“Maskne”: The irritation and acne caused by the friction and continuous wear of a face covering, such as a Mask. This single word has become a condition of the pandemic, and a breakout search term on Google since the beginning of May. No pun intended.

People everywhere are looking for ways to not only treat, but also prevent the effects of Maskne. This is evident as videos on YouTube have been uploaded and viewed at alarming rates; the most-watched single video has over 138,000 views.

Start With Restoring Skin to a Healthy State

Epi-OnAzelamidopropyl Dimethyl Amine (and) Water (and) Butylene Glycol

Non-irritating active that helps reduce skin imperfections, does not clog pores, and helps control sebum production. Accelerates skin repair and healing by increasing cell migration, and growth factor secretions resulting in a strengthened skin barrier, and reduced inflammation. Check out this Dermo-Balancing Cream formulation to bring back flawless skin effortlessly. 

Biome OléoactifSimmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil (and) Avena Sativa Kernel Oil (and) Bacillus Ferment

Skin microbiota are fundamental to skin physiology and immunity. It must be balanced, preserved and highly diversified for healthy skin. Biome Oleoactif balances the skin microbiota, and maintains the integrity of the epidermal barrier. It exhibits moisturizing, restructuring, soothing, and emollient properties. Check out this Magic Oil 2020 formulation to work to restore the balance of the skin. 

WS SA50Salicylic Acid & Sodium Polyacrylate

A must for anyone prone to acne, due to its exfoliating nature. As an anti-irritant, it has the ability to soothe stressed skin, reduce redness, and work as an anti-inflammatory to calm breakouts on the skin. WS SA50 is an easy to formulate with, water-soluble salicylic acid powder loaded with 50% of salicylic acid allows you to build effective formulations free from alcohol, discoloration, and recrystallization for improved compatibility and stability. Check out this Salicylic Acid Soap Bar for cleansing away the day, and this Salicylic Soothing Alcohol-Free Gel to protect the skin in a new day. 

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Protection and Prevention is All in a Day’s Work

This impact has caused an influx to dermatologists’ inboxes. The American Academy of Dermatology has addressed skin problems caused by wearing a mask, even down to the irritation that happens behind the ears. Help consumers avoid painful discomfort with ingredients that protect the skin. 

Perfect Skin Serum applied daily can reduce imperfections, maintain healthy skin & restore the pH. Featuring Beauté by Roquette® SA 130 which is Succinic acid, a less aggressive alternative to salicylic acid that inhibits bacteria proliferation. Or this Touch Perfect Roll On to rebalance excess sebum, and promote the elimination of imperfections.
Acne & Oil Control Gel Cream will control the oiliness and resulting acne that is caused by heat clogged pores due to mask contact. Featuring Bix’Activ which is a natural active that decreases sebaceous gland activity, pore size, and shininess while maintaining skin hydration. 
Repair & Renew Facial Serum is a nourishing serum that improves skins moisture barrier and protecting the skin and increasing elasticity. With the inclusion of Ethience® Protect rehydrates the skin both in the short term and long term, counteracting the barrier damage caused by mask friction.

Cover Up the Effects of Covering Up – How Mega Meta

Let’s face it, literally. Even after taking all the skin care precautions and treating skin, consumers are still facing the effects of irritation, redness, and blemishes. And as people are returning back to “normal” They are reaching for solutions to hide those unsightly side effects. This is where a light coverage color correcting product is a go-to. Check out this Anti-Redness Cameleon CC Cream that uses using Cameleon Caps so the formulation becomes significantly lighter and pigments blend evenly onto the skin.