Are you experiencing skin breakouts and acne now more than ever and wondering why? It’s probably because of using face masks on a daily basis. Apparently, maskne is one of the many skincare issues that has flared up in the last few months since face masks were made a must-wear for anyone going outdoors.
According to dermatologists, masks trap moisture, sweat, oil and dirt close to our skin. The resulting blemishes can include acne, small bumps, inflamed hair follicles and irritation.
So you’re not alone in your skincare struggles… but how do you treat these breakouts, and prevent them from happening in the first place? Here are some tips to remember:
Try a new face mask fabric
The normal fabric used to make surgical and some cloth masks are not very breathable and for this reason, the skin pores may end up blocked and cause acne. If you experience this, you can try face masks that have material that creates as little friction as possible on your skin.
Silk is the most gentle on the skin, but not so many brands sell washable silk masks. You can look up places where you can buy these types of masks.
Wash your masks
If you’re using a cloth or reusable mask, be sure to wash and dry it completely after every use. If you’re using a disposable mask, it’s tempting to re-use it. However, it could be a breeding ground for bacteria, so you should throw it away after wearing it.
Skip the makeup
This will sound easier said than done, especially if you do makeup every day and can’t go anywhere without it. But for the sake of your skin and preventing breakouts, don’t wear makeup underneath your mask.
Masks act like occlusive barriers, which means trapped makeup can lead to clogged pores and breakouts. Also, residue from makeup can soil your mask fabric.
Avoid oily products
Heavy oil-containing products can make you sweat quicker and clog your pores. Use moisturizers or makeup products that are lightweight and oil-free.
Wash your face
Gently wash your face in the morning and at night. Avoid using scrubs or cloths to clean your skin. Instead, just use your fingers. Then, wait at least 15 minutes after applying moisturizer or sunscreen before putting your mask on.