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Maskne: Keeping Your Skin Clear During the Age of COVID

Getting out to shop at Sunset Plaza is tough right now, especially with everything going on. We sincerely appreciate our customers for supporting us through thick and thin. We couldn’t do this without you! As a thank you, we wanted to throw together a few tips to keep your skin clear of maskne (you know? Mask acne?). These tips will keep you looking fresh-faced, whether you’re on a dozen Zoom calls for work, going on a virtual date, or embarking on your weekly shopping trip.

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Clean your make-up brushes

What does this have to do with maskne? Well, everything! Cleaning your brushes is a great way to keep your face clear of blemishes in general. It’s recommended to do this once a week at least. Eyeshadow and eyeliner brushes can be washed once every two weeks.

To clean brushes and beauty blenders, all you need is lukewarm water, gentle soap/brush cleaning solution, and a towel. Allure Magazine recommends the following steps:

  1. Wet the bristles with lukewarm water.
  2. Place a drop of your cleanser of choice into the palm of your clean hand.
  3. Gently massage the tips of the bristles in your palm.
  4. Rinse the bristles thoroughly.
  5. Squeeze out the excess moisture with a clean towel.
  6. Re-form the brush head back into its original shape.
  7. Let the brush dry with its bristles hanging off the edge of a counter, which allows it to dry in the correct shape. Never let your brushes dry on a towel — the bristles can turn mildewy.

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Prevent Maskne by Washing Your Masks After Every Use

Washing your mask by hand after every outing is a good habit to start. If you don’t think your mask will be dry in enough time for your next outdoor adventure, we recommend buying one mask for every day of the week leading up to laundry day. That way, you’re not reusing the same three or four over and over again. Dry skin, old make-up, and bacteria can build up on the inside of your mask and cause long-lasting breakouts. Washing your masks after every use will help you avoid this altogether.

Invest in good skincare products to keep maskne at bay

Everyone’s skin and hormonal balance are different, but we do have a few general recommendations.

  1. Use a daily scrub that contains salicylic acid and toner twice a day.
  2. Apply face masks that harden from liquid form twice a week until the acne is gone.
  3. Apply Farsáli Beauty Oil in tandem with a moisturizer in the evening. (Test the oil on the back of your hand first if this is a new product for you.)
  4. Take a break from makeup if you apply it every day.
  5. If you do apply make-up, make sure to remove all of it completely before bed with make-up remover and your usual nighttime regimen.

By following these steps, you will drastically reduce your breakout- even overnight.

Neosporin: Fade those Scars and Heal open Acne cuts

Neosporin is great for scars and you can use it on your face, too! Apply a thin layer of Neosporin to any spots on your face where you’re having issues with scarring, scabbing, and broken skin.

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Wash Your Face After Wearing Your Mask

It’s recommended to wash your face every time you wear a mask to prevent your pores from becoming clogged.
A BIG reminder: you should definitely wash your hands before washing your face!

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Pre-Masking Moisturize

Before you put on your mask and head out, make sure you moisturize your face. This will create a buffer between your mask and your skin.

We hope these tips were helpful! Let us know if they worked for you!

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