What? I though I was long past the age of getting pimples and blackheads. But no, I look like a friggin rhinoceros right now. Right where my mask can hide it, but I can see it and know that it is there.
I realized that I had not been washing my face as much lately, especially when I take my mask off. Sure, every night and morning, but masks can carry bacteria. You already have oil, bacteria and dead skin cells on your skin. But when you wear a mask, these substances can build up more and block your pores. Result is Maskne!
So I have started carrying my little cloth cleansers in a bag and when I take my mask off, I do a quick swipe to get the buildup off my face. I use witch hazel with my cloths to swipe my nose and face. But to caution, witch hazel can be too drying. It is an astringent and some people with dry skin do not tolerate it.
The main things to do for maskne is to create your cleansing ritual for both morning and night. Wash your mask after you use it. I generally carry 3 different masks and I switch them out when they get sweaty. Then I wash them every night! Make sure that your cleansers, makeup and laundry detergent are free of perfumes and try to stick with hypoallergenic cosmetics. Stop wearing makeup, especially if you have a mask on all the time. All that concealer, base blush, etc. clog up your pores and melt into your face under the mask. Just do your brows and your eyes and you can get away without any makeup.
Remember, if you ever have any questions about soaps or what I use, you can always shoot me an email!
Till next time!
Image from Tokyo Weekender