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Our Top Skincare Picks to Help Combat Mask-Acne


Alpha H Liquid Gold, Clinique Moisture Surge, Origins Active Charcoal Mask, images via Feel Unique, Cult Beauty

Wearing a mask on the regular is now a part of our day to day existence– but that doesn’t mean that mask-acne has to be.

There are a few things you can do before your skincare regime even starts to help prevent mask-acne: making sure you wash out your mask (if it’s reusable) each night is a great step to prevent bacteria transferring to your skin. Couple that with refraining from chucking your mask in a back pocket or loose in your bag – where it can come into contact with more bacteria – and you’re already on the right track.

When it comes to your skincare products, you want to make sure you are clearing away any acne-causing bacteria while treating your skin sensitively to reduce any inflammation. So, these are our top picks to help you do just that:

Cleanser

La Roche Posay Effaclar Purifying Foaming Gel Cleanser for Oily Skin

£12.50 for 200ml

The friction from the mask is likely to cause an influx in your skin's sensitivity, so start off your routine will a gentle, foaming cleanser. Something like ‘La Roche Posay’s Effaclar Purifying Foaming Gel Cleanser for Oily Skin’ will do the trick. This will remove any build-up of oil and dirt, while still being very gentle on the skin. It is also alcohol-free, so it won’t dry out the skin.


Exfoliator

Alpha H Liquid Gold

£33.50 for 100ml

Next step: exfoliate. There is an array of choices in this department – but a chemical exfoliant rather than a physical one will prevent further irritation while still giving you a deep clean. Our pick is Alpha H’s ‘Liquid Gold’: sweep over clean skin a few nights a week, and the glycolic acid will prevent breakouts while giving you a fresh-faced glow by morning.

Alpha H Liquid Gold, La Roche Posay Effaclar Purifying Foaming Gel Cleanser images via Feel Unique

SPF

Kiehls Ultra Light Daily UV Defence Aqua Gel

£29.00 for 30ml

Just remember to use an SPF whenever you are exfoliating – our pick is Kiehls’ ‘Ultra Light Daily UV Defence Aqua Gel’. Its non-comedogenic - meaning it won’t clog the skin - and it’s SPF 50, so will keep you protected. (Using an SPF also prevents acne-scarring!)

Moisturiser

Clinique Moisture Surge

£25.00 for 30ml

A lot of people skip moisturiser when trying to combat breakouts in a bid to keep oil at bay, but this often just makes matters worse. If you dry out the skin too much, it can cause oil production to go into over-drive and cause more clogging of pores. Go for a non-oil-based moisturiser, avoiding anything that could sit heavy on the skin. Clinique’s ‘moisture surge’ is a water-based gel-cream, that sinks into the skin instantly, leaving it hydrated and plumped.

Clinique Moisture Surge, Kiehls Ultra Light Daily UV Defence Aqua Gel images via Feel Unique

Mask

Origins Active Charcoal Mask

£22.00 for 75ml

Adding a mask into your skincare routine once a week will give your skin a chance to completely reset. A charcoal mask is a must-have for an anti-acne regime – charcoal will draw out impurities in the skin, de-clogging your pores, and diminishing your blemishes. Origins’ ‘Active Charcoal Mask’ does just this, with added White China Clay to absorb environmental toxins.

Origins Active Charcoal Mask, Foreo images via Feel Unique, Foreo

Targeted Treatments

Origins Super Spot Remover

£16.00 for 10ml

To really go the extra mile and target specific breakouts, you can use a topical treatment like origins’ ‘Super Spot Remover’ and apply it directly onto any breakouts. It uses salicylic acid – another great spot-fighting ingredient – to help to eliminate acne and prevent any future breakouts.

Foreo Espalda

£129.00

Our final pick for fighting mask-acne is Foreo’s ‘Espalda’ – an acne treatment pen that uses blue LED light and T-Sonic pulsations to destroy acne-causing bacteria on the skin without causing any irritation or dryness. This one is slightly higher in price range – but it’s a pioneer of future anti-acne treatments, combining high-end skincare with new technologies, and is the cherry on top of our mask-acne fighting regime.


Words by Allegra Campbell Boreham

Graphics by Georgia Walters


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