Masks can be hard on your skin, causing problems that range from acne and peeling skin to rashes and itchiness. Masks trap heat, moisture and bacteria as well as causing friction and irritation. This environment is a recipe for breakouts. Acne from mask use occurs because pores are more likely to become clogged leading to pimples or cysts. Here are 5 ways to prevent COVID-19 maskne.
1. Wear only clean masks
It is important to wear only clean masks. Dirt and oil from your skin, plus bacteria from your mouth and noise will end up on your mask throughout the day. If you do not wash your masks daily you will continue to apply a dirt and bacteria-filled mask onto your face every time you put it on.
2. Rotate masks throughout the day
If your job causes you to sweat throughout the day, or if you are an active person and are required to wear a mask during that activity, keep multiple masks with you. Regularly rotate these masks throughout the day to prevent excess irritation to your skin. As stated in tip #1, wash these masks daily.
3. Implement a consistent face washing routine
Implementing a consistent morning and nightly face-washing routine is key to preventing maskne and keeping current acne from worsening. The dirt, oil, and bacteria get trapped under the mask and can cause breakouts. Choose a gentle cleanser that is fragrance-free and oil-free. Do not expect acne to clear up the day after you implement a face washing routine. Give it a few weeks of consistent care to start seeing changes.
4. Apply moisturize
Following up every face washing session with a moisturizer. Moisturizers keep your skin hydrated and act as a friction barrier for your mask.
5. Stop wearing makeup
If you are wearing makeup under your mask, it is best to temporarily stop wearing makeup. Makeup on its own can clog pores. Add in the dirt, oil, and bacteria getting trapped by the mask and you have a perfect environment for continued acne breakouts.
Suffering from maskne?
We recommend that anyone with new or worsening acne seek out help from a board-certified dermatologist to determine the underlying cause and find the best course of treatment to fit your lifestyle and budget. Find a dermatologist near you today.