Mask Leading to Breakouts? 5 Tips to Combat M-ascne

These days, we’ve witnessed many quarantrends come and go during this pandemic. Yet, there has been one that tends to last a while and happens to be our least favorite of all: mascne. Aka acne around where you wear your mask. The brutal truth is, we’ve gotta wear these masks whether we like to or not (#flattenthecurve). But even the cutest, most fashionable mask can leave you with mascne.

For those who want to abolish mascne for good, and dream of clear and glowing skin with and without the mask, these tips are for you. Keep on reading if you’re interested.

1. Remove any and all makeup before you head to bed.

This is crucial. For starters, your skin does a lot while you’re asleep. The cells are renewing; the tissue is trying to heal and moisten naturally. If you leave makeup on while you’re sleeping, you prevent all that lovely rejuvenation from happening. It takes 5 minutes – don’t forget to do it.

If you need a little more motivation to do so: visualize all of that residual makeup making contact with your mask in the morning. Add onto that any sweat around the mask area from contact. Your poor, clogged pores!

2. Remember to wash your mask every week (if it is reusable).

Shot of two cotton face masks drying on a rope held by clothes pegs outdoors

You wash your makeup brushes, your clothes, and your face, don’t you? It is necessary to clean your mask with that same logic if you’re leaving your home and wearing it often. Just throw it in the washer along with the rest of your clothes. Avoid the dryer (to prevent any shrinkage) and let the mask air-dry for a few hours. Then it’s good to go.

3. Wear lighter face makeup.

This may sound daunting to some – but don’t worry. You can still wear your favorite mascara and eyeliner. And you can always touch up a few imperfections around your forehead with a bit of concealer and powder if you wish. But avoid the heavy, sponge-set foundation, concealer, and powder regimen around your mouth, nose, chin, and lower cheeks. Besides – if you’re in public, your mask should be on and covering these areas anyway, so there’s no need for this whole shebang (especially if it’s a hot day – the sweat + the makeup + the mask = torture for your pores.)

4. Invest in a silk mask.

$19.99 from Amazon

The science behind this parallels the benefits of using silk bed sheets, silk pillowcases, even silk underwear. According to Dr. Sobel, “Silk is cooling, naturally hypoallergenic, and tends to absorb less moisture than cotton, so it won’t dry out your skin… Also, 100% silk does not clog pores.” 

Happy pores = clear skin!

5. Be consistent with your skincare routine.

Invest in a great face wash, scrub, toner, and sunscreen for daily use. Don’t forget to do this since consistency is key.

I hope these tips help you out! If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to leave a comment below or DM on Instagram (@her_runway).

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