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Have you been experiencing the wrath of Mask Acne? I know I have.

As your day-to-day life continues to be busy and hectic, are you finding yourself breaking out on your chin and cheeks?

I was talking to my husband a few weeks ago about how my face was breaking out more than usual, and it honestly had not dawned on me that my face masks where the issue.

Before you ask, yes, I have four different masks and they are alternated and washed daily. But if you are anything like me it does not matter how clean your mask is. Having something pressed up against your skin all day and moves constantly is a no go for my skin. Dirt and dust are bound to make their way into your mask and cause your skin to react.

So how can you alleviate your Mask Acne?

First, if you are not already washing your masks daily – start. This does not have to be you running it through the washer. You can hand wash your cloth face masks in your sink and hang them up to dry. It is a 5-minute task I like to do while I am doing my night skincare routine.

Second, if you are not washing your face morning and night- start now. This is important as to wash away any dirt that has accumulated throughout the day. It would not hurt that a few times a week you are double cleansing at night to make sure you are getting all the layers of dirt that builds up on our skin off. A good gentle cleanser that won’t break the bank is CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser (you can find this at almost any store)- retails for $15.99 and lasts a long time.

 

My go to is Dermalogica’s Gentle Foaming Cleanser that retails for $39.

Third, refrain from itching your face with your mask on. If your face is itchy from wearing your mask, then you are either allergic to fabric or your detergent. Remember that the skin on our faces is different than the rest of our bodies. Itching your face with you mask on, if not allergic, causes you to move dirt around your face and presses it deeper into the skin.

Fourth, if you can purchase a Salicylic Acid spray like Versed, which can be found at Target, then do so. DO NOT USE HAND SANATIZER, this will dry out your face and cause peeling/flaking. Spray the inside of your mask at least in the morning before you leave your house and put it on.

Fifth, I use my makeup setting spray in the mornings – after my skincare – this has helped create a barrier, not only to keep my skincare locked in but also keeps my moisturizer from transferring to my mask. Now I cannot say that this will work for anyone else like it has me, but it might just work for you.

Sixth, go natural! Skip the morning makeup routine for extra time on your morning skincare routine and your favorite breakfast! I know I know – easier said than done.

What are tricks to keeping away Mask Acne? Let us know in the comments below!

 

xoxo, 

Kayt