How to get that ‘Summer Skin Glow’ while wearing a mask

Dr. Whitney Bowe also shares tips on how to combat “maskne” -- breakouts caused by wearing masks and other face coverings.
3:10 | 05/28/20

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Transcript for How to get that ‘Summer Skin Glow’ while wearing a mask
"Summer skin glow" with ways to take care of your skin as the weather heats up. This morning, though, it's all about those masks. They have become obviously a big part of our daily lives and as a result a lot of people are now dealing with breakouts because of them. Dermatologist Dr. Whitney Bowe joins us with more on how to combat what's being called maskne. Good morning, Dr. Bowe. Tell us what maskne is. Yeah, so maskne is basically acne or breakouts underneath the mask and it results from the mechanical friction of the fabric against the skin combined with all the moisture that gets trapped underneath the mask and, Amy, that is only going to get worse as the weather gets warmer. So it's just so important to learn how to prep, take care of our skin to prevent it from becoming a major issue. The weather has heated up and noticed a big difference in how it feels to wear the mask. How do you treat it. Two favorite ingredients are retinol and glycolic acid. Less is more. If you try to use either one every single night you'll be trading one problem for another because you'll end up with dry inflamed patches of skin. Now, if you just have one or two blemishes you can always start with a spot treatment. Look for the ingredient salicylic acid That's good. You also mention the two have some prep before you put your mask on. What should we do before we do You always want to start with clean skin. Ideally start with a gentle water-based cleanser, look for words like hydrating or ph balance and then you want to pat dry and immediately apply a lightweight moisturizer, fragrance free and have ingredients that strengthen the skin barrier like niacinamide, glycerin, those are great and then you want to wait, so I tell my patients, wait for 15 minutes before applying moisturizer or sunscreen and your mask. I personally on the days I'm wearing my n95, I'll wait a full 30 minutes because I want all those ingredients to soak into my skin F I'm trying to create that seal. Create that barrier then you get home and take it off. What should we be doing in terms of our skin care? So if you're done wearing the mask for the day, cleanse again and this time you want to apply a richer heavier moisturizer, ideally one that contains ingredients like Shea butter or ceramides. You say it's not just about treating your ski but treating your mask as well. Yes, really good point. If you're wearing a reusable mask like this, you have to wash it frequently. I actually toss mine in the hamper every day. In I go running or exercise in this mask I'll throw knit the hamper and I'll put on a nice clean mask because you want to prevent any, you know, debris, bacteria from building up in the mask. That will make it worse. Makes sense. The good news if we are breaking out and wearing masks no one can see it. That's the win/win. I like it. The silver lining, Amy. Silver lining. Dr. Bowe, thank you so much. For Dr. Bowe's step-by-step guide on how to avoid breakouts cautioned by masks go to our website Rob.

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