Updated: Dec 3, 2020
Maskne aka face mask acne tends to affect people who are already acne-prone or are wearing their masks for prolonged periods of time. This motivated us at Bad Beach to take better care of our skin and we noticed a massive difference!
We recommend starting with a 3-4 step process in the Morning and Evening to keep it simple, suited to your skin needs. That's why we are going to provide a routine which we have tried and tested on our own skin types: Eczema, Dermatitis, Acne, dry skin, oily skin and general bumps. Personally, I suffer from Hormonal Acne and if you're wondering what type you have, the Acne Face Map created by Dr Stacey will tell you exactly what you need to know.
Now let's get onto the good stuff! Oh, and all the products we recommend are suitable for sensitive skin (no alcohols or irritants).
Step 1: Cleanser
We recommend the most gentle cleanser you can find. We use Garnier Micellar Water but we have seen dermatologists raving about CeraVe Foam Cleanser.
If you have acne then you can use a Benzoyl Peroxide wash but use this sparingly and test it on sensitive skin.
We recommend washing your face 1-2 times a day and there is no need to use a face scrubbing brush. These can be harsh to your skin and actually increase oil production.
Step 2: Toner/Acid (Optional)
Toner is entirely personal preference unless you have a particular issue to target, as we do here at Bad Beach. We use high-end Kiehl's toner or at high street prices, we have PIXI Clarity Tonic with Salicylic Acid. *
* Following Dr Shah's advice, these are the exfoliating acids to choose specifically to your skin:
Oily, Acne-Prone skin: Salicylic Acid
Dark Spots: Azelaic Acid
Normal/Combo: Glycolic Acid
Sensitive: Mandelic Acid
Dry Skin: Lactic Acid
Step 3: Exfoliate & Moisturise (with Niacinamide)
We use a 3 in 1 product * but feel free to do this stage separately. Dr Shah recommends chemical exfoliants such as from The Ordinary rather than physical exfoliators as they can cause damage. Also, some of the most popular moisturisers during Winter are Cetaphil Cream and Nivea. They can protect and hydrate your skin from the dry weather.
Gentle exfoliation regularly is important as each day you are shedding new skin cells, particularly if you have a skin condition. This is why moisturisers are vital as a followup because they create a barrier to protect your skin from the outside world especially from bacteria and irritants.
* If you are like me and you suffer from Dermatitis or Rosacea then I cannot recommend using CeraVe SA Soothing Cream enough. The moisturiser is a 3 in 1 with a gentle exfoliator and Salicylic Acid.
The real trick for keeping the flakes, redness and bumps at bay is I mix this with 1/4 scoop of Niacinamide from The Original range which comes at an affordable price of £5 a pot!! OR you can buy a Cerave Moisturiser which already has Niacinamide premixed.
If you’re using an acid we strongly recommend you use an SPF in your morning routine instead of the exfoliating but not the sticky and heavyweight suncream you might be imagining. It can be an Original serum or premixed with a tinted moisturiser such as CeraVe or Nars giving that extra glow during Winter!
Plus, SPF is the best anti ageing ingredient and it’s never too early or too late to start.
Love, BBB x