Maskne – let’s start from the beginning.
Masks play a really important role in reducing the spread of the coronavirus. In an effort to fight the virus, wearing a face mask has become part of our daily routine. Face cover is now required in many public places, such as pubs, restaurants and supermarkets. We have to have a face mask with us almost all the time and use it as a barrier against the new coronavirus that spreads through respiratory droplets.
A face mask is good when we want to prevent the spread of Covid-19, but can be hard on our skin. Masks doesn’t simply cause pimples, though. It may also result in skin issues including redness, bumpiness and irritation. If you develop breakouts from wearing a mask, you’re not alone. This condition, known as “maskne” (mask acne), is a common side effect of using a face mask.
If you’re concerned about maskne, read on. You will find out what’s the potential causes, as well as ways to treat and prevent it.
Maskne — the most common kind of which is acne mechanica. Wearing a face mask can develop the new condition as well as can worsen skin issues that already exist or cause new ones.
Maskne has been around for a long time, but as coronavirus has drastically increased the numbers of people wearing face masks for extended lengths of time, this problem is becoming more prevalent. We have been receiving a lot of messages and calls with people to complain about their worse skin condition.
Generally speaking, “maskne” can include several skin conditions that can be caused by wearing a face mask or covering. It can include:
- Acne. Acne happens when your pores become clogged with oil, dead skin cells, and dirt. It can cause pimples, whiteheads, or blackheads.
- Contact dermatitis. Contact dermatitis occurs when you’re allergic or sensitive to the material of your mask. It can result in a red rash, along with irritation and blisters.
- Rosacea. If you have rosacea, wearing a mask may cause flare-ups. This can lead to pimples and redness.
- Folliculitis. Folliculitis, or an infection of your hair follicles, causes bumps that look like an acne breakout.
To help prevent skin problems from developing under your mask, our Skin Expert Vanessa recommends few skin care routine step to follow.
- Gently cleanse your skin properly – a gentle cleanser can help remove excess oil, sweat, and bacteria. Avoid cleansers that contain alcohol or perfume. These ingredients can cause irritation and make it harder for your symptoms to heal. Try Nimue Cleansing Lite.
- Moisturise your face daily – after washing your face, apply a moisturiser to keep your skin hydrated. Dry skin is a common face mask skin problem. Applying moisturiser adds a protective layer that can reduce dryness.
- A small break from makeup – Skip the makeup while you’re treating maskne. Beauty products such as foundation, concealer and blush can clog your pores and prolong healing.
- Wash your face mask after every use – avoid using a cloth mask without first washing it. Use unscented hypoallergenic laundry detergent, then let it dry completely.
- Take a break from the mask – a small break helps save the skin. Of course, only remove your mask when it’s safe to do so and after washing your hands.
- Follow the advice from your Skin Expert – Continue the treatment plan that your Practitioner created for you.
Remember that you can always book a SKIN CONSULTATION with our Skin Expert – Vanessa Gallinaro.
Acne can be caused by different triggers. It’s really important if you want to resolve your skin concerns to talk to someone with years of experience and knowledge. Book here.