“Maskne” is the skincare issue no one saw coming. According to Dr. Kejal Shah, a preventive and cosmetic dermatologist at Cooper Clinic Dermatology, it is a form of acne mechanica, caused by the combination of rubbing from the mask, which irritates the skin, increasing oil production and causing clogging of the ducts with bacteria.
She recommends washing your face and applying an oil-free moisturizer before using a mask, to protect the skin. Avoid wearing makeup under the mask. After taking off your mask, wash your face with a cleanser containing salicylic acid and use an oil-free moisturizer to hydrate and restore the skin barrier.
Beauty store CosBar manager Shanna Miller is noticing that people are using more skincare, eye makeup (4) and changing their foundation (3).
“A lot of people are having to change their foundation that they wear because the face mask is changing their skin,” Miller says. “Normally, I didn’t sell a lot of eye makeup. I sold more like brighter lips, because it’s so hot here. But now it’s definitely a lot more eye products, because that’s what you see and literally just lip balm because lips are chapped.”
Miller recommends Slip masks (2), which are made of silk. What hasn’t change though, is neighborhood’s love of Augustinus Bader (1).
“Even if you’re 18 years old, even if you’re 68 years old, is good for men and for women,” Miller says.