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back-to-school 2020: it's mask time

Going back to school during the COVID-19 pandemic means that things are going to be a bit different. If your school is holding in-person activities, you’ll need to wear a face mask to protect yourself + others from spreading the virus. But, choosing the right face mask can be tricky. This guide is here to help you navigate how to choose the right masks for the school year.

Do face masks cause breakouts?

“Maskne,” or acne resulting from wearing a mask, is a very real challenge, especially if you’re acne prone. In general, acne is caused by excessive oil production, plugging of the hair follicles, inflammation, and bacteria colonization. Face masks create the perfect warm and humid environment for bacteria to thrive, which in turn can lead to breakouts. Frictional forces from fabric can also irritate the skin, causing inflammation and clogged pores. These factors, together, are responsible for unwanted pimples on your face (aka maskne).

What materials are best for my skin?

Face masks made from 100% cotton are the best choice for the skin. Cotton is the most breathable, least irritating to the skin, and creates an effective barrier against the virus. In general, natural fibers are gentler on the skin compared to synthetic fibers.

This is also the most eco-friendly choice. Avoiding disposable masks will help to limit unnecessary waste in our environment. Let’s take care of our planet while we take care of our health!

What should my skincare routine look like?

Although dermatologists recommend that mask-wearers use as few products as possible in their daily skincare routine, making sure your skin is consistently clean + hydrated will help you avoid “maskne.”

1. Try recurrent’s face wash powder. With only six ingredients, our face wash gently yet effectively cleanses the skin, eliminates bacteria, and actually prevents acne (win!). As a result, you’ll find that you can more easily streamline your daily skincare routine. With that extra time in the morning, maybe you can avoid the stress of rushing late to school.

2. Moisturize! Lotion will not only hydrate your skin, but will also create a barrier between your face and your mask. This will help you avoid breakouts caused by excessive rubbing. Luckily, the recurrent face wash doesn’t strip the skin of natural oils. In fact, one of its key ingredients, refined shea butter, acts as a moisturizer.

3. Keep your masks clean. Otherwise, dirt and bacteria can easily build up on the fabric, contributing to maskne. You should wash your mask after every use, especially after exercising or playing a sport.

By following these tips, you will be ready to take on the school day with clean + healthy skin, mask-wearing and all.

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