Wearing a face mask daily is causing me to break out in spots on my chin area, what can I do to help?

Since face masks have become a part of our everyday life many of us have noticed that they can cause some unwanted side effects to our skin. A lack of air circulation under the mask as well as increased friction on the skin can cause a type of acne known as Acne Mechanica, leaving us with anything from rash-like blemishes to large cystic spots.

Moringa Balm

In order to try and reduce the likelihood of spots appearing it's important to ensure our skin is thoroughly cleansed, morning and evening, and any impurities on the skin’s surface are removed. Our award-winning Moringa Cleansing Balm (£47,100ml) deeply cleanses and purifies the pores, removing any trapped bacteria that may lead to an increase in blemishes. Our balm rebalances the skin, as well as hydrates and conditions, to leave it feeling moisturised and looking radiant.

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Facial Mist

I'd also recommend our Plump & Glow Hydrating Facial Mist (£42, 90ml) to provide a boost of hydration to irritated skin. The ultra-fine hyaluronic acid based mist contains Glycofilm™ 2% technology which acts as a ‘second skin’ to protect cells from the damaging effects of pollution, or in this case, lack of air circulation. The refreshing mist also balances any redness caused by mask irritation so that skin is left calmed and soothed.

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"I am a GP running frontline services during the pandemic and since wearing full PPE I have been suffering with Acne Mechanica caused by sweating under my mask and visor. The daily disruption to my skin caused deep, sore nodules under the mask area and as the time has passed my skin has become full of old marks from previous spots as well as new spots. This is hard todeal with when you are already exhausted and at breaking point, and now feeling self-conscious about your appearance.

As my birthday came around my husband bought me the Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm and after just two weeks my skin was so much better, and a lot calmer. I still get new spots, which is inevitable as for many professions' masks won't be going away anytime soon, but my skin is much less angry and my old acne scars are fading.

I am so grateful for the Emma Hardie products as for me they are pretty much the only positive thing about 2020 so far. The difference has been staggering."

Dr. Emma Watts, GP


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