Posted on by Steven Esler


The past few months have been the ultimate rollercoaster ride and lockdown measures are beginning to lift in the UK but there is a new rule in place having to wear a face mask or covering, which for many of us has had an impact on our skin. Maskne (mask acne) is a legitimate thing- it is the result of friction of fabric against the skin resulting in an acne flare. Breathing into a tight space also causes moisture to be trapped underneath the fabric which gets worse with humidity, heat and exercise- accelerating the process.

So how can you tailor your skincare regime to help tackle maskne breakouts?

Before wearing your mask

- Hygiene is key - to prevent maskne, good hygiene is essential. We suggest using a fragrance-free cleanser designed for sensitive skin with lukewarm water to remove any accumulated oils and impurities. For oily skin, choose a foaming cleanser. If dry or irritated, try a cream cleanser. Pat your face gently to dry the skin.

- Skip the makeup – with the majority of your face covered, is foundation still an essential? To reduce the risk of clogged pores and build up of bacteria of the skin, we suggest replacing your foundation with a tinted moisturiser like BB cream.


    Whilst wearing your mask

    - Serum – if you’re heading out on public transport or into the city, we recommend you apply our Vitamin C Brightening Serum. Vitamin C not only works to keep your skin healthy and glowing it also has antioxidant properties that can protect your skin against harmful pollutants and any bacteria underneath your mask.

    - Moisturise – Next up, put on a lightweight moisturiser before applying your mask in order to help the skin’s natural barrier.

      After wearing your mask

      - Wash your face and mask – Mask off, face off. Once off, cleanse your face with a gentle cleanser and wash your mask to avoid any build-up of bacteria on the skin.

      - Hydrating serum - Keeping your skin moisturised is key. Heat, sweat and friction from the mask rubbing can cause irritation to the skin. We suggest applying our Hyaluronic Deep Moisture serum because of it’s soothing, moisturising and anti-inflammatory properties to tackle these issues.

      - Try an eye mask – As half of your face is covered, people will naturally pay more attention to your eyes. We’re obsessed with the Gold Collagen rejuvenating under eye masks to instantly refresh and revive those tired looking eyes.

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