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By Rafael Giralda
September 25th, 2020
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Have you heard of ‘maskne’? You may not have heard of this new term for ‘acne mechanica’, but you may have experienced it. ‘Maskne’ is a skin condition brought on by prolonged wear of facial personal protective equipment. “Masks impose heat, friction and occlusion on the skin and when combined with a moist environment from breathing, talking or sweating, this is a recipe for breakouts” according to Harry Dao MD FAAD, dermatologist for Loma Linda University Health. These factors can cause clogged pores that can become pimples or acne, and the prolonged moist warm environment can make the skin become raw and itchy. For now, we can’t avoid the problem, so how to live with it?

Tips to prevent maskne:


  • Wash your face first – use a gentle oil-free cleanser and rinse with warm water.


  • Apply a moisturiser – this will both keep your skin hydrated, and act as a barrier between your face and your mask.


  • Avoid makeup – wearing makeup under a mask can clog pores and lead to breakouts.


At Unique Laser we use and recommend Environ Skin Care. Here are Dr Des Fernandes’ (Environ Founder and Scientific Director) TOP 3 TIPS and some great products to treat the effects of maskne:

⭐TIP 1: Keep skin moisturised with vitamin A. Environ recommends Skin EssentiA® AVST Moisturiser because mild doses of vitamin A helps to enhance the benefits of natural moisturising factors of the skin and keeps the effects of the immune system on alert.

⭐TIP 2: Boost the skin’s immunity. Environ recommends Focus Care Comfort+® Colostrum Gel & Antioxidant Gel containing powerful antioxidants, which assists to boost the benefits of the skin’s immunity and soothe the appearance of sensitivity.

⭐TIP 3: Clear the appearance of breakouts. Environ recommends Clarity+ Sebu-Wash Gel Cleanser, Sebu-ACEOil, Sebu-Lac Lotion & Sebu-Clear Masque to help clean, control and clear the appearance of breakouts with AHA’s, BHA’s and vitamin A


Envrion Sebu-Wash Gel Cleanser
Envrion Sebu-Wash Gel Cleanser
Environ Sebu-Lac Lotion
Environ Sebu-Lac Lotion


Purchase these and other great products from our Product Shop, or your local Unique Laser Clinic.

Ref: ‘Suffering from breakouts under your mask? How to fight ‘maskne’’. DonaJayne Potts, August 17, 2020. Loma Linda University Health.

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