Mask Acne Hacks
Updated: Aug 11, 2022
Beginning to notice acne spots on your face where your mask usually is? For those who have to wear masks for long periods of time for work or for travel, it is very likely for blemishes and acne to pop up along the areas of your face your mask covers. Wearing a mask everywhere all the time has become the new normal, and “Maskne” is now a common result of constantly wearing masks that many people struggle with. Although maskne appears to be an unfortunate lasting side effect of wearing a mask, there are plenty of hacks that can help combat it.
What Causes Maskne?
In order to figure out how to deal with maskne, it is important for us to understand the root of the problem. Hot air becomes trapped under your mask from breathing and talking, allowing for bacteria and yeast to clog pores and create acne flare-ups. Another cause of maskne is the dirt of and oils that lay under the mask. Eventually, tiny red and bumps form after long periods of time beneath the mask.
Do I ditch my daily makeup routine?
While you may assume that wearing certain lotions or makeup with the mask may increase acne flare-ups it still is possible for you to continue your daily routine. Cleveland dermatologist Amy Kassouf recommends that a light layer of moisturizer and sunblock that has zinc and titanium supports the skin, acting as a shield against friction or irritation. Along with moisturizer, makeup is also acceptable to wear with a mask. Applying a minimal amount of makeup on our skin does not cause major breakouts, yet it is important to keep in mind that a heavy amount, or not washing face masks, can become bacterial and acne breeding grounds for your face. Overall, no, you don’t have to go makeup-free, but you do have to form better skincare and hygiene habits to prevent further breakouts.
While maskne seems inevitable to avoid, there are multiple ways to manage these breakouts. Here are some hacks that may even surprise you:
Salicylic Acid Spray
The well-known “Dr. Pimple Popper” herself, Dr. Sandra Lee, suggests spraying a salicylic acid-based product on the inside of a clean mask and letting it dry. In addition to spraying salicylic acid on the mask, a light spray onto your skin is further suggested, preventing potential damage to the face mask.
Wear a face mask under your mask
Wearing a face mask under your mask sounds odd. Similar to sheet masks that are worn to nourish skin, there are sheet masks designed to be worn under your mask. As it is encouraged to wear minimal to no makeup under masks, sheet face masks are the ideal method of treating maskne breakouts while remaining safe and protected.
For any health regimen, daily exercise is essential. When it comes to constantly wearing face masks, it is vital to continue to take care of your overall health and wellness. Breaking a sweat while exercising expels the dirt and oils that cause acne. If possible, exercise in spaces while remaining a safe social distance from others so that way you can remove your mask and let your skin breathe.
Acne is one of the most common insecurities among people. It may feel difficult to treat since wearing a mask has become part of our daily lives, but by properly treating your skin, it can be fought. At this time, face masks are essential to protecting ourselves from the ongoing virus. Maskne is the most irritating side effect, however, by maintaining great hygiene and skincare, the skin under your mask will become just as protected.
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