Maskne: What It Is and How to Beat It
The COVID-19 global pandemic has wreaked havoc on the lives of all of us. Normal life as we once knew will never be again. Masks have now become a requirement to enter public establishments such as stores and restaurants. Having to incorporate masks into our daily wardrobe can bring facial troubles.
Maskne describes facial breakouts resulting from mask use. Masks cover the most sensitive and delicate areas of the face- the chin, mouth, and nose. Thus, it is not uncommon for breakouts to appear in these areas. Further, people with problematic pre-existing skin conditions such as eczema, acne, skin allergies and sensitivity, and rosacea.
Aside from pre existing skin conditions that can become irritated from mask use, there are also three explanations as to why mask use may cause facial breakouts: irritation, occlusion, and rubbing. Since mask material absorbs natural oils in the skin, mask use can lead to excessive skin dryness. Dryness, coupled with sensitivity and residue from cleaning detergents, can lead to inflamed or irritated skin. Skin that is inflamed can appear red, patchy, or as dark marks. Occlusion occurs when pores become clogged and form acne cysts. Under the moist and heated environment underneath the mask can cause the pores to suffer a folliculitis breakout. The breakout can infect hair follicles. The area behind the ears and the nose are the areas most subject to irritation caused by the mask constantly rubbing against the skin.
As we navigate through this new normal, there are several preventative measures that can be incorporated into our skincare routines to avoid or minimize maskne side effects.
1. Make sure all facemasks are cleaned on a daily basis
Every time a facemask is worn, it becomes exposed to irritating elements such as sweat, oil, saliva, and nasal mucus. After daily use, the facemask should be washed with a gentle soap, dried in the dryer, and stored in a fresh bag until the next use.
2. Develop and commit to a Maskne fighting skin care routine
Dermatologists recommend gentle and mild soaps with water to wash the face, followed by a bland moisturizer to use at night. Petroleum jelly and zinc oxide provide a layer of protection of the skin as they both serve as a barrier between the mask and the face.
3. Invest in moisturizers
Moisturizers that contain natural and organic nutrients and vitamins will best benefit the skin.
RosyRadiant has two particularly recommended moisturizer products with several nutrients and vitamins to promote healthy skin.
Our Vitamin C serum contains Vitamin E, Vitamin C, aloe vera, jojoba oil, hyaluronic acid, and dandelion extract. The ingredients work together to treat dark spots and soften the skin.
Our Wound Healing Oil reduces skin inflammation, irritation, and redness. Tea tree oil also fights dryness and dehydration in the skin.
4. Only wear facemasks that securely fit
Masks that do not securely fit the face do more harm than help because they invite the opportunity for exposure. Facemasks that do not fit correctly present the risk of irritation and skin damage caused by chaffing.
5. Utilize over-the-counter solutions
Moisturizers and facial cleanser products do not have to be expensive or purchased at an exclusive storefront in order to be effective. Many products can be purchased over-the-counter. Aim to find a facial cleanser that contains 2%-5% benzol peroxide and let it sit on the skin for 3minutes before rinsing. After rinsing, use an oil free moisturizer at night.
6. Use tightly woven cotton masks
A study found that cotton is the best material for face masks because they provide excellent protection from perioral dermatitis skin effects, but also provide breathability for the skin and COVID-19 protection.
7. Wash the face before putting on a mask
Any dirt, oil, or residue particles that is not washed off the skin prior to mask placement will get caught in the mask, which can trigger facial breakouts. Thoroughly cleaning the face and neck prior to putting on a mask not only protects the face, but also prevents residue from being caught in the mask, thereby ruining it.
8. Avoid makeup
Makeup products and the residue of makeup can clog pores, which will result in difficult breakouts. Additionally, when makeup residue becomes trapped in the mask, it could ruin the mask. Therefore, it is best not to apply makeup when a mask is going to be worn.
While having to incorporate masks into our daily lives may be an inconvenience, they are necessary to slow the spread of COVID-19 and save the lives of others around us. Committing to a clean and organic skincare routine with moisturizing and skin sensitivity elements can help manage and clear contact dermatitis affects. Let RosyRadiant be part of your skincare routine.