Woman Wearing Mask

A Global Phenomenon

To fight the spread of COVID-19, people across the world have to wear masks, especially in public areas. Nonetheless, while many people have no problem with this, there are some who do. Some complain that face coverings are so restrictive that breathing becomes difficult! Others have a more serious problem. 

Those with sensitive skin, are questioning how to fight the skin rashes and outbreaks that are under the mask. Skin irritation and acne as a result of wearing face coverings are becoming a real problem for many folks. These outbreaks of red splotches which can be itchy and turn into wounds are termed as a condition called “maskne” (mask acne).

Maskne Has Always Been Around

Though numerous people are facing the brunt of maskne in recent times, doctors say that this isn’t as novel as the coronavirus itself. Professionals in the field of medicine who have worn masks and continue to wear them as part of their jobs can attest to this annoying skin condition. It’s only now that is coming into a new light as the public is experiencing it as well.

What Causes Maskne?

Woman Examining FaceMedically, maskne is known as acne mechanica. This is a skin condition that occurs as a result of wearing facial protective equipment for prolonged periods of time. What masks do is they impose heat, occlusion on the skin, and friction. When this is mixed with an environment in which there is moistness due to breathing, sweating, or talking, a recipe for inflammation and breakouts is rife.

Pores become clogged and pimples are formed. Acne cysts could also be produced. Added to all this, occlusion over a long span of time with sweat and heat leads to the skin becoming dry and itchy. The skin will eventually feel raw and very sore.

Preventing Maskne

While maskne can be difficult to deal with, it’s not impossible. Here are a few simple skin care tips that can help in protection from maskne:

Wash your face – Using a gentle face cleanser daily helps significantly. The cleanser should be oil and fragrance-free and you should wash your face in lukewarm water. Doing this will keep your skin free from dirt and oil that is often stuck on the skin’s surface. Before you wear your mask, your face should be clean.

Use a facial moisturizer – Moisturizers keep the skin hydrated. Not only that, but good moisturizers that contain ceramides, hyaluronic acid, or dimethicone to provide an extra protective cover. Moisturizers play the role of a barrier between your face and your mask. Friction will decrease as a result. Moisturizers are best applied on a clean face, before wearing, and after removing.

No makeup please – It’s not advisable to wear makeup under a mask. This leads to clogged pores. Makeup will also soil your mask.

Keep the mask clean – It’s as important to wash your mask as it is to wash your face. If you’re wearing a reusable cotton mask, you need to wash it with a fragrance-free soap after every use. The surface of the mask will likely contain oil and dirt. This can become a source of bacterial growth from your mouth and nose.

Facials: Facials are a great way to help deep clean your pores and can help prevent future breakouts from happening. Ask us about our medical grade facials.

Contact Our Office

If these preventative measures aren’t providing the results you like, our skincare specialists can. At Elysium Aesthetics and Vein Care, we provide a wide range of skincare treatments that will help you fight off that acne and reclaim your beautiful skin. Contact our office to schedule your consultation today!

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