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Maskne tips: prevent mask acne from becoming a thing 

Yep, wearing a face mask or covering has totally become the new normal – and now, maskne has become the latest trending skin concern that so many of us are experiencing. Read on to get the low down on everything you need to know – from what causes pimples to top maskne tips on how to treat mask acne for your specific skin type. 

What is maskne anyway?  

Good question! Well, with all the face masks and coverings we’re now wearing, chances are, you’re noticing your skin suddenly breaking out waaay more often – especially around your mouth, chin, nose and cheeks. Sound familiar? That’s because ‘maskne’ (AKA acne, blemishes or breakouts caused by wearing a facemask) happens when face coverings trap sweat, dirt and humid air onto your skin, allowing bacteria to thrive and cause face pimples. True story!

This means, if you have oily or acne-prone skin, you might notice more breakouts than usual – particularly after wearing a mask for a long period of time. But even if you’re the type who never usually gets blemishes (lucky you!), a face mask can create the perfect environment for pimples to pop up… especially when you add hot weather to the mix. And like you, we’re so over it!

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Top tips for oily skin and breakouts

…so you can say heyyy to clean, clear and selfie-ready skin! Here’s how to target maskne face pimples if you have oily skin:

1. Don’t be afraid of make-up

    If you’re experiencing maskne, you’re probably wearing more make-up than normal to cover up any sudden breakouts – and that’s okay! Because believe it or not, make-up isn’t the real villain here… not cleansing properly is! A few blemishes here or there shouldn't get in the way of your slay – so long as you remember to double cleanse. Remove all traces of make-up, unclog pores with our ultimate power couple: Daily Skin Detox Purifying Facial Wash followed by our Clear Pore Scrub. With a detoxifying blend of thyme, zinc and witch hazel (known to be a natural antibacterial ingredient!) – your skin will look visibly clearer and feel f-r-e-s-h.

2. Try a light, moisturising primer

    That’s right – spot-prone skin needs moisture, too! Keeping skin hydrated and nourished is key to keeping it healthy. If your skin feels oily, try using a skin-purifying primer like our Daily Skin Detox SOS Clearing Booster. Just apply before your regular moisturiser for all-day shine control to help keep blemishes away or use as a targeted spot cream to zap unwanted blemishes with 10% witch hazel, thyme and zinc. Just. Like. That. And remember – a little goes a long way!

3. Don’t stress out about spots

    We know, face pimples and breakouts can be super annoying, but remember to keep calm and carry on! Take some time out to chill out with a purifying mask that not only detoxifies, but soooothes skin too. Our Daily Skin Detox Charcoal Purifying Sheet Mask  is the MVP for oily skin and reveals fresh, detoxified skin in just 15 minutes. Bliss.

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Everyday ‘facemask skincare’ essentials for normal or sensitive skin  

Keep your skin healthy and blemish-free while wearing a mask, with our ultimate routine:

1. Cleanse every morning and night

    Now, this might sound pretty obvious but cleansing regularly is your essential to keeping skin free from bacteria and blemishes. But remember: if you have normal or sensitive skin, be gentle and don’t over-cleanse as this can lead to irritation and dryness. Our Kind to Skin Moisturising Facial Wash  is perfect for daily, gentle cleansing. Plus, it’s soap-free and loaded with Pro-Vitamin B5 and Vitamin E, to help keep your skin healthy and balanced. Ahhh. 

2. Deep cleanse twice a week

    …to draw out clogged dirt and impurities. Our Protect ‘n’ Glow Detox & Brighten Clay Mask  is the ultimate 5-minute purifying facial to help keep blemishes at bay. Plus, it’s the perfect quick fix for dull complexions that need a boost! TOP TIP: use a brush to apply your mask more evenly and minimise any bacteria from your fingers getting onto your face!

3. Always stay hydrated 

    Did you know? Keeping hydrated from the inside out is essential for healthy skin and helps prevent spots, too. Yep, we know drinking 8 glasses of water a day isn’t always easy to remember but keeping your skin hydrated is – so long as you moisturise every morning and evening! Just be sure to look out for a light moisturiser that’s enriched with vitamins to keep your skin nourished and healthy.

4. Recharge with a water boost

    Your skin might be feeling more blemish-prone than normal, but don’t be tempted to strip your skin of moisture, as this can irritate your complexion and trigger even more oil production. Recharge, rehydrate and relaaax with our Water Boost 5 Minute Reset Hydrogel Mask  – AKA the pampering treat your skin deserves! With plant collagen and pentavitin, it leaves your skin soft, healthy and boosted with moisture, without that greasy feeling.

3 Golden rules to prevent mask breakouts:

Keep your skin healthy and blemish-free while wearing a mask, with our ultimate routine: 

DON’T forget to wear a clean mask

    Whether you’re wearing a disposable or reusable facemask, it’s super important to change or wash it after every use, to avoid a build-up of bacteria  coming into contact with your skin and prevent breakouts.

DO avoid touching your face

    From touching your phone to opening doors, your hands can pick up bacteria quickly – and when you touch your face, spot-causing dirt, oil and bacteria spreads. So, remember: clean your hands regularly and prevent breakouts by staying hands off!

DO cleanse and moisturise regularly

    Clear and healthy skin free from blemishes starts with a daily skincare routine that cleanses and cares. Free your skin from day-to-day dirt, grime and pollution by cleansing twice a day, followed by a light moisturiser to comfort and nourish.

    So, there you have it! With the right maskne tips and a regular routine, you can get mask acne on lock and keep your skin clear and healthy before, during and after you wear a facemask or covering. Wanna know more about your specific skin type and the right products for you? Take our Skin Horoscope quiz to reveal your personalised skin reading and skincare routine now!

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