What is 'Maskne" and how to prevent it!

What is 'Maskne" and how to prevent it!

What to know about maskne skin conditions

Generally, “maskne” is an umbrella term for several skin conditions that can stem from wearing a face mask or covering.

It can include:

  • Acne. Acne happens when your pores become clogged with oil, dead skin cells, and dirt. It can cause pimples, whiteheads, or blackheads. It is more likely if you have a history of acne, it but can affect anyone. It seems to be most common in people using surgical masks and some types of respirator.
  • Rosacea. If you have rosacea, wearing a mask may cause flareups. This can lead to pimples and redness.
  • Irritant contact dermatitis. Occurs when you’re allergic or sensitive to the material of your mask. It can result in a red rash, along with irritation and blisters. It is the most common type of mask reaction and often affects the cheeks and the bridge over the nose. Symptoms range from dry, scaly patches to skin ulceration.
  • Atopic eczema. Also called atopic dermatitis, skin symptoms can appear or worsen in people whose skin is sensitive due to eczema, because of the irritant effect of wearing a mask.
  • Periofacial dermatitis. This is a condition where small pimples develop around the eyes and mouth. It can happen while wearing a mask after using cosmetics or corticosteroid creams or for no apparent reason.
  • Folliculitis. Folliculitis, or an infection of your hair follicles, causes bumps that look like an acne breakout. You might also experience itchiness or pain.
  • Urticaria. Welts, or hives, can result from the downward pressure of some types of masks or from contact with allergens, such as latex, in those who are susceptible. Pressure urticaria can appear at once or within 24 hours. Allergic urticaria usually appears at once and disappears within 24 hours after removing the trigger.
  • Seborrhoeic eczema. In this type of dermatitis, greasy yellow scales develop, mainly on the scalp, forehead, eyebrows, and in folds around the nose and lips.

Because maskne can involve various skin conditions, the exact cause of your symptoms may vary.

In most cases, maskne is the result of clogged pores. You already have oil, bacteria, and dead skin cells on your skin. But when you wear a mask, these substances can build up more and block your pores.

A mask also traps humidity due to your breathing and sweating, which may increase the risk of acne.

Another possible cause is friction. The material of a face covering can rub against your skin, leading to chafing and irritation.

Or you may be sensitive or allergic to the material of your face covering. Some masks are pretreated with chemicals or feel rough on the skin. Similarly, washing a mask in a scented detergent may lead to irritation.

 Washing your face regularly.
  • once in the morning
  • once at night, before going to bed
  • after sweating or wearing a mask

When washing your face, use lukewarm water. Pat your skin dry with a clean towel. Avoid rubbing your skin as this may cause irritation.

Use a gentle exfoliating cleanser with anti-bacterial ingredients. Such as tea tree oil, lime oil and clary sage oil, to mention a few.

 Use gel serums that contain Hyaluronic acid and anti-bacterial ingredients. Along with a lightweight moisturizer.

Skip the makeup while you’re treating maskne. Beauty products such as foundation, concealer, and blush can clog your pores and prolong healing.

January 18, 2022 — LISA STRONG
What is the most effective polypeptide for your skin?

What is the most effective polypeptide for your skin?

Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4.

This polypeptide was developed by the corporations Sederma SA and Proctor & Gamble and originally named Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-3, but later renamed to Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4 to reflect a correction in the data on its molecular structure, according to research. It is also included in many commercial formulas under the trademark of Matrixyl.

Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4 is a pentapeptide, synethsized chain protein created by linking five amino acid peptides. This chain creates a response in the dermis of the skin that stimulates collagen and elastin fibroblasts, developing fibronectin (FN) and glycosaminoglycans (GAG), according to research. Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4 is a small molecule that penetrates the skin easily and is structurally similar to the precursor of collagen type I. It is thought that pentapeptides can communicate with a cell and program it to do specific things, including repair work.

Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4 is considered to be as effective against wrinkles as retinol, but less irritating. "One study found that Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4 was as effective as retinol in repairing sun-damaged skin but was devoid of side-effects. Most other studies showed at least some improvement in various objective and subjective measures of wrinkles."

Independent in vitro studies (unlike most studies available on Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4, which have been done by P&G, originators of Matrixyl) demonstrated an increase in synthesis of Collagen I by 212%, Collagen IV by 100 to 327% and Hyaluronic Acid by 267%. Collagen I is predominant among the 19 forms of collagen found in the human body; therefore increasing production of Collagen I has a very dramatic effect on rebuilding the skin. Six month in vivo studies showed mean wrinkle depth was reduced by 17%, surface area containing deep wrinkles was reduced by 68%, surface area containing moderate wrinkles was reduced by 51% and skin roughness by 16%.

January 13, 2022 — LISA STRONG
Aiona Alive Wins First Place in the Clean Beauty Awards!

Aiona Alive Wins First Place in the Clean Beauty Awards!

