Maskne & How to prevent it
To prevent the spread of the coronavirus, washing your hands and wearing a mask has become a part of our life to the extent that we almost forget how it was before. Traveling with public transport, enter a restaurant or going shopping – it’s everywhere nowadays.
But safety sometimes comes with a price in form of “maskne”, which simply put is getting acne from wearing a mask. And with both pimples and skin problems such as redness and irritation, this can be both embarrassing and painful.
So regardless if you’re worried or just curious, keep reading and you’ll find everything you need to know.
What you need to know and common symptoms
“Maskne” is first of all not caused by ONE single thing – it can be several skin conditions that are triggered by wearing a face mask. Those conditions can be:
- You get acne when the pores in your face are filled with oil and dirt. This is also why you get pimples!
- Wearing a mask while suffering from rosacea can cause the rosacea to get worse.
- Regular single-use masks are made out of non-woven materials and they can have different effects on the skin. This can result in irritation and rashes.
So why do I get it in the first place?
Since we’re all different, it’s hard to say exactly why you get it depending on where you live and your previous symptoms. But when you’re wearing a mask, the humidity gets trapped inside the mask which causes sweating that may clog up the pores and gives you pimples. Or it can as simple as you wash the mask in scented washing powder.
Okay okay, but how do I make it go away if I have it?
First of all – don’t leave the mask at home even if you get maskne. This is a very important tool to protect yourself and the people around you from catching the virus. Therefore – this is how you can treat the symptoms of maskne.
Wash your face and treat with skin soothing creamsIn a world where everything’s upside-down, we have to create new routines to take care of ourselves. And it’s not only the hands that need to be washed regularly; you should do the same thing with your face. Wash it in the morning and the evening, and when your face gets moist from mask-wearing or sweat, use mild soap and water and pad it gently with a clean towel. Add a little of skin-soothing anti-irritation cream to combat the initial symptoms of Maskne.
Use skin-friendly productsBuy products that fit your skin type to get the best result when cleaning. Ask a doctor or a pharmacist if you’re unsure. They can also recommend products if your maskne is severe. Regardless of the skin type, you should avoid products containing alcohol or perfume.
Use a good moisturizerOnce you’re done with your face wash, don’t forget to keep hydrated. This applies especially if you live in a colder climate.
If needed – use a cortisone creamWhen you need something stronger and a bit more effective than a regular moisturizer, you should consider getting a cortisone cream. Cortisone cream is effective against itching but is also tougher for your body. Consult your pharmacist and they’ll help you get the best one for you.
Beauty comes from inside
The feeling of not feeling pretty when suffering from maskne is understandable. But you shouldn’t cover it with makeup products for two simple reasons: the products often contain ingredients that’ll make the healing process longer and the second one is…you look good anyway.
Methods to reduce the risk of Maskne
Let’s face it – the mask will be here to stay for quite some time. So to reduce the chance of you having maskne, follow these tips:
Get a reusable mask and wash it regularlyThere are plenty of reusable mask options available. Wash your mask after every use with a perfume-free washing powder. Once washed up, let it dry properly and then it's good as new.
Never use a disposable mask more than onceSingle-use mask collect dust and particles very quickly, if they end up on your skin you will have a high risk of Maskne. Keep several masks with you in case you need a fresh one.
Take a breakRemove your mask for 20 minutes every 4 hours and let your skin breathe. You should do it when you can keep a safe distance from other people and wash your hands or use a hand sanitizer before touching the mask. But look on the bright side – have yourself something nice as well.
Picking the right mask – what should I think of?
Pick a reusable mask of high quality. The mask should also fit your face without fitting too tight, consist of two layers of fabric, and made out of cotton. Maskz of Sweden offers high-quality masks that offer both comfort and a high level of security.
Last but not least
Maskne is caused by many different things and the symptoms can vary from person to person. Redness, irritation pimples, and low self-esteem.
But keep your mask close to you and use it whenever you can. It’s an essential tool to battle the coronavirus. But take a break from it sometimes, wash your face, keep your face hydrated and you’ll be on your way to stay free from maskne.
These are the general recommendations when it comes to preventing maskne. If it flares up or doesn’t go away, check with your doctor or dermatologist for further assistance.