It’s a hot summer day, you’re minding your business, wearing your mask and flattening the curve - as you should be. But the hot air and sweat that accumulates in that air pocket might be giving you some acne or “maskne”.
According to dermatologists, acne mechanica is caused by an exterior item rubbing against the skin causing acne or breakouts.
It’s time to rethink your skincare as times (and your skin’s needs) have changed! For the time being, masks are necessary, but acne is not!
Here are our tips to combat maskne:
1. Wash your mask (duh!)
Besides washing it for the obvious reasons of keeping yourself safe from COVID-19, keeping the inside of your mask clean is very important to stop the buildup of bacteria, sweat, and dirt which can get into your pores.
2. Use gentle, lightweight skincare products
With the heat of wearing a mask in the summer, using heavy ingredients like cocoa butter or coconut oil on your face is probably not the best idea. Some of our lightweight faves for sensitive skin are the Calm Beauty Water Toner and Wonder Luxe Body Oil Mini. To extract dirt and excess sebum, we recommend the Blackhead Facial Mask and Charcoal + Rose Detox Mask.
3. Cut back on makeup
Your summer Instagrams may have to wait - liquid or oil-based foundations and other heavy face makeup products won’t be doing your skin justice under the mask. The best foundation for makeup is clear skin, after all. Giving your skin a break, especially the skin covered by your mask will help stave off maskne.
4. Mask on!
As the doctors say - maskne is no reason to stop wearing a mask however the type you choose can have an impact on your likelihood for maskne. Professionals recommend choosing a mask that fits snug to avoid excess friction (and for safety) and made from a soft material.
5. Don’t reach for petroleum jelly
The jelly might soothe your skin but may interfere with your mask’s ability to maintain a seal. There are other options, so see a dermatologist before putting yourself at risk.
A few pimples can have a significant impact on our self-esteem and confidence in relationships, so we hope this helps you avoid maskne while staying safe. For many healthcare workers wearing N95s, their skin is experiencing major flare-ups, bruising, tears, and even bleeding.
At the end of the day, a few pimples don’t seem that bad in comparison, and certainly is not worth not wearing a mask or undoing all the progress we’ve made in stopping COVID-19. So wash that face, wash that mask, and keep on flattening the curve!