You don’t have to be an essential worker wearing face masks for a long period of hours to notice a reaction from wearing the mask. Unfortunately, face masks are becoming part of our daily wardrobe and breakouts that happen after wearing a mask becomes so common that it is now often known as maskne. According to Tokyo Weekender, maskne is now the widespread skincare problem in 2020 and many victims are ranting on Twitter and Facebook about their new additions of pimples popping up.
Sure, acne won’t kill us, but it can be a big impact on one’s confidence especially on a good Facetime or zoom meeting. The technical term for Maskne is “acne mechanica”, which is acne form by repetitive physical contact of fabric against the skin. It is not new and in fact it is commonly found on sports figures who wear chin guards and helmets. It is also due to the humid and moist environment caused by your mouth and nose being covered for a long period of time. Thus, the hot and moist environment gives the perfect opportunity for bacteria breeding, clogged pores and increased sebum production.
How to prevent Maskne
– A Gentle Cleanser that does not weaken your skin barrier
It is recommended to avoid soap and products with sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) as these would strip off the skin natural oils and impair your skin barrier.
Avoid over-cleansing. Cleansing twice a day, once in the morning and once at night is sufficient. However, if you have exercised vigorously and sweated a lot, it’s advisable to cleanse your face and body thereafter. Do put a hydrating serum after cleansing, so that your skin will not think that its dry and will be stimulated to produce more oil.
One example of a gentle cleanser is Skinlycious Calming Cleanser. Not only does it cleanses gently, it’s loaded with Calamine to soothe and calm skin.
– Products that deeply hydrates your skin
Hydrating the skin strengthens the skin barrier and hence helps in mitigating acne. Instead of using rich or thick moisturisers in the day, swap it with lightweight serums.
Look out for ingredients like sodium hyaluronate, natural moisturising factors (which are natural amino acids), glycerin that help to hydrate skin while reducing transepidermal water loss, i.e. water loss from skin. Oils and thicker moisturisers with ceramides generally require more time for penetration into the skin as compared to serums.
If you prefer oils and moisturisers, do wait for at least 15 mins before you put on your masks, so that the moisturiser is fully absorbed. As masks will be trapping moisture, it might be worthwhile using a lightweight hydrating serum in the day and then a richer moisturiser at night.
– Add on skincare products with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory benefits into your routine
These antioxidants and anti-inflammatory ingredients will help to strengthen your skin barrier as well as quench free radicals that damages our skin health.
Some antioxidants and anti-inflammatory ingredients to look out for are Vitamin C, Niacinamide, Vitamin E, Resveratrol, and many Plant Extracts like Chamomile Extract.
Skinlycious Clarifying Serum is one example of a lightweight, water-based antioxidant serum / gel. It’s packed with Stabilised Vitamin C and Niacinamide, which will help quench free radicals and increase your skin barrier without clogging your pores. It can also be used a spot treatment when those pesky acne pop ups.
The stabilized Vitamin C and Niacinamide has been clinically proven to help reduce acne.
– Avoid using all these ingredients in your skincare.
1. Avoid fragrance in the forms of synthetic fragrances, i.e. parfume, and natural fragrances like essential oils. Many people have a common misunderstanding that natural products are better but do you know that most essential oils and some botanicals contains allergens? These allergens might further irritate your skin.
2. Avoid introducing new ingredients like Retinol, or strong acid peels like those with Glycolic acids as these ingredients can irritate the skin when the masks we wear are already irritating our skin.
3. Avoid comedogenic ingredients. We do have a comprehensive list of comedogenic ingredients here but from experience, whether or not the ingredient is comedogenic, it depends a lot on concentration as well. Here at Skinlycious, you can be assured that our products have been formulated and tested by acne-battlers
– Wash your cloth mask
Avoid re-wearing mask as dirt and dead skin cells build up on the inside can cause acne at the point of contact. Cloth masks have to be washed frequently unless you want all the dirt, sweat and oil to be reapplied to your face constantly.
– Spot treatment before it spreads and gets worse
If you are experiencing irritation and redness from the mask, start using products with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory like Skinlycious Blemish Corrector.
Here at Skinlycious, we offer two types of spot treatments. Blemish corrector (vitamins-based) is gentle, non-drying and non-peeling while Glow Exfoliant is fast-acting albeit might be a little drying for some. Glow Exfoliant contains Salicylic Acid(penetrates deep into pores to dissolve gunk), Mandelic Acid (one of the most gentle Alpha-hydroxy acids to aid in exfoliation and it has anti-bacterial properties too) and Chamomile to soothe your skin. Glow Exfoliant can also be used as a full-face exfoliant to gently exfoliate dead skin cells and remove the gunk deep in pores.
– Visit a dermatologist
If your spot treatment does not work, you might want to consider visiting a dermatologist. Especially, if your face looks more of a rash and makes you feel like scratching it off. The chances are that you have contacted dermatitis and not acne.
Until a Covid-19 vaccine is found, face mask will probably still be part of our daily must-have accessory when stepping out. Skinlycious offers a gentle, anti-acne skincare routine that addresses maskne. Try all 4 maskne-fighting Skinlycious products at only $35 with a 30 days money-back guarantee on our Clear Skin Essentials Starter Kit. Get yours here now.
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