How to prevent maskne
Easy tips to treat and help prevent mask acne
Face masks have become an integral and important part of our wardrobe and accessories. Not only does it protect us, but it also protects those around us. It’s imperative that you wear your mask every time you step out for essentials. In fact, it is now recommended that you double mask before stepping out of the house.
While masking is crucial, wearing it regularly, especially in the hot and humid Indian tropical climate, can adversely affect the skin. Mask acne or Maskne has become a common skin concern across the world. Several skin conditions and concerns may crop up from regular wearing masks, including acne and breakouts, redness and irritation, clogged pores, and bumps and blisters. And if you already have sensitive skin or skin that is prone to breakouts, you may also be more prone to developing maskne.
But there are some ways you can treat maskne and prevent it from reappearing. Making small changes to your skin care routine and lifestyle can go a long way. Read on to learn more.
First and foremost, wash your face regularly, especially after wearing the mask and ideally, twice a day. Choose a face wash that suits your skin type and helps clean out your clogged pores. You can use a gentle face wash like the Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel and top it up with an exfoliator like the Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant, or you can use a two-in-one cleanser + exfoliant that helps get rid of the excess sweat, dirt and sebum that typically clogs your pores and cleans your skin from deep within.
Toning your skin after washing it is an important step as it helps close up pores that have been opened up when washing your face. This results in a stronger skin barrier and an even skin tone. Opt for the Lakme Absolute Pore Fix Toner, which is suitable for sensitive skin and effectively helps tighten your pores. Not only will this help make your skin healthy, but it smooths your skin for better makeup application.
When the weather is hot and sticky, it’s tempting to skip your moisturiser. This is not a good idea as you’re leaving your skin vulnerable to the attack of environmental assailants. Instead, find a moisturiser that is light and one that strengthens and protects your skin’s natural barrier, as well. The Dermalogica Barrier Repair is a good bet as it tones and soothes sensitive skin, strengthens the skin’s barrier system and nourishes it, all at once.
Sunscreen has multiple benefits, including protecting your skin from the sun’s harsh UVA and UVB rays. It also protects you from the blue light emitted from your laptop and mobile screens and from environmental assailants. Sunscreen can also prevent maskne by creating a barrier between the mask and your skin. Moreover, opting for an oil-free sunscreen will drastically reduce the production of sebum, thus reducing the changes of clogged pores. The Dermalogica Oil Free Matte SPF 30 is perfect for breakout-prone skin, prevents any shine and leaves a matte finish all day, and protects your skin from sunlight as well as from maskne.
Since we will be regularly wearing masks for the foreseeable future, there are small things you can do to help prevent maskne. Avoid makeup if possible, as that will further clog your pores, causing breakouts. Remove your mask every four hours to allow your skin to breathe. Do not wear a reusable mask twice without washing it first. And finally, choose a mask that fits snugly but isn't too tight.