How to Soothe Irritated Skin from Wearing Face Masks

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While wearing face masks can help prevent the spread of covid-19, it can unfortunately cause skin irritation. One of the most common types of irritation is acne a.k.a. maskne. The good news is that there are ways to treat these flare-ups. Check out these tips on how you can soothe your irritated skin and get rid of maskne:

Wash your face with a gentle cleanser

To reduce your chances of breaking out, it’s best to wash your face as soon as you take off your mask. You may end up washing your face more than twice a day so it’s important to incorporate a gentle cleanser into your routine to avoid drying your skin out. 

PURITO’s Defence Barrier pH Cleanser is packed with soothing ingredients like tea tree oil, centella asiatica and royal jelly extracts to get rid of impurities while strengthening your skin’s barrier. This cleanser is formulated with a pH level of 5.5 so it won’t strip your skin of its natural oils, leaving you with a moisturized complexion after every wash. 

Opt for a soothing moisturizer

Wearing protective face masks can increase the growth of bacteria in surrounding areas, which causes acne or inflammation. To fix this, switch to a fragrance-free moisturizer to minimize your chances of skin irritation.

I’m from’s Mugwort Cream is the perfect everyday moisturizer to keep your skin clear and calm. Formulated with mugwort extract, this cream helps soothe all skin types, including sensitive skin, and keeps your skin nourished throughout the day.

Use non-comedogenic makeup

If possible, try not to wear makeup with a face mask to allow your skin to breathe. If you want to apply makeup, go for non-comedogenic cosmetics to avoid clogging your pores and to minimize your chances of getting maskne.

Since your face mask covers half your face, you can skip on the foundation and instead reach for a concealer with a lightweight and long-lasting formula. The Saem’s Cover Perfection Tip Concealer is all you need to cover certain areas, such as spots and blemishes, without leaving a heavy feeling on the skin. Its lightweight formula gives you natural coverage and also helps keep your skin moisturized, thanks to its oxygen complex and glacial water.

Cover acne with a pimple patch

Pimple patches are great for active blemishes as they help kill bacteria, soothe inflammation, prevent further swelling and, most importantly, help protect your blemishes and surrounding areas from further infection.

You can count on the Trouble Clear Needle Patch from CURESYS to soothe your breakouts while actively healing them. These pimple patches are designed with micro needles that are formulated with madecassoside and hyaluronic acid to soothe redness and inflammation while providing a boost of moisture to your skin. 

Use products with salicylic acid

If you’re constantly breaking out from wearing a face mask, consider adding products formulated with salicylic acid into your daily skin care routine. Salicylic acid helps calm your skin down, especially against redness and inflammation, while also sloughing off dead skin cells and dirt that’s trapped deep within your pores.

COSRX’s Refresh AHA BHA Vitamin C Daily Toner is a great product to use daily as it gently exfoliates your skin and controls sebum production. Formulated with gentle and nourishing ingredients such as kiwi and pitaya extracts, this toner refines your skin’s texture and leave you with a brighter complexion.

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Also, if you’re wearing a cloth or reusable face mask, make sure to wash your mask after every use to get rid of bacteria build-up. 

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