I specifically started breaking out around my chin and mouth, which makes sense since that is part of the area that a facial mask covers. Obviously wearing one is a very important precaution when stepping outside at this time, so there’s no way I was going to let a few zits get in the way of me staying safe.
“There are three things that cause breakouts: excess skin, oil, and acne bacteria,” Claire O’Bryan, ANC-P of The Skin Clique previously told POPSUGAR. “All of these things are going to be thriving in that mask environment. The mask is blocking the pores, the heat and wet environment are where the bacteria will grow best, and constant irritation from the mask will cause more oil production.”
I know I’m not the only one dealing with maskne at the moment, but that didn’t made the situation any less frustrating. Finding a toner to combat said maskne, on the other hand, did help ease the situation. Enter: Dr. Jart’s Teatreement Toner ($30).
I used the brand’s toner religiously for a month and saw an instant difference within the first three days. The formula – which is packed with (if you couldn’t tell by its name) tea tree oil to target inflammation, plus green tea and aloe vera extracts to soothe – seemed to purify my skin, and on the cotton face pads I could see all of the excess dirt and oil coming off with each wipe. In a few short weeks, my zits shrunk in size and became less red a lot quicker than they did with other toners.
The liquid also has a slight cooling effect, which helped ease any irritation.
While I am still getting a few zits now and then, using the Teatreement line helps get my skin back in check when it’s acting up. Keep reading to see the before and after pictures of my skin after using the product for a month, and then shop it if you’re feeling inspired.
John Legend Delivers Powerful Speech at Biden Rally: “You Can’t Bank on a Word [Trump] Says”
John Legend took the stage with Kamala Harris and her husband Doug Emhoff in Philadelphia on Nov. 2, to campaign for Joe Biden in a final rally ahead of the presidential election. Though the singer blessed attendees and viewers alike with his beautiful vocals as usual, his remarks in between his performances were just as powerful.
“In this election, your vote will decide whether we’re a country that allows this pandemic to continue indefinitely or one with a plan to end it.”
As many would agree, John, who was briefly joined by Chrissy Teigen and his two children Luna and Miles on stage, emphasized that this year has been difficult, to say the least. In addition to losing friends, family members, jobs, and paychecks, the “Never Break” singer reminded the crowd that just last week, we lost yet another Black man, Walter Wallace Jr., to police violence.
“So yes, we’ve lost a lot,” he said. “But Philadelphia, what we haven’t lost is our ability to decide what happens next. In this election, your vote will decide whether we’re a country that allows this pandemic to continue indefinitely or one with a plan to end it.”
He continued on to denounce Donald Trump’s encouragement of police brutality and his division of the nation, sharing that that’s why he had already cast his ballot for Biden. “Now, some people see the meanness, the bullying, the selfishness of Donald Trump and they mistake it for strength,” the singer added. “A kind of twisted masculinity. Some see his greed and mistake it for being good at business . . . Trump’s platinum plan for Black folks is nothing but fool’s gold because you can’t bank on a word he says.” Ahead, watch the Biden-Harris rally in full, and check out John’s passionate speech at the 43-minute mark.