How to tackle post mask break outs

Have you found your skin breaking out lately? Me too, and the culprit is the face mask. Of course, these face masks are essential but that doesn’t mean we have to neglect our skin whilst staying safe. Below are a few tips and tricks to help you tackle ‘maskne’. 

By Nicola Scovell 

Have a skin routine down  

This may sound obvious but having a day and night skincare routine will help. It will give your skin a fighting chance. The Body Shop Seaweed range is so helpful for oily/combination skin. A personal favourite is the gel wash (which smells amazing!) If you already suffer with blemish prone skin the tea tree range from The Body Shop is also a go-to, the anti-imperfection night mask will help tackle the dreaded ‘maskne’.  

Wash your face masks regularly  

 If you have a fabric face mask try and wash it after every time you use it, especially if you’re wearing make-up as bacteria can build up. Having more than one face mask will be a game changer as you can have a few on rotation if some are in the wash. If you’re living in halls (and don’t want to spend even more money on circuit) you can hand wash your fabric masks. Run your mask under water with soap or laundry detergent and lay out until completely dry.  

Invest in a face spray 

The Beauty Kitchen’s SOS Skin Shield has now become an essential for me. This spray kills 99% of germs and doubles up as a setting spray. I like to spray my mask and let it dry before I put it on to go out. Plus, it’s under a tenner – what’s not to love?  

Try these hidden gem hero products  

If you find yourself having under the skin spots caused by masks, try some pimple patches. You can wear them overnight to absorb all the oil and shrink the size of the spot.  Sudocrem is an unlikely skin saviour, apply this overnight also and in a few days the spots will be treated in a few days.