Since the COVID-19 outbreak occurred in 2020, a majority of us have learned to incorporate a mask into our daily routine, and even our outfit.
These masks are responsible for saving thousands of lives and are regarded as a key element in getting through this difficult time. Despite such incredible benefits, masks can often cause a lot of problems, especially for our skin.
Now, a skin condition informally known as ‘Maskne’ has developed, which is, of course, acne that has been brought on by wearing a mask. However, do not let Maskne deter you from wearing a mask because we have some simple techniques to help you overcome this inconvenience.
What does Maskne look like? Is it any different to standard acne?
Although Maskne is not a new type of acne, it is described as a specific type of acne breakout that is brought on by wearing a mask for long periods of time. Maskne is often found around the nose, chin and cheek areas, common areas to be covered by your mask.
This new phenomenon has become more apparent due to the Coronavirus pandemic but is also known to affect athletes such as cyclists or American football players, who often have to wear helmets for long periods of time. More importantly, Maskne does not refer to pimples alone. In fact, masks can cause redness bumpiness and other signs of irritation.
How to prevent Maskne or acne caused by masks?
Just like acne, Maskne is caused when your pores become clogged with dirt, oil and bacteria. Of course, this build-up is often further increased when you are wearing a mask for long periods of time. Moreover, frequent Maskne outbreaks could be triggered because the material of your mask is irritating your skin.
In order to prevent Maskne from forming and getting out of hand, here are a few simple ways to improve the way you use your mask:
First of all, it is important to wash your fabric mask after every use. It is understandable that after a long day at work the last thing that you would like to do is turn on the washing machine. But by washing your mask every day, you are removing the dirt and bacteria that has accumulated over the course of the day, meaning that when you next use the mask, your pores are less likely to become contaminated.
If you are using disposable masks, such as blue medical masks, you must throw them away after one use. Although this may seem wasteful, these masks are intended for single-use and can often cause secondary contamination if used for multiple days in a row. It is best that you only use disposable masks when absolutely necessary and discard them is a closed bin.
Moreover, if you are in a position where you do not have to wear a mask all day, consider changing or removing your mask every four hours. This means that a single mask cannot become over contaminated and will often keep your face cleaner. As a result, with frequent breaks from your mask, you will find that your skin will become clearer.
It is also a good idea to apply a moisturiser before wearing a mask. This will help to hydrate the skin, even when you are wearing a mask. In turn, your skin will be less irritated and cause fewer imperfections. Moreover, applying a moisturiser before a mask prevents the skin from drying out and potentially ageing prematurely over long periods of time.
Finally, it goes without saying that you must wash your face after wearing a mask. Again, it may sound obvious, but by washing away all of the bacteria that the mask has formed, you are able to clear your pores more efficiently. This means that breakouts are less likely to form or become out of control.
What is the best treatment for Maskne?
With Maskne becoming an issue for many people, more and more skincare brands are promoting products to treat problematic skin. However, just like common acne, it is best to treat Maskne with an inside out approach. This means that you should nourish your internal wellbeing, before tackling the skin.
A good way to begin treating skin conditions from the inside out is by taking regular skin supplements. For example, Advanced Nutrition Programme offers the ‘Skin Clear Biome’ course of skin supplements, which is often used to treat stressed skin and cystic acne.
Each capsule contains three strands of bacteria, a yeast strain and zinc to support the immune system within your gut. As a result, these supplements reduce oil secretion within the skin, allowing pores to become clearer and breakouts to be minimised.
Many people who consume these supplements on a daily basis, said that their skin became less sensitive and less congested, giving them an even and brighter complexion. Currently, on the Dermoi online store, a two-month course (60 capsules) is available for only £48.95.
Will my acne scars from Maskne go away?
Just like any other form of acne, Maskne can often cause acne scars. These are often caused when a blemish or pimple begins to burst, slighting disfiguring the skin and leaving you with a subtle scar.
On average, acne scars usually take 3-6 months to heal and eventually fade without any treatment. However, acne scars can become more prominent if there is damage beneath the skin.
If you notice that your acne scars are more discernible after a few months, you may require a more intense treatment to remove them, such as a facial acne chemical peel. Luckily, Dermoi offers a range of chemical peels for acne, such as the ‘iS Clinical Acne Healing Peel’, now available for £115.00.
This treatment requires only one course and is highly effective against harsh acne scarring and hyperpigmentation. The ‘iS Clinical Acne Healing Peel’ uses a wide range of iS Clinical’s botanically derived products, giving you the best quality ingredients to help nourish your skin.
Essentially, this facial is designed to increase cell turnover, which allows healthier skin to form and replace the damaged skin, giving you a calmer and blemish-free complexion.
As mentioned previously, masks are an essential tool in the fight against Coronavirus. Many medical professionals praise their ability to keep us safe and protect many of our key workers. Although Maskne has managed to creep up on many of us during this difficult time, there are a variety of effortless ways to prevent these uncomfortable breakouts.
So, if you feel like Maskne has taken over your life, trying incorporating some of the products and techniques mentioned in this article and help Maskne become a thing of the past.
Author: Melody Day