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Dealing with Facial Mask Skin Issues

Updated: May 30, 2022

Written By Taylor Paden

Naava Team

Wearing mask has been part of our daily lives since the pandemic started early this year 2020, and although it is a necessary measure, it has also caused a lot of changes in skin health for some, prolonged use of mask can cause skin irritations, rashes, mask acne, facial dermatitis, itching and flares of rosacea, to name a few, we have had several customers reach out to us in regards to these issues, so we immediately started working on new treatment developments to help soothe, heal, and educate on a regimen to help prevent and bring the skin to its healthy state, it is a total life style change, but so worth it.

Contact Dermatitis, Rosacea, Dry, Irritated Skin:

Mask can make your skin sweat and drain out moisture, leaving the skin dry, at times itchy and irritated, some acquiring contact dermatitis, which can be an irritant or an allergic reaction to the mask itself, symptoms include, dry, itchy rash, at times scaly, could also include in some cases, bumps, redness and inflammation. Ensuring your mask is washed daily with a fragrance-free, hypoallergenic detergent, is vital, 100% cotton is best. Once you are done with your mask for the day, cleanse your skin with a non-foaming, gentle cleanser, a mild oatmeal creme cleanser or milk cleanser would help, as it will cleanse, but not strip your skin, leaving the skin soft and hydrated while calming. We recommend cleansing twice a day, followed by an intensive non-comedogenic moisturizing creme.

Mask Acne:

Prolonged use of mask can cause heat, friction and occlusion, and when combined with moist environment from breathing, talking or sweating, this can cause breakouts, humid environment can trap bacteria inside touching your skin, this is where acne causing bacterias can thrive, as well as candida, also known as yeast infection, one way to avoid this issue is a gentle yet anti-bacterial cleanser with salicylic acid, preferably avoiding foaming cleansers, Cynthia recommends a gel cleanser instead, using a non-comedogenic oil control treatment that is suitable for oily to acne prone skin, applying a treatment that has oil balancing ingredients is key to keeping the skin's natural barrier and avoid stripping. As advised earlier, washing your mask daily is vital to keeping bacterias away, Cynthia, Founder here at Naava Skin Therapy & Master Esthetician, prefers disposable mask for this type of client, and if using disposable, it should be changed a few times throughout the day, so that the bacterias do not have a chance of forming, grow and congest the skin, but we know how costly this can be, so If using cloth mask, she recommends having a few on hand and change the mask as you go through your day. Washing with a mild, hypoallergenic detergent, avoiding anything with fragrance or chemicals, and using 100% cotton as mentioned before.

Makeup Use:

Wearing makeup can actually aggravate the situation, but if you have to, avoid applying makeup in the areas where the mask is covering, perfect time to showcase your lashes and flawless eyebrows, makeup tends to clog pores, so if you absolutely have to wear some, mineral foundation is most recommended, although it does not offer the full coverage as other heavier makeup, but it will allow your skin to breathe better.

Skin Regimen for Facial Dermatitis, Rosacea & Skin Irritation:

Gentle Goat Milk Cleanser: The name says it all, gentle, milk, creme cleanser that does the job of cleansing, without stripping the skin, formulated for sensitive, rosacea, dry, mature skin. Has brightening properties from natural lactic acid, calming chamomile, lavender, aloe base, and moisturizing and nourishing goat milk. Leaves your skin, soft, brightened and cleansed. Cynthia recommends leaving the cleanser on for a few extra seconds to a minute for a brighter glow and calming effect.

Antiseptic Calming Spray:

This soothing, cooling antiseptic spray helps with skin irritations, with it's antibacterial and anti-fungal properties to help reduce bacterial growth on the skin while aloe & chamomile calm the skin, calendula & oat extract help calm eczema and itch sensation, great for on the go skin relief. Spray as needed as you go through your day. This is perfect for mask acne as well.

Moisturize, Heal & Nourish with Probiotic Soothing Ointment:

The Solution: Probiotic Soothing Ointment, this healing, soothing, ointment has ultra moisturizing non-comedogenic (meaning it does not clog pores) properties of Kokum Butter, Argan Oil, Sweet Almond Oil and Shea Butter, and calming Oatmeal & Zinc, Calendula and Probiotic to help repair the skin and restore and protect it's natural barrier. Apply on the skin two to three times a day or as needed, a little goes a long way, this petroleum-free magical ointment melts on your skin and will absorb without leaving any greasy or heavy feeling, just a soft, moisturized, silky smooth feel.

Nourishing Facial Oil:

Nourishing Fina Facial Oil is perfect for on the go skin nourishing moisturizer, another non-comedogenic, lightweight & fast absorbing, helps lock in moisture, without leaving a greasy residue, for a quick moisturizing touch up, just roll on and gently massage on and go. Has anti-inflammatory & healing properties, leaving your skin with a radiant glow.

Mask Acne Regimen:

Anti-Bacterial Eucalyptus Gel Cleanser

This cleanser is formulated to help oily to acne prone skin, with anti-bacterial properties and added Salicylic Acid, which helps kill bacteria that causes acne, with eucalyptus, sage, basil, lemon peel, echinacea, vitamins and free radical scavenger ingredients also known as antioxidants. Use twice a day, leaving on skin for extra seconds to a minute to help kill bacteria and help skin regeneration. Leaves the skin brightened & fresh, follow with the Antiseptic Calming Spray.

AHA or Glycolic Exfoliating Pads:

Exfoliation is still an important part of your skin regimen, helps remove dead skin cells, exfoliating waffle pads submerged in a boosted alpha and beta hydroxy solution that helps kill bacteria, and helps with skin regeneration, use once to twice a week.

Probiotic Acne Rescue Balm

The Solution: This rescue balm is a luxurious yet restorative all-in-one treatment, specially designed to target mask acne, skin irritation and redness, helps balance oily skin, formulated with Blue Tansy Oil, known for it's anti-inflammatory, antioxidant properties, clears congested pores and kill off pimple-causing bacteria, hemp seed oil, perfect for moisturizing without clogging pores, helps reduce acne, sage and myrrh oil, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, helping to fight microbes that cause infections, this overall aromatic rescue balm will enliven your senses while helping to balance and protect while restoring skin from congestion. Non-comedogenic, use on cleansed body and face two to three times daily or as needed.

If you'd like a free consultation with one of Naava Team's customer service to help you find the right regimen for you, feel free to chat with us or send us a message at

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