What is ‘maskne’ and how to prevent it?
Since March 2020 with the arrival of COVID-19, wearing a face mask has become a normal part of our daily routine. We have to wear it in public places, at work, in restaurants, even if we go for a walk. So we can say that 60% of our day to day time we are wearing a cover on our face. Of course, this helps slow the spread of coronavirus, but here we want to talk about our skin health.
A new word has appeared in our vocabulary: ‘maskne’ which means, having acne because of wearing a mask.
Masks not only cause pimples, but also different types of irritation, including redness and breakouts. The cause for these various skin reactions is that when we cover our face with a mask, our pores can become clogged. Our skin already has oil, dead skin cells, bacteria and even sweat. When we add to this mix a face mask, which also traps humidity, pores become blocked resulting in acne or breakouts.
Masks can also result in allergic contact dermatitis as some masks may contain chemicals that when come into contact with your skin, result in allergic reactions. Rosacea, Seborrheic dermatitis and Folliculitis are some other side effects which can be caused by your mask.
From The Cool Skin, we want to help you by providing some tips that may be useful to prevent or help with maskne:
1. Wash your face often When we wash our face we get rid of the dead skin cells, dirt, humidity and oils that are trapped on our face. Meanwhile, we also clean our pores and prevent them from clogging.
2. Apply a moisturiser to a clean face Moisturizers can prevent problems especially if you have dry or sensitive skin. This will help your skin keep hydrated as well as create a barrier between your skin and the mask and it won’t block your pores.
3. Preferably, don’t put makeup on under the mask Makeup is the main element that clogs your pores. Putting a mask over makeup, may be the main cause of your maskne. Taking a break from wearing makeup may be very beneficial for your skin.
4. Wash your fabric mask every day // toss disposable masks after every use (cut the strings please, as these can be dangerous for animals if trapped in one of them) Bacteria and dirt are caught in the mask you wear every day, together with humidity. These bacteria live in the fabric of the mask, that’s why it is very important to wash fabric masks and change your disposable mask after every use.
5. When you get home, let your skin breath and add Vitamin C Serum to your night routine. This helps your skin regenerate since it is the best antioxidant you can give your skin.
Use Super C Facial Serum as an antioxidant and Bio retinol Night Cream to smooth your skin if irritated and to regulate oiliness. It will also help reduce acne marks and close pores.
We have to help our skin adapt to this new reality and keep it clean and healthy!