MASKNE - what it is, what causes it and what can help
The medical term of "maskne" is acne mechanica, a skin condition brought on by prolonged wear of facial coverings.
Since the government announced that wearing a face covering in enclosed spaces was mandatory, there has been a surge in people suffering from this condition. They trap heat and humidity from talking, sweating or breathing which in turn creates a perfect condition for bacteria to grow. They can also cause friction which results in the top layer of your skin becoming compromised, sore and inflamed. Not an ideal situation.
However, what can we do? It is a legal requirement to wear one and of course we want to do our part in stopping the spread of COVID-19.
Firstly, it’s important to make sure our skincare routine is good. If you’re wearing make-up always make sure you are cleansing at the end of the day. Double cleansing is even better. Oil cleansers are great at removing make-up; however, they may not suit everyone so another option could be to use a micellar water followed by a good cream or gel cleanser. Foam cleansers can be too harsh for your skin barrier and can do more harm than good. So find a combination that works for you.
An alternative may be to avoid wearing make-up at all under your mask. Thus, reducing the risk of your pores becoming clogged. A simple cleanse and moisturise in the morning will ensure your skin is clean and well hydrated. You can always apply make-up to your eyes – after all that’s the only thing people can see 😊
The second thing to consider is the mask itself. There have been several studies undertaken on the most effective material to be used on face coverings. One type of material being promoted is silk. It is cooling, naturally hypoallergenic and has been used in the treatment of some forms of eczema – meaning it won’t aggravate sensitive skin.
Check out an article written on the subject here
So if you're suffering from maskne and are interested in seeing whether a silk mask might help, I would recommend giving one a try. I recently purchased a couple from MinknHoneyCreations at a reasonable price but there are plenty of alternative options available online.
Good luck and I'd love to know if you've found any tips and tricks to help combat "maskne"