If you've noticed a sudden flare-up in acne and oily skin conditions, your protective face mask may be the culprit. Covering your face reduces the spread of the virus, but it can deprive your skin of oxygen and lead to a build-up of sweat, make-up, and face oils. The result: Dreaded Maskne!
Face masks may be part of our daily routine for a while, so here are a few ways you can protect and calm your skin:
Properly sanitizing your mask is important for its effectiveness, but removing dirt, oil, and debris is also better for your skin. Launder cloth masks in a washing machine, or hand wash with soap and hot (135° F) water. Place in the dryer, or hang to air dry (preferably in the sun.)
Nothing feels as good as a deep cleanse after a long, hot day of wearing a face mask. Our AHA/BHA Exfoliant Cleanser is made with AHA Acids and Jojoba Esters that gently polish and clear out pores. Natural grapefruit and orange oils invigorate the senses and provide a fresh, natural scent you'll love.
You may think you can skip the sunscreen now that you're wearing a face mask outdoors, but not so quick! UVA rays will still penetrate your paper and cloth masks, so make sure you're protected with our full-spectrum Creme de Soleil SPF 30 or Radiant Vital C SPF 30. Formulated especially for faces, these products will not clog pores and will help prevent wrinkles, sun spots, and aged skin from the sun.
Those three steps should keep most people's skin healthy and happy, but if you need to clear up an active oil or acne breakout, we have a few additional products to recommend:
Use Beta Blend Astringent Toner for all over oil control. Herbal and botanical extracts reduce oil production immediately and kill bacteria in the skin. This active formula exfoliates dead skin cells that can clog the pores and cause breakouts.
Target Zits & Repair Damage
Clear blemishes, dry out acne, and fade brown spots with Stop Zit! Retinol Complex. Vitamin C repairs cell damage and brings down inflammation. Licorice and Daisy extracts lighten post-acne scarring and discoloration.
Detoxify & Energize
Add a weekly or monthly face mask to amp up your routine. Glycolic Sea Detox Refining Masque contains Bentonite Clay and AHAs to remove impurities and improve problematic skin conditions. Aloe and Sea Kelp soothe, hydrate, and prevent irritation. As a bonus, it's a great firming treatment for tired, sagging skin.