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Congratulations! You have finally made it to level 2021 of Jumanji, where everyone is wearing a mask. Behind every mask is a face… that too with acne called “maskne.”
As Covid-19 gains momentum, the struggle for survival has become a priority. And wearing a face mask is a decision we have to consciously make!
What causes maskne?
Do you think you’re all clean behind that mask? The truth is that human skin is loaded with bacteria, oil, and dead skin. A mask helps to warm up these ingredients as we breathe or sweat and poof! we have those pesky little creatures pop out, that we call pimples.
The sky is the limit when it comes to maskne. Other possible causes include:
– Not changing the mask.
– Wearing a mask too tightly.
– Mask material that can cause allergy.
– Using a strong detergent to wash your mask that can cause allergies.
– Using active skincare ingredients that can make the skin react upon contact with the mask.
– Some masks are treated with chemicals and feel rough to touch. Therefore, friction can result in chafing and irritation.
Types of maskne:
1. Acne: Acne in the form of pimples, whiteheads, and blackheads form when the pores become clogged with oil, dead skin, and dirt.
2. Rosacea: If you spot pimples and redness after wearing a mask, then that is rosacea.
3. Contact Dermatitis: Have you ever felt that urge to itch after wearing a mask? This condition includes itching, red rash, and blisters.
4. Folliculitis: Also known as the infection of hair follicles, this condition can mimic an acne breakout. Itching and pain are also likely.
How to treat maskne:
– Wash your face regularly especially after wearing a mask. Avoid rubbing the skin as it may cause irritation.
– Use a gentle cleanser that has salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide as they help remove excess oil and dead skin. Avoid cleansers that comprise of alcohol or perfume.
– Use a non-comedogenic moisturizer that will not clog your pores and keep your skin hydrated at the same time.
– If your maskne involves raw skin, then consider treating the area with a combination of cortisone cream and a moisturizer that has ceramides. This will create a barrier, protect the skin, and help the acne heal better.
– Breakup with makeup before your maskne becomes a hot mess!
How to prevent maskne:
– Change or wash your mask after every use. Wash your mask with unscented hypoallergenic detergent. For prolonged periods, consider changing your mask more often
– Apply a topical antibiotic cream after consulting your specialist, as a preventive measure.
– Remove your mask and let your skin breathe every 15 minutes, if possible. Make sure you do this while practicing social distancing and don’t forget to wash your hands before removing the mask.
– Dry skin is likely to be impacted by a mask, so use a light moisturizer.
– Avoid a mask made of synthetic fibers like nylon or rayon as these materials can irritate the skin. Cotton masks are more recommended by doctors.
– Stick to a mask that doesn’t fit too tight and is made of 2 or 3 layers of fabric.
If nothing seems to help with maskne, then follow up with your skincare or healthcare provider.
No matter whatever the case, don’t ditch that mask just as yet, for we are hopeful that the vaccine will be out soon and people will reveal their real face hiding behind the mask! *WINKS*
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