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How to Get Rid of Maskne – 5 Tips for Clearer Skin

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After months of wearing a face mask, many of us noticed a change in our skin: acne underneath the mask. Messages poured in asking for suggestions on getting rid of maskne and product recommendations.

This type of acne is acne mechanica which is the result of the friction of the mask against your face.

Here’s what we recommend:

Keep your mask clean. This is super important if you are going to be applying the same covering over your face everyday. Try keeping a few clean ones on hand so you can swap them out each day. Pay attention to the detergent you use, especially if your skin doesn’t do well with added fragrances.

Wash your face. I know. This seems really basic but if you get home after hours of wearing your mask it’s super important that you cleanse your face before bed to remove the sweat and impurities that may have built up. 

Apply another kind of mask. We’re talking about our Kale Mask which was specifically formulated for acneic skin. It can be used as a full face mask or as a spot treatment. 

Don’t touch your face. If you do notice a breakout, apply your treatments and go about your day. For some reason I picked up a habit where I can’t stop touching my chin and my skin was very clear that it didn’t like this new habit. If you’re trying to get rid of maskne or any type of acne, keep your hands off your face when you aren’t wearing a mask.

Be gentle. Yes, maskne is frustrating but continue to be gentle with your skin so you don’t irritate it further. Be careful not to excessively rub your face while cleansing or applying treatments. Take baby steps to heal your skin.

Most importantly, please mask up!

Body Blemishes: 6 Ways to Banish Back Acne

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Back Acne–we’ve all had it. Bacne (back acne) creeps up when we least expect it and lasts much longer than necessary. Here are our 6 tips for keeping your back clear:

Shower When you Sweat
Sounds simple enough–if you’ve spent most of your day dripping with sweat, hop in the shower before bed. The combination of sweat, oil and bacteria produced by your body is only good for one thing: Bacne. If you’re a huge sufferer of bacne, try showering at least once a day, before bed, to wash away the sweat, oil, and bacteria.

Rinse Off Well
How we wash, condition and style our hair can have a big impact on bacne. Conditioners and stylers that drip from our hair to our back may clog our pores, resulting in breakouts. Try washing your face and body at the end of your shower and staying away from ingredients that may clog your pores.

Exfoliate Often
Just like our face, the rest of our body needs a bit of exfoliation to maintain its clear complexion. Exfoliating a few times a week removes dead skin cells while unclogging pores. Try our Exfoliating Soap Bags for a gentle exfoliation.

Wear Fresh, Clean Clothes
As tempting as it is to re-wear the shirt you wore just once, skip it. Chances are the inside of the shirt is now soiled with oil and bacteria, the last two things your back acne needs. After working out, remove any sweaty gym clothes as soon as possible to avoid trapping the sweat and oil in your pores.

Exposing your back to bacteria-ridden surfaces will surely bring on the bacne. When your back is exposed, avoid dirty gym equipment or yoga mats prior to disinfecting. Try sanitizing surfaces before use.

Treat it
Persistent bacne may require spot treatments. If you have sensitive skin, it may be best to avoid certain body washes and scrubs that may be irritating your skin. Try our Healing Kale Mask as a weekly bacial (back-facial) to clear up existing back acne and prevent future bumps. This mask also works great on the face.

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