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  • Writer's pictureD'Ann Franck

What is Maskne?

Can you prevent maskne?

Whether you've noticed maskne already or not, incorporating these steps may help to prevent more pimples from forming.

Wash your face regularly. Start by making sure you wash your face twice a day, before and after wearing a mask, I prefer a mild cleansers such as Recharge 3 in 1 Cleanser.Get a triple-action clean! This multi-tasking daily cleanser lightly lathers to remove makeup, dirt, oil sweat + pollution from pores. 

Apply moisturizing Serum Do so after washing your face to prevent dryness and repair the skin's natural protective barrier, Active Hydration Serum This oil-free face serum delivers all-day hydration and boosts the performance of products layered on top. It raises skin’s hydration level by 200% after just one use and maintains continuous hydration for eight hours,* transforming dry skin into younger-looking, younger-acting skin. It also balances moisture levels and preps skin to better receive products applied after

Skip your usual makeup. Wearing to many products under the mask can cause a build up on the skin. Forego wearing foundation, or pick a Dermacosmetic product such as RADIANT DEFENSE PERFECTING LIQUID SPF 30 Complexion perfection. This lightweight tinted moisturizer defends against environmental aggressors, repairs skin’s moisture barrier + protects from UV rays as it visibly even tone + perfects. Comes in 10 Shades and last a long time.

KEY BENEFITS: Instant coverage to reduce visible redness and pores while antioxidants and Peptides neutralize environmental aggressors and provide sun protection under the mask to allow your skin to breathe. I like to mix the Radiant Defense with the RECHARGE PROTECT + BLUR BROAD SPECTRUM SPF 30 SUNSCREEN Protect skin + blur imperfections. Our oil-free sunscreen delivers 100% mineral UVA/UVB protection while proving a smooth, pore-less look. 

KEY BENEFITS: Reduces appearance of shine and visible redness and balances skin's equilibrium to defend against visible signs of environmental stress

Choose masks wisely. Opt for a soft, cotton mask (if possible) to reduce rubbing and irritation. When exercising with a mask, sweat and friction are inevitable, so the key is to use a clean, dry mask every time. Then remove the mask (after you wash your hands, of course) and wash your face as soon as your workout is done. In a pinch you can use ESSENTIALS INSTANT MAKEUP REMOVER WIPES Wipe the day away. Super-soft cloths gently and effectively dissolve long-wearing makeup, dirt + oil in just a few swipes with no residue or need to rinse.

KEY BENEFITS: Ultra-soft and non-irritating cloths to dissolve dirt and impurities

SKIN TYPES: Suitable for all skin types, even most sensitive

Don't forget to wash your mask after every use. Yes, to prevent the spread of COVID-19 but also to remove any acne-causing bacteria and oils from the mask. Use hot water, laundry detergent, and white vinegar, which has antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties. Be sure to look for a laundry detergent that is fragrance-free as leftover fragrance residue could also irritate skin.

The most important thing you can do when it comes to maskne is to pay attention to how your skin is reacting to wearing a mask. Take note if you feel like moisture is building up under your mask or if your skin feels irritated or tender. "This is your cue to step away from others, remove your mask, pat dry any moisture, and let your skin breathe for a few minutes." Your skin will appreciate the break.

How do you treat maskne?

The good news: maskne is treatable and usually responds well to regular acne medication.

Exfoliate and hydrate. In addition to your twice-daily washing, the two most important steps in your skincare routine that can help maskne are an exfoliating cleanser and a hydrating moisturizer. Use an exfoliator three nights per week. The MICRO-DERMABRASION PASTE

is a fan favorite. The sugar + salt scrub exfoliates away dull, dead cells for smoother, brighter, more vibrant looking skin after just one use.

KEY BENEFITS: Skin exfoliation and moisturization

SKIN CONCERNS: Dullness, Uneven skin tone, Oiliness, Dry and flaky skin is the best of both worlds.

Spot-treat. If you're already experiencing a crop of mask-related pimples, you can use a spot treatment containing Sulfur such as our UNBLEMISH CLARIFYING MASK to unmask your clearest skin. Our blemish-fighting formula uses Sulfur to instantly reduce excessive oil and shine while preventing new pimples from forming over time.

SKIN CONCERNS: Acne and blemishes, Blackheads, Whiteheads, Oily skin

KEY BENEFITS: Instantly soothes and reduces visible redness with breakouts + reduces oil, unclogs pores and removes impurities.


Get a spa experience at home. This barrier-boosting face mask instantly delivers softer, smoother, fresher-feeling skin while calming sensitivity + visible redness over time.

The SOOTHE Rescue Mask reveals softer, smoother-looking skin in just 10 minutes. Then, it reduces visible redness, transforming dry, irritated skin to a clearer, healthier-looking complexion over time. When your moisture barrier is compromised, moisture can escape and irritants can get through to skin. With moisture-attracting Glycerin, this calming green mask helps skin feel softer instantly and more comfortable over time. Plus, Calamine calms skin and neutralizes irritants to help relieve stressed skin. Use this calming mask if you're concerned about visible redness or sensitivity and to bolster the results of any Regimen

KEY BENEFITS: Instantly calms skin, reduces visible redness and neutralizes irritants for softer, smoother-looking skin

SKIN CONCERNS: Visible redness, Uneven skin tone, Dry and irritated skin

Use acne-treating cleansers. If you're blessed with more acne-prone skin, then it's especially important to incorporate targeted treatments in the battle against maskne. "People with acne-prone skin benefit from cleansers that contain Benzoyl peroxide. The Spotless Regimen for teens and young adults helps clear and prevent acne breakouts. Eliminate acne, deep clean pores and controls appearance of oil and shine with this simple, 2-step Regimen. With breakthrough BPO2 technology, this acne treatment delivers more oxygen and Benzoyl Peroxide to pores, killing acne bacteria from Day 1 of treatment or UNBLEMISH REGIMEN

Breakup with breakouts (AND wrinkles!). Fight adult acne + signs of aging with our potent 4-step Regimen to help clear + prevent breakouts as it visibly minimizes pores + fine lines and smooths texture. This is the Proprietary Technology + Key Ingredients in the Unblemish Cleanser

Salicylic Acid: exfoliate away dead skin + clear congested pores

Collodial Sulfur: balance the over-production of sebum that causes clogged pores, breakouts + inflammation

KEY BENEFITS: Reduces acne, prevents breakouts, removes dirt and oil and exfoliates away dead skin to clear pores

SKIN CONCERNS: Adult acne and blemishes, Oiliness, Uneven tone and texture, Clogged and enlarged pores, Blackheads

Consider a retinol. Now is also a good time to hop on the retinol bandwagon, if you haven't already. Retinol speeds cell turnover, which prevents dead skin cells from clogging your pores. Start by using several nights a week with a pea-sized amount and gradually increase the frequency REDEFINE INTENSIVE RENEWING SERUM Plump fine lines + visibly lift sagging skin with our exclusive Retinal-MD Technology, the most potent form of skin-smoothing Vitamin A you can get without a prescription.

KEY BENEFITS: Visibly firms skin and the appearance of fewer lines and wrinkles

SKIN CONCERNS: Wrinkles, Fine lines, Dryness

Try a stronger OTC treatment. You can incorporate the Unblemish for adult acne and the Spotless for teenage acne.

Create a barrier. When maskne shows up as skin irritation, you may need a "barrier" product to protect your delicate skin Soothe to the rescue What It Is:

A moisturizing face cream for dry skin that soothes and nourishes without harsh emulsifiers and replenishes skin’s natural moisture barrier.applied to the irritated skin just before putting on your mask works wonders.

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