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What’s the Deal with Mask-ne and How To Prevent It?

Has anyone else been breaking out around their nose, mouth & chin? I have and I’m not liking it one bit! Due to the back & forth of weather temps along with covering half of our faces every day, acne and blemishes are becoming a result. Luckily, there are preventative steps we can take to keep our skin as clear & clean as possible.

We should all be used to wearing a mask by now and if you aren’t, please understand the seriousness of wearing one! There is scientific evidence that proves wearing a face mask can prevent succumbing to COVID-19 by up to 60%! I know I know, wearing a mask while it’s hot outside (I live in Texas where it’s DAMN HOT) isn’t the most ideal but if the CDC is highly recommending that we wear one to stop the spread of COVID-19, I am on board!

I’ve done my research along with facial experimentation to see how I can treat & prevent mask-ne from happening. My conclusion comes down to these 5 steps:

  1. Just don’t even wear makeup. Fabulously-chiseled eyebrows and dramatic lashes are fine because, let’s be honest, all you can see are each others eyes when wearing a mask… BUT don’t even bother with foundation, powder, blush, etc. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve done my makeup (lipstick included) only to take off my mask and find half of my makeup on the mask. Not to mention, when it’s hot and we begin to sweat, under our masks can become a breeding ground for clogged pores. If you don’t have to wear makeup, don’t. If you do, I recommend keeping some makeup cleaning wipes in your purse or car.
  2. Wash your face when you get home from wearing a mask most of the day. Just like we should shower after we work out, it’s important to wash your face-even if it’s just rinsed with water- after wearing a sweaty mask.
  3. Exfoliate at night. Exfoliation is the process of removing old & dead skin cells on the skin’s outer surface. Exfoliation is very effective, but it also should not be over-done as it can end up damaging the skin. Typically, two times a week is enough for exfoliation. I recommend following up exfoliating with applying a serum and moisturizer so your skin can soak up all of the goodness while you sleep.
  4. Always keep a clean mask on hand. Just like we wear a new pair of clean underwear every day, we should have the same thinking when it comes to our masks. Clean mask = clean face!
  5. Use a natural moisturizer. Wearing a natural moisturizer will provide an invisible shield between your skin and the mask. Also, just because half of your face is covered does not mean you should stop applying sunscreen. A lightweight moisturizer with an SPF is key during the summer months!

When in doubt, treat yourself to a facial! I recently had a facial at Milk and Honey Spa in Austin, TX and my skin care therapist explained to me that the area around my nose & mouth was quite congested. She worked her magic and my skin looks and feels a million times better! It was possibly the best $150 I’ve ever spent.

The most important thing right now is to continue wearing your mask so we can {hopefully} slow/stop the spread of COVID-19. Stay safe & use your best judgement!

XX,
JJ

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