We’re all having to get used to the new normal where it’s important to wear a mask or face covering to protect ourselves and others from the risk of contracting Covid-19.
Unfortunately, for many people, wearing a mask leads to embarrassing and unpleasant side effects including blemishes, pimples, and zits. What dermatologists call acne.
Breakouts caused by mask wearing have become so common these days that mask acne’s been dubbed maskne on social media and it’s a serious problem.
The scientific term for acne breakouts caused by mask wearing is acne mechanica
The technical term for maskne is “acne mechanica,” and it’s the result of the mechanical friction of mask fabric against the skin.
Our face is covered with tiny hair follicles that are irritated by the friction and pressure caused by wearing a facemask. This irritation is the main cause of mascne.
Mascne is made worse by the moisture trapped underneath the mask fabric. Heat, humidity and exercise just make the problem worse.
Treating mascne is really hard because you can’t use powerful products like alpha hydroxy acids, chemical peels or Retin A as they will cause even more damage to the sensitive skin barrier, making it more susceptible to your mask’s irritating effects.
Using less potent acne cures may help but you’ll probably still end up with patches of eczema, dry patches, stinging, burning, and inflammation, all signs of an impaired skin barrier.
Clearshield is the only mask to wear if you want to avoid maskne
Your best option is to prevent maskne from occurring in the first place. Since you shouldn’t stop wearing masks you ought to consider a low contact easy breathing solution like Clearshield.
If you really want to carry on wearing a conventional cloth mask here’s a few useful tips
You certainly don’t want to wear the blue pleated disposable Hygiene/Surgical masks. As well as causing acne these masks are really bad for the environment and hard to dispose of without creating a biohazard.
Surgical masks should never be used for more than 4 hours in total and if they get damp sooner than this you need to safely discard them right away.
Reusable fabric masks need to be washed and dried every night without fail
Just think about all the microbes that have been growing in the weave of the fabric, it’s going to be dirty and if it’s doing its job right then it’s going to be contaminated with coronavirus (which can live on your mask for up to 7 days).
If you’ve been wearing makeup, moisturizer or sunscreen the contamination gets even worse.
Masks should be washed and completely dried after every use
And if you exercise or sweat during the day with a mask on, then even a reusable mask needs to be changed for a fresh, clean mask right away. You don’t want to sit in a sweaty mask that will just breed more acne.”
A top tip is to wait 15 minutes after applying moisturizer or sunscreen before putting on your surgical mask, you’ll need to wait 30 minutes if you’re wearing a KN95 mask which is designed to seal against the skin. You really want any creams and lotions to soak into your skin before you cover it up with a mask.
You should use lip conditioners with more of a waxy finish or a lip serum to hydrate your lips but don’t wear lipstick, lip gloss or anything that could stick to your mask.
Finally, at night, after cleaning with gentle products, it’s OK to put on a moisture-rich cream to repair the skin barrier and hold in moisture.
If you use anti-aging products, be careful not to use too much because you don’t want to end up infecting an open area of skin and creating a breakdown, tear or stress-induced flare up.
Of course if you want to avoid the problems of maskne altogether you should change to a ClearShield Easy Breathing Anti Viral mask right away, you love it.