While it is essential to wear a face mask these days, Its frequent use can contribute to acne. Oil, sweat, and dirt build up on the inside the mask and can form a film on skin that clogs pores. Heat and friction from the mask combined with a stressful environment, can also contribute to inflammation. The type of mask can also play a role. It’s important to balance weight of the mask material and level of protection it will give you. Thicker, heavier masks will cause increased sweating that can trigger acne outbreaks, while thinner masks may not give an adequate level of protection. Dermatologists suggest 100% cotton masks as a good compromise as they allow skin to breath a bit. Here are some tips to help prevent maskne outbreaks.
- Change or wash your mask frequently! Wash your masks frequently with scent-free, dye-free detergent. You do not want all the oil, sweat and dirt to accumulate on your mask and then reapply it to your face constantly.
- Avoid layering heavy makeup under the mask.
- Gently exfoliate at least 2-3 times/week
- Use light moisturizers and hydrate well to maintain the skin’s barrier.
- Use Retinols to promote cell turnover and unclog pores and decrease oil production.
- Be gentle with skin! Your mask is causing friction and irritation. Being harsh to your skin will cause more problems. Using a nice oil-free, fragrance-free, non-pore clogging moisturizer will act as a barrier and decrease some of the friction that leads to maskne and breakouts. Fewer ingredients is better than more. Wearing a mask over products will intensify them, similar to occlusion therapy.
Have a good skincare routine!