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How to Combat Our Newest Skin Concern: Maskne.

Updated: Mar 22

By now, masks have become a staple of everyday life (and for good reason!) but unfortunately, they come with some less than awesome side effects; cue “maskne” and irritation. Below, we outline some ways to combat mask-induced blemishes and irritation, because even though masks may be here to stay, acne doesn’t have to.

The blemishes we develop as a result of mask-wearing is a type of acne called acne mechanica. Essentially, acne mechanica is the result of excess friction on the skin. Not only does wearing a mask create constant rubbing against the skin, but you may also be familiar with the excessive amount of moisture that accumulates under your mask. This combination of friction and trapped moisture can damage your skin’s moisture barrier and block oil, creating a breeding ground for bacteria. The good news? We’ve provided some Kalvera tips and products to help combat your “maskne” and irritation!

women against orange background wearing a face mask
Be sure to use a cleanser, like our Kalvera Luminous Cleanser, before and after wearing a mask to get rid of unwanted bacteria on the skin.

Creating a healthy environment under your mask by reducing oil production and keeping skin hydrated is essential to stop the spread of acne-causing bacteria.

Wash your face before AND after wearing a mask.

  • If you have oily or acne-prone skin, try an antibacterial cleanser to cut through oil and clear pores (check out our Luminous Cleanser, packed with salicylic acid and totarol, a powerful anti-bacterial found in the Totara trees of New Zealand).

  • If you have sensitive skin, look for a gentle cleanser with hydrating and calming ingredients like hyaluronic acid, glycerin, ceramides, or squalane.

Hydrate regularly and use a moisturizer to protect your skin’s moisture barrier.

  • A few times throughout the day, remove your mask (using clean hands and being sure you’re socially distanced, of course) and spray or wipe on our Hydrating Toner. With hydrating hyaluronic acid, soothing cucumber extracts, and anti-inflammatory barago seed oil, this toner will remove buildup while keeping your skin moisturized.

  • After washing your face, apply a thin layer of our Multi-Action Serum. This serum contains aloe to soothe and lilac stem extract to combat oil. If you have dry skin, feel free to apply a thicker moisturizer over the Multi-Action Serum for added hydration.

Things to keep in mind…

Remember, less is more. Try to avoid wearing heavy makeup underneath your mask. If you must, choose a non-comedogenic option and follow step 3 throughout the day (using our Hydrating Toner) to help keep your skin refreshed.

Look for masks that are made of gentle material, like cotton, to try and reduce as much friction as possible.

Wash your protective gear after use to avoid reintroducing oil and dirt onto your skin. Look for a gentle, fragrance-free detergent.

With these tips and tricks, we hope you no longer fear the dreaded “maskne”. If nothing works and your acne persists, try to take comfort in knowing your mask is hiding it.

By Angela H.

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