8 Tips Against Your Maskne
Covid-19 is gradually approaching its first anniversary, and for millions of people, masks have become an everyday reality that cannot be ignored. We continue to adhere to all public safety precautions despite the negative effects on the skin. Remember the good old days when people stood shoulder to shoulder on the subway without disaster? Well, a new era is approaching, and we need to learn how to play by new rules…even if we don’t like them.
First, let’s find out what “Maskne” is. That is the facial acne that caused the mask to rub against your skin. Maskne is a popular problem even for people with healthy skin, not to mention those with acne and cysts problems. Since no one knows when COVID-19 will go away, people need to learn how to deal with the consequences. Luckily, there are tips and hacks to keep your skin shiny and healthy all season!
- All masks are different
Surgical blue masks are the cheapest, but before buying them, you should know that the material plays a big role. When choosing a cheap alternative, be sure that it is not made of breathable materials and their shapes not cause discomfort. By choosing cotton masks, you almost get rid of irritation and silk will cause less friction, which prevents maskne from appearing. In terms of shape, look for masks that fit your face shape. Because of this, the mask will hardly rub against your skin. Most of them are made with a “beak” and this is the right decision. Less contact and free-breathing will be great benefits.
- Don’t forget to clean your mask
“What are the obvious things you are telling?” It may sound trite, but many people forget to clean their masks after they come home. That is the same procedure as washing your face and hands. Wearing dirty masks means clogged pores and oily skin. Experts recommend washing masks with hot water and detergent. Also, read the instructions for the care of silk or cotton. Please note: this does not apply to disposable masks that are harmful to the environment when washed.
- Rinse off your makeup
Wearing a mask over makeup every day is an ideal environment for maskne and other bacteria to spread. By giving up makeup, you restore the health of your skin by oxygenating the pores. Makeup itself is irritating, and it can be disastrous if you add a mask to it.
- Stock on-the-go solutions
Resurfacing acne wipes are a versatile solution that can be used at any time. Using them before or after you put on the mask will leave your pores fresh and clean thanks to natural exfoliants: Glycolic Acid, Salicylic, and Lactic. They quickly remove bacteria, and Aloe Vera soothes irritated skin.
- Spritz your mask with toner
This question may be controversial, but listen to what the experts say: the astringent properties of your toner remove excess makeup, sweat, dust, and debris. It’s meant to be applied to the skin, of course, but the antibacterial properties of many toners can add another layer of protection for your comfort and safety. It’s also an alternative if you don’t want to clean your mask every night.
- Nutritious skincare
Before you buy a particular SPF product, don’t be lazy and make sure its formula is non-comedogenic. Skin cleansers should be light and moisturizing at the same time. If we are talking about perfect balance then pay attention to hyaluronic acid, which maintains lightness and richness. However, there are many other matte products that aren’t drying.
- Monitor your oral hygiene
Our parents always forced us to brush our teeth, and they were absolutely right. At first glance, there is no connection between clean teeth and healthy skin, but bacteria and microbes accumulate in the mouth. Most of them fall on the mask and then on your face. With each breath, you take in more germs, and to prevent this, brush your teeth twice a day and use dental floss.
- Find out if you have anything else besides maskne
Although cystic acne is different from maskne, their painful sensations and consequences can have a lot in common. If you frequently experience cystic acne and inflamed skin, following the advice above is not enough. We recommend that you consult a dermatologist and possibly undergo a course of treatment, if necessary in your case.
Nobody knows when we will get rid of the masks. Therefore, we need to attach to the new reality and ensure the health of our skin!