Hey Beauty, I hope you're doing well and continuing to stay safe! Wearing face masks has become a part of our new norm and unfortunately with that, we've seen an increase in acne around the cheeks, chin, mouth, and nose. While we continue to do our part to keep each other safe; knowing how to prevent and manage this type of acne can help you achieve clearer skin. Keep reading for tips on how you can do just that.
What is "Maskne"?
Facial acne that occurs when the skin is in regular contact with a face mask. The development of this acne can be caused by blockage of pores, friction of the mask against the skin, trapped moisture, or even irritation to the type of material the face mask is made of.
Here are 3 Ways to Prevent Maskne:
1. Wear a clean mask.
Disposable face masks should be worn only once and disposed of if it becomes moist. It is recommended to change disposable masks as frequently as you can in order to help alleviate friction. If you choose to wear cloth masks, opt for 100 percent cotton as this material is more breathable and gentler on the skin. These masks should be laundered daily to remove dirt, makeup buildup, skin care products, etc. which can lead to clogged pores.
2. Cleanse and moisturize your skin.
Wash your face using a gentle cleanser that is fragrance free in the morning and at night. This will help to remove excess oil, bacteria, sweat, and dead skin cells. Apply a moisturizer after cleansing that is best suited for your skin type. Don't forget your lips! Try exfoliating with a lip scrub once or twice a week and applying a moisturizing lip balm daily. This has helped me keep my lips soft and hydrated while wearing a face mask.
3. Limit wearing makeup.
I know this one can be so hard! As a makeup lover myself, it has been difficult not to wear makeup but by doing so you can avoid clogging your pores and skin irritation that can occur under the mask. However, there are options if you do decide to wear makeup. Try to go for makeup products that are non-comedogenic so your pores won't clog and when it's time to remove your makeup, opt for a gentle cleanser or makeup remover. (I like to remove my makeup with Sunshine Dew cleansing oil and if need be, I will follow with the Ahoy Love cream cleanser and then apply Mermaid Milk moisturizer to help keep my skin hydrated.)
How to Manage Maskne Breakouts:
If you're already experiencing breakouts due to wearing a face mask, don't worry! You are definitely not alone. I myself have been battling acne due to a combination of my diet, wearing face masks, and more stress. The good news is there are ways to help clear your acne-here are 3 methods that have worked for me.
1. Use pimple patches.
Sometimes it can be difficult to fight the urge to pop or squeeze a pimple and these thin patches are great for that! Not only do they help to reduce the size and redness of pimples but will keep your hands from directly touching your skin.
2. Wear sunscreen with zinc oxide.
Wearing sunscreen protects the skin from the harmful rays of the sun and reduces the risk of hyperpigmentation. Zinc oxide has a multitude of benefits including helping to lower inflammation, treating acne, and rashes just to name a few. Be sure to apply sunscreen daily even if you're indoors as UV rays can be found inside as well.
3. Cut back on sugar and dairy.
Treating acne from the inside is just as important as the topical products we use. There have been several studies over the years that show diets high in dairy and sugar can cause acne. For me, cutting back on my daily coffee (so much cream and sugar 😫), decreasing my glasses of wine during the week, and increasing my water intake has helped my skin so much. Consider changing up your diet to see if you're able to clear you skin naturally, it's certainly worth a try!
Acne affects most people and the direct root of it will vary person to person. Stress levels, diet, and genetics can all factor in to what causes acne. This blog post is meant to only offer some helpful tips and I do recommend you see a Dermatologist for a specific skin care plan that is best suited for you.
Until next time,
Kristina (with a K)