time, started to experience acne along the chin, jawline, and cheeks – mostly. the areas that are covered by our daily masks. Our team of skin care experts have given us tips to help you get relief!
1. Clean your masks
If you aren’t using disposable masks, make sure you have multiple masks to rotate throughout the times you may need them. Wearing a mask that may have oils from sweat, make up, and debris may cause pores to clog causing more break outs. Cleaning your mask is a simple process that can really help!
2. Keep a routine
Keep a routine to help maintain healthy skin. You may need additional steps in your regimen depending on your outbreak. If you aren’t sure where to start, begin your routine with 3 basic steps.
- Cleanser – make sure you are cleaning both in the morning and at night. Washing twice a day is essential to your skin care regimen. Our bodies produce different oils during the day and at night. Make sure to start and end your day with clean and healthy skin. Our office has a variety of options depending on your skin type, needs, and budget! We offer Revision, SkinCeuticals, EltaMD, and Skin Medica Cleansers.
- Toning – this will help pick up any extra or deeper debris and oils that weren’t washed away during cleansing. Masks have given us an added stressor to our skin care regimen. Keeping a good toner in your skin care routine is sure to relieve that stress giving your pores more room to breathe.
- Moisturize – moisturize, moisturize, moisturize! Cleansing and toning can have a drying effect on your skin, keep your skin soft and moisturized with a product that gives you both moisture and spf for sun protection. Finding a product that gives you both will help prevent dryness, breakouts, fine lines, and wrinkles.
3. Slow down on make-up
Yes, we said it. Now is the opportune time to take advantage of working from home, virtual meetings, and wearing masks. Sticking with the basics will help eliminate added stress to your already irritated skin. Make up can cause pores to clog resulting in break outs. If you can’t get away from the make-up routine, try using mineral based products for a healthier and lighter application. We have several products that can be used daily from lip shines, sunscreens, and corrector palettes that offer protection, tint, or color depending on what you prefer.
4. Seek help from a local dermatologist
If you find that a skin care regimen and reducing make up just aren’t enough, reach out to one of our Dermatologists to see if there are additional options we can incorporate into your daily routine.