Maskne (Mask Acne)
Since the enforcement of masks has started, “maskne” mask acne, has been a huge problem in the skincare industry. Rubbing can cause irritation or chafing which creates a type of rug burn as found especially on the bridge of the nose and behind ears where elastic bands may be. Sometimes the material of the mask can absorb natural oils, his will leave the skin dry and sensitive. Residue from laundry detergent can get stuck in the fabric and cause irritation. If you have rosacea or psoriasis, this can cause a flare up. Occlusion from a mask can also cause acne. Your breath gets trapped beneath the mask, creating a warm and moist environment. Besides regular acne, occlusion can also lead to folliculitis which is when bacteria or yeast infect hair follicles.
It can be tricky trying to find the right mask that allows you to breath without triggering maskne. The best choice for homemade is tightly woven 100% cotton. It is effective and gentle on the skin. Before putting on your mask, wash your face and apply a good moisturizer. Skip makeup. You don’t need it; your mask will be covering. Of course, only wear clean masks and stay away from fragranced detergents. If you are using surgical masks, do not reuse them. This is a good time to avoid harsh medicated products like retinol or benzoyl peroxide.
The bottom line is, because of the coronavirus pandemic, we might be wearing masks for a long time. The right skin care routine can help lessen the mask related skin concerns and breakouts.