Maskne is acne caused when people wear face masks that wrap tightly around the face for long periods of time. It’s a result of occlusion, which is when something causes a blockage in the pores. And wearing face masks exactly does that. You don’t necessarily need to have oily or acne-prone skin, any skin type can have sudden breakouts due to masks.
Though face masks are an essential protective gear during this pandemic, people all over the globe have been a victim to Maskne, if thankfully not the virus!
Wearing masks for a long duration, proliferates bacteria and sebum under the skin, thus, clogging pores.
What most of us tend to do is – use harsh exfoliants, scrubs and peeling acids that are harmful rather than helpful, you should opt for gentle products like salicylic acid, which can help pimples clear more quickly and come with anti-inflammatory benefits, or a sulfur-based face wash, which can kill acne bacteria without causing irritation. Make sure you are steering clear of retinol or benzoyl peroxide for the time being as they are more active and intense.L’oreal Gentle exfoliator: https://amzn.to/2HtSLQ8 Neutrogena Wash with salicylic acid: https://amzn.to/3klG1d3
You need products that contain barriers and calming ingredients. It’s all about getting that barrier back intact. Skincare products with jojoba, squalene, or ceramides help repair the barrier layer. You can also add hyaluronic acid serums or creams to replenish the lost hydration and retain moisture – dehydrated skin is more prone to acne! Jojoba face oil for daily use: https://amzn.to/2Tgvbt6 Hyaluronic acid serum for daily use: https://amzn.to/3jiU6GX
Choose good quality cotton face masks, unlike the disposable or surgical masks they aren’t harsh to your skin, being a cotton mask, it will absorb sweat and are washable and re-usable. It feels more breathable! https://amzn.to/2HjeVER
Author: Heer Nayyar -Makeup Trainer and Artist, Hairstylist & Skin Therapist