By Bibiana Dianiskova
I think it is safe to say that with the Covid19 not going away any time soon we are all wearing face masks for a large part of our days. It is completely necessary in protecting ourselves and the others at the moment. However, it may get very troublesome especially if your skin is suffering underneath. Are you experiencing an irritation and breakouts around your chin and lower cheeks area? The face mask might be exactly what is causing it!
‘Maskne’ or a mask acne is a term for a skin condition caused by prolonged wear of a protective face mask, mainly occurring because of friction and heat clogging the pores which then often become pimples or acne.
‘Maskne’ have been one of the most occurring skin problems since the lockdown. I went through a phase of what felt like non-ending skin irritation and breakouts as well. Hence why, I have decided to share some tips, tricks and products that can help you prevent the ‘maskne’ and that will certainly help you get rid of it!
How to prevent ‘maskne’
Choose the correct mask
The mask material is very important, especially if you have an acne-prone skin type. Lightweight organic cotton or silk are the softest materials you can pick. They could prevent the clogging of the pores as the materials reduce friction and heat. Investing in a high quality reusable face mask could be crucial. Above all, it means investing in protection of self and others, skin benefits, durability and also a great design!
At KeiSei we recommend The AvantGuard Face Masks which offer a high level of protection due to the Aerosilver healthcare fabric with antiviral and antibacterial properties. The AvantGuard face masks can be extremely effective with the prevention of ‘maskne’. They have a protective layer which helps to move the sweat to the outer layer of the fabric. Consequently, this makes the bacteria move away from your skin preventing the pores from clogging. Further benefit is that these masks are designed to fit closely to the skin. This reduces mask friction and therefore prevents the skin irritation.
As we need to wear masks daily, it is essential to choose a sustainable brand in order to protect the environment. So, why not pick up the AvantGuard face mask in order to protect yourself, the others, your skin and the planet as well?
Keep your face mask clean
In order to prevent the bacteria from touching your skin you should wash your masks often. You can include your face masks with your laundry, or wash them by hand with some soap and hot water. If your skin is sensitive, it is recommended to use fragrance free laundry detergent or soap as the fragrance might irritate your skin.
Double cleanse your skin
It is crucial to wash your face in the morning and evening now even more than ever! You should be using gentle non-stripping products to minimise the irritation that you might be experiencing from the constant wear of face masks.
In the morning, focus on the ‘maskne’ prone area using a gentle cleanser.
In the evening, prepare your skin to rest over the night by giving it a proper cleanse. It is not a secret anymore, as it has been repeatedly recommended by the skin experts and dermatologists to double cleanse! Double cleansing is a method which comes from Japan and South Korea. It involves using two different cleansers used one after another in order to deeply cleanse your skin. Most importantly, if you are wearing makeup it is vital to remove it properly. Double cleansing became very popular due to the ‘squeaky clean’ feeling afterwards.
Firstly, use a gentle yet effective Tata Harper’s Nourishing Oil Cleanser. It is a 100% organic blend of nourishing oils with vitamins A,C, E and omega 3 which perfectly work together in order to dissolve your makeup and nourish your skin at the same time.
For the second cleanse, I would highly recommend Herbivore’s Pink Cloud Creamy Jelly Cleanser . This amazing product has a lovely low foaming non- drying gel formula that gets rid of all the bacteria on your skin without stripping it away.
Embrace the lighter makeup look
Nowadays, we tend to question ourselves if it is even necessary to wear makeup with the face masks covering half of our faces. Our pores already suffer from the additional moisture and bacteria under the face mask and the last thing we want to do is to add makeup into the mix! If you feel great without wearing foundation and you do not need it, you should definitely avoid it.
However, if you are like me and you feel a 100% better with some coverage, there is a great solution! Choose a lightweight base with great hydrating ingredients to even out your complexion.
My favourite clean base products are Ilia Beauty Super Serum Skin Tint and Kosas Tinted Face oil. They are both very lightweight yet so effective. Each one of these products is extremely gentle, nourishing and full of skin-beneficial ingredients. Similarly, they both provide a beautiful coverage hiding all your imperfections! You should definitely consider switching to a lighter foundation to prevent the ‘maskne’. Meanwhile, focus all your makeup skills on your eyes which can be seen even with the face mask on!
How to get rid of the ‘maskne’
Now if you have already found yourself struggling with pimples caused by the consistent wear of a face mask, do not worry! There is a few steps to add to your routine to get rid of them.
In order to get rid of dead skin cells clogging your pores include an exfoliant into your routine. Gentle exfoliant will fasten the skin cell renewal and your skin will appear clearer and brighter. I highly recommend Ren Skincare’s Ready Steady Glow Daily AHA Tonic which contains Lactic Acid (AHA) and Salicin (BHA) which will resurface and smooth your complexion. This toner is gentle enough to use daily; tightening your pores and making the ‘maskne’ go away faster.
For the existing or growing acne, the best thing you can do is to find the right spot treatment that will heal the area with its acne-fighting ingredients. It can diminish the blemishes by drawing out the excess oil and clearing out your skin.
I would recommend Pleanire’s Violet Paste Blemish Solution as it contains Azelaic Acid to brighten the skin, Salicylic Acid to unclog the pores and Zinc Oxide to calm the affected area. With this overnight spot treatment the visibility of your ‘maskne’ will be gone sooner than you would ever expect it!
An essential step in our skincare routine is to always moisturise. Now, if you suffer from ‘maskne’ and irritated skin you should pick a lightweight soothing moisturiser to restore your skin’s balance and moisture. A great product for irritated skin is Biossