It may be impossible to completely avoid maskne, but there are ways to reduce it.

• Be picky – Some masks may contain a chemical that causes an allergic reaction. Such as formaldehyde can be found in polypropylene surgical masks. Choosing a mask made with cotton or polyester blends, these are usually gentler on the skin which can lessen the chance of breakouts and/or irritation. • Wash your mask often, like underwear (well hopefully peeps wash these after one wearing). You may want to use a fragrance-free detergent; I personally use powdered tide on my masks and wash in hot water. • You may want to purchase or make several masks, so you don’t have to wash the same one or two daily. • Wash your face, a gentle cleanser may be better for more sensitive skin. This will help to prevent dirt and oil being trapped on your skin. • Moisturizer – use a good one, this can be an extra barrier between your skin and your mask. I’ll do a more in-depth post on moisturizers tomorrow morning. • Spot treat your blemishes at night or whenever you are sleeping. If you choose to spot treat, then wear the mask, it will likely intensify the product delivery to your skin, which can be more irritating to your skin and not be a good thing.

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