How To Apply a Facial Mask to Prevent Acne

Preventing facial acne is something that people of all ages are concerned about.  Having excessive facial acne can cause social embarrassment among peers, co-workers and a significant other.  Also avoiding proper care of your skin, for example, not applying your facial mask properly, can cause permanent acne scarring to your skin.  Applying a facial mask to treat acne is a very simple process.  The basic four steps you use when applying a facial mask are cleansing, steaming, the facial mask itself and the last step is using a moisturizer.

One thing to remember when you are trying to prevent or help manage your acne by using a acne preventing facial mask is to do a skin test prior to putting the mask on your entire face.  Some facial mask may have acne medication in it that can break your face out even more if you are allergic to that medication.  When doing a skin test you will want to apply a drop of the mask with your index finger to a small area behind your ear.  Leave it on for 15-30 mins then wash it off with a cotton swab.  After a period of 24hrs. check the area for any irritation, if there is none then you are now ready to begin applying your facial mask.

  1. Lets start with the first step, cleansing.  Using your fingertips, take a small amount of a gentle exfoliating cleanser and rub it in circular motions on your entire face and down your neck if desired. Allow the cleanser to set for 1-2 minutes to cleanse your pores of all dirt and grime caused by make-up and the environment.  At that time use cotton swabs dipped in warm water to gently remove the cleanser. You do not want to scrub your face when cleansing it.  Scrubbing your skin can cause the acne cream in the facial mask to irritate your skin.
  2. The second step is steaming.  Steaming causes the pores to become fully opening allowing the acne preventing facial mask to go deep into the pores treating the infected area.  Take one large or two small dish towels and fully immerse them into hot water.  Allow some water to stay in towel and squeeze out the rest.  Place the towel(s) in the microwave for 30seconds to heat up even more if water was not creating enough steam.  Pleas use caution in applying the towels to your face for you do not want to cause any facial burning.  Lay the towels on your face and allow them to remain there for 5-10 mins.  Remove the towels.
  3. The third step is the actual facial mask.  There are many different types of facial masks that are useable.  Acne preventing facial masks will be labeled as so.  You may also find some homemade recipes for acne prevention masks.  Read the directions on the mask container before beginning.  Using your fingertips rub the mask on your face as the label states.  Some mask will ask for a thin layer and some ask for a thick layer of product.  The mask will need to dry completely, usually takes about 15-30 mins,  on your face so try not to move, talk, smile or laugh which will cause cracks in the mask and might affect that area of treatment.  After the mask has dried completely you can re-use the hot towels, re-heat them a little if necessary.  Take the towel in your hand and begin to gently remove the mask starting at the forehead and working your way down. Avoid dragging the skin.
  4. The last step is moisturizing.  When you are trying to prevent or treat acne by applying a facial mask you will want to moisturize your skin afterwards with a oil free moisturizer.  The oil free will eliminate some possible build up in your pores that other moisturizers will cause.  Using circular motions apply a small layer of the moisturizer to your entire face and neck.

Your done! How does it feel to have a clean face?  It feels good doesn't it?  Remember to not use a facial mask more than twice a week in trying to prevent acne.  The overuse of an acne preventing mask may cause irritation to the skin which will in turn just cause peeling and redness or even more acne!  You know you don’t want more acne, so avoid using the facial mask more than just the two times a week.


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