It's not you... it's the mask.


San Diego Holistic Healthcare Skincare

unfortunately, it's a thing.

Contributor Dr. Salar Pavirni 
As we settle into a new normal with mandatory face covering in public spaces, maskne is now a thing.
Maskne is the "cute" term for those not-so-cute unwanted pimples, blemishes and redness that appear on your face where your mask covers. It is caused by friction and can damage the skin's natural barrier, clogging pores and causing spots and irritations to appear (aka 'acne mechanica'). Depending on the material and washing technique of the  reusable mask, it may also cause contact dermatitis.

So what do you do?

Our Chief Science Officer Dr. Salar Pavirni breaks it down with support from our Holistic Estheticians at Saffron & Sage Holistic Health Club in the heart of San Diego.


If possible, stick with a mask made of natural fibers.
San Diego Masks Rais Case
We love our Rais Case masks, a San Diego based, family-run, community-oriented business in Oceanside, CA!


Wash your face (at least 2 x a day) & switch to a clean, pH balanced cleanser.
San Diego Holistic Skincare Cleanser
We obviously ❤️ ❤️CLARIFY our hypoallergenic gel cleanser & don't forget to round out your skincare routine with GLOW, a finishing facial oil to protect from mask friction.


Wash your mask often & regularly using natural unscented detergent & avoid fabric softener.
Molly Suds Natural Unscented Laundry Detergent
Try Molly Suds, a truly safe, natural laundry detergent that uses only 4 earth-derived ingredients to powerfully clean even the dirtiest loads of laundry. 

4) 6-8 HOURS

Get your beauty sleep! Sleep is essential for the optimal health of your skin. Attempt to get AT LEAST 6 - 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep every night. 
Need a little help?
San Diego Dream Flower Essence Holistic Healthcare
Have you every tried Flower Essences? Flower essences contain the life force energy of the plant which have profound effects on the mental-emotional body & formulated for specific emotional imbalances to calm the mind and soothe the spirit. 
DREAM is a natural, plant-derived vibrational remedy that allows the body and the mind to unwind and encourages deep rest and peaceful sleep.


Summer means more skin, less make-up, and currently, also a mask. However, it might be the perfect reason to hit pause on the make-up and detox your skin by switching to an organically sourced, plant-derived, non-toxic holistic skincare routine. 

San Diego Holistic Skincare Ritual Kit

Reset your skin with Saffron & Sage's Ritual Kit, an all inclusive starter set that has EVERYTHING you need to transform your skin over its 28-day skin cycle.
The kit includes:
  • PURIFY a hypoallergenic oil cleanser to remove makeup and environmental pollutants.
  • CLARIFY a hypoallergenic gel cleanser to soothe and soften skin as it washes the day away.
  • NOURISH a hydrating & firming serum to improve the appearance of firmness, smoothness, and plumpness – leaving you instantly looking and feeling refreshed and vibrant.
  • RESTORE a pH & oil balancing moisturizer designed to regulate your face's delicate pH and oil levels while softening and firming the skin naturally.
  • GLOW a finishing oil blended with premium oils, plant derived multivitamins, and antioxidants to give you a radiant, youthful glow.

"I am amazed with their skin care products! I have been on their skin Ritual Set for 3 weeks and I've never felt more confident in my own skin.. make up free ! I've battled acne for over 15 years and my adult acne is even worse than when I was a teenager. These products started working after two uses! I went makeup free after one use! These products are light and my skin feels amazing.. it's skin food! I met with Dr. Parvini via Zoom and he shared a wealth of skin care knowledge with me. I look forward to winning my acne battle with the help of Dr. Parvini and Saffron and Sage!"

- Jua-Leeza M. 

Masks might be part of the new normal, but maskne doesn't have to be!
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Book a 1-1 Virtual Holistic Skin Consultation with Chief Science Officer Dr. Salar Parvini himself! 
*Consult fee can be used as credit for ANY skincare purchase following your consultation