If Covid-19 pandemic isn’t bad enough, there’s a skincare aspect that’s causing beauty brands to introduce new acne remedies we haven’t heard of before. The strange times that we all found ourselves in bring many conversations to the table, and today I want to write about one of them: maskne. Yes! Maskne is a real thing, and in a nutshell, it’s acne and skin irritation caused by wearing masks.
A quick disclaimer, wearing a mask is unquestionably crucial. Please don’t read this article and think to yourself that you’ll be dumping it. Instead, if what you read sounds familiar, you should find the best solutions and skincare routine to reduce the risk of outbreaks.
Back to maskne, it’s a fact. Wearing a mask can worsen skin issues that already exist or cause new ones. And if you think about it, it makes perfect sense. You’re trapping all the sweat and dirt under a tight-fitting protective layer of material, which depending on the weather, can be an ideal environment for breakouts and flare-ups. At this point, I think all of us experienced either acne or irritation effects as a result of wearing a mask.
All of this bears a question, what can we do?
- Mask material and hygiene
Mask rubbing against the skin or not allowing your skin to breathe correctly can cause maskne. While it’s essential to think about the level of protection a mask will give you, natural fabrics undisputably will be a solution for your skin. That’s why you might want to opt-in for a 100% cotton mask, as opposed to plastic.
Another thing is cleaning your mask. You should wash it frequently, just as you would wash your clothes. Otherwise, all the sweat and dirt from the frequent wearing of the mask will be just sitting there.
- Skincare routine
How much product you apply on your skin can have a significant impact on how it will look after wearing a mask. And generally speaking, the less product you wear, the better. You should look out for gentle, mild and fragrance-free cosmetics. Your cosmetics should create a protective layer without clogging your pores.
- Say “see ya later” to makeup
I guess by now you see where I’m going with this. The less product you apply to your face, the less chance you will cause or ignite a maskne. Same goes for makeup. It would be best if you tried to break up with it, at least temporarily. And, if you’re having a tough time parting away from your makeup routine, consider some alternatives, like BB creams.
- Be careful with advice on treating your maskne
I’m not a dermatologist, nor skincare expert, so I would never want to tell you how to treat acne or maskne. I honestly think that while stating the obvious facts about maskne is okay, it’s not okay to give advice as to what one should do to treat it. I can already see the trend of articles discussing different maskne treatments, and I want to tell you all to be careful with what you read in them. It’s better to see a professional than regret having listened to online “specialists”.
I hope soon enough we will all be able to forget the masks and enjoy life without having to wear one, but for now, take care of your skin and make sure to adjust your skincare to the circumstances.
Till next time!