Maske or acne by the use of masks
Face masks are an everyday essential in 2022, but most of us are discovering a frustrating side effect: Maskne. Long hours of daily wear and tear can lead to breakouts appearing on your chin, nose, cheeks, and jawline, even if your skin isn't typically acne-prone. Fortunately, there are some simple strategies you can use to combat this pervasive issue.
Why do masks cause breakouts?
This type of acne is generally classified as "Acne Mechanica". Like traditional breakouts, it's ultimately the result of pore-clogging oil and dead skin cells, but there are three additional components at play: friction, heat, and moisture.
As the mask captures heat and moisture, it creates a breeding ground for acne-causing bacteria. These bacteria are spread on your skin where the fabric touches your face. Continual rubbing and friction throughout the mascara line exacerbates the problem leaving skin irritated, inflamed and vulnerable.
How to treat maskne
1. Always start with a fresh mask and a clean face.
Avoid reusing the same mask for several days. For the health of your skin and body, they should be treated like underwear and washed after one day's use. Be sure to cleanse your face beforehand to minimize clogged pores – we recommend using the Refining Facial Cleanser.
2. Avoid unnecessary buildup on your skin.
The humid environment inside the mask limits your skin's ability to breathe, which means it will be easily weighed down by makeup and heavier skincare products. Skip the foundation and hydrate with a lightweight hydrating formula, like our Green Tea Antioxidant Serum or our Oil Free Moisture Cremè.
3. Clean your pores after you remove the mask.
Once you're back home, wash your face to remove any buildup, and then use a gentle exfoliator to lighten your skin. We recommend a combination of salicylic acid (BHA) to dissolve excess sebum and glycolic acid (AHA) to remove dead cells, like in our Dual Renewal Tower Pads .
4. Prevent and repair skin irritation daily.
Keeping your skin barrier intact is key. Check the fit of your mask: if it is too tight, it will worsen friction and irritation. Use a fortifying formula like Vita Protect Skin Serum to help soothe and restore your skin without pore clogging.
5. Treat pimples when they appear.
Emerging acne can worsen and spread to larger breakouts quickly under face masks, so it's best to get those checked as quickly as possible. Nighttime salicylic acid treatments, like our Acne Solutions, work quickly to treat pimples and calm inflammation.
With these steps, you should notice an improvement in your Maskne breakouts within a few weeks; However, it is important to remember that stress and lifestyle changes can cause acne to appear. The best approach to troubled skin is a holistic one: Consistent self-care and prioritizing overall health can go a long way, especially in challenging times.