Along with the new accessory comes a new annoying skincare concern that’s been dubbed by the internet as “maskne” — acne breakouts that cluster around the mouth underneath the face mask.
While you can’t ditch the mask, there are steps you can take to prevent mask-related acne to enjoy the days safely with healthy skin.
Let’s dive right in.
#1 Switch up your mask
Look for lightweight fabrics such as cotton, silk or satin that don’t create as much friction against your skin. Wash your mask before wearing it for the first time, and regularly clean it to reduce the amount of dirt and bacteria that can remain on the fabric.
Personally, I wash my cloth mask with soap and water when I’m back home every night after wearing it out the whole day.
#2 Wash your face
If you have acne-prone skin, you ought to be washing your face twice a day. Using a face wash that is gentle to your skin will help you keep your pores clean even though you always wear a mask.
#3 Use protective products
You want to create a barrier when shielding your skin from a mask, both between your skin and the mask & between your skin and the moisture that builds up within while wearing it. The best way to do this is with a nice, rich moisturiser with ingredients such as hyaluronic acid and ceramides that are essential for skin protection. Make sure that your moisturiser is non-comedogenic as well, meaning it does not clog pores and trigger breakouts. Apply your moisturiser every morning and night.
#4 Avoid oil
Avoid oil-containing products that are occlusive* and can make you sweat faster. Heavy products and sweat when left under a mask will make matters worse. Search for moisturisers which are lightweight and oil-free and mineral sunscreens (yup, you still need to wear sunscreen). Mineral sunscreens are less likely to cause inflammation as they contain zinc in them and zinc is naturally anti-inflammatory.
* occlusive acts as a physical barrier to prevent water loss from the surface of the skin.
Adapted from: www.esquire.com