How to Prevent MASKNE
The MASKNE is real.
Is the coronavirus mask now officially apart of your daily outfit? If so (I sure hope so), then it might be causing irritating skin breakouts you’ve never had to deal with before. Masks provide a layer of protection (obviously), but they can irritate sensitive skin and clog your pores to then flare up acne. The maskne is REAL (ugh). If you’re like us then you are experiencing little pimples around your chin, jaw line and nose (gross). With that being said, we’ve come a long way in terms of mask options to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 . We now have more breathable options made with antibacterial fabric, thanks to all the wonderful companies and their technology we can protect our communities and our skin.
Let's fight COVID-19 & maskne at the same time
- Cleanse and moisturize your skin daily. Keep up with your daily skincare routine now more than ever. Washing your face with a gentle, fragrance-free cleanser before and after wearing a mask is key – It’s not just in the morning and at night anymore.
- Skip the makeup when wearing a mask. Beneath a mask, makeup is more likely to clog your pores and lead breakouts. If makeup is necessary, use only products labelled “non-comedogenic” or “won’t clog pores.”
- Avoid trying new skin care products that can irritate your skin. Wearing a mask for even a short time can make your skin more sensitive. To reduce skin problems, avoid trying harsh products, such as chemical peels, exfoliant, retinoid, for the first time.
- Wear the right mask. Wearing a mask that offers a snug, but comfortable fit helps to protect you and others from the coronavirus. A snug, comfortable fit also reduces skin problems. If the mask feels too tight or slides around on your face, it can irritate your skin. You’re also more likely to adjust a poorly fitting mask. When you touch your face, you can transfer germs to your mask and face.
- Wash your cloth masks. Many health care organizations now recommend that you wash a cloth mask after each use. Washing it also removes oils and skin cells that collect inside the mask, which can lead to skin problems.
- Consider buying a mask chain. Buying a mask chain that you can wear around your neck is not only convinent (where’d I put my mask??), it also helps reduce the amount of germs and acne-causing bacteria spread by tossing your mask on a table or inside your purse.
- Apply a zit cream on your problem areas under your mask. Find a zit-removing product that works best four skin and apply it under your mask to protect your breakouts from getting worse. No one will notice!