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WANT TO PREVENT MASKNE? LET US TELL YOU HOW

by Nectar Beauty 05 May 2024

The importance of wearing a face mask is obvious. This new accessory, to combat viruses and bacteria, appears to be a staple in our daily lives, at least for the time being. Although it protects us, they also have a direct impact on our face.

What makes things even more complicated is that these masks do not affect all skin types in the same way. Some people suffer from more spots, others from rashes, others experience irritation, others dried out skin, etc. Each face needs something different! Let us tell you about the products that are most recommended by professionals, depending on your skin type, to help prevent the effects caused by face masks. 

THE EFFECTS OF FACE MASKS ON OILY SKIN

Wearing a face mask for hours does nothing for oily skin. Therefore, many people are suffering from the much feared maskne: uncomfortable spots that suddenly appear in places that they weren’t before. 

When covering the lower part of your face for long periods of time, our breathing leads to the formation of a kind of “humid microclimate”. This means that our skin becomes more humid, our pores dilate, and dirt can get inside more easily. The outcome? Small bouts of acne, which is not amusing to anybody. But don’t worry, we have just the solution for you.

Products to prevent and treat maskne

To prevent and treat maskne, we recommend following a simple routine, using the best products recommended by specialists. 

  1. The first step, like always, is cleansing your skin. And without a doubt, it needs to a be carefully thought out, deep clean. Use purifying gels that completely remove all dirt and that regulate the production of grease. Ideally the Effaclar Gel by La Roche Posay. This foaming gel is perfect for sensitive skin. It removes impurities and excess grease the very first time you use it, leaving skin feeling fresh and clean. It is also soothing and acts as an anti-irritant. Use it every morning (before you put on your mask) and every night (before you go to sleep).
  2. The second step is hydration. Having oily skin doesn’t mean your skin is hydrated. Hydrate it with products that also act effectively to combat blemishes. Our favourite is Cosrx Advanced Snail 92 All In One Cream 100g. Why? Because it hydrates while reducing grease, purifying and regenerating oily skin and correctly blemishes and blackheads, visibly reducing pores.
  3. Last but by no the least, you need to control the most obvious blemishes. For spots that just refuse to go away, we recommend applying Effaclar Duo+ SPF30 by La Roche Posay. This spot treatment gets rid of blemishes, unblocks pores and eliminates even the most persistent spots. 

Say goodbye to maskne for good by following this routine.

THE EFFECTS OF FACE MASKS ON DRY SKIN 

If you have normal or dry skin, you’ll likely have felt that the feeling of dryness has increased when you wear a face mask. That is completely normal, although it can be unpleasant, and you need to care for the lower part of your face to make sure this dryness doesn’t become a problem. Want to know which are the best products for putting an end to dryness?

  1. CeraVe Moisturising Lotion is your best ally. Its light texture is absorbed quickly, meaning it is perfect for being applied just before you put your face mask on. Its formula contains 3 essential ceramides that protect and restore your skin’s natural barrier. It doesn’t block pores, soothes the skin thanks to its niacinamide content, while it offers 24-hour hydration (take our word for it).
  2. If you need an intense shot of hydration, Somebymi Yuja Niacin 30 Days Blemish Care Serum Mask will do just the trick. It is made of 89% Vichy volcanic water that strengthens and reconstructs your skin, whilst its hyaluronic acid offers deep hydration. In just a few minutes, skin is left repaired, filled in, hydrated and strengthened. 
  3. For more mature skin or people who prefer serums, Hylau B5 by La Roche Posay is the right choice. Its key ingredient is vitamin B5, with powerful soothing properties to repair your skin. Provides freshness and hydration from the very first time you use it. And not just that, it offers firmness and luminosity, making it perfect for sensitive skin.

THE EFFECTS OF FACE MASKS ON SENSITIVE SKIN 

Sensitive skin also tends to be the most delicate. That’s why it suffers most from friction and chafing against face masks. This results in the appearance of rashes, itchiness, taut skin and sometimes discomfort that can be painful. How can you protect your face?

  1. Mineral 89 is always a safe bet. Light and fresh, with a gel-like texture that is absorbed quickly, it is enriched with 89% Vichy volcanic water, which strengthens and protects your skin, and hyaluronic acid that offers deep hydration. It is perfect addition to the end of your face care routine, as the first step in any treatment. 
  2. If discomfort is constant and the feeling of taut skin doesn’t subside, then keep Toleriane Ultra by La Roche Posay on hand at all times. This hydrating concentrate is as light as water and thanks to its spray format, you don’t even need to touch your face to apply it. It soothes instantly in addition to hydrating and repairing your skin in a long-lasting way. You can use it on your entire face, even around the eyes!
  3. And if your experience irritation around the eyes, then nourish this sensitive area with the CeraVe Eye Repair Cream. It repairs your skin’s natural barrier thanks to its 3 ceramides, while deeply hydrating and reducing bags and puffiness. What more could you want?

Don’t forget how important wearing a face mask can be. We need it to protect both ourselves and those around us. But that doesn’t mean your skin should be made to suffer! Now that you know all about the best products to care for your face, choose the one that best meets your needs. 

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