Say Goodbye To Mask-ne!

Face masks aren't going away anytime soon, with many of us even buying and making masks that match our favourite jumper or shoes to stay on trend.

Woman wearing mask

However, this isn't the only mask-related trend doing the rounds, with 'mask-ne' the latest trending skin concern that's affecting a lot of people. Read on for the lowdown on all things 'mask-ne' – from what it is, to what causes it and my top tips on how to manage it.    

What is Mask-ne?

Find yourself breaking out a lot more than normal? You're not alone! Google searches for 'mask-ne' increased by 811% last year, with the topic being covered by almost everyone from Vogue to the New York Times!  But what is it? 'Mask-ne' aka mask acne is caused by wearing a mask for a prolonged period of time. Wearing one means you are breathing into a closed tight space which creates humidity and can accelerate the processes that cause spots and blemishes. 

My top tips on how to deal with Mask-ne

1. Store your mask properly, and wash it regularly

When you're out and about, it's easy to just slip your mask into your handbag or pocket. Sound familiar? This is a big no-no if you want to avoid clogging your pores with dirt, regardless how how clean your handbag or pockets are. It's recommended to fold the mask in half so the outside surfaces are touching each other, and place it carefully into a separate clean storage area or bag. This small act will ensure you're preventing dirt or germs making their way on to your face. 

2. Avoid make-up

If you can it's best to avoid wearing make-up, especially on the area of your face covered by the mask. As you breathe, it creates heat under the mask which will open your pores and if you're wearing make-up this can clog up said pores and result in spots and inflammation. If you can, going au natural is the way forward!

3. Stay hydrated

In the humid, warmer conditions under your mask, your skin will be producing sebum (oil) and sweat quicker than normal. By staying hydrated, you're ensuring you're feeding your skin with the hydration it needs to function well. In an ideal world, this would be 1.2-2 litres every day.

With regards to keeping your skin hydrated through the skincare you use, I recommend using a hyaluronic acid such as SOOTH & HYDRATE after your morning cleanse. This will give your skin extra hydration and leave you with plump, fresh-looking skin. 

4. Thoroughly cleanse your face with cosmeceutical skincare

By using an antibacterial cleanser in the first step of your evening skincare routine, you're removing all the dirt and debris of the day which will do you good in your quest against mask-ne breakouts.

I recommend applying CLEANSE to damp skin, gently massaging into your skin and removing with a damp cloth. This will leave your skin clean and fresh, removing all make-up and grime from the day.

Follow this with by massaging one pump of REVEAL onto dry skin on the area covered by your mask. Leave on the skin for 2 minutes to get to work before rinsing with warm water and patting dry. 

By using good quality skincare, you're ensuring your skin is getting the optimal care and ingredients it needs to function properly.