Maskne- The pesky new side effect of the coronavirus pandemic
Mask acne, also known as ‘maskne’, is something that a lot of people are experiencing since face masks have been made compulsory. An increase of blackheads, whiteheads and cysts can be worrying and damage your confidence.
What causes maskne?
Your mask is constantly rubbing against your skin. This can cause things like irritation or, micro-tears in the skin that allow bacteria in easier.
Your new acne could be caused by an increase in stress-related hormones brought on by constant news reports, increased workloads and not being able to go out as much. Don’t forget to take some time to relax. Take regular breaks from work, exercise regularly and do anything else you can to relieve your stress.
Heat and humidity caused by breathing through your mask can also encourage acne. The increased heat and moisture increases things like sweat production and creates the perfect breeding ground for bacteria.
How to reduce or, get rid of maskne
The most important thing is to increase your water intake. Drinking more water can help your body to get rid of toxins easier. You can also make sure you have a healthy, balanced diet. Reducing or cutting out sugary snacks and other unhealthy foods. This will help along with your increased water intake. Drinking more water is unlikely to be the cure for your acne. However, it will help to keep you hydrated!
Only wear a mask when you need to. Avoid wearing a mask when you are at home, in the car by yourself or, in your garden. Stick to wearing your mask in places like shops, hospitals and any public place where you will be around others.
Pick a material that is less likely to irritate your skin. Materials like cotton and silk are best for this. Don’t forget to wash your mask everyday. Non-bio detergents are normally best for sensitive skin. Don’t forget to skip any scent beads or fabric conditioners.
Go makeup free, let your skin breathe. If you do not want to go makeup-free try using a tinted moisturiser or one small pump of foundation, apply from your forehead downwards. This way you’ll have less on your cheeks and you’ll still have a little coverage just in case you have to take your mask off.
Remember to wash your face twice a day with a gentle soap or cleanser. Double cleansing is recommended if you have oily skin. You can do this by oil cleansing and following with a gentle cleanser. After washing, opt for a lighter moisturiser or oil and avoid applying anything heavy to your face.
Use over the counter acne medicine if you need to. Things like Benzyl Peroxide kill acne causing bacteria and helps to remove anything else that can clog your pores. Certain acids like: Salicylic, Glycolic, Lactic and Mandelic acids are great for deeper exfoliation. Use them according to the instructions on the product and pair with sunscreen for best results.
Avoid touching your face, even when you are at home. You should not be touching your face anyway as it increases your risk of infection with things like coronavirus. Not touching your face also reduces the chances of you transferring any bacteria from your hands to your face.
Regular clay masks with ingredients like Bentonite clay will help to draw out impurities in your skin and some excess oils too. Experts recommend clay masks 1-2 times a week. Please remember that clay masks should not be used more than 3 times a week or they could dry out your skin. Please remember that clay masks often cause purging when you first start using them or have not used them in a long time. This can take between four to six weeks to clear up.
What do you do to reduce your mask acne?