Pro Tips for Preventing Mask Acne
Masks are an important way to help stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus. But in the summer heat and even during the winter with the heat on, when coupled with hot breath, masks can create the perfect environment for acne breakouts.
The heat in the mask, together with oily skin, makeup, dirt, dead skin cells, combine to clog pores that can form into pimples.
But, there are steps you can take to prevent this bacterial build up, prevent face-mask acne from forming in the first place, and continue to look great wearing your mask.
Upgrade Your Mid-Day Routine
While you’re at work, school or if you’re out and about, remember to swap out your mask mid-day for a clean, fresh mask. This will help to keep your face cool and prevent the build-up of moisture and acne-causing bacteria.
Around lunch time, grab a facial cleansing wipe that contains salicylic (we love the Vivant Daily Repair Pad) and give your face a gentle once-over as you quickly remove your mask.
Wash Your Cloth Mask Everyday and Keep Multiple Masks in Rotation
Once you have your mask, treat it like you would a tee shirt or socks and wash it every day.
Also, consider buying a mask for each day of the week to ensure you have a clean one on hand and ready for the day.
Avoid Wearing Makeup on the Lower Part of Your Face
Along with the aforementioned ideas, staying away from applying makeup – particularly on the lower part of your face – can help keep your mask clean and free of bacteria build up, which are some of the most important steps in the prevention of acne.
Show Your Face Some Extra Love in the Morning and Evening
A morning and evening skincare routine can do wonders in the prevention of mask acne. Right when you wake up and before you go to bed, give your face five minutes of attention by washing it with an acne-preventing cleanser, like the Vivant BP 3% Acne Wash.