Protecting ourselves against covid-19 by wearing our face mask on a daily basis is important for our health. While doing so, you may have noticed annoying little breakouts appearing on your cheeks and near your mouths. This is the dreaded “maskne” (mask acne). If you have developed maskne, you are not alone.
Maskne is a common side effect of regular mask usage. When we wear our mask for multiple hours, this creates heat and humidity inside the masked area which is a perfect combo for bacteria. The breakouts can appear as small pimples, redness, bumpiness, and irritation. The cause of maskne can vary, but there are some things you can do to prevent it.
1. Wash Your Face Regularly
To keep maskne at bay, the first thing you want to do is make sure you are washing your face once in the morning, once at night, and anytime you have been sweating or wearing a mask for a long period of time. Use lukewarm water and pat dry, DO NOT rub as this can make it worse. One of our favorite products for cleansing is Mantra Hemp Clarifying Cleanser. This cleanser we deep clean the pores without any occlusive oils.
2. Choose the Right Mask
Make sure it’s form fitting and the correct mask for the occasion. Protective cotton masks are great for daily use, but you wouldn’t want to take cotton to the gym because it tends to hold onto the sweat and oil. This can lead to breakouts.
3. Dispose of Your Mask and Remove Your Mask Every 4 hours
If your mask is disposable, be sure to toss it after it’s single use. It is also recommended that you remove your mask for 15 minutes every 4 hours regardless if It's disposable or reusable.
4. Limit the Use of Daily Makeup
While healing maskne, you may have to update your makeup routine and limit daily makeup usage while wearing a mask.
5. Reduce Stress
We are all probably feeling some sort of stress these days. While stress may not cause acne, it can trigger a breakout. Relaxation techniques, breathing exercises, meditation, and CBD products can help aide in daily stress.
Breakouts and blemishes are a huge downer, but with the right tips, routine, and products, you can prevent keep your skin clear of breakouts and maskne.