There’s a medical term for ‘Maskne’. It’s called acne mechanica. Doctors and nurses are no stranger to this problem. This malady is brought about by prolonged wearing of the masks we’ve had to wear. They cause heat and friction on your skin, and coupled with sweat, it spells disaster.

Lots of different things contribute to these problems. Wearing skin cosmetics such as foundation can be a problem. If you’re wearing a new disposable mask everyday, it’s not as big of a concern, but makeup that gets all over on a cloth mask is a breeding ground for dirt and bacteria. It’s imperative that you wash your cloth mask daily. Use a fragrance-free, dye-free detergent and skip the fabric softener. Same thing should go for your pillowcases.

Washing your face with the right face wash also needs to be considered. Soap is too drying. We recommend John Amico’s Medaclear. Medaclear is a combination shampoo, scalp and skin treatment. It does wonders for dry, scaling, flaky skin. Clients swear by it and it flies off the shelves. If you have any other skin issues, such as, psoriasis or eczema or seborrheic dermatitis, you will love this. Dandruff sufferers get relief, too!

Moisturizers provide a great barrier between the mask and your skin. Use ones that contain ingredients like ceramides, hyaluronic acid, or dimethicone. Again, avoid products with fragrance and make sure you apply it on clean skin.

If you are having severe skin issues, some dermatologists recommend using a face wash with a Salicylic Acid Cleanser.  This type of cleanser removes any dirt, dead skin cells and oil from the pores to prevent breakouts, but you have to be careful when using heavily medicated skin care products. Ones that contain the salacylic acids, or benzoyl peroxide, or retinols can cause irritation underneath the mask.

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