Most of us have been wearing face masks for months now. Even with the hopes of an effective vaccine on the way, we are being asked to be diligent about washing our hands, social distancing and wearing a mask. Unfortunately for some, wearing a mask is causing serious irritation and acne. This new 2020 Covid-19 related side effect is known as “maskne”.
What Causes Maskne?
There are a few things can be contributing to your breakout.
1. Blocked Pores
Wearing a mask can trap oils, sweat, dirt and makeup causing your pores to clog.
The friction and rubbing of the mask on your delicate skin may cause further irritation and redness.
If your mask is not breathable, you are trapping moisture which creates a breeding ground for bacteria.
How Can You Prevent Maskne?
1. Wash Your Face
After wearing your mask, wash your face with a gentle cleanser. Don’t overdo it as your skin is already very sensitive. Consider applying a lighter moisturizer that will let the skin breathe.
2. Wear Less Makeup
Since your face is going to be covered with a mask, why wear foundation and skin creams that are just going to be trapped under the mask? Let your skin breathe!
3. Wash Your Mask After Each Wear
Wash your mask after each wear. The build-up of oils, sweat, dirt and makeup can cause bacteria to flourish and cause an outbreak of acne. Be sure to use a gentle fragrance-free cleanser to lessen skin irritation. Add a little vinegar to the washing machine as a safe and natural alternative.
4. Stay Home
Give your face a break. The more you stay home, the less you have to wear a mask.
5. Be Aware of What Material Your Mask Is Made Of
Choose a mask made from natural fibers. Bamboo and hemp are ideal choices. They are breathable, moisture wicking, anti-bacterial and soft against the skin. A bonus is that these masks are biodegradable when we no longer need them. Our landfills and oceans are filled with disposable face masks. Check out Effort’s Eco-Essentials to see a variety of hemp and bamboo masks that are washable and reusable.
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