On behalf of everyone at Aiona Alive, I am thrilled to announce that our E-Citrus Exfoliating Cleanser has won first place in this year’s Cert Clean Beauty Awards in the Face Wash category!  Every year, Cert searches across the globe to find the best products in green and sustainable cosmetics and beauty, so we are beyond grateful for this honor. The judging process for the Clean Beauty Awards is both rigorous and lengthy, and I thank all of the judges, who come from Europe, North America, and Australia, for their time and consideration.
Aiona Alive: Cert Clean Beauty Award Finalist

Aiona Alive: Cert Clean Beauty Award Finalist

Now in its fifth year, this celebration of the top natural beauty products on the market has named our powerful, but gentle exfoliating cleanser as one of the best clean face washes available. 

February 03, 2020 — LISA STRONG
Nominated For Cert Clean Beauty Awards

Nominated For Cert Clean Beauty Awards

So excited to be nominated amongst some heavy hitters in the clean beauty world! Check out this rave review for Aiona Alive E-citrus Exfoliating cleanser.https://when-im-older.com/clean-beauty-awards-cleanser-nominees/
December 04, 2019 — LISA STRONG
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Another Amazing Aiona Alive Review!!

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I’m definitely going to continue to use these and would love to try other products from this brand. Well done @aionaalive ✨✨ 
November 19, 2019 — LISA STRONG
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July 11, 2019 — LISA STRONG

Why do acne breakouts happen?

According to statistics of the American Academy of Dermatology, about 40 to 50 million Americans are affectedby acne. And if you’re one of them, you definitely know how acne breakout sucks.  But the question here are these acne breakouts happen?

The major culprits here are the overproduction of oil and hormones.  Acne Vulgaris is caused by hormonal changes that most likely to happen during puberty and around menstruation for the females. Acne is connected with the increase of androgen hormone levels. As the androgen levels increase, the oil glands’ levels of production of oil increase as well – which is known as sebum. When the pores of the skill are filled with too much sebum, it can cause surrounding skin cells’ walls to break and generate a breeding ground of acne bacteria. As the sebum pushes out of the pore, it causes a blockage that starts the formation of pimples. Pimples most commonly affect the face, shoulders, chest, and back. The reason is that these are the areas of the skin that have many oil glands. A study claims that almost 75% of 11 to 30 years olds will deal with acne at some point in their lives, but acne breakout can be ongoing into adulthood. After the age of 25 years, it affects 3% of men and 12% of women.

Genetics can also be a factor in the frequency and severity of acne breakouts, along with daily habit and hygiene. They say what you eat affects your skin, however, the link between food and acne is dismissed by many dermatologists. The debate about food playing a role in acne frequency is still unclear, but following a healthy diet wouldn’t hurt and might reduce the risk of a breakout. Vitamins A, D, E are all known to help maintain healthy skin. It is possible that getting enough supply of these vitamins may help reduce the risk of acne.

Detergent can also be a factor for acne breakout. There are chemicals in some of the laundry detergents that can be too harsh for your skin. Your skin might react to the residue that’sleft on the fabric as you put on your clothes or lie on your bed and pillows. You can opt for dye-free, fragrance-free, and dermatologist-tested sensitive skin friendly detergent.

In acne treatment, the key here is to be patient. You can’tpurchase a new product and expect it to work immediately. You might give up in a week thinking that your investment is not paying off. But a week is not enough time. It is completely common to have a continuous acne breakout as your skin goes through an adjustment period. It can take 1 to 3 months to see positive results. Also, consider that a topical regimen is not enough to clear up the breakouts. Getting enough sleep and keeping your stress levels under control are just as important as your topical products. Yes, stress can trigger acne. When you’re under pressure, your skin tends to produce stress hormones, that can stimulate your oil glands that result in increasing production of oil and will clog the pores. Remember to work out regularly, meditate, and have some “me” time out of your schedule. This will help release stress, making your body cease to release hormones and prevent acne breakout.

Author – Edward Cruz is a staff writer for VIPpromocodes.com, a website that provides the latest promotional codes, exclusive sales and offers for all of the top stores in the U.S.



July 03, 2019 — LISA STRONG
Aiona Alive Special Deal Now Available to Everyone!

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This incredible deal is now available for everyone, use code, " Love Your Skin" and save big.  Don’t let this summer pass you by; with Aiona Alive’s natural and cruelty-free skincare products, you’ll look your best and have the confidence to embrace the summer sun and soak in those rays.
June 05, 2019 — LISA STRONG
Aiona Alive Special Deal

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This incredible deal is only available through Amazon, so follow this link to save big.  Don’t let this summer pass you by; with Aiona Alive’s natural and cruelty-free skincare products, you’ll look your best and have the confidence to embrace the summer sun and soak in those rays.
May 20, 2019 — LISA STRONG
Keep Your Skin Hydrated And Protected

Keep Your Skin Hydrated And Protected In This Wintery Season

Are you needing just a little extra love because your skin is feeling naked in these extreme wintery cold elements? Try this new regime by Applying Step 1 Hyaluronic Acid Serum, Step 2 Collagen Serum and for extra hydration adding the Anti- Age Peptide Night Cream as a Step 3, your skin will feel like heaven!!