Have you heard the term “maskne” recently? Chances are most probably you have – with each one of us wearing a mask nowadays and that too for long hours, there are chances of itchiness and acne developing around the cheeks and nose area with prolonged wear of face masks. In this post, we will list out 10 tips to prevent acne from wearing face masks or what is now popularly known as “maskne.”
What Causes Maskne?
Wearing a mask for prolonged hours can cause clogged pores, skin irritation, and breakouts. Here are other factors that cause maskne:
1. Humid environment created by the mask can provide breeding ground for bacteria to grow and clog pores on the skin.
2. If the mask does not fit snugly around the face, it can irritate the skin.
3. Re-using masks.
9 Tips to Prevent Acne from Wearing Face Masks:
1. Do not use soap on the face: Use a gentle cleanser to wash your face. Totally avoid using beauty soaps on the face because they can rip natural oils from the face and make it dry, and prone to acne and breakouts. We recommend Cetaphil Gentle Daily Cleanser or homemade besan cleanser like this for squeaky clean face.
2. Always apply an oil-free or water-based moisturizer: Keep your facial skin moisturized at all times to prevent rashes and itchiness. Look for hyaluronic acid-based moisturizers or something with squalene in it because those are good for all skin types.
3. Pick a water-based foundation: Water-based foundation wouldn’t clog pores and wouldn’t make skin greasy or oily, best pick for the current season.
4. Wear face masks with soft fabric on the inside: Leave out face masks with synthetic material on the inside – they will most likely cause breakouts. Pick breathable, soft, cotton or silk fabric in the inside layer that wouldn’t irritate your skin.
5. Change your face mask every few hours: For your own safety and to keep skin clear, change into a new mask every 3 to 4 hours and wear only fresh, washed mask every time.
6. Exfoliate Skin Regularly: Exfoliate skin once a week with a mild scrub or a salicylic-acid based cleanser to slough off dead skin cells and dry skin.
7. Do wear sunscreen on your face: You do not want to see mask lines on your face, right? Wear a good sunscreen with at least SPF 30 protection to avoid tan lines on your face.
8. Wash your mask with a soft detergent: Often harsh detergents can irritate your skin and if you have been washing the masks with strong detergents, they can result in terrible breakouts by irritating the skin.
9. Stop adjusting the mask often: For your health and to prevent breakouts, avoid adjusting the mask frequently because it might spread bacteria that lead to pimples from your hands on to the face.