Maskne is real, and if you’re like us then you’re experiencing the pesky pimples popping up around your chin and nose caused by irritating fabrics and built-up bacteria. Gone are the days of homemade masks from whatever cloth was on hand (though if that’s all you have available, please wear it). That said, we’ve come a long way in terms of mask options to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. From breathable materials to options made with antibacterial fabric, thanks to technology we can protect our community and skin.
Ahead we’re sharing smart and savvy face masks (and skincare tips along the way) to add to your protection pile.
Multimask and multitask with this layered duo. Wear a simple mask covering in addition to the DMH Aesthetics Light Shield, which you can wear while you’re out and about. Pamper your skin and reduce the virus spread at the same time? Sounds like a no-brainer.
Apply a zit cream (or a ~skincare~ sheet mask depending on your skin’s needs) under your mask—nobody will know you’re protecting the pimple!
Consider buying a mask chain to wear around your neck. Not only is it convenient (where’d I put my mask?!), it also helps reduce the amount of germs and acne-causing bacteria spread by tossing your mask on a table or inside your purse.
Spray an acne treatment (like this one) on your mask prior to placing it on your face to help regulate excess oil that causes pimples. (Bonus: this mist also calms inflammation.)
Above all, wear a damn mask(!), and if you’re looking for one to prevent maskne, shop our picks below.
Atoms Everyday Mask
Breathability and comfort are two signs you’re wearing the Atoms Everyday Mask. The $12 mask comes in five different sizes and 13 different styles—solid colors, a tie-dye print, and expressive statements are available. The best part is, with every mask purchased another mask is donated.
Bilio Mask Kangaroo
The Bilio Mask Kangaroo comes in the shades Onyx and Dove and is available in three flexible sizes. Not only are the masks washable and reusable, but they are also knit-to-shape with zero waste and no post-processing. The mask also has a pouch for replaceable filter inserts.
Buck Mason Anti-Microbial Face Mask 5-Pack
The Anti-Microbial Face Mask Pack comes with five reusable masks that last up to 30 wash cycles. Each mask comes in black and has one size available, because the strings are adjustable to fit every face. With each mask purchase, another mask is donated.
Copper Infused Organic Cotton Barrier Face Mask
Each mask is 17% copper-infused, which will never wash out. Copper is known for its ability to stop bacteria and other infectious pathogens from growing. Not only do you have the extra comfort from the mask and reliability from the copper infusion, but you also have a washable, reusable, and sustainable mask.
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