Skin Treatments & Products  

We know how hard it is to prevent that annoying acne that pops up under the mask. While we are going over ways to correct the “maskne” epidemic, we also want to give you a couple of tips on how to prevent it as we are still making this transition. Savannah Brasells, a Licensed Esthetician at our Mt. Juliet location gave us her take on this: 

  1. Don’t wear makeup under your mask. Many different types of makeup can be pore-clogging and wearing a mask can push it deeper into your skin. Wearing a mask also creates a warm, moist environment, which is the perfect environment for acne-causing bacteria to grow. 
  2. Wear a fresh mask every day if possible. Make sure you are washing your reusable masks! 

As we celebrate a mask-free face, we also must deal with the aftermath and continual maskne that haunts us as we transition. Trust me, we get it. Savannah gives us some more tips on how to take care of this: 

  1. Tweak your skincare routine. The best option would be to come in for a consult with one of our Licensed Estheticians so that we can customize a routine specific to your skin, but here are a few suggestions! Using a product containing salicylic acid is helpful to prevent clogged pores. Salicylic acid is oil soluble, which means it can penetrate through the oil in your skin and really clean out your pore lining. It also provides some chemical exfoliation (product suggestions: ZO Complexion Renewal Pads, ZO Oil Control Pads, AlumierMD Acne Balancing Serum). Another helpful product would be the ZO Complexion Clearing Mask, which is a clay-based mask with sulfur. The clay absorbs excess oil, while the sulfur combats bacteria and inflammation. Lastly, benzoyl peroxide can be helpful as a spot treatment for acne that is more inflamed. Benzoyl peroxide kills p. acnes bacteria, which is the bacteria that causes acne (product suggestion: ZO Acne Control, which is a 10% spot treatment).  
  2. Double cleanse your skin at night. This is an important, often missed, step for patients with acne-prone skin. Especially if you are wearing makeup, it is imperative to remove your makeup with a first cleanse and then go in with a second cleanse (Product Suggestions: ZO Exfoliating Cleanser or AlumierMD Acne Clarifying Cleanser. Bonus: both cleansers contain salicylic acid–mentioned above). 
  3. Come in for a treatment or series of treatments in the office. We have a variety of treatments that can be helpful for acne or maskne, as well as scarring! My suggestions would be Chemical Peels, Hydrafacials, or Forever Clear BBL. Come in for a consult with one of our Licensed Estheticians, and we would be happy to discuss which option would be best for you! 

We hope you got some good tips on how you can look your best under that mask from this article. There are so many ways you can enhance your look—be sure to follow Cool Springs Plastic Surgery on social media and Olivia SalmenSavannah BrasellsChrissy Handly, or any of our providers to get more information on these treatments.