2020 has been keeping everyone on their toes. Months after diving into this new "reality" that has been living in a pandemic, it is still a struggle and adjustment, and beauty-wise, we've noticed a significant demand for skincare products tackling imbalance, breakouts, and irritations. A neologism has even been coined to describe the toll on our skin due to wearing a mask daily: maskne, a combination of "mask" and "acne". Today, we will address this phenomenon and share some tips.
How Does Maskne Manifest Itself?
You can have a great diet, limit your stress levels, use an elaborate skincare routine, maskne may still be wreaking havoc on your skin. The reason? When breathing in your mask for a prolonged time, the mask turns into a great environment for pathogens and bacterias because of the humidity inside of it. The oil glands also tend to be in overproduction, and block the surface of the epidermis, thus highly increasing the risk of acne. The irritation caused by the rubbing and heat is another aggravating factor. Some people are reporting rashes on their cheeks, redness on their nose, inflamed spots on their chin zone. In short, dermatitis, rosacea, and acne are back in full force. Fortunately, there are solutions to support the skin's healing process.
At FEY, we have created a bundle with our maskne-fighting products. Keep reading to see how our products can be a great ally in the fight against inflammation. The bundle, sold at a discount, features three products and has specifically been curated to help your skin tacle maskne and irritation issues efficiently.
Cleansing is an important step in your routine. Exit harsh and stripping formulas, look for calming cleansing oils and lotions which won't deteriorate the state of your skin, and leave the skin barrier intact. It is crucial to use a mild cleanser that doesn't disrupt the skin’s fragile balance.
We recommend our PURE gentle cleansing milk which is packed with soothing, balancing and purifying ingredients. All are essentials to maintain a healthy complexion. Suitable for removing makeup, while deeply cleansing and restoring moisture. PURE contains avocado oil which functions as a deep tissue moisturizer to increase the skin's collagen production, and baobab virgin oil to nourish and heal damaged skin. Specifically designed to care for sensitive skin, it leaves the skin calm and silky soft.
Proper hydration is essential to protect and strengthen the health of the skin's natural barrier. It is the first line of defense that preserves the skin from dehydration and protects it against various environmental stressors. Poorly hydrated skin has a lack of flexibility and greater than normal sensitivity. In some cases, it can secrete sebum in excess in an attempt to renew the lipid barrier, which increases the risk of clogged pores.
Make sure to hydrate morning and evening with a moisturizer free of artificial fragrance or any other irritants.
Our hydrating ultra serum ACQUA seals in the moisture with multi-fragmented hyaluronic acid, vitamin C, and botanical extracts. Its key ingredients, such as white meadowfoam seed oil and autralian wild rosella, have powerful antioxidant and antibacterial properties, and protect the skin from dehydration by strengthening the skin barrier. Not to mention our other star ingredient, aloe vera, which topically provides quick relief and contributes to healing skin woes.
ACQUA is our go-to to revive and plump dull and dry skin, which is another consequence of limited fresh air and daily mask-wearing. It restores the skin to a calm state, reduces signs of redness, relieves signs of irritation and stress, and replenishes the skin’s hydration levels.
One of the best ways to get rid of clogged pores and sebum buildup lies in exfoliation. Congested skin leads to inflammation, large pores, blackheads, and uneven complexion. A good exfoliant will speed up skin cell regeneration, which is one of the key components to tackle maskne optimally. Exfoliation is efficient only if you skip harsh scrubs. The latter contributing to more irritations.
Our unique X² Dual-Action Enzyme Exfoliating Maskdelicately sloughs away dead skin cells, powered by a dual exfoliating action merging fruit AHAs and mechanical exfoliation to deep cleanse and refine the skin. Our fruit enzymes come from papaya fruit extract. Papaya boasts high anti-inflammatory benefits thus reducing irritations and the appearance of acne spots and scars. X² is also formulated with safflower seed oil. An oil high in vitamin E and linoleic acid, aptly used for its acne-fighting, anti-inflammatory, and moisturizing properties. What makes X² stand out is its ability to work on all skin types, including sensitive skin. Exfoliating once a week is a good start.
Keep Makeup to a Minimal
We previously addressed the mask causing to trap dirt, oil, and sweat. Hence why skipping makeup and opting instead, if desired, for a light, non-comedogenic concealer would be more favorable. Your skin needs to breathe whenever possible and masks are already disrupting its balance. As a result, wearing layers of foundations will only exacerbate the issue. It blocks your pores, which is then exacerbated if the weather’s hot and humid and you’re sweating under your mask. The less your skin suffocates, the clearer it will get.
Pick the Appropriate Fabric
Health authorities recommend three-ply masks for protection. In addition to that, seek breathable, comfortable, soft fabrics such as organic cotton, satin, and silk which are smooth on the face and reduce the risks of itchiness. Wash your hands before putting on a mask and avoid touching your face as much as possible to give your skin the possibility to heal quicker.
After each use, wash fabric masks otherwise bacterias may accumulate and worsen your skin. It's important to stick to detergents that are fragrance-free and clean since certain laundry products might trigger skin reactions. If it's a disposable mask, throw it away after each use and switch to a new one every two hours (please avoid tossing it in the oceans or landfill as pollution remains a heavy concern).
Seek Professional Advice if Necessary
Every skin is different and if you feel like you don't have the situation under control or have a specific skin condition, check with your dermatologist or skin specialist for a tailored routine and treatment plan.
Stay Zen and Breathe
Last but not least, keep things in perspective. The phenomenon is known to dermatologists because certain professions have been facing it for a long time. Do not stress about it, stay safe, stick to a gentle routine, be mindful of your needs, maintain healthy habits, and make time for people and things that spark joy.