Wearing a face mask while working all day in the salon has some stylists experiencing “maskne”—breakouts and irritation. Maggie Staszuck, licensed esthetician with the American Society of Skincare Professionals, offers some suggestions for both skin and mask cleaning routines.
- For stylists who are wearing masks for a long period of time, it’s important that they keep their skin clean. Ideally, the skin should also be free of powder/foundation. The friction of the mask combined with oil and dirt on the skin can lead to irritation and break outs.
- Masks that are reusable should be washed daily and those that are disposable, tossed. Since it is inevitable that oil, makeup, and “dirt” from the day will accumulate on the mask (not to mention the condensation from breathing), this is a perfect breeding ground for bacteria.
- Stylists should also keep their skin well hydrated. Skin that is dehydrated, flakey, and already compromised is more likely to develop irritation and break outs than skin that has a healthy barrier.
- Stylists should apply their moisturizer to clean skin at least 30 minutes before applying their mask.
- For stylists with an oilier skin type, they should consider using a product that aids in oil absorption. Products with Zinc are a great option because they are healing and mattifying.
- Stylists should take a break every 2 hours to remove the mask and try not to touch their face.
- For breakouts or irritation that occur, do not pick! This spreads bacteria and makes the wound healing process longer. Avoid aggressive spot treatment products and treat with care. Think soothing, healing instead.
"Acne comes from an unbalanced body, such as an upset in the digestive track or the hormonal system,” says skincare expert and celebrity esthetician Vicki Morav. “High stress levels can cause overworked adrenals that may result in acne both directly and indirectly. It all comes down to the individual chemical, emotional, mental and physical body." system,” says skincare expert and celebrity esthetician Vicki Morav. “High stress levels can cause overworked adrenals that may result in acne both directly and indirectly. It all comes down to the individual chemical, emotional, mental and physical body."
When adult acne is driven by stress, the body can't eliminate the chemicals fast enough, says Morav, which overworks the lymphatic system and causes it to slow down. Hormones, another common reason for adult acne, are particularly challenged during menopause. “Our body consists of a chain with many links. All the links depend on one another to do the job and if one link falls off the entire chain falls apart.
“We are genetically built in certain ways and when for any reason the body undergoes a lot of stress or growth it is easy for the skin to be used as a channel to eliminate impurities," Morav says.
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