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Face off: How to care for your skin while wearing a face mask

Masks play a vital role in reducing the spread of the coronavirus., but that doesn’t mean we’re willing to sacrifice our skin and put up with the inevitable ‘maskne’.
This is why we turned to NeoStrata® for advice on how to take care of your skin while wearing a face mask.

Skincare under a mask:

Masks can also be hard on your skin, causing problems that range from acne and peeling skin to rashes and itchiness. Three of these problems are:

  • Too much moisture is produced by breathing under the mask- this creates heat and blockages.
  • When the mask is removed and constantly applied- the moisture, followed by the skin airing out causes the barrier issues, and so the skin dries out, this causes inflammation and can irritate a rosacea-prone skin.
  • Chaffing and friction causes a contact dermatitis. 

How to solve “Maskne”:

Adult acne can be incredibly frustrating, but there are effective treatments available. Here are some product recommendations from NeoStrata® to keep pores clear and free of blemishes:

Use a Clarifying Cleanser with 0,5% SalicylicAcid to unclog pores.

NeoStrata® Mandelic Clarifying Cleanser is a soap-free, anti-bacterial and anti-ageing foaming cleanser. It is gentle on the skin but provides light exfoliation and deep pore cleansing. This gentle daily cleanser has been formulated for those with oily, congested, acne-prone skin.

RRSP: R550-00

Use an Oily Skin solution with 8% Glycolic Acid to increase cell turnover and avoid dead skin build-up.

NeoStrata® Oily Skin Solution is an everyday anti-ageing toner that deep cleans clogged pores while reducing oiliness and shine on the surface of the skin. It can be used throughout the day to freshen the skin.

RRSP: R530-00

Use a Sheer Hydration cream that is lightweight so it won’t agitate the skin.

NeoStrata® Sheer Hydration is a popular hydrating, anti-ageing day moisturiser that is, what its name suggests – sheer. Its light formulation makes it easily absorbable and the built-in sunscreen does not leave a white residue on the skin. It hydrates oily skin so effectively, without congesting the skin, that those who live in hot, humid climates will find this product works well for them.

RRSP: R684-00

Use a Spot Treatment Gel that contains 2% SalicylicAcid.

NeoStrata® Targeted Clarifying Gel is a rapid action treatment that targets skin imperfections and blemishes often associated with oily acne-prone skins. Gentle exfoliants help to remove impurities. 
 RRSP: R889 – 00

With all focus now on the upper half of the face, NeoStrata® recommends paying special attention to the eye area.

NeoStrata® Comprehensive Retinol Eye Cream is a potent anti-ageing treatment that targets the appearance of fine lines, crepiness, and dark circles under the delicate eye area. Making use of the gold-standard anti-ageing ingredient Retinol at a concentration that is suitable for the delicate eye area, this formula helps brightens the appearance of dark circles whilst promoting the skin’s natural turnover process.

RRSP: R1110-00

NeoStrata® Skin Active Intensive Eye Therapy is an intensely hydrating eye cream in the Skin Active range. This advanced, comprehensive anti-ageing range is formulated to prevent and correct all visible signs of ageing, helping to maintain optimum skin health. This eye cream targets puffiness and crow’s feet, helping to smooth fine lines and wrinkles around the delicate eye area. 

RRSP: R1110-00

All of the NeoStrata® products are available online from Dermastore and Skin Miles and from selected Aesthetic Medical Practitionersand medi-spas nationwide.Visit to find your nearest stockist.

This article was shared from Elvee Consultancy.