As if 2020 hasn’t delivered enough new concepts ranging from inconvenient (corona vs. covid) to apocalyptic (ready the bunker!), next up is increased acne from wearing masks (Mask Acne or “Maskne” because the internets are undefeated). Masks can rub on your skin causing irritation, blocked pores and oil build up.
Under normal circumstances, it doesn’t take a team of dermatologists to tell you that when an accessory is irritating your skin, to stop using said accessory. But as you all already know, these aren’t normal times.
Unless you’re on house arrest or own a private island, wearing your mask is a necessity every time you step outside. As serious as we take skin care, it’s only one element of our health, and it’s important that we look out for the overall health of ourselves and our fellow humans.
So here are a few things you can do to prevent "Maskne" or Mask Acne.
Limit your social interaction if possible. Not everyone is so fortunate to be able to work from home but we can all control how much we choose to go into crowded environments in our social lives. Reduced mask time = reduced opportunities for Maskne.
Monitor your face for oiliness. Especially if you’re prone to oily skin, monitor your face regularly for excess oil. Use our Revitalizing Daily Face Wash with chamomile extract (which, by the way, was recently rated by Forbes Magazine as the Best Soothing Salicylic Acid Face Wash) to keep excess oil in check throughout the day, or carry portable face wipes if you don’t have access to a sink.
Moisturize Religiously. Especially if you’re prone to dry skin, it’s crucial to stay moisturized while wearing a mask. Your skin should never be dry and dull, even if half of it is covered. Try using our Daily Repair Moisturizer with algae extract that conditions, hydrates, softens and gently detoxifies the skin while replenishing essential vitamins and minerals. Proper hydration can create an effective barrier against between your skin and the mask that can minimize acne and irritation.
Find a Comfortable Mask. There’s no shortage of styles or shapes of masks. Find one that feels comfortable and doesn’t irritate your skin while moving or speaking.
- Keep your Mask Clean. Keeping your face clean should be the first step of any skin care regimen, and this shouldn't go out the window just because you’re wearing a mask. Keep harmful acne-causing bacteria away by regularly sanitizing your mask, disposing of disposable masks (it’s in the name y’all) and washing machine safe masks.