If the stress of COVID 19 did not make your skin break out, then wearing the mask might. As it is important to wear a mask many people are experiencing the unwanted side effect known as mascne. Yes “mascne” or “maskne” can be an annoying, frustrating skins issue. Mascne can be caused by either friction against the skin or trapped moisture/bacteria against our skin.
The fabric from the mask causes a rubbing or friction against the skin resulting in irritation, inflammation and eventually acne. Add the trapped sweat, oil, moisture and bacteria from our breath under the mask, and this creates a perfect environment for acne. However, with a good skin care regimen, mascne can be prevented or minimized.
Always wash your face before and after wearing a mask. Starting your day with clean skin under your mask helps to reduce the trapped oil and bacteria. Cleansing your face at the end of the day removes the built-up residue, oil and bacteria. It is important to use a gentle cleanser as you do not want to further irritate your skin.
Applying a lightweight moisturizer with sunscreen will also help reduce irritation and friction. Moisturizer not only helps prevent irritation but can also soothe already inflamed skin.
Avoid wearing makeup. Makeup is just one more thing that sits on your skin and clogs your pores, plus your beautifully applied makeup wipes off on the mask. Use this time to give your skin a break, “au natural” is in. It is also important to frequently change your mask especially after exercising and to wash your masks frequently.
Keep in mind that not all mascne is caused by the mask. If you don’t see a difference in your skin after implementing the above tips, it is time to consult with a medical professional. Having the right skin care routine will help reduce mask related skin irritation and mascne.