How to Fight Maskne and Win

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In the past year, we’ve all had to adjust to many harsh new realities and routines. The most visible of these being the addition of a brand new accessory to our outfits of the day — a face mask. By now, we’ve all experienced the trials and tribulations of mask-wearing. Though wearing one is 110% worth it for the health and safety of yourself and those around you, the pore-clogging drawbacks are still very much real. Even though things may be looking up in the near future, it’s hard to say when everyone will go completely bare-faced and masks will become a distant memory. But don’t worry — we’re in this together. Read on for our best maskne-fighting products to help prevent breakouts before they even happen.


Making sure your face is clean, especially after keeping your mask on for an extended period of time, is key to preventing breakouts.

Codex Beauty Exfoliating Wash, $45.00

Gentle enough to be used everyday, the jojoba grains in this product provide light exfoliation without irritating the skin. Milk thistle oil soothes and reduces redness, while castor and safflower oils make sure your skin is squeaky clean.

Erin’s Faces Clarifying Charcoal Cleanser, $35.00

This vegan cleanser will rid your skin of any bacteria and grime without stripping it of natural nutrients and oils. Activated charcoal draws out impurities, and tea tree oil helps to treat acne. Plus, organic fruit extracts encourage cell turnover. Best for normal to oily/acne prone skin.

Masks & Serums

Both masks and serums can be helpful for purifying and calming skin to help heal and prevent pimples, and making sure your skin gets all the nutrition it needs to reach your full glow potential.

Bella Vida Santa Barbara Blueberry Coco Charcoal Clay Mask, $44.99

This mask will deeply cleanse your pores and exfoliate while hydrating your skin. It is so highly-effective at healing and preventing acne & blackheads it is almost as if it were designed for this mask-wearing life. Extra bonus, it won’t dry out your skin! Formulated for all skin types, including sensitive, acne prone & oily skin types.

One Farm Rosehip Oil Beauty Serum with 300mg Organic CBD, $69.99

Organic CBD has tons of beneficial properties that help boost your skin’s natural radiance and improve tone. Antioxidant, fatty acid, and vitamin-packed Rosehip Oil and Beta-Carotine extract protect your skin from free radical damage and support collagen production.

Spot Treatment

Though it’s ideal to prevent spots from forming before they even appear, sometimes that’s just not how life works. Here are our favorite products for treating unwanted spots.

Grown Alchemist Blemish Treatment Gel, $49.00

Powerful anti-bacterial agents Salicin and Boswellia triterpenoids help to treat blemishes and provide cellular regeneration. Other powerful plant-based ingredients decongest, reduce pore size, and soothe.

Thirsty Naturals Spot Treatment, $14.19

This treatment uses tried and true ingredient salicylic acid to unclog pores and reduce redness. Witch hazel and anti-microbial Cutipure work to regulate sebum production and minimize pimple size.

For When You Just Can’t Seem to Win

Fitglow Beauty Conceal+, $48.00

A clean concealer on par with its not-so-clean counterparts, this full-coverage formula will conceal any pesky blemishes that are putting up a hard battle. It’s also formulated with ingredients like Green Tea and Vitamin K that work to improve your complexion.

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