Have you noticed acne popping up under your mask? Wearing a face mask can reduce the spread of the deadly virus. At the same time, it also creates a humid environment that traps sweat, oil, and bacteria on the skin which may lead to skin breakouts.
The term maskne, or mask acne, has taken off on social media as more people experience skin flare-ups especially in the nose and mouth area brought on by prolonged wear of a face mask.
Prevention is always your best bet. While you cannot ditch the mask, there are steps you can take to avoid maskne. Let’s go through the ways to protect your skin so you do not have to deal with the pesky blemishes until we can go mask-free!
Skip wearing heavy makeup under your mask as it can clog your pores which can lead to more breakouts. If you must wear makeup, look for products that are labelled “non-comedogenic” indicating they will not clog pores, according to recommendations.
Pick the right mask
Be mindful of the type of mask you wear to prevent skin issues. Go for a face mask that is composed of natural, soft fabric which fits snugly but not too tight. Masks made of synthetic fibres should be avoided because these materials can potentially irritate your skin.
Avoid touching your face
Touching your face transfers oil from your hands to your face, which can block pores and result in acne. Also, remember not to pick at, or squeeze the acne as this may worsen the inflammation and lead to scarring.
Change your mask regularly
One of the best ways to prevent breakouts is to ensure that the mask you are using is clean. It is advisable to change your mask every 3-4 hours to reduce dirt and oil that may build up on your face. If you are out for a long time, make sure you change the used face mask with a fresh one.
Managing maskne is not going to be a one-time deal. It requires ongoing prevention habits to keep your skin clear. So, mask up the smart way!