Most public places, like restaurants and grocery stores, require that you wear a face mask in an effort to slow down the spread of COVID-19, so it’s safe to say that face masks have become part of our daily routine.
If you get breakouts from wearing a mask, you’re definitely not alone. The condition known as “Maskne” is a common side effect of using your mask regularly.
Maskne (Mask Acne), however, is often more than just pimples. Your skin may also show issues that include redness, bumpiness, and irritation. Here is how you can help prevent maskne*.
Clean Your Mask Regularly.
Wear a fresh face mask everyday, this means washing your mask daily if it’s reusable. Oil, nasal mucus, saliva, sweat and other bacteria get into your pores wherever the mask touches your face.
Use unscented hypoallergenic laundry detergent when you wash the mask and allow it to dry completely before putting it back on. Keep at least 2 masks that you can rotate through when you are waiting for one to dry.
If you use disposable masks, make sure you dispose of them after every use.
Cleanse Your Face Thoroughly.
Cleanse your face as soon as you get home. Bacteria left in the mask can cause irritation.
Make sure that you wash your face:
- Once in the morning
- Once at night, before going to bed
- And after sweating or wearing a mask for extended periods of time
To avoid further irritation, use a gentle, fragrance-free soap and apply a noncomedogenic moisturiser to keep your skin hydrated.
Choose the right mask size for your face to help reduce friction. If your mask scratches at your face, try loosening the straps behind the ears or try a different mask size.
Try to wear a mask that:
- fits well but not too tight
- has more than 2 layers of fabric
- is made of soft natural fabric
Drink plenty of water to keep yourself hydrated. Water is known to help flush toxins from the skin.
At the end of the day…
Maskne is essentially breakouts caused from wearing a face mask. Although maskne can be frustrating, it’s so important to keep wearing face coverings during the pandemic. Washing your face mask regularly, staying hydrated, and wearing the correct mask may help you prevent maskne.
*The tips I have provided are not medical recommendations, but rather tips that have worked for me. If your skin concerns are serve or if they still persist after trying out the above tips be sure to follow up with your dermatologist.