Tips to prevent maskne (Mask Acne)
"While masks have their benefits, they can also be hard on your skin, causing problems that range from acne and peeling skin to rashes and itchiness."
While masks have their benefits, they can also be hard on your skin, causing problems that range from acne and peeling skin to rashes and itchiness.
To help prevent skin problems from developing under your mask, here are some preventive tips to get rid of maskne:
Change your mask, clean your mask
One of the best ways to protect your skin from unwanted breakouts is to ensure that the mask you are using is clean.
If you are using disposable masks, changing them throughout the day can reduce dirt and oils that may build up on your face.
Make sure you are changing your masks at least daily if they are disposable.
Keeping your mask clean will help keep your face clear of blemishes and maintain healthy skin.
It will also help you protect against cross-contamination.
Keep your skin clean
Using a gentle cleanser to wash your face first thing in the morning and right before bed is a great habit for clear, healthy skin.
Dirt and oil on your skin will get trapped under the mask and can cause breakouts. Always put your mask on over a clean face.
Choose a gentle cleanser that is fragrance-free and oil-free. Rinse with lukewarm water, not hot. Avoid scrubbing or rubbing the skin.
Skip the makeup
Skip the makeup while you’re treating maskne. Beauty products such as foundation, concealer, highlighter, and blush can block your pores and prevent your acne from healing.
Scented face products may also be delaying your acne from healing, so consider switching to an unscented face product.
Masks act like occlusive barriers, which mean trapped makeup can lead to clogged pores and breakouts. Also, residue from makeup can soil your mask fabric.
Avoid touching or picking
Try your best to not touch your face or pick at your maskne.
This may be one of the harder tips to put into practice; touching your face or picking at acne is an easy habit to get into.
So while it may be tough to avoid the urge to touch and pick, a hands-off approach is best for your skin.