The combination of agitating extra heat combined with increased hydration from our masks creates a confusing environment for our skin. The donning and removal of our masks as we gear up and down all day to function in the world creates confused skin in chaos that can’t decide to manufacture oil or not…a strange and wonky place to be if you are a sebaceous gland.
If you are experiencing a bad case of Mask Acne (MAcne for short), consider these possibilities for your skin:
A. The mask isn’t giving you acne. It’s been there all along in dormancy. Yep, more water is hope. Your skin is hopeful with the possibility that it can clear itself of the backlogged burden of old congestion by pushing it out to the surface.
B. Find ways to counteract the extra heat by doing things that are soothing for your skin. Rinse with cool water. Use a soothing serum. Avoid harsh cleansers, exfoliants and anti-aging products that are inherently stimulating (in a bad way).
C. Consider that what you are eating for comfort is playing a bigger role with your skin than you realize. Carbs, grains, sweets, and spicy foods can cause a lot of internal inflammation that renders easily irritated skin.
My advice is to avoid anti-aging products (such as acids) and services (including intense exfoliation and lasers) as they will only lead to more irritation.
Also, stay away from acne products because they will only further dehydrate your skin, and add to the existing chaos of water level fluctuations.
I know it’s tempting to rush out and try to fix things, but these outdated strategies are not the ticket.
So, what is the solution, you ask? Give your skin a stabilizing foundation so it can better cope with external forces outside of your control, like mandatory face mask wearing.
1. Stop over cleansing and over exfoliating your skin
2. Use a hydrating mist AND SERUM
3. Learn what topical bio-available dermal nutrients can do for your skin
4. Use a lipid rich moisturizer (oily skin types, you too!) to trap the water from mist and serum in place.
This sequence will bring beautiful equanimity to your skin so it can handle the confusion with more ease, while supporting whatever needs to detox and leave your skin.