What is Maskne, how to prevent it, and how to treat it
What is maskne?
If you hear the words ‘face mask’ they very likely now conjure up a different image to the one pre March 2020 - the calming, indulgence of a self care face mask packed with ingredients your skin will love. Now, for many of us having to wear a face covering has become a new kind of normal.
But, our skin is also not used to this, and this is now creating new skin problems we need to find solutions for. As we are having to wear masks more regularly and for prolonged amounts of time many people have been experiencing and suffering with maskne, a face mask induced acne known as acne mechanica. The good news is, our brands Sea Magik and Spa Find were created from the need for solutions for awkward skin and many of our products are great for helping rescue oily, congested skin. Read on to find out our top tips for how to prevent maskne and how to treat maskne.
What causes maskne?
The tight fitting of masks can lead to friction on the skin which causes irritation and breaks down the skin and hair follicles. When these are broken any trapped dirt, sweat or bacteria can cause the follicles and pores to become blocked and inflamed.
Moisture from breathing creates a humid environment and causes sweat, bacteria, excessive oil or makeup to block the pores. This can cause redness, irritation, congestion and breakouts on areas of the skin underneath the mask (nose, mouth and chin).
How to prevent Maskne?
- Wear a custom fitted breathable mask. Lightweight material such as cotton and silk are recommended.
- Clean your mask after each use.
- Try to avoid touching your mask. When touching or adjusting our masks we can easily be transferring dirt and oil without even noticing.
- Cleanse your skin twice a day and wear moisturiser (see below for our top recommendations).
- Exfoliate 1 – 2 times a week to help unblock the pores and improve absorption of product.
- Avoid wearing makeup under your mask, opt for a lighter BB or CC cream instead.
Sea Magik Products to help Maskne
The most important thing you can do to help prevent, and treat maskne is to have a regular consistent skin-care routine. It is also really important to look for products which are as natural as possible, these will help to balance your natural bacteria in your skin and calm your skin.
Sea Magik PRO Gel Wash – A light gel wash that gently cleanses the skin and hydrates. It contains magnesium crystals which are anti-inflammatory and will help to calm the skin. Essential oil Bergamot will help to purify and calm the skin with its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Organic Marine Youth Extract, a mineral-rich complex containing Winged Kelp which has a powerful antioxidant action and helps to boost production of Hyaluronic Acid promoting and maintaining hydration.
This should be used twice a day and we always recommend double cleansing.
Spa Find Balanced Beauty Toner – This calming and refreshing toning spray contains natural beet alcohol, Dead Sea Minerals, Vitamin E, Chamomile and Witch Hazel. These ingredients help to balance the skin’s pH and promote a calm, hydrated and healthy complexion.
Spritz Toner directly onto the face after cleansing morning and evening.
Spa Find Balanced Beauty Stabilizng Moisturiser - A light moisturiser containing SPF 23, pure Dead Sea Minerals, Vitamin E, Chamomile and Witch Hazel. These ingredients have anti-inflammatory, healing and hydrating benefits on the skin therefore helping to calm, hydrate and balance the skin.
Apply morning and evening.
Spa Find Deep Peeling Cream – This is a gentle exfoliator containing Dead Sea Minerals and Kaolin to naturally remove dead skin cells, minimise congestion and give the skin a brightened, healthy glow. It is perfect for delicate/sensitive and acne prone skins types due to the gentle formulation. It’s important to exfoliate 1 – 2 times a week but you don’t want to use anything too stimulating.
Sea Magik Black Clay SOS – A results driven skin and pore purifying mask blending black Dead Sea Mud, Activated Charcoal and Kaolin. This mask will help to deep cleanse, clarify and calm the skin. It can be used 1 – 2 times a week and left on the skin for 3-5 minutes. For best results leave on the skin for 20 minutes to get maximum benefits from the minerals found in the Dead Sea Mud.
Spa Find Perfect Purity Dermabalance Anti-Spot Clearing Spray - An intensive anti-acne treatment containing Dead Sea Minerals, Clove Oil and Witch Hazel to restore the balance of oily, acne-prone skin. Helps reduce inflammation and oil production, leaving skin free of imperfections and clear. Apply under moisturiser on the affected area only morning and evening.
Spa Find Perfect Purity Dermabalance Spot Treatment - The powerful anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties of Sulphur, Camphor and Menthol Oil are blended with Dead Sea Minerals and soothing Chamomile to help clear spots, congestion, blackheads and whiteheads. Apply directly to the affected area as needed.
Dead Sea Spa Magik BB Cream - A moisturising cream with a light coverage to help even out skin tone and hide imperfections. Packed with skin loving minerals, and Vitamin C to help produce collagen and Vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant that repairs and protects.
Use as an alternative to foundation to help keep the pores unblocked.
Find all of these products in our Maskne category here