Due to the outbreak of pandemic Corona, people across the globe have been instructed to wear face masks in public. Much like the medical surgeons, people need to cover up the mouth and nose area to stop germs from entering or leaving the body. While masks provide a layer of protection and minimize the spread of COVID-19, for many wearers, it has been hard on the skin causing problems like acne, clog pores, itchiness, rashes on skin and many.
Now off course, maskne should not be used as a reason to avoid wearing mask, which is why we have provided some simple solutions to save your skin while also staying safe from covid-19.
Maskne: What is it?
Maskne – known in dermatology circles as acne mechanica is one of the leading skin problem this year. Wearing a mask for prolonged period can increase excess sweat, moisture and oils to get trapped in the skin. This, in turn, can result in skin irritation, rubbing, clogged pores, zits, and cysts on the lower half of the face.
Prevention and treatment:
Wearing a mask all day will have an impact on your skin. To prevent this, there are many steps you can take.
Consider your mask: The type of material that your face mask is made from can make a difference when it comes to developing skin problems. Opting for a cloth mask will be the right choice as it will prevent you from the build-up of acne-causing bacteria and oils from spreading onto your tissues. Further, a snug, but comfortable fitting mask helps to protect you and others from the pandemic Corona. If your mask feels too tight or slides around on your face, it can cause skin irritation. The fabric is also very essential so avoid synthetic fabrics like rayon, nylon and polyester. These fabrics are more likely to irritate your skin and cause maskne.
Choose makeup free: Try to streamline your beauty routine until COVID-19 is no longer a threat. It is recommended to go makeup free as wearing heavy makeup can contribute to breakouts, rashes on skin and clogged pores.
Cleanse and soothe: Once you’re in the safety of your home and have removed your face mask, immediately cleanse your skin to ensure you keep it clear and calm. Consider cleansers that contain acne-busting and hydrating ingredients to efficiently cleanse dirt, environmental pollutants and debris from your tissues. Cleanse your face twice a day to gently exfoliate, reduce skin irritation and boost hydration.
Protect your ears: Elastic strap loops can cause friction burns behind the ears. Try to adopt some techniques like loosening the straps, using a headband style to reduce friction between your skin and face mask.
Apply a good moisturizer: Protect your skin from itchy rashes and maskne problems by applying good moisturizer as it keeps your skin hydrated and acts like a barrier to friction from your mask. Remember, skin irritation also occurs on the neck area so don’t forget to apply moisturizer on your neck.
If you are following all the steps and still experiencing maskne, redness or skin irritation, then consider cupping therapy as it helps to recover and strengthen your skin.