Get Rid of Mask-Ne

Tips to reduce mask-related acne, or as we call it Mask-Ne
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Dr. Halawi who is a certified medical and aesthetic dermatologist at Obagi MediSpa in The Dubai Mall has over 6 years’ experience in treating skin conditions (melasma, acne, eczema, psoriasis), injectables (botox, fillers, mesotherapy, sclerotherapy), and skin rejuvenation (microneedling, radiofrequency, chemical peels, and lasers). Here he discusses one of the largest issues many are facing today. 

Several patients have been suffering from acne in the lower third of the face over the past few weeks with face masks being the new normal. These masks rub against the skin around the mouth and occlude the pores with oil, sweat, and dirt thereby causing breakouts.  As more people start to head back to the office, here are a few tips to reduce mask-related acne, or mask-ne:

1. Apply a salicylic acid (SA)-containing toner such as the Obagi Clenziderm Pore Therapy. This reduces oiliness, unclogs pores, and dries up pimples.

2. If it’s not possible to wash your face, wipe it with oil-free pads for acne-prone skin, such as the Obagi Acne Cleansing Wipes before and after wearing the mask. Those will remove dirt and secretions that build up on your skin throughout the day.

3. Don’t wear makeup under the mask. Your face is gonna be covered anyway! Replace foundation with a non-comedogenic tinted cream such as the Obagi Soothing Complex. This is especially helpful if you have dry sensitive skin and SA gives you irritation.

4. Always use a fresh mask, or regularly clean your reusable mask. Wash your hands and your face with an SA-based facial wash, such as Obagi Clenziderm Foaming Gel, after you remove the mask.

5. Give your face a short break from the mask every few hours when it is safe to do so (if you’re alone in your office or car for example). Wash your hands before you take off the mask and before you put it back on.

6. Wash your cloth mask after each use. Avoid masks made from nylon, polyester, and other synthetic fabrics as can contribute to breakouts.

7. Apply a retinoid cream such as Obagi Retivance, Retinol 0.5/1%, or Complex Forte (depending on your skin type) at bedtime to prevent pores from getting blocked. Retinoids are great for the treatment and prevention of acne. However, you must consult with a certified dermatologist who will recommend the right product(s). Self-prescribing can lead to over- or under-treatment, and thus dissatisfaction and treatment failure. 

8. Depending on the severity of your condition you may need an antibiotic solution (such as Obagi Clenziderm Therapeutic Lotion) or a pill to kill the acne-causing bacteria and reduce inflammation. Again, make sure you consult with a certified dermatologist before you start any antibiotic therapy.

If you are dealing with any skin related issues and are interested in purchasing Obagi Medical Products please contact 043397060 for further assistance or would like to book a FREE consultation, Dr. Halawimay be reached at Obagi MediSpa at the Dubai Mall at 043397060.

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