All About Maskne—and How to Actually Treat It

Masks have become an important part of our lives in recent times, and it turns out that the sweat that collects under them can cause havoc on your skin, resulting in a condition known as “maskne”. But what is Maskne, exactly? Maskne, as the name implies, is newfound acne, bump, or general inflammation of the face area where your protective mask is covered!

While your skin barrier protects you in many ways, friction, rubbing, and sweat trapped under a mask will irritate the skin, resulting in breakouts around the jaw, mouth, and nose. Isn’t it frustrating? We know!  While wearing a mask is imperative, there are steps you can take to prevent and treat mask-related acne. Get scrolling to find out! 

First, Choose A 100 Percent Cotton And Breathable Mask
As a second wave of the coronavirus pandemic rips through the country, health experts suggest using a surgical mask and a cloth mask to protect yourself from the virus may be the most effective method. And therefore,  choose a mask that helps your skin (and you) to breathe while still protecting others and yourself from virus transmission. Here are a few cotton masks for you to consider! Also, if you’re wearing a cotton mask, make sure to wash it with warm water and a gentle detergent on a regular basis. This will aid in the removal of any oil or dead skin cells that may have accumulated on the inside of the mask.  When opting for surgical masks, avoid reusing them as there’s no good way to clean them. 

Follow An Effective Skin Care Routine
After you’ve chosen a mask that fits well and doesn’t irritate your skin, it’s time to consider what you’ll put underneath it. Use non-comedogenic or oil-free skin care and makeup to help prevent breakouts. If you’re going to be outside in the sun, make sure you’re wearing sunscreen with at least SPF 30+ (although stay put as much as you can).

Always use a gentle cleanser to wash your face after a long day of wearing your mask.  It removes all the accumulated debris and oil. And, if your skin becomes dry or irritated as a result of wearing a mask, stop using physical scrubs or exfoliators because they can cause more harm by removing too many dead skin cells. 

Try An Acne-Focused Treatment
The key is to avoid going from zero to ten all at once. Use mild, blemish-fighting formulations that avoid drying out or agitating your skin, which can make your skin more irritated and lead to more breakouts.  The Aureana Purite Acne Dissolver Gel and the Jovees Ayurveda Anti Acne & Pimple Cream are some of our favourites for how gently they treat breakouts. 

Hydrate And Moisturise!
Dehydration is often the root cause. As a result, moisturise your face right after you wash it. Use a moisturiser that contains soothing ingredients like aloe vera, green tea, or hyaluronic acid, which helps to seal moisture into your skin and is suitable for all skin types, including those with sensitive, acne-prone skin.

 The Final Tip!
Wearing makeup beneath a mask is not a good idea! This is an effective step in reducing the risk of clogged pores and bacterial build-up on the skin. A reasonable solution is to wear a tinted SPF like the ENN UV Film Tinted Sun Protection, which will give you a healthy glow without contributing to maskne. 

Last but not the least, avoid going out. The pandemic is far from being over and we all are in this together. Let’s mask up, maintain physical distancing, and let’s get vaccinated.

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