How to Prevent Maskne

Thanks to 2020, phrases like maskne and new normal, are everyday words. Both make me cringe! While I can’t stop people from saying “new normal,” thanks to my friend Rose, founder of F.L.Y MediSpa, I can help you prevent Maskne. And hopefully, remove that nasty word from our vocabulary.

What is it?

First of all, what is maskne? (mask + acne = maskne) People who have to wear a mask all day are seeing more acne in the area under their mask—especially where the fabric creates friction on the skin.

You’ve heard that wearing a mask prevents you from speaking moistly, right? But did you know that by trapping that moisture in you have created the perfect breeding ground for yeast, bacteria, and other flora? Ideally, we wouldn’t be weraring masks all day long. But that’s not an option right now.

Well then, what can I do?

Honestly, the best thing to do is to prevent maskne in the first place! Once you have maskne, it can be challenging to treat. Luckily, there are several things you can do with your mask routine to help avoid these ugly outbreaks!

First, take a look at the fabric you’re using. You should be using 100% organic cotton. Ideally, it should be dye-free. But c’mon, how boring is that?

Also, you should be changing your mask several times a day. As soon as it starts to feel moist, take it off, dry your skin and put on a fresh mask!

Also, you should wash your masks in a gentle detergent and let them dry after every use. Have you seen all those people driving around with masks hanging from the rearview mirror like they were fuzzy dice from the eighties? Wake up, people; it’s 2020! It wasn’t cool then…. And it’s not cool today! Don’t just let your mask dry and toss it back on your face! That’s equivalent to putting yesterday’s underwear back on! Disgusting!

Consider taking a break from make-up. No one is going to see under the mask. Therefore, shift the focus to your eyes. There are a ton of YouTube tutorials to learn some fresh eye styles.

Additionally, you should cleanse your skin twice a day. Getting rid of all that dirt and build-up will ensure your skin can renew itself at night and help prevent your pores from getting clogged.

Finally, you should up your facial game! My friend Rose, of F.L.Y. MediSpa in Calgary, will happily give you a free consultation. Visit flymedispa.ca to see what services they offer. Additionally, you should read my article From Flight Attendant to Entrepreneur to learn about their current specials for Served With Ice readers.

Can’t get to F.L.Y. MediSpa? They’ve got you covered with this D.I.Y. Old-fashioned Rolled Oats, Honey and Turmeric weekly mask to help prevent Maskne. Moreover, you probably have all the ingredients in your cupboard!

What you’ll need:
  • 2 tbsp. Old-fashioned rolled Oats (grind oats/ or cook and cool)
  • ½ tbsp. Lemon juice
  • 3 tbsp. Honey
  • ¼ tsp. Turmeric powder
Why will this help?

Each of these ingredients has a host of natural benefits. Here is why Rose suggests them in this face mask.

Oatmeal
  • is moisturizing
  • helps treat acne
  • may relieve dry skin by balancing your skin’s pH level
  • reduces inflammation
  • cleanses the skin
Lemon 
  • has anti-fungal properties
  • is a natural cleanser and astringent
  • Is filled with AHA.’s and BHA’s which remove dead skin cells and help clear up blackheads, acne, and discoloration
Honey
  • is a natural humectant to help moisturize your skin
  • full of antioxidants
  • has natural antibacterial properties
Turmeric powder
  • reduces the appearance of acne scars
  • treats acne (due to its antibacterial properties)
  • balances oily skin
  • helps even out skin tone and treats dark spots
  • calms red, blotchy skin with its anti-inflammatory properties
  • is an antioxidant, therefore reduces damage to the skin from the sun and free radicals

Make sure the oats are finely ground. You can do this by grinding them in a food processer, blender or coffee grinder.

First, combine all the ingredients in a small mixing bowl. Next, on a freshly cleansed face, apply the mixture using a spatula or clean fingers, avoiding the eye area. Let sit for 20 minutes. When ready, remove the mask using a clean wet towel.

A mask so natural you’ll want to eat it!
 

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