With face masks more essential than ever before, while they’re working away to protect us, they aren’t doing too many wonders for our skin. Face coverings trap warmth and moisture which aggravates the skin causing it to produce excess oil and bacteria which can clog up pores causing breakouts, aka Maskne!

We’ve picked out 3 essentials for helping prevent and treat all cases of maskne. Staying protected is worth it but so are these handy heroes for keeping your skin as clear and clean as possible.

NUXE Aquabella Micro-Exfoliating Purifying Gel, £11.99

Maskne Survival Essential 1: A refreshing exfoliator

Achieve fresh-faced results with the Nuxe Aquabella Micro-Exfoliating Purifying Gel, a soap-free, daily use cleanser for combination skin. Part of the balancing Aquabella skincare collection, this ultra-gentle, crystalline gel is infused with botanical blue micro-beads that smooth areas of uneven texture whilst eliminating impurities and excess sebum. A good exfoliator is essential for helping acne-prone skin and with this one you just can’t go wrong.

YOUTH LAB Cleansing Radiance Mask, £2.95

Maskne Survival Essential 2: A deeply cleansing mask

This Cleansing Radiance Mask is a creamy mask which will refresh your skin in just 10 to 15 minutes! It provides deep cleansing and gentle exfoliation while activating cell renewal. It draws out impurities, oil and toxins that clog pores while leaving your skin smooth and vibrant. It regulates sebum production, minimizes enlarged pores and prevents acne bursts which is great for our new mask-wearing lifestyle.

Sebamed Clear Face Care Gel, £4.95

Maskne Survival Essential 3: A supercharged anti-bacterial moisturiser

Sebamed Clear Face Care Gel supports the healing of acne and increases the moisture-binding capacity of the skin. Irritated, rough scaly skin is soothed and its pH 5.5 value of healthy skin supports and protects the natural barrier function of the skin’s acid mantle. It’s well-suited for all types of skin especially if you’re on the oiler or more acne-prone side.

Now we’ve got the products on lockdown – pun intended – here are a few FAQ’s with helpful answers to give you even more information of Maskne and other things you can do to help look after your skin in this new lifestyle moving forwards!

Should I still wear makeup?

You don’t need to worry! Wearing makeup is fine as long as you aren’t working with too many base layers. One thing that almost isn’t worth it, however, is lip gloss. Masks + lip gloss definitely weren’t meant to be. Makeup stains may limit the ability to reuse your mask so it’s just worth noting that regular washing of them may be in order too.

Do certain fabrics cause maskne?

Lightweight fabrics are definitely better for your skin but of course they don’t offer the same level of protection as others. While lighter fabrics are cooler and usually easier to breathe in, tight weave fabrics with several layers are the best protection.

How do I treat maskne?

Using cleansers daily are great for helping to keep your skin clean and calm. If you already suffer from acne-prone skin lookout for the ingredient, salicylic acid. Rogue but allegedly effective, dandruff shampoos have been found to help calm the skin and remove excess yeast build-up especially around the nose and mouth thanks to the ingredients ketoconazole or selenium sulfide.

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