Due to restrictions and consequences of the lingering COVID-19 pandemic, wearing face masks continues to be part of daily life for many people around the world. And that means, for many of us, maskne, or skin concerns including acne that come from wearing face masks, remains a relevant concern. Here are our simple but important maskne tips to support more consistently clear skin when wearing a mask.
Maskne Tip #1: Choose the Right Mask
The first step to avoiding maskne is being selective about which masks you wear. If you’re constantly adjusting your mask every fifteen seconds because it doesn’t fit quite right and keeps slipping, you may cause a flareup on your skin with all the extra stimulus, dirt, and oil. According to the strategist section of New York Magazine, dermatologists usually recommend lightweight cotton or silk masks as opposed to those made of synthetic fabrics like polyester and rayon. The goal is a mask that’s protective but easy to breathe through with a snug and secure fit over the mouth and nose. As per the CDC’s recommendations, however, always ensure your mask has two or more layers of breathable and washable fabric, completely covers your nose and mouth, and has a snug enough fit to avoid gaps. Reserve N95s and other surgical-grade masks for medical professionals wherever possible.
Maskne Tip #2: Dispose or Wash Masks After Use
In addition to being recommended for health and safety purposes, disposing of disposable masks after one use and washing reusable masks after one use is also a great strategy for maskne prevention. Your mask might look clean after you’ve only worn it for a little while or even if you’ve had it on all day, but there are lots of little particles your eyes can’t see on your mask that may cause issues for your skin as well as your health, in some cases.
How you wash those fabric or cloth masks matters, too. Scents and dyes in fabric softeners and laundry detergents can make your clothes smell great, but these elements aren’t so great for your skin when your mask is right against your face all day. Skin irritation, redness, and breakouts can come from overly fragrant or chemical laundry solutions. Make sure you wash masks with products that are free of any dyes and fragrances.
Maskne Tip #3: Wash Your Face (But Not Too Much)
Keeping your masks clean is important, but that won’t do you much good if you aren’t also keeping your face clean. It’s unrealistic to expect that you’ll be able to thoroughly wash your face immediately after you take off your mask each time you remove it, and even if this were possible, it wouldn’t be recommended. Overwashing can cause skin dryness and irritation, setting you back instead of helping you forward. So as important as it is to regularly wash your face, make sure you don’t strip away the natural barrier on your skin by washing your face too much. Choose facial cleansers that gently nourish and revitalize your skin.
Face wipes, even makeup remover wipes, can be a good option to refresh and wash your face quickly when you take off your mask. You may also find it useful to use moisturizer before wearing a mask to help your face stay hydrated and soothed, or adding a nutrient-rich serum to your skin care routine following your cleanser.
Prioritize Your Maskne Skincare but Remember Why We’re Wearing Them
Maskne is an obviously undesirable side effect of something we all need to do to prevent the transmission of COVID and other illnesses. We advise following the guidance of the CDC, your local county’s ordinates, and other guidelines to ensure we are all doing our best to support our healthcare workers’ efforts.
If you want a personalized treatment plan individually formulated for your skin, schedule a consultation to receive the Salameh Skin Care Skin Analysis. Or, if you want to get started right away, explore our Skin Care Advisor for instant product recommendations specific to your skin care needs. Customize your maskne skincare routine using the quality of Salameh Skin Care medical-grade formulas.