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How Masking Can Help With Maskne

Diverse woman, with a face lathererd in facial cleanser using a textured soft cleansing sponge

If someone had asked you at the start of the Coronavirus spread whether or not the pandemic would still be going strong, you probably would’ve thought the possibility was highly unlikely. And, therefore, you probably also didn’t think that you’d still be wearing a mask - not just out of a concern for your safety, but also due to continued state mandates. But here we are.

While it’s comforting to know that our new, coveted, everyday-safety-accessory is keeping us safe, continued mask wear means increased chances of experiencing what has widely been referred to as “maskne,” or acne caused by wearing a mask for extended periods of time.

The good news is, the Melanin Experts™ are here to provide you with the skincare tips you need to navigate the challenges of mask-wearing.

Mask away your maskne

In a July Glow-Up Guide article, we discussed all things maskne, four tips for keeping maskne under control and the best ingredients to look out for. In this article, we’re going to discuss how masking as a part of your weekly, if not daily, skincare routine can help you improve the appearance of maskne but also keep your mask-related breakouts at bay.

In general, facial masks are great additions to any skincare regimen to target specific skin concerns. Not only do they provide a relaxing, spa-like experience in the comfort of your home, but they can also help hydrate skin, remove excess oil and help improve the appearance of pores.

Facial masks provide a blanket of ingredients to the skin and usually, depending on your skin’s sensitivities, sit on the skin for 5-15 minutes to allow for those ingredients to penetrate the skin deeper. Hence, masking can help increase the effectiveness of your daily routine.

When wearing a mask on a daily basis, incorporating a facial mask that removes excess oil, improves the look of post-breakout dark marks and soothes irritated skin may be the answer to all of your maskne nightmares.

3 Urban Skin Rx® mask products to try

Tip number four in our previous article on maskne was to find the right products to improve the appearance of your breakouts. As a clinical skincare line for diverse skin tones, the Melanin Experts™ at Urban Skin Rx® understand how challenging it can be for people of color to find the right products for a range of skincare concerns, including maskne, which can lead to hyperpigmentation. Here are three masks you can work into your current regimen to help you cope with mask-related breakouts and the uneven skin tone that they may cause.

  1. Acne and Blemish Control Mask - Get clear skin out of the blue (literally this mask is blue in color!) with this dual-action treatment mask that fights acne, prevents future breakouts and improves the appearance of dark spots left behind by acne. Sulfur absorbs excess oil that contributes to breakouts while Niacinamide works to improve the appearance of irritated skin. Salicylic Acid reduces the appearance of pores and minimizes blackheads for a clarified complexion.
  2. Purifying 2-in-1 Pumpin Pore Detox Mask - A best-selling dual-action mask and scrub that is effective in improving the appearance of rough texture, clogged pores, uneven skin tone and aging skin. Plus, it’s infused with the aroma of pumpkin!
  3. Even Tone Smooth & Glow Enzyme Mask - This radiance-boosting enzyme mask combats congestion in the pores and improves the look of fine lines, blemishes and dark marks for a healthy-looking, glowing complexion.

All three masks feature ClearTone Advanced Technology®, a blend of 6 ingredients that work synergistically to reveal a healthier and more even-looking complexion.

Interested in trying all three at once? Check out our Mask Trio Kit which features all THREE glowgetter™ mask favorites! You can alternate using each mask separately depending on your specific skin needs or try using multiple masks at once on different areas of the face for the ultimate maskne-fighting experience!

For other information on skincare essentials, tips and products, check out the Glow-Up Guide often!