Help! I'm getting maskne

Maskne and Sundara Acne Control Serum – read the post below for more information on how to treat/prevent maskne with Dr. Kappius’ help!

What is maskne?

It is a new term describing the type of acne on your lower face resulting from frequent mask wearing. It is caused by several factors – a hot and humid environment under the mask leading to bacterial overgrowth and clogged pores, and irritation from friction (where the mask rubs on your face). 
Maskne does NOT mean you need to stop wearing a mask – read below for our tips and tricks to treat and prevent it!
How to prevent it?
1. Wash your face twice daily with a gentle cleanser – no harsh scrubs (acne does not mean your skin is dirty).
2. Use a light moisturizer – look for agents that are non-comedogenic (won’t clog pores), oil-free, and hypoallergenic.
3. Do not wear makeup under your mask – this will worsen your maskne. It is ok (and recommended) to still use sunscreen on your face!
4. Use a clean mask – either use a new disposable mask every day or wash your mask (if cloth) regularly.
5. As with any type of acne – NO PICKING!! This will only make the problem worse.
6. Use acne medication regularly over any acne prone areas – this will help heal existing acne and prevent new lesions. Give the treatment time to work (about 4-6 weeks is the minimum amount of time your skin needs to show improvement!)
We recommend our Sundara Acne Control Serum – it contains benzoyl peroxide and glycolic acid which work together to decrease the amount of bacteria on your skin, decrease inflammation, and clear out clogged pores. Start out using once per day and increase to twice daily as tolerated. **These ingredients can make your skin red/dry at first, but if you use a light moisturizer it will alleviate these problems.**
7. Seek the expertise of a dermatologist if these steps are not working! We are here to help and a simple change in your routine and/or prescriptions may be what you need! 
Call our office at 970-242-8177 to purchase Sundara products or to make an appointment with our dermatologist, Dr. Kappius!