Three skincare heroes here to save the day.
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When we first began wearing face masks on the daily (the protective kind, not the hydrating kind, obviously) few of us expected the skin problems that would come with it. We’ve talked about how to avoid maskne, how to ensure your makeup stays put underneath and even brought you Hailey Beiber’s top tips on dealing with maskne.
But if your skin is already suffering from maskne, whether it be irritation and redness or blemishes and blackheads, what products can help soothe it? Well, look no further.
Face masks can affect your skin in multiple ways. The friction of the mask against your skin can lead to irritation and sensitivity. While the humidity underneath the mask can cause bacteria which leads to breakouts. When it’s incredibly important to wear masks in public places, this is less than ideal. Particularly after so many of us spent the lockdown months focusing on our skincare, all our efforts have been tragically washed away.
So, a little TLC can go a long way in caring for our skin right now. Here are three of the top products you can get your hands on right now to help you deal with that dreaded maskne.
This is your salicylic acid treatment cleanser for oily and spot-prone skin. Suitable for use once every three nights for powerful exfoliation (but make sure to opt for a patch test if you have overly sensitive skin). Sally Cleanse is formulated with 2% salicylic acid, which dissolves oil and dead skin cells in our pores to help prevent congestion such as blackheads, whiteheads, lumps, and bumps.
Sally packs a punch, so make sure that you use it as directed only! It can also use it as a spot-zapper by applying it directly to the spot for 3 minutes, and then removing it. Sally Cleanse can also be used as a micro-mask. Apply a thin layer and leave for two minutes before cleansing away. Check it out here.
Retinol is the go-to product for skin transformation, but many people can be wary of it as it’s quite strong from the get-go. No7’s new retinol product has found the perfect sweet spot, effective retinol with minimal irritation. The brand new night concentrate consists of a supercharged and powerfully regenerative cocktail that combines two of the most eﬀective age-defying ingredients, peptides and retinol.
It transforms the appearance of their skin, reducing visible fine lines, wrinkles, and pigmentation, as well as refining pores, and evening out skin tone and texture. So, the ideal product if your skin if feeling rough and textured from maskne. Shop here.
Another retinol product, yet this time the ingredient is teamed with salicylic acid. Dermalogica’s Retinol Clearing Oil combines two powerhouses into one formula for the first time: Salicylic Acid to rapidly clear and prevent breakouts, and potent, time-released Retinol to help reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation. Best of all, this high-performance night oil visibly renews skin overnight, delivering clearer skin and reducing signs of premature ageing within 7 days.
Plus, it’s gentle enough that it can be applied every day and is suitable for anyone looking to start on retinol. Shop it right here.