9 essential skincare skincare products to stop maskne in its tracks

We have a rocky road ahead of us, where masks are going to be a big part of our future. So, it’s time to update our skincare routines accordingly to ensure maskne isn’t a dilemma we have to deal with.

2020 bought with it many things, maskne being one of them. In what could very well be one of the biggest skin dilemmas of the past decade, acne and congestion caused by wearing a steamy-hot mask was something many of us weren’t prepared for – cue the mass breakouts!

It’s that humidity and sweat that creates the perfect breeding ground for breakouts. Washing your mask after every use and cleansing your face properly (with a salicylic acid wash like Dermalogica Clear Start Breakout Clearing Foaming Wash, $26.40, at Adore Beauty) are your best starting points for reducing the risk. We’ve also put together a whole skincare routine to help stop maskne in its tracks.

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Thankfully, Chrissy Teigen is doing God’s work, sharing on her Instagram “life hack: nose strip under your mask. Keep safe AND get those rent free blackheads out,” she posted.

It’s brilliant. Slapping on a Biore Original Deep Cleansing Pore Strips, $5.99, at Priceline over your nose and even your chin, can do wonders.

These are the best reusable masks to buy online. Plus, check out why these are the best selling face masks on Adore Beauty.

Here are some more essentials:

Peace Out Skincare Acne Healing Dots, $33, sephora.com.au

Whether you feel a pimple in process or one has popped up overnight, deal with it immediately with a pimple patch. Not only is wearing one under your mask the ideal time (no one can see it), the potent salicylic acid will prevent it from getting bigger, or to that risky stage of when you want to pick.

Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant, $11.90, at Paula’s Choice

Mop up excess oil, unclog pores and resurface skin with this gentle salicylic acid and green tea leave-on toner.

Sukin Blemish Control Oil Free Moisturiser, $8, at Coles

Oily skin in a humid environment doesn’t always make the best combination for skin to thrive. Keep oil to a minimum if your skin is blemish-prone with an oil-free formula like this drop which also reduces acne-associated redness.

Sand & Sky Australian Pink Clay Porefining Face Mask, $69.90, at Adore Beauty

The before and after images of this cult product speak for themselves. A detoxifying clay mask that soaks up dirt and pollutants while clearing congestion.

Sunday Riley Saturn Sulfur Spot Treatment, $32, at Mecca

This new treatment mask from cult-favourite Sunday Riley uses a blend of sulfur, niacinamide, tea tree oil and zinc to dry out and clear spots before they even form.

Herbario Skin Rescue Paint, $50, at Herbario

A herbal remedy you can use as a spot treatment or mix into your cleanser or serum to help heal and prevent breakouts. Powered by anti-bacterial botanicals like Echinacea and calendula.

Serum Factory Pimple Punch, $45, at Nourished Life

A natural remedy in the form of a serum, use this morning and night to help clear congestion. Packed with seven potent actives including those with antiseptic and astringent properties.

And if you’re still looking for some comfortable and chic reusable face mask may you suggest you check out our edit here, here and here.

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