The pandemic is not the only thing that is breaking out across the country! Wearing a surgical mask every day can cause breakouts on our skin. Here is a complete guide on how to prevent mask acne and get it under control.
Maskne is the modern-day version of acne caused by wearing face masks daily for long periods of time. Masks, no matter if its paper, surgical or cloth masks, creates a moist and warm environment over your skin as you breathe. Our skin tends to accumulate dirt and bacteria over the day, and this creates the perfect environment for acne to flourish.
How do you know if your pimples are maskne from wearing masks? First of all, they look like tiny whiteheads rather than big and painful pimples. Secondly, maskne usually appear where your mask comes in contact with your skin, for example along the chin, nose bridge and cheeks.
Although wearing masks is necessary for slowing down the Covid-19 transmission and its unavoidable at this point of time, it does not mean we have to be at the mercy of maskne. One of the most effective ways of maintaining good skin is getting regular deep cleansing facials that thoroughly cleanses your pores without stripping it of moisture. It is a powerful step to add to your skincare regime that works wonders for all skin types.
What are the steps in a Deep Cleansing Facial?
In general, facials works in several steps: cleansing, exfoliating followed by extraction and finally hydration to nourish your skin.
The first step is to double-cleanse the skin. Cleansing oil is used to remove excess makeup and penetrate deep into the skin to clear out dirt and sebum, followed by a normal skin cleanser.
To ease the extraction process, warm steam is used to open up your pores and soften blackheads and whiteheads.
Exfoliation is usually done right after steaming while your pores are ready and open, with scrubs, mini grains, beads or brushes.
As one of the most important steps in skincare, proper exfoliation removes the layer of dead skin cells sealing up your pores and reveals the new skin cells below. It also allows serums, masks and moisturizers to absorb better into the skin. By unclogging the pores, exfoliating also prevents future acne and blackheads from forming. In addition, dry and dark skin cells are broken down by exfoliating, and your skin will look much smoother and brighter.
Now that your skin is clean and exfoliated, most of the surface level debris has been removed. Any remaining blackheads and whiteheads left are softened at this point and can be removed easily if needed.
Facial mask and massage
After the necessary extractions have been done, a calming face mask is applied to reduce redness and soothe your skin. Massage is often used together to stimulate blood circulation to the area, reduce under-eye bags and in general aids the skin’s absorption of the mask essence applied.
After the face mask has been rinsed off, a face toner is applied to wipe off any leftover mask. Next, a serum and moisturizer targeted to your skin type (dry, oily or combination) are applied. During the daytime, you may also need to apply sunscreen to protect your new skin from sun damage. And voila, you are good to go!
How often should I get a Deep Cleansing Facial?
It really depends from person to person, but ideally once a month deep cleansing facial sessions are recommended as your skin takes a month to regenerate new skin cells.
The most important thing is, don’t try to take matters into your own hands! Picking at pimples only makes it worse, and you may do more harm than good. You may be able to extract the pimple but risk having to deal with a nasty scar in the future. It’s always better to let a professional handle the job.
If you are experiencing mask related acne issues, or if you already have existing acne, eczema and rosacea issues that are being aggravated by wearing a mask, why not check out Syoujin’s Deep Cleansing Facial to help your skin detox quickly? Call us at 6513 0418 to book your appointment with us today!