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Maskne is an increasingly common skin concern as we continue to wear face masks to protect ourselves and others from COVID-19. Wearing masks can lead to skin irritation, but there are ways to treat maskne, such as using acne patches.
In addition to applying acne patches overnight, wear them underneath your face mask and let them work their magic. Pimple patches kill bacteria and reduce inflammation, but also help prevent your face mask from rubbing against your skin, which can further aggravate acne.
One upside to applying acne patches under a face mask is that nobody will be able to tell you’re wearing one. If you’re dealing with maskne, consider treating spots with one of these acne patches that won’t budge under your mask:
NEOGEN’s Dermalogy A-Clear Soothing Clear Spot Patches come in two different sizes, 12mm and 10mm, so you can choose which one to use depending on your pimple. The clear patches help reduce redness after just one use. They adhere well to skin, so you won’t have to worry about them moving underneath your mask.
Do you prefer lightweight acne patches? Then the AC Collection Acne Patch from COSRX is a great choice. The hydrocolloid dressings work well for cystic acne since they help absorb pus. The patches are also infused with centella asiatica extract so your skin benefits from the ingredient’s protective and soothing properties.
Wearing a face mask for a long period can cause a buildup of sweat and excess sebum, which leads to clogged pores. For oily skin, use VT’s Cica Spot Patch to conceal any blemishes and protect them from bacteria and further irritation. These waterproof and sweat-proof patches stay put on skin, even with makeup.
If your skin is prone to hyperpigmentation, try incorporating ingredients such as niacinamide and tranexamic acid into your routine to help lighten post-acne dark spots. CURESYS’ Dark Spot AC Patch is infused with these two ingredients and works great for lightening dark spots. Once your acne has healed from any redness or inflammation, apply the patch on targeted areas for at least seven hours to prevent dark spots from forming.
This pimple patch from By Wishtrend is perfect for mild breakouts. The hydrocolloid patches draw out any impurities and protect skin from external bacteria. Each pack comes with two sheets of 12mm-sized patches and one sheet with larger 14mm patches.
To take your acne patch game to the next level, ACROPASS’s Trouble Cure Set JUMBO patches are not to be missed. These acne patches are made with microneedles, but don’t let the word “needles” deter you from using them! The dissolving microneedles are infused with hyaluronic acid and niacinamide that penetrate into the skin without causing irritation.
Make sure to use the patch on dry skin. Place it on your area of breakout and press gently to secure the patch. Leave it on for two hours to help bring down any inflammation, swelling or redness.
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