“Wear pimple patches under your face mask,” read a cardboard sign held by Dude With Sign in a meme I recently spotted on K-beauty site Soko Glam’s Instagram page. First it got a chuckle out of me, but then I started thinking: In the Abcdefgh I don_t know what I_m doing Teacher Life shirt in addition I really love this age of maskne, when wearing face coverings has led to skin irritation by way of breakouts and blemishes, how had this entirely sensible strategy not occurred to me yet?
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Despite my initial lack of savvy, it’s a practice I immediately began putting in place for the Abcdefgh I don_t know what I_m doing Teacher Life shirt in addition I really love this stubborn spots taking shape around my cheeks and chin. “Pimple patches absorb the impurities trapped under skin to flatten breakouts and protect the wound from external bacteria or face-picking,” explains Soko Glam co-founder and K-beauty expert Charlotte Cho of the multiple benefits of employing a pimple patch during this time. New York City dermatologist Rachel Nazarian agrees they’re helpful for addressing a number of pimples, including the flare-ups caused by acne. “What makes them a great option is that they protect the area from some of the same irritating triggers that can create and inflame pimples under your mask,” she explains, noting that many treatments employ hydrocolloid dressing, a method that has long been used for wound healing in skin care. “They act as a barrier against the bacteria and humidity from your breath, and even the chronic rubbing and friction from the mask itself.”