Masks - who knew they'd be the essential accessory of 2020. And while they are an important step to prevent the spread of Covid-19, they have come with an unfortunate side effect. Namely, Maskne.
Maskne is acne, chafing, redness and irritation around the mouth, cheeks and jawline caused by wearing a mask for extended periods of time.
Yes, it's a real thing.
Masks cause friction against the skin and also trap moisture, dirt and bacteria. Basically the perfect breeding ground for breakouts, flare ups, and general maskne.
Here's what you can do to help:
Change Your Mask
To avoid bacteria build up, change your mask every day or wash frequently in between. Also opt for fabrics that offer less friction like cotton, silk or satin. This will reduce irritation.
Opt for a double cleanse at the end of the day to really remove bacteria, grime and sweat build-up. It's also a good idea to cleanse your hands before putting on a mask.
Or better yet, go makeup free under your mask. Otherwise it's easier to clog your pores - the perfect storm for breakouts. Experiment with bold eye makeup instead.
Use a gentle chemical exfoliant 1-2 x a week to unclog pores. This won't irritate your skin further and will leave it softer and brighter.
Keep your routine fairly simple focusing on light hydrating moisturisers to repair your skin's protective barrier.
Prone to breakouts in general? Check out our Acne-Prone Skin Edit.