Acne Mask on the Night Shift

Should You Wear an Acne Mask While You Sleep?

Acne masks can be great when used according to the directions, but what about taking it a step further and using acne masks according to your own directions? Well, that’s exactly what countless acne sufferers have done. Here are some suggestions for using acne masks -- suggestions that most dermatologists don’t tell you about.

Is More Always Better?

If wearing an acne mask for fifteen minutes offers great results, what will happen in thirty minutes? Forty-five minutes? What about overnight? Well, many regular folks who experience acne have experienced great results with using acne masks overnight.

Isn’t that Dangerous?

Make sure you read the ingredient label of your acne mask prior to deciding if you want to wear the mask overnight. If the mask has a high concentration of benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid, then you want to be careful.

If your wear these masks overnight, you will have to use them as a spot treatment. Simply apply them directly to pimples, rather than smearing the mask on your entire face. Limit their use to the T-zone (forehead, nose, and chin).

Be Prepared

When you wear an acne mask at night, you’ll want to be prepared. Stay awake for 15 to 20 minutes after applying the mask. By that point, it should have dried considerably. You probably won’t end up causing too much of a mess at night, but you might want to lay a towel over your pillow just in case.

Precautions, Precautions

Don’t attempt to wear an acne mask every night. You’ll definitely end up aggravating your skin and making it worse.

If you do decide to wear an acne mask on your entire face more than two nights per week, you’ll want to moisturize your skin prior to applying the mask. Apply a water-based moisturizer, and let it soak in for 15 minutes prior to applying your acne mask.

If your acne masks haven't been delivering the results you hoped for, overnight use might be just what you need -- even if it's not necessarily "what the doctor ordered".

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