How to treat mask acne.
Avoid wearing makeup unless absolutely necessary. If you must, keep it light & oil free or consider investing in a more natural mineral powder/foundation. You could also try applying to the top half of your face and leaving the bottom half clear. I often do this if I don’t want to go completely bare faced.
Wash your skin with a gentle balancing cleanser as soon as you get home/remove the mask. Keeping pores clean will prevent acne from setting in. Always double cleanse at night to ensure sufficient removal of sweat, pollution, makeup and bacteria. Try Elemis Cica Calm Cleansing Foam.
Treat your skin to a face mask 1-2 times a week. My skin is dry/combination, so I generally opt for masks which are excellent at balancing and hydrating. I'm currently using Elemis Peptide Thousand Flowers Mask. It's formulated with skin-synchronising Peptide⁴ and brightening Nordic Peat, the cooling, velvety mousse texture instantly revitalises skin and reduce the appearance of pores.
Hydrate as much as possible. We all know that a hydrated barrier = healthy skin and a healthy skin is less likely to flare up. Drink plenty of water and get yourself a good hyaluronic acid serum. Hylauronic acid is amazing at replenishing lost hydration! My favourite HA serum is Elemis Peptide Antioxident Hydra-Serum. The ultra-light formula is enriched with Hyaluronic Acid and Honesty Seed Oil to intensely hydrate while softening the look of lines and wrinkles, leaving skin feeling smooth and protected with moisture.
Choose fabrics that are non-irritable and soft on the skin, such as cotton or washable silk and clean them frequently using a gentle non-bio washing powder to prevent skin irritation. If you prefer a disposable mask, change it every 4 hours.
If you do have a breakout, use products that contain salicylic acid. It has amazing anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties and will help to clean pores, calm irritation, and manage sebum production; preventing acne from re-occurirng.
A good moisturiser is essential for putting any lost moisture back into the skin (especially on those areas that have become dry from mask friction). I recommend Elemis SOS Emergency Cream. An intensive daily moisturiser that helps protect from the effects of modern living whilst replenishing skin with soothing hydration.
Book a facial. It'll do wonders for your complexion, there is no better time to look after your skin.
And finally....try to relax. Many of us are in the same boat and its only temporary.