At some point, nearly every individual has experienced acne. In fact, studies have shown that about 85% of teenagers undergo a breakout while 5 in 10 women and 4 in 10 men go through it as well. Having acne alone can be a struggle but adding a face mask to the mix doesn’t make it easier. Together, it creates the perfect environment for maskne.
When a person masks you, they are providing protection for themselves and the people around them. However, there can be an unfortunate side effect. By wearing a mask, you’re putting the skin under your mask to a humid and warm environment that is a great environment for unwanted bacteria. Furthermore, your skin is unable to shed any dead cells and creates a buildup on your face. This combination creates “maskne”, acne that is caused by mask-wearing.
There is a way to combat maskne and help your skin. Make an effort to maintain a regular and effective skin care routine or start a routine if you do not have one. Use a gentle cleanser and wash your face in the morning and at night. Most importantly, exfoliating your skin regularly will help remove any dead skin cells on your face.
Furthermore, take breaks from your mask throughout the day when able to do so. You can also wash any bare skin under your mask to clean away growing bacteria. Refrain from touching your face as it can help spread dirt, oil and bacteria. If there is already acne on your face, avoid touching the affected area and picking at pimples. Popping them can further lengthen the healing process. Instead, purchase a topical cream or lotion that has benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid. For more information, check out the following infographic created by experts in fat freezing and other med spa procedures. Don’t let acne ruin your day!