Are you suffering from this? Have you noticed spots appearing around the chin and mouth area that you haven't suffered with in the past?
Unfortunately this is being caused by us wearing face mask in our daily lives.
It really is mind blowing the changes we have seen this year, if someone had said to me "in year 2020 it will be normal for us to wear face masks in public" I think I would have laughed!
It really isn't a laughing matter, the fact is it is our reality.
I do however have the answer for you on how to help clear up Mask-ne (Mask Acne).
At Charisma Beauty in Norwich which have a team of highly trained skincare specialists ready to address all your skincare needs.
We are proud stockists of Katherine Daniels Professional Skincare brand, we recommend their award winning products for our clients home care routine and carry out the result driven professional treatments in salon to give you "better skin for life"
I want to share with you advice written by Co-Founder of Katherine Daniels, Kirsti Shuba on how we can help you combat Mask-ne (Mask Acne)
A new generation of skin problems is lurking beneath every mask and face covering. We know that prevention is better than cure, understanding the potential problem will allow you to avoid it.
We’re always on hand for help and advice if you need it.
Officially known as Acne Mechanica.
Let’s get this straight. This is not acne in the true sense, it’s a ‘man-made’ skin condition.
It usually effects the face, the area beneath your mask or face covering. Acne Mechanica can affect any area of the body too.
When you wear a mask or face covering you create an occlusive environment beneath it. The air under your mask is humid and warm, and the mask itself may cause friction.
Let us look at these 2 issues individually.
The air under your mask is humid and warm – the ideal breeding ground for bacteria, fungus & virus
Breathing in and out in an occlusive environment means that nasal mucosa, oil, bacteria, fungus and virus are being deposited directly on to your skin.
This may lead to the development of Cutaneous bacterium (Cutibacterium acne).
You may also be more susceptible to the herpes simplex virus (cold sores) if you’re prone to them.
Its hot under a mask - this may lead to perspiration. Sweat contains bacteria and oil.
Sweat & bacteria mixed with make-up will lead to blocked pores and blackheads.
With all of this going on. It’s likely that your skin barrier (the protective barrier that keeps the goodness in and the badness out!) will become damaged, leading to dryness, dehydration, and sensitivity.
The mask itself may cause friction.
This may make your skin red and inflamed, which may also cause further damage to your skin barrier.
How to help yourself throughout the day:
Which products will help your skin best?
Essential Miracle Cleansing Jelly - a gentle yet effective cleanser, with no added fragrance. It will help your skin while vulnerable.
Essential Deep Cleansing & Skin Rejuvenation System - its 4 times more effective than manual cleansing. The perfect way to ensure your pores don’t become blocked.
Alternatively use our Deep Cleansing & Exfoliating Discs - they allow a deeper cleanse and an exfoliating scrub, ensuring your pores don't become blocked.
Essential Exfoliating Gel - prevents the build-up of dead cells. Dead cells block your hair follicles, and bacteria will ‘fester’ within them, leading to spots & blackheads.
Total Skin Repair Concentrate – will repair your skin, reduce inflammation and redness. Promote the healing process by stimulating regeneration and repair proteins (collagen, elastin). It’s your go to SOS treatment for all skin types.
Sensitive Skin Rich Cream - this will hydrate, nourish, calm and soothe your skin. Helping to reduce inflammation and keep you skin barrier intact.
Smoothing Resurfacing Mask or Repairing Nourishing Mask - depending on how dry your skin is, this weekly or bi-weekly treat will do exactly what it says on the tin. The Smoothing Resurfacing Mask isn’t harsh or aggressive, its deep cleansing formulation is infused with soothing Aloe Vera, which fights bacteria and virus on the skin
Keep your skin clean, strong, and hydrated. This will ensure your skin is able to work to its best potential. This will keep it as healthy as possible. This prevention is always better than cure.
All of the products and treatments mentioned can be used to prevent Mask-ne, as well treat
Please be careful, if you see spots appearing don’t rush out and buy harsh, stripping products for oily skin. It will make the problem worse.
At Charisma Beauty we know we can help you prevent and cure Mask-ne.
Your first step would be to talk to one of our skincare specialists or to book yourself a facial.
When making a booking select essential facial, this is the best starting point to allow our therapists to carry out a thorough consultation and advise on the best skincare and facial to get you the best results and ultimately "Better skin for life"
I would love to know in the comments how your skin is being effected by your mask or any other skincare concerns you may have.
Thank-you for taking the time to read my blog, I hope it helps you or someone you know.
Here is our skincare specialist Leanne using the Essential Deep Cleansing & Skin Rejuvenating System, just look at her glowing skin!
I've been winning skincare awards since I was 18 years old, so I knew how to treat my flair up of Acne Rosacea.
That's right, I was 18 when my name "Charlotte Sims, Charisma Beauty in Norwich" was first announced as a winner of my first professional skincare award. I had to stand up in front of other therapists and salon owners to collect my award and I was terrified, shaking like a leaf, had no idea what to say as a thank you speech but I felt so proud.
Fast forward 16 years and I still get nervous every time. You would think after 16 years, winning multiple awards yearly the nerves would have subsided but they haven't. Why? Because I am passionate about what I do, I believe wholeheartedly in what I offer and winning these awards proves I am an expert in the beauty & skincare industry.
So when my skin took a big hormonal change post breastfeeding my second baby this year I knew exactly what I needed to do to treat it. Just look how sore my skin had become.
A change in hormones had left my skin extremely dry, painful to touch and I had developed acne rosacea which had become infected. I took these images sat in my bath sobbing. (That is my daughters rubber duck in the background, not mine, wink wink)
If you are having the same skin troubles I had, I understand how you feel.
First thing first was some help from my GP and a course of antibiotics to help with the infection. I don't always agree with medication for skincare but in this instance I knew that was what I needed to start with to fight the infection.
It was then time to strip back my skincare routine and reset my skin.
I went back to basics and used the Katherine Daniels products which we use at Charisma Beauty & Skincare Norwich in our professional salon treatments and recommend to our clients for result drive homecare products.
I kept it simple and used the Katherine Daniels Cleansing Milk followed with Katherine Daniels Toning Lotion to cleanse and tone my skin morning and evening.
To then protect my skin and give it the nourishment it needed I applied Katherine Daniels Dry Skin Cream morning and evening.
That was it! I went back to a simple skin routine and within a few weeks saw a dramatic improvement. My skin was no longer dry, the soreness thankfully had gone, redness reduced and the infection had cleared. BUT one of the biggest changes was my confidence. I felt like me again, I felt I could confidently face the world without people staring at my skin wondering what was wrong with me. I was smiling again!
,I know, you are scrolling up and down comparing the images and can't believe the difference. I have just done the exact same thing with tears of joy in my eyes at the transformation.
I have since gone on to have a course of Anti-Aging Skin Defense Collagen Strengthening facials, followed by a second course of our medical grade Photo-Dynamic Therapy treatment currently exclusively only available at Charisma Beauty in the Norwich area. I will tell you more about these incredible facials in a future blog.
If you yourself have a skin concern like mine or any other skin concern you would like help with please don't hesitate to get in touch. The best place to start is by booking an essential facial. This allows our skin care specialists to carry out a thorough consultation on your skin, pamper you with a full facial and then create a bespoke homecare prescription and treatment plan to get you the results you deserve.
Likewise if you have a friend, or family member who you know is also suffering with their skin, please share this blog with them. It could be the best help you could give them in overcoming a skin complaint that has affected them for years.
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