• Autumn Hodak

How to rock your face mask + protect your skin

How do you feel about wearing your face mask in public? At first, I felt a little silly; I mean, I wear one while in the treatment room, but never out in public. Something tells me these are going to be apart of our fashion statement for a little longer.

Wearing a face mask is such an amazing act of kindness. I appreciate everyone who is wearing one out in public, and it means that you're trying to protect those around you. I am considered high risk when it comes to contracting COVID-19, I have asthma. So I sincerely thank you!


Although you're protecting those around you, I want to make sure you're protecting your skin during this time. If you suffer from acne, it's important to know that wearing your mask holds heat and bacteria, which can clog your pores and make breakouts worse.

When you return home from running your errands, you already wash your hands. I also recommend washing your face. Washing your face will help keep your pores clear and remove some of the bacteria left behind from your mask.

Wearing makeup under your mask can also cause more skin irritation, and your mask will hold on to your makeup, creating the perfect breeding ground for bacteria which acne just loves.


Let's hear for the people who have started making face masks and covering for those in need. It is such an excellent idea. If you have a reusable mask, it's crucial to keep it clean by washing it regularly. I recommend washing them with a fragrance- free detergent and avoid using fabric softeners. They contain a waxy residue that has pore-clogging ingredients.

If you are using a disposable mask, you can cocktail a mixture of distilled water with lavender and a little tea tree if you have some on hand. Add this to a spray bottle for a little antimicrobial mixture. (This is only something I recommend during this time because I know resources can be slim.)


Anytime your skin is not used to something, it can cause a little irritation or even some redness. If you already suffer from acne, I want you to keep in mind that irritation from your mask can aggravate current breakouts.

Because this something new to your skin, you may develop some sensitivity. Keep in mind that everyone's skin is different, so what irritates your skin may not affect someone else's. During the face mask season, I'd like for you to act as if your skin is sensitive, use gentle products, and avoid face scrubs that may cause more harm than good.

I also would like you to avoid some of these active ingredients if you notice that your skin is becoming a little more sensitized than usual:

  • Mandelic acid

  • Salicylic acid

  • Glycolic acid

  • Vitamin A

Keep on rocking your fashionable face mask to keep yourself and those around you safe. Let me be the superhero for your skin while you're out saving the world.

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