Is wearing a face mask for long periods causing you to breakout? You are certainly not alone! Find out how you can treat and prevent acne that develops as a result of wearing a face mask a.k.a MASKNE!
Ever since the COVID-19 pandemic hit the globe protecting oneself from the coronavirus has become the number one priority. Constant handwashing plus the use of an alcohol-based sanitizer, staying indoors, and literally wearing a mask every freaking where has become our new normal.
For many people wearing a mask 24/7 has been causing serious breakouts and trust people to freak out because why do they have to deal with a virus and acne at the same damn time? These breakouts that occur after wearing a mask have become so common that it even has it’s own cool name – #MASKNE
What exactly is MASKNE and how can you deal with it? Keep reading.
What exactly is maskne and why does it happen?
First off Maskne isn’t actually a new thing in the skincare world. As the name suggests, maskne is a type of breakout that results from wearing a face mask. It also has it’s own medical name like all skin issues – ACNE MECHANICA.
Acne Mechanica is a specific type of acne that is caused by friction, heat, and pressure on the skin. It especially occurs when the skin is not exposed to air.Here's How You Can Prevent Breakouts Caused By Wearing A Face Mask For Long Periods of Time! Click To Tweet
When the skin is constantly rubbed, it initially becomes rough and then starts to develop acne-like bumps with continuing irritation like sweating or more friction. In addition, when wearing a tight mask on the face, there is very little air flow and this creates a warm, moist environment, which is ideal for skin bacteria to flourish and cultivate.
As this skin bacteria grows, it starts to block the openings of hair follicles causing blackheads, whiteheads, painful pimples, and pus bumps. Anyone can get acne mechanica, but it’s especially common in athletes, students, and soldiers.
How Can You Prevent Maskne?
If you are one of the fortunate ones who haven’t gotten a break out from wearing a mask thank the stars. However, prevention they say is cheaper than having to spend on a cure.
Therefore, here are a few healthy habits you can practice to prevent maskne from occurring or even reoccurring.
1. If you use a reusable face mask, choose one made with 100% cotton fabric.
2. Wash your masks frequently. Never use the same mask twice without first washing it. It’s BASIC HYGIENE!!!!
3. Keep your skincare routine simple. Often times, less is more.
4. Go easy on the makeup. After all, no one is seeing your powder and lipstick underneath the mask.
5. Avoid skin care products that are too drying because they will cause the skin barrier to become more compromised.
How can I treat Maskne?
If you’re dealing with an active mask acne breakout there are ways to treat it—and the methods aren’t so different from the way you’d treat regular acne.
1. Practice Double Cleansing
Wash your face with an oil-based cleanser to take off all the dirt on your face. Next, wash your face with a non-stripping cleanser that contains acne-fighting salicylic acid or antibacterial benzoyl peroxide.
2. Moisturize like your life depends on it.
Go for a rich moisturizer that has ingredients like hyaluronic acid and ceramides. Apply your moisturizer morning and night and more often if you think the skin under your mask feels dry or irritated
3. Don’t Skip Sunscreen!!!!
Wearing a face mask doesn’t automatically give you the license to stop wearing sunscreen. Your skin still deserves protection.
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4. Use a spot treatment that contains salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide.
5. Give Retinol a shot.
Start with a low concentration of an over the counter retinol and use it every other night to see how your skin reacts.
6. Seek expert advice.
If you’re doing all of the above yet aren’t seeing any improvement in your acne make an appointment with a certified dermatologist. If you need recommendations let me know.
Have you experienced mask acne in these COVID-19 times? If yes, how did you deal with it?
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