Credit: Veronika Chkoidze

Now that wearing a protective face mask has become a part of our daily routine you may have noticed the part of your skin that usually gets covered by the mask can get drier and breakouts may appear. We have some skincare tips that will help your skin get back to its healthier condition.

• Cleanse your skin

Wash your face with a gentle cleanser as oil and sweat can cause breakouts, it’s key to remove any signs before putting your mask on.


CeraVe SA Smoothing Cleanser with Salicylic Acid, £12 at Boots

This cleanser gently exfoliates the skin with salicylic acid, to smooth dry rough and bumpy skin.

CeraVe SA Smoothing Cleanser with Salicylic Acid

• Moisturise

As the skin under the mask does not get to breathe it’s important to bring its balance back. Always opt for a gel textured moisturiser as it will hydrate and soothe your skin without being overly sticky and heavy. Stay away from products that have fragrance.

Dr. Jart+ Cicapair Tiger Grass Calming Gel Cream, £22.50 at ASOS

This calming gel hydrates and soothes sensitive skin without being greasy.

Dr. Jart+ Cicapair Tiger Grass Calming Gel Cream

• Exfoliate

Dermaplaning is a great way of exfoliating it removes the layer of dead skin cells that may be clogging your pores. By doing this your skin will receive more oxygen resulting in a smoother complexation, it will also make your cleanser and moisturiser more effective.

Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid, £28 at Selfridges

For an at home product effortlessly decongest oily skin with this fast-absorbing formula that works to remove dead cells from both the surface of the skin and from within the pores.

Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid,


• Use oil balancing toners

If you have oily skin, we advise using an oil balancing toner this will help keep sebum production at bay. Also stay away from toners that contain alcohol as these will dry out your skin.

Pixi Clarity Tonic, £13.50 at LookFantastic

Described as a clarifying tonic with AHAs, antioxidants, and balancing probiotics, this toner aims to help clear skin and minimise the appearance of pores.

Pixi Clarity Tonic

• Protect your lips by applying petroleum jelly

Chapped dry lips are common face-mask skin problems. You can prevent this by applying Vaseline regularly throughout the day.

Vaseline Lip Therapy, £1.95 at Boots

Vaseline’s Lip Therapy balms ensure lips stay hydrated and smooth, choose from their four scents: Original, Aloe, Cocoa Butter and Rosy Lips.


• Wear the right mask

To reduce breakouts, we advise opting for a cotton mask. Cotton is a natural fabric that feels soft, perfect for if you have sensitive skin as this will not cause any irritation. It’s also a breathable fabric which will fit snug but allow you to breathe comfortably. You should wash cotton masks daily, wear a clean mask each time and remember to wash your face after removing it, this will ensure you don’t get a build-up of bacteria on your skin.

• Avoid wearing makeup under your mask

Makeup worn under a mask is more likely to clog your pores and lead to acne breakouts. Try to keep your makeup to a minimum and avoid wearing it in the parts that will be covered by the mask, try only wearing eye and brow products. If wearing makeup under the mask is necessary, make sure to use oil free products.

Typology salicylic acid serum, £11.80 at Typology


If you do breakout in acne and blemishes after wearing makeup then a targeted spot treatment can speed up the healing process, while reducing irritation and redness. This specifically targets oily, blemished and acne prone skin, only apply to concerned areas.


• Take a 10-minute mask break every 4 hours.

We have found that taking a 10-minute break from the mask can help keep your skin clear as this allows the skin the breathe properly throughout the day. Only remove your mask when it’s safe to do so and after washing your hands. An example of a safe place to remove your mask would be outdoors when you are at least six feet away from people and inside a car when you’re either alone or with somebody from your household.


Caroline Hirons’ Top Tips For ‘Maskne’ | This Morning | Broadcasted on 16/09/2020


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