With the increase in wearing masks to prevent the transmission of COVID-19, we are now finding maskne becoming a skin issue. Maskne (mask acne) is the development of acne or irritation where your mask sits on your face.
When masks are worn, they create a humid environment beneath them, this causes our pores to become blocked due to a build-up of sweat, oil, makeup and bacteria, which leads to breakouts AKA maskne. Where the mask is in contact with the skin it can also cause irritation due to rubbing and friction. There isn't one specific maskne treatment, but these tips can help calm your skin.
Ways you can help treat maskne and your skin
Wash your mask regularly
Wash it after every use/day of wearing it. Bacteria, skin cells, oil and dirt will build up on your mask after wearing it, so avoid putting it back on your face unwashed.
Heavy foundations can block pores further under a mask, which already has a build-up of sweat and bacteria, so keep makeup light and simple to help skin.
The build-up of bacteria, dirt, oil and sweat on your skin means that it's important to cleanse in the morning and evening. If your skin is irritated, try and use a cleanser which is gentle on your skin. Double cleansing allows the first cleanse to remove any makeup, dirt and grime, whilst the second cleanse allows for a deeper cleanse. With maskne skincare routines can help to remove daily grime and build up, helping calm and treat your skin.
Even with spots it's important to make sure that you keep your skin hydrated and nourished.
AHAs (like our Dazzling Tonic) help to increase cell renewal and unclog pores. Use in the evening to help gently exfoliate and moisturise your skin.
Avoid being too harsh with physical exfoliants and avoid scrubbing or highly abrasive ones, as this can cause breakouts to become worse. Pick ones that are gentle on skin and use 1 to 3 times a week (like our Vitamin Rich Sweet Glow Scrub)
Keep your skincare simple
Avoid harsh products and ingredients that may irritate your skin and cause it to become sensitive.
Avoid touching your face
Our hands pick up a lot of bacteria day to day, make sure you wash your hands before touching your face.
Our skincare range, Reviving Cleansing Cream, AHA Dazzling Tonic, and Radiance-Boosting Face Cream has been dermatologically approved for sensitive skin and is fragrance free.
The Cleanser and Face Cream contain anti-inflammatory properties such as turmeric and are very hydrating and soothing on the skin. The AHA Tonic contains natural alpha-hydroxy acids which help with the overall complexion, gently exfoliate the skin and remove the build-up of dirt and grime in the pores, while also helping with problematic areas to reduce spots.
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