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 and block your pores causing oil build ups.
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 that accessory. These aren’t normal times.
Unless you’re on house arrest or own a private island, wearing your mask is necessary. As serious as we take skin care, it’s only one element of your health and it’s important that we look out for 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, check your face regularly for excess oil. Use our Revitalizing Daily Face Wash with chamomile extract that was recently rated by Forbes Magazine as the Best Soothing Salicylic Face Wash (include link to Forbes article) 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. Try using our Daily Repair Moisturizer with algae extract that conditions, hydrates, softens and detoxifies the skin, replenishing essential vitamins and minerals. Hydration can create a barrier against irritation from contact with the mask and acne causing bacteria. Your skin should never be dry and dull, even if half of it is covered.
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 that doesn’t go out the window because you’re wearing a mask. Keep harmful bacteria away by regularly sanitizing your mask, disposing of disposable masks (it’s in the name y’all) and washing machine safe masks.