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How to Get Rid of “Maskne” – Breaking Out from Wearing a Mask

During the COVID era, we are all putting safety first. While that means we are taking a lot of important measures at Greenwich Medical Spa, on an individual basis, there is also plenty we can do to keep ourselves and others healthy and safe. A top item on that list is, of course, wearing a mask in public.

But for many people, that safety-first mask is causing breakouts, which is not going to make wearing them any more popular. In fact, the condition of breaking out from wearing a mask has already gotten a name – maskne. So what can you do about maskne?

If you find yourself breaking out from wearing your mask, diligent skin cleansing will be the key to clearer skin, according to our acne expert, aesthetician Ellen Tartaglione. Really step it up. She recommends using the ZOE Bliss cleaning device and a specially formulated cleanser from Arieed MD or Face Reality.

Next, focus on exfoliation. It’s simple and not messy to keep up with when you use disposable pads like Arieed MD reDeem Radiance Daily Pads or reDeem Miracle Weekly Peel Pads. Regularly exfoliating your skin helps keep your pores from getting clogged by dead skin cells and sweat that can get trapped beneath your mask.

Your maskne could also be caused by the mask’s rubbing against your skin and wiping out its natural protective barrier. Dermatologists call it acne mechanica because it is caused by friction. Your job is to restore the barrier, and a great way to do that is with hyaluronic acid. You can do this by using a moisturizer like Aireed MD reDew Intensive Hyaluronic moisturizer or with a treatment like SkinMedica’s HA5 Rejuvenating Hydrator.

Always remember that even when you break out, it’s important to maintain your moisturizer routine. Another option when you are suffering from maskne or other acne flareups, is to use a no-oil moisturizer like Arieed MD reDefy. Oil-free moisturizers are generally great for warm weather too, so even if we are mask-free next summer, you’ll want to keep reDefy around.

And speaking of summer, it’s important to continue to use sunblock even when half of your face is covered. If you get to a secluded spot and remove your mask, you’ll want your skin protected from the sun’s damaging rays. Our hands-down favorite for breakout-free SPF protection? Elta Clear SPF 46. You can get it tinted for a hint of coverage, and it’s not greasy, so it won’t rub off on your mask.

Now, that you have gotten your maskne under control, be sure to get a cute mask you’ll want to wear every day!


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Male patient receiving an Emsculpt NEO treatment to the abdominal area.

Frequently Asked Questions

What can EMSCULPT NEO do for me?

EMSCULPT NEO is an amazing noninvasive body sculpting treatment. It’s perfect for patients who are looking to get summer body ready! With this state-of-the-art, two-in-one technology, you build muscle and burn fat at the same time! This treatment provides a 30% reduction in subcutaneous fat and 25% growth in muscle on the treated area after a recommended number of treatments.

How does EMSCULPT NEO work?

While you lie down and relax, EMSCULPT NEO sends high-intensity energies deep below your skin, making your muscles contract in a big way that is like doing thousands of crunches or squats in a few minutes. While your muscles are contracting, the energy from the applicator simultaneously sends warmth to your fat cells, heating them up to the point of destruction. So you build real muscle from the contractions while destroying fat cells that are later naturally eliminated by your body.

How many EMCULPT NEO treatments will I need?

The recommended treatment plan is 4-6 treatments, one week apart. Depending on the patient, you may see improvement in your muscle tone, core strength and posture within a few weeks. And you’ll see fat reduction continue for about 12 weeks after your last treatment.

Are there any patients for whom you do not recommend EMSCULPT NEO?

EMSCULPT NEO is great because it has been shown to be safe and approved for all body and skin types. Contraindications include hernia, recent surgery, and pregnancy, so if a patient has any of these conditions, they should wait until they don’t to get EMSCULPT NEO.

What is the difference between CoolSculpting and EMSCULPT NEO?

CoolSculpting is a well-known treatment that is excellent for reducing unwanted fat in targeted areas. EMSCULPT NEO also reduces fat, but it has the benefit of building muscle, which is what its predecessor EMSCULPT was made to do.

Which treatment you choose depends on what your body needs and your personal goals. If you have great muscle tone and only need to get rid of some extra fat in a specific area like your abdomen or below your chin, CoolSculpting is an excellent option. But if you have loss of muscle tone and need more of a lift or tightening to a certain area like your abs or butt, EMSCULPT NEO is your two-in-one solution.

What is your favorite thing about EMSCULPT NEO?

Not only is this treatment super convenient with one treatment lasting only 30 minutes, but there is also no downtime! Patients can go about their day as they normally would immediately after their visit.

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