Yep, it is the new coined word for the little breakouts from wearing a mask. Breakouts are bound to happen with the stress of these unusual times combined with heat, friction and debris accumulation. Here are some helpful hints to alleviate that “new” thing we are suffering with.
- Cleanse with a creamy (milk type) face wash, one that helps with dry, irritated skin. Calming ingredients such as comfrey root extract, mango extract, Vitamin E and aloe nourish the skin without clogging your pores.
- Tone or condition. Mist your skin with an antioxidant based product. Antioxidants will help protect your skin from free-radical damage. Vitamin A, Vitamin B3, and Vitamin E help strengthen the skin barrier and heal the skin.
- Moisturize. Apply a light moisturizer to protect and calm the skin. The best moisturizer helps with inflammation and heals old breakout spots that are inflamed but no longer active.
- Protect. Chemical free sunscreens are recommended for sensitive skin. A physical sunblock, such as zinc oxide or titanium dioxide is better than a chemical sunscreen.
Evening You heal while you sleep.
- Start your cleanse with an oil cleanser, this will remove any pollution, dirt, sweat or makeup. You may need to follow with a creamy cleanser.
- Apply a toner or conditioner.
- Repair your skin with an appropriate serum.
- Spot treat with willow bark, it will help penetrate clogged pores, reduce breakouts, and help prevent future breakouts. Other helpful ingredients are licorice root extract, calendula, tea tree and tamanu oil, which promote clear skin.
- Moisturize. Night time moisturizers should be a little heavier (unless your skin tends to be oily) as they can absorb all night and work while you are sleeping.
Please reach out for product recommendations specific for your skin. I am here to help.