Since the COVID-19 pandemic, wearing a mask these days is the norm. However, most countries are loosening their restrictions. Wearing a mask can be annoying at times, but it can help slow the spread of COVID-19. Wearing masks is essential because they contain respiratory droplets from infected people entering the air, which healthy people can then inhale. However, one negative aspect of wearing masks that most people have found is that it can contribute to skin issues like acne. Acne occurs when wearing masks because it creates friction against your skin, which causes inflammation and leads to breakouts. Another reason is that it traps moisture and causes microorganisms to overgrow.
In today’s blog post, we will be providing you with some tips to prevent and tackle maskne!
Choose your mask carefully
Ensure that you are choosing the right type of mask. We recommend that you choose lightweight fabrics that won’t cause friction. Using 100% cotton masks would be the best solution since it is the most breathable type of material. However, some other excellent materials are silk or satin. We recommend that you purchase a couple of masks to rotate between them. You also want to wash your masks, preferably after each use regularly. You want to eliminate all of the debris, makeup, and dirt on your mask before wearing them so that you don’t transfer any unwanted bacteria to your face. If you don’t want to have to wash your masks, we recommend that you purchase disposable masks and use a new one after each use. Reusing disposable masks is a big no-no, and can cause breakouts.
Don’t pick at your skin and use pimple patches!
We know that it can be tempting to pick at your skin when you have a blemish. But doing this can spread the bacteria to other areas of your face and worsen your acne. The best thing to do is leave the infected area alone and put a pimple patch on it! Pimple patches are a great way to heal and protect your breakout. Using hydrocolloid pimple patches will take out all of the junk in your pores. Another bonus is that no one can see it if you’re wearing a mask and when you apply a pimple patch!
Use AHA/BHA skincare products
Incorporating active ingredients into your skincare routine provides many benefits. AHAs are alpha hydroxy acids and are water-soluble acids that can help to exfoliate your skin. BHAs are beta hydroxy acids and are oil-soluble acids, and can get deep into pores to remove dead skin and excess sebum. Both acids can gently exfoliate your skin and improve the appearance of large pores, acne, and acne scars. Some of the more popular active ingredients include salicylic acid (BHA), glycolic acid (AHA), and lactic acid (AHA).
Have a consistent skincare routine
Everyone’s skin is different, and researching and investing in a good skincare routine is crucial in maintaining healthy skin. Having a good skincare routine is essential. It’s also necessary to stay consistent. Being consistent in your skincare routine is a crucial thing that you can do for your skin. The reason is that even if your routine is good if you’re not doing it consistently twice a day every day, you won’t reap all the benefits that your skincare products provide.
See a dermatologist if your acne gets worse
Dermatologists have access to prescribe more potent treatments that could work faster at healing and preventing acne. They also have special machines that can analyze your specific skin type, therefore giving you a specialized course of action to stop your acne from getting worse. However, sometimes over the counter products don’t do the job. So, in these cases, it’s best to go to a professional instead of using DIY projects that could potentially make your skin worse.
Have you experienced maskne? If you have, what are some of your best tips to keep maskne away? Comment below and let us know!