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Maskne or Mascne What to do about Mask Acne!

By: Jennifer O’Connor Medical Esthetician & Med Spa Owner

My youtube video on Mask Acne: https://youtu.be/EbqJBJjhchE

As a Medical Esthetician and Medspa Owner that suffers with lots of breakouts here are my tips to help with Mask Acne.

Please be sure to clean your mask daily. Use at least 70% isopropyl alcohol if you are spraying it or hand wash it. UV is also said to kill germs so you could leave it out in the sun for a day or purchase a UV sterilizer.


Skincare Routine: These are my top go to ingredients you should have and try.

  1. Salicylic Acid. Either choose a washoff product like cleanser or mask or a leave on product like a toner or serum. Obviously, a leave on will be stronger. Salicylic is a BHA or Beta Hydroxy Acid. It is good at getting into the pores to help break up the cellular debris, act as a mild exfoliant and help with blackheads and whiteheads. It also helps with reducing oil production.
  2. Benzoyl Peroxide or BPO. Again, choose a leave on or wash off product. Start 2.5% or 5%. I use 5% leave on and up to a 10% rinse off cleanser. But be careful everyone’s tolerance is different and if the product you try is high in alcohol it will cause a problem! BPO will kill the bacteria that causes acne and continues to work unlike some Prescription products like Clindamycin that stop working.

In an article on mdacne.com Dr. Yoram Harth states: Like Clindamycin, benzoyl peroxide also fights acne bacteria, but it does so differently. Benzoyl peroxide actually kills the acne bacteria on contact, preventing them from developing resistance. Because of this, benzoyl peroxide medications do not lose their efficacy even with long-term use. The American Academy of Dermatology placed Benzoyl peroxide at the top of the list of anti-acne topical treatments while clindamycin and other topical antibiotics such as erythromycin are on the bottom of the list.


It is said it is best to rotate or separate BPO and Salicylic Acid products by at least 12 hours to avoid irritation. Again, you will need to test your tolerance.


Be sure to not OVER DRY your skin in an effort to reduce oil and breakouts! This will backfire! It will make your body think you are not producing oil and produce more oil! It is a fine balance! Don’t use only oil free products. Your skin needs hydration! Try light serums. I like Hyaluronic Acid. It is actually not an acid but an ingredient that will increase hydration without clogging pores. Note that, in skin-care products, you might also see it listed as sodium hyaluronate (the sodium salt form) or potassium hyaluronate (the potassium salt form). Hyaluronic acid is well known for its skin benefits, especially alleviating dry skin, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and speeding up wound healing.


  1. Niacinimide or Vitamin B3. It is a good addition but not strong enough as a stand alone product in reducing oil and breakouts.
  2. Zinc It is great for acne, reducing inflammation, calming and reducing oil.


Look for a Zinc SPF or Zinc and Titanium Dioxide SPF. No chemicals! The less chemicals on the skin the better and this will provide you with full SPF protection.


Tips for when you do get a breakout:

1 You can try Spot treating your breakouts with a clay-based mask or acne spot pads for overnight. I prefer clay masks because they also reduce oil and help with pore size.


  1. Also try Ice Rolling. In the morning it’s a quick way to tighten the pores and skin, reduce inflammation and even puffy eyes. Its great to ice roll any breakouts or if you feel a breakout coming.


Treatments to ask for:

I would recommend, Deep Cleansing Facials, Microdermabrasion, Dermaplaning, Light Summer Safe Peels in the Summer months and stronger in the fall and winter. Also, try Nanoneedling and Microneedling which are great to infuse active ingredients to help with oil, breakouts, pigmentation, acne marks, and acne scars.


Light therapy is also a great addition to your treatment. BLUE and RED Light are the ideal options. Blue for acne and Red for healing and to stimulate collagen.


Combating the oil and breakouts takes a combination approach and being diligent in your home care regimen.  You can message me for more information or fill out your email on our fusionfacebody.com homepage and I will send you a questionnaire to find out about our customized serums and creams.


Email me at fusionfacebody@gmail.com


Salicylic Cleanser I use https://amzn.to/3jOTRF6

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Salicylic Acid toner I use https://amzn.to/2ElGbB2

Salicylic Pads I use for gym/travel: https://amzn.to/30VifvZ


Benzoyl Peroxide Washes I like. Start with 5%. I use 10% in summer. https://amzn.to/3jGIuyO


BPO Spot treatment https://amzn.to/2P2o9Wz

SPF face choose tan, nude or clear. I mix tan and nude in summer https://amzn.to/3jNOcz2

SPF body this is amazing to throw in car or pool bag. I apply on my hands and on my kids faces


Spray I use on my kids and baby https://amzn.to/2BCQ3W5


Differin -don’t buy the whole line!! just this https://amzn.to/3346xBY