When COVID-19 broke out internationally in 2020, governments advised everyone to wear masks. Suddenly, masks became a daily accessory, and not something you wear when you are sick in a hospital. If you have been diligently following World Health Organization’s orders to wear masks in public, you may have noticed your skin developing breakouts after.
This has been called “maskne.” Let us talk more about maskne and how you can prevent it.
What Is “Maskne”?
Maskne is a term used to refer to skin conditions borne out of wearing a mask. These skin conditions may be one or a combination of pimples or acne, contact dermatitis, folliculitis, and rosacea.
How does wearing masks cause maskne? There are various possible ways masks cause maskne:
- The friction between the mask and your skin causes inflammation and irritation could break down the skin’s barriers.
- Oil and dead skin cells may also build up under your mask, causing clogged pores that lead to white heads and blackheads.
- Those who already have acne may find their condition worsen after wearing a mask. This is because the warm and moist environment under the mask allows bacteria thrive, leading to more acne.
- In addition to these, your acne may be worsening due to the stress caused by the seemingly never-ending pandemic.
Maskne-Fighting Skincare Routine
With all the concern and panic regarding the pandemic, it is not surprising that most, if not all, people already have some form of maskne. Try out this skincare routine to get rid of maskne.
Wash Your Face With Pore Cleansing Facial Wash With Clay
In addition to washing your face in the morning and at night, you may also want to consider washing your face after wearing a mask. This will remove any built-up dirt, oil, and dead skin cells on your skin, and therefore minimize breakouts. This facial wash is gentle so it will remove dirt without stripping your face of its natural oils. However, don’t wash your face more than necessary as that will aggravate your acne.
Don’t Skip The Toner
Toners remove any dirt or dead skin left behind by the facial wash. This ensures that there are no impurities left in your pores that may turn into maskne later on. The Witch Hazel Toner also serves as a natural anti-inflammatory to soothe acne. This toner preps the skin for better moisture absorption and retention.
Use An Acne-Busting Serum
Fight existing acne and prevent more from erupting in the future with Utama Spice’s Acne Day Serum and Acne Night Serum. These two serums will help fight different types of maskne so you can achieve clear, glowing skin.
Spot Treat Pimples With Acne Treatment Oil
Spot treatments are concentrated serums meant to target individual pimples. Spot treatments work by killing the bacteria, soothing the inflammation, and then drying out the sebum in pimples. So, if you find one or two pimples after using a mask, apply Acne Treatment Oil right away to nip them in the bud.
Take note, however, not to apply spot treatment before you use a mask because they may cause further irritation when rubbed against the mask. It is best to use spot treatment at night or when you’re not stepping out.
Add A Protective Layer Of Moisturizer
A good moisturizer will keep your face hydrated without making it oily. This is a good way to prevent acne in general. However, a thick moisturizer may also serve as a protective barrier for your skin so that it doesn’t get irritated when it rubs against your mask. The Cocoa Love Body Butter is gentle enough to be used as face moisturizer. This body butter will protect and hydrate your skin, as well as heal scars and correct uneven tones.
Scrub Your Face With Green Leaf Face Scrub
Use a detoxifying mask once a week to rid your pores of deep-seated dirt. This is an important aspect of skincare for treating and avoiding maskne. The Green Leaf Face Scrub contains guava and jackfruit leaves that will not only help remove dirt, but will also help reduce the appearance of blemishes.
Use A Clay Mask
If you have oily skin, using the Face and Body Clay Mask will help manage and prevent maskne. This clay mask is made with Volcano Clay Powder that draws out dirt and other impurities, while also absorbing excess sebum. This clay mask prevents clogged pores and acne, and will make sure your skin is glowing.
Additional Ways To Prevent “Maskne”
Avoid Touching Your Face
Hopefully, you are truly not touching your face when you are outside your home. This tip refers to when you are inside your home. It is hard not to pick at blackheads, white heads, pimples, and other bumps you find on your face. But you need to try hard not to touch them. Touching and picking on your maskne will only aggravate the inflammation.
Use A Clean Mask
One possible culprit is if you reuse your mask. Sweat, dirt, and oil from your previous uses build up and irritate your skin, causing maskne. Reusing your mask is a big no-no because it causes maskne and, more importantly, it is not safe. If you are using a disposable surgical mask, throw those away after one use; if you are using a cloth or reusable mask, wash them after each use.
Skip The Make-Up
If you use make-up under your mask, you may want to consider skipping this for now. Foundation, concealers, and even blush can clog your pores. The oil these products contain add to the oil that builds up in your pores while you wear your mask. So, if possible, avoid make-up for now.
Keeping Maskne Out
While health remains our primary objective, it is also important to take care of our skin. Do not let maskne fester, and follow these tips for getting rid of maskne and preventing it from coming back. With all-natural skincare products from Utama Spice, you can keep your skin smooth and glowing even under your mask.