Face mask

Face Mask

I get asked this question all the time. The simple answer is that it could aggravate your acne. However, are there are some things you can do that will really help your skin not suffer from wearing a mask.

  1. Make sure you are placing your mask over CLEAN CLEAN skin.
  2. Moisturize your skin before placing your mask on.
  3. Use a thin film of vaseline or Aquaphor on your skin. This provides “slip” so your mask won’t rub the skin. Rubbing the skin is called Acne Mecania or robbing of the skin. Rubbing the skin actually aggravates the skin but masks are too important not to wear one.
  4. Wear cotton masks, ones that “breath”. Synthetic fabrics do NOT breath and that will aggravate the skin even more. I use medical masks daily and I like them best.
  5. If you are wearing a cotton mask you can wash, change them daily, and wash them daily. Reapply masks you have worn before will put dead skin, old skincare, dust, and dirt right back on your face. Not good.
  6. Use a laundry detergent that is for Sensitive skin. Avoid perfume, oil, or dye in your detergent.
  7. When you are not around other people, take your mask off your face.
  8. If you wear makeup, do not use foundation on your cheeks or chin area. Play up your eyes with makeup. Even ACNE safe makeup is not a good idea.
  9. If you are in my acne program, please do wear your acne skincare under the mask. Just no makeup. Applying vaseline or Aquaphor over your home care will not affect how it works.
  10. PLEASE WEAR YOUR MASK WHENEVER YOU ARE WITH OTHER PEOPLE. BEING SAFE AND STOPPING THE SPREAD OF COVID IS MORE IMPORTANT NOW.

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