Maskne, or acne caused by wearing a mask, may sound like a trendy new term, however it is a very real condition. Despite the world becoming more aware of this condition due to the current pandemic affecting us all, this has been a struggle for those who wore masks for their jobs long before the pandemic entered the global norm. The medical term for this skin issue is called acne mechanics. It is triggered by heat, and friction. We are here to help with some tips on how to keep your skin clear from those pesky breakouts.
WASH YOUR MASK DAILY
Washing your mask daily with a fragrance free cleanser will help remove any residue, like makeup, dead skin, sweat and bacteria. If you use disposable masks that cannot be washed, make sure to wear a new one each day.
AVOID MAKEUP IN THE AREA YOU ARE COVERING
The combination of makeup and sweat can cause clogged pores which can cause breakouts. This is not only important when wearing a mask, but also when working out. Keeping your skin makeup free in the area covered by your mask will help alleviate breakouts.
MAKE SURE TO IMPLEMENT A GOOD DAILY SKINCARE REGIMEN
Using products recommended for your individual skincare needs is important, for just as your skin is unique to you, so should be your daily skincare regimen. We offer free skin consultations to help you with your personalized skincare plan ( including products and services). Your Esthetician might need to recommend an acne fighting product or acne treatment. Most of these have ingredients such as benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, glycolic acid, or lactic acid, which curb bacteria.
WASH YOUR PILLOWCASES WEEKLY
Residual makeup, bacteria, dirt, and oil can build up on your pillowcase, thus interfering with your freshly washed face. For oily, breakout prone skin, it is recommended to wash your pillowcases weekly. If you have sensitive skin, you should also be conscious of the type of detergent you use. Using a fragrance free detergent and avoiding fabric softener is shown to be very helpful.
WASH YOUR HANDS
It is important to wash your hands when taking your mask on and off, and when cleansing or touching your face. Not only can you spread bacteria, you can also irritate the already inflamed facial skin. We do not recommend popping pimples with your fingers, as it can lead to scarring and infection.
We are here, and happy to help answer any and all of your skincare questions or concerns.
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