Skincare for Maskne
If you’ve noticed your skin has been less than cooperative lately, you’re not alone. Since the onset of the pandemic, it seems as though everyone we know—even those with constantly flawless complexions—has the same complaints: clogged pores, blemishes, skin irritation. And we’re right there with them, scouring our beauty cabinets in search of solutions.
Our newfound skin woes are now known as “maskne”—acne caused by daily mask use—and the cause is often twofold. Friction from the mask itself can disrupt the delicate skin barrier, while moisture and dirt trapped beneath it create a breeding ground for bacteria. It’s a one-two punch that leads to stubborn bumps, especially around the nose, mouth, and chin.
Aside from washing your masks religiously, there are plenty of steps you can take to keep your skin in shape while protecting yourself and others from Covid-19. First and foremost, cleansing your face really well both at the end of the day and after extended mask use is essential. This is especially true if you’re wearing makeup, though we prefer to go makeup-free under our masks as often as possible. A gentle but effective cleanser will remove the day’s sweat and grime without stripping the skin of its natural moisture. We’re fans of the KOS Paris Cleansing Oil and the Environ Dual Action Pre-Cleansing Oil, both of which dissolve makeup beautifully, as well as the purifying Green Ceremony Cleanser from Odacité.
When it comes to keeping pores clean and clear, we swear by Biologique Recherche P50 1970, and these days it’s no different. This multi-purpose treatment exfoliates and balances skin, and is a must-have for targeting and preventing breakouts. Swipe on P50, or your favorite acid-based toner, morning and night after cleansing to keep your complexion in check. Should your skin need a little something extra, add a mask into your evening routine. Lately we’ve been reaching for Biologique Recherche Masque Vivant, a cult-favorite known for nipping breakouts in the bud, and Hydrating Clay Mask, a luxurious, creamy clay masque which assists in absorbing excess surface oils and gently polishes the skin's surface.
As always, hydration is key to maintaining smooth, healthy skin—particularly at a time when many of us are inclined to double down on drying acne treatments. A soothing, non-comedogenic moisturizer will keep your skin comfortable without clogging pores. Lightweight gel formulas like the Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet and Chamomile Soothing Serum are super refreshing for warm weather months, while the Pai Chamomile & Rosehip Calming Day Cream is really lovely for moments when your skin feels a bit sensitive. And don’t forget: No proper skincare regimen is complete with a layer of SPF, every day whether you’re inside or out.