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What to do about Maskne


Keeping Skin Healthy While Wearing a Mask

Maskne? Yup. It’s a thing.

Mask acne, or acne mechanic for those of us who want to get clinical. Triggered by the irritation of a mask rubbing against your skin, maskne is yet another reason to stick with a gentle, yet effective skincare routine specifically designed for acne-prone skin.

You’re masking up to protect your health and the health of everyone in your community. But what about your acne-prone face? Can your skin be impacted by wearing a mask? Unfortunately, yes. Irritation from mask-wearing can cause redness, dry patches, or dark spots. When skin is already sensitive or inflamed with active acne, even short-term mask usage can add irritation and lead to more clogged pores. Additionally, warm moisture buildup under the mask could cause pores to clog and bacteria to grow, which may lead to pimples even if you have your typical hormonal acne breakouts under control.

So, what was once primarily a skin-related issue for healthcare workers has come to the forefront of general consciousness with everyone from Esquire to Instyle to evening news anchors talking about 2020 being the Summer of Maskne.

 

I’ve been using Clearogen for about 3 years now and the cleanser is my absolute favorite! I use the toner as well and my face has been super clear ever since using this pair! I recommend to anyone having skin issues or even not prone to acne (myself) to see the difference it makes.

Clearogen Customer, Dallas

I’ve been using Clearogen for about 3 years now and the cleanser is my absolute favorite! I use the toner as well and my face has been super clear ever since using this pair! I recommend to anyone having skin issues or even not prone to acne (myself) to see the difference it makes.

Clearogen Customer, Dallas


Ways to Prevent Mask Acne

Luckily there are some simple ways to mitigate the mask to breakout occurrence.

  1. Choose masks made of 100% cotton. Unless you are working in healthcare, a simple cotton mask works well at preventing the spread of Covid-19, while still providing breath-ability. This will ensure less moisture buildup.
  2. Start with a clean slate by always putting a mask on freshly-washed skin, topped with a light moisturizer. The lotion will help create a barrier to protect your skin.
  3. If you can, avoid wearing makeup under your mask. Consider this a perk of masks - no makeup needed!
  4. Keep your masks clean. Buy several as it is possible that we will need masks every day for several months to come. This will make putting on a fresh face covering easy! Wash it with fragrance-free detergent frequently to prevent irritation.
  5. Despite the fact that you may have a strange, upside-down routine now (what day is it anyway?!) be sure to stay committed to your skincare routine. The Clearogen 3-Step set cleans skin deeply yet gently, exfoliates, clears pores and blocks DHT, the hormone that triggers oil production. Daily use can help your face glow with health despite these stressful times.

Your skin does not have to suffer at the expense of your immunity and the safety of those around you.

So, rock your mask, wash your face and show your skin some extra love this summer!

 


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Expert Thoughts

Clearogen is designed for all skin types, using the best acne fighting ingredients and soothing botanicals to keep skin clear and healthy. 

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