Now that masks have become a part of our daily life and routine, many people have been experiencing out-of-character breakouts or skin issues. The media has coined “Maskne” for this new dilemma. This could be caused by the friction of the fabric constantly rubbing in the same places on your cheeks or jaw. Friction can in turn cause irritation and inflammation. In addition to that, the fabric of the mask traps moisture from our breath, sweat, dirt, and oil, creating the perfect environment for acne to thrive. There are a few things you could do to help your struggling skin. First and foremost, cleansing is super important. Cleansing your skin before putting on a clean mask helps to reduce the amount of dirt and bacteria you are starting your day with. If you are already experiencing inflammation or irritation, Gentle Cream Cleanser would be a great choice for you. This cleanser is part of GloSkinBeauty’s calm line, and is gluten-, soy-, paraben-, and fragrance-free. This cleanser is gentle enough to be used twice a day, making it perfect for before wearing your mask, and then again before bed to wash the day off. After your nightly cleanse, using an exfoliant that will help detox and decongest your skin is a great idea. GloSkinBeauty has some excellent options that would do just that. Their newly retailed Pro5 Exfoliant is an extremely gentle blend of poly and AHAs, and is easy to add to your current routine. This product is used similar to a toner. After cleansing, dispense a small amount on a damp cotton pad and apply to your face, neck and decollete, not forgetting behind your ears. It is imperative that you protect your skin morning and night to help prevent the start or spread of Maskne. This can be done by using an appropriate moisturizer. GloSkinBeauty’s Vita E is a medium-weight option from their calm line. It nourishes, soothes, and replenishes moisture using antioxidant support, conditioning oils, and botanical extracts. We have many other options that could work for your skin. Call to chat with our esthetician about the best product and routine options for you, or book your next facial for an in-person analysis and recommendation.