Close your eyes and imagine a roaring fire, a house filled with family and friends, a table set with a bountiful meal, and memorable selfies of you and your loved ones with mask-related acne.
Not quite the picture we have in mind, and we’re guessing we’re not alone in our maskne battles. While you can’t cure those friction- and mask-related breakouts instantly, there are several things you can do to lessen their severity before your next photo op. Time’s a’wastin’, so let’s get to it.
Cleanse With Care
Since protective face masks trap everything from sweat to dirt, your skin needs a little extra help in the exfoliation department. Before you grab an abrasive scrub, consider your skin’s current level of irritation. Open blemishes need to be treated with care, so choose a mild cleanser that will remove debris from your pores without being harsh. The Clarify Cleanser contains irritation-soothing Aloe vera as well as 1 percent salicylic acid, which clears out the dead skin and oil clogging your pores and, with continued use, prevents it from building up again. It’s also gentle enough to be used twice daily and is suitable for normal, combination, and oily, blemish-prone skin.
Minimize the Appearance of Pores
One of the number one questions we hear these days is, “How can I make my pores look smaller?” In truth, you can’t … but clogged pores always look bigger, so keeping them clear of excess oil will make them look less obvious. We use cucumber fruit extract in our Clarify Exfoliating Astringent to soothe skin irritation and restore much needed moisture while salicylic acid penetrates deep within the skin to keep pores clearer longer.
Hydrate the Right Way
There was a time, probably in your teens, when your approach to acne involved stripping away every ounce of oil or moisture your face produced. Hopefully, you’ve moved away from that practice because it can actually send your sebaceous glands into overdrive, exacerbating the problem. Even when you’re attempting to reduce excess oil, your skin still needs moisture. As you fight off bacteria, boost your skin’s natural defenses with a probiotic-rich moisturizer, like the Acidophilus Probiotic Facial Cream. Micronized silver helps minimize blemishes while lactobacillus acidophilus strengthens skin’s surface against environmental invaders. Cucumber, aloe vera, and chamomile round out the skin-soothing trilogy.
Revive Irritated Skin on the Go
Whether you work in an office with forced air or simply need to refresh your skin throughout the day, the Soothe Dermal Repair Mist will comfort your skin instantaneously. Designed for use after professional peeling treatments, this skin strengthener is ideal for even the most sensitive skin. Hydrolyzed algin, a form of seaweed that helps support the skin’s barrier, its combined with antioxidant-rich licorice root and anti-inflammatory powerhouse mushroom extract. Spritz whenever your heart or skin desires.
Add a Different Kind of Mask to Your Routine
Before protective face masks were a thing, everyone was loving wash-off masks, especially our bestselling Clarify Polishing Mask. Now, it’s more popular than ever, thanks to the detoxifying powers of bentonite clay and sulfur. Jojoba beads gently unclog pores while tea tree and eucalyptus oils help skin look healthy and smooth after just one use.
Pick and choose only what you need, or grab our Clarify Start Kit to eliminate the guesswork. And don’t forget to pick up something for your bestie who probably has skincare on his or her wish list this season.
Happy Holidays from everyone at Epicuren Discovery!