4 Ways to Prevent and Treat Maskne

Face masks have become a staple item in our daily lives. For many of us, however, something else became a common occurrence; maskne. Maskne is a clever combination of the words “mask” and “acne”. It also doesn’t refer to just acne. Not only is it the result of heat, humidity, and occlusion (when dirt, oil, dead skin cells and bacteria clog your pores), but also friction. This can leave you with pimples and blackheads, as well as dry, red and irritated skin around your chin, cheeks, nose and mouth area. Keep reading to learn 4 ways to prevent and treat maskne.

Who is most prone to Maskne?

Maskne does not discriminate and it can happen to anyone regardless of age, ethnicity, skin type or gender. However, People with oily to combination skin and pre-existing skin conditions such as perioral dermatitis and rosacea are more prone to acne and flare-ups.

How do you prevent and treat Maskne?

1. Choose the Right Face Mask
Firstly, it is important to choose a face mask that is light, breathable, and fits your face properly. Choosing one made out of cotton will be softer against the skin. A face mask that is too loose or too tight may lead to friction that causes skin irritation.

2. Wash your Face Mask
Ensure you are putting clean material that is free of bacteria against your face by washing your face masks regularly. This means washing them after every single use. As well, using an unscented detergent can help, as fragrance may be an irritant to sensitive skin. Read our blog on 3 Ways to Care for Your Face Mask for tips on washing, drying and storing it.

3. Cleanse your Skin
If you do experience red, irritated skin, or bumps on the chin, cheek, nose and mouth area, be sure to visit a dermatologist. Once they diagnose what it is, you can effectively treat it with the correct skin care products. To start off your skin care routine, ensure your face is properly cleansed every day with the right cleanser. You can choose a cleanser that is anti-bacterial or contains salicylic acid for more acne-proned skin. If it is red and irritated skin you are dealing with, opt for one with soothing ingredients. Cleansing oils are a great option, as they don’t strip the skin of its natural moisture barrier.

4. Use the Right Skin Care
Once cleansed, use light layers of light-weight, water-based serums and moisturizers. If you’re treating pimples and blackheads, use products with salicylic or glycolic acid to gently exfoliate the skin. This will help remove dirt, oil and dead skin cells built up and blocking your pores. As well, use toners and lotions that contain antibacterial ingredients to stop the growth of bacteria. If you want to treat red, inflamed and irritated skin, use products with ceramides, as these help maintain skin’s natural moisture barrier. Products with hyaluronic acid are another great option, as they help skin retain moisture.

TIPS: Using a lip scrub can also be effective, as it exfoliates dry lips and can remove the dead skin cell build up around your mouth. Also, try to avoid wearing makeup, but if you must, use only in the areas you want to cover, or opt for makeup with lighter, oil-free formulas. Lastly, carry around blotting sheets with you to help soak up any excess oil on your face thorough the day.

Pampering Gifts to Treat Your Amazing Mom this Mother’s Day

Your mom is amazing. She loves you, supports you, and always puts you first. She deserves a little ‘me’ time, and Mother’s Day is the perfect chance for you to spoil and pamper her. Our Beauty Advisors, many of whom are moms too, are sharing their favourite products for indulging in a little rest and relaxation, so you can find the perfect gift for you own mom this Mother’s Day.


Revlon MoistureStay Quick Heat Paraffin Bath

Mom shouldn’t just be pampered once a year. This paraffin bath from Revlon will treat her hands, elbows and feet to some TLC whenever she needs it. The warm bath uses thermal heat to ease stiff and aching joints, while removing dull dry surface skin to leave skin soft and beautiful.


Amope Pedi Perfect Pedicure Set

Gift mom everything she needs for the perfect pedicure. The Amope Pedi Perfect Pedicure Set comes with a rechargeable foot file, charging station, moisturizing foot cream, custom fit suction shower hook, and an Amope & Veet coupon booklet.


Essie Gel Couture Nail Polish & Top Coat

Pick out one of Essie’s new Gel Couture Nail Polishes in mom’s favourite colour, and pair it with a bottle of their Gel Couture Top Coat. The high performance nail polish comes in 42 beautiful shades and lasts for up to 14 days. Best of all, there’s no lamp needed: just apply the couture colour and top coat for impeccable gel-like shine.


Bliss Blood Orange + White Pepper Soapy Suds Body Wash + Bubbling Bath

This luxurious and sudsy body wash and bubble bath from Bliss is just what mom needs for some downtime. Attach a DIY coupon for a few hours of ‘me time’ so she can enjoy a little relaxation all to herself.






MaskerAide Beauty Rest’ore

These super hydrating Beauty Rest’ore sheet masks from MaskerAide are infused with Argan Oil, Super Fruit Extracts, Green Algae and Vitamin E, and will go to work right away restoring, regenerating and repairing the skin. Choose a selection of different MaskerAide masks to create your own special Mother’s Day gift basket, specialized depending on her skin’s needs.



Giorgio Armani Acqua di Gioia Eau de Parfum

Not sure what fragrance mom will like? Our Beauty Advisors recommend Giorgio Armani’s Acqua di Gioia. It’s a fresh aquatic scent that isn’t overpowering, and is ideal for the warm season ahead. Other Beauty Advisor favourites include Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium, Calvin Klein Deep Euphoria, and Lancôme Trésor.

Just in time for Mother’s Day, receive a $20 instant bonus with a minimum $100 purchase of luxury fragrances. Or shop these select fragrances, on sale for $21.99! These offers are valid May 12 to May 17, 2017 and are available in-store or online. Select brands are available at select stores, while quantities last.


Lancôme Hydra Zen Anti-Stress Overnight Serum-in-Mask

If you notice mom has been a little stressed lately, this serum-in-mask from Lancôme is the best way to treat her. Let her forget the stress, tension and fatigue built up over the course of the day with this dose of overnight intense facial hydration. The formula reduces the visible signs of stress and will give her skin a boost of radiance overnight.


Youngblood Minerals in the Mist – Relax

This facial mineral mist from Youngblood will give mom an instant feeling of relaxation, no matter where she is. Youngblood’s signature mineral blend with lavender, vanilla, ginger and lotus instantly rejuvenates, protects and hydrates the skin. She can use it after cleansing, after makeup application to set foundation, or any time for a refreshing pick-me-up.



The Art of Masking & Multi-Masking

Face masks and sheet masks continue to be one of the hottest beauty trends! Our Beauty Advisor Sara will teach you the art of masking in our latest video. Watch to see her favourite face masks, and learn how to pinpoint and treat different areas of concern on the face, like breakouts and dull dry skin, with the help of multi-masking.

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