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In this year 2020, face Masks have become part of our daily outfits. Masks are practically our new everyday accessory, however, many of us are discovering a frustrating side effect.

Wearing a mask for long hours can produce irritation and acne on the chin, nose, cheeks, and jawline even if your skin isn’t typically acne-prone. Unfortunately, at this moment is inevitable because, like it or not, we have to wear masks to curb the spread of this virus.

Fortunately, there are some simple strategies you can use to combat mask irritation. Following this advice will make it more bearable and if by chance your skin is in perfect condition, also follow this advice so it stays that way.


One of the main problems with masks is the lack of oxygenation of the face, the sweat and the rubbing on the areas with more pressure. This type of acne is generally classified as “mechanic acne”. Like traditional breakouts, it’s ultimately a result of oil and dead skin cells clogging the pores, but there are three additional components at play: friction, heat, and moisture.

How do I take care of my skin?

1. Always start with a clean face and a fresh mask

One of the most important steps is to cleanse the face before and after using the mask with a gentle cleanser that eliminates dirt, oil, sweat, or even makeup, although you should avoid makeup if you are forced to use a mask for many hours a day. We recommend Sands Chamomile Facial Cleanser

Avoid reusing the same face mask for multiple days. Masks should be treated like underwear and washed after each day’s use.

2. Prevent unnecessary buildup on your skin and keep it hydrated.

The humid environment inside the mask limits your skin’s ability to breathe, which means it’ll be easily weighed down by makeup and heavier skincare products. Skip the foundation and moisturize with a light hydrating formula, like our Sands Green Tea Antioxidant Serum

If your skin is dry and already reddened because of the mask, apply the Sands Soothing Skin Relief Gel and/or Sands Vita Soothe to help soothe and restore your skin without clogging pores.

3. Spot treat pimples when they appear

Emerging acne can worsen and spread into bigger breakouts quickly under face masks, so it’s best to get them under control as quickly as possible. You won’t regret using our salicylic acid spot treatments, such as our Sands Acne Spot Treatment for day and for the evening Sands Overnight Spot Treatment, act fast to treat pimples and calm inflammation.

4. Intensive Care

Need a product that immediately relieves irritation and contributes oxygen to the skin? Apply our Sands O2 Lift Mask liberally to the affected area. Leave on for 20 minutes then rinse thoroughly with tepid water, or leave on overnight. Suitable for daily use. Avoid hairline and eyebrows as product may lighten hair.

With these steps, you should notice an improvement in mask acne breakouts within a few days. If you are required to wear a face mask for extended periods of time, keep a fresh clean replacement mask or two nearby to change into, preferably made of cotton.

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