These days, the struggle with maskne is all too real for many people. With constant mask-wearing on your face, this can cause a breeding ground for bacteria. The reason why this happens is when you breathe or talk, the hot air from your mouth tends to get trapped in your mask – creating a warm and humid environment on the surface of your skin. This then causes yeast, bacteria and other flora to grow – thus causing the breakouts we call maskne.
As frustrating as maskne is, it is treatable. So we have rounded up five of our top product picks to both treat and prevent maskne breakouts.
New Logic Acne Kit RRP: $99
New Logic is a New Zealand made skincare range for acne or problem skin with a patent-pending formula that adheres the skincare onto the skin meaning it can’t rub off, allowing it to work better and for longer than most other skincare – good news for those who need to wear face masks. The New Logic acne kit comes with a cleanser, spot gel, overnight serum and moisturiser.
Boost Lab Vitamin B3 Blemish Booster RRP: $34.95
BOOST LAB’s scientifically formulated Vitamin B3 Blemish Rescue Serum, both protects and reduces stubborn spots, delivering an intensive Vitamin B3 concentrate to the affected area, this will help to reduce skin blemishes, acne, enlarged pores, redness and oily skin. Not to mention, BOOST LAB’s Vitamin B3 Blemish Rescue Serum is New Zealand made and contains super-boost essentials that are backed by research and formulated so they are gentle enough to help stressed and compromised skin.
Dermalogica Clear Start Breakout Clearing Booster RRP: $40
This fast-acting booster, formulated with Salicylic Acid, helps combat breakout-causing bacteria for rapid skin clearing. Patented TT Technology and Phytoplankton Extract work with the skin’s natural microbiome and help prevent over-drying. Think of this as a miracle treatment for those pesky spots that tend to pop up before those big events.
COSRX Acne Pimple Master Patches RRP: $6 pack of 24 patches
This is a very cost-effective remedy for those pesky maskne spots. These patches help to reduce inflammation of the pimple and surrounding area, as well as treating the bacteria that causes the pimple and protects any rubbing that a mask may cause – preventing the spot from spreading further on your skin.
Sensori+ Freshield Mask Sanitiser RRP: $19.20
Think of this spray as more of a preventative to your maskne problems. This is a sanitiser spray, designed to be sprayed directly onto your mask to kill any bacteria build-up. It is formulated with 75% sugar cane distilled alcohol and kills up to 99.9% of bacteria. It contains Aloe Vera to help soothe the skin and essential oils including peppermint to neutralise the smell of your own breath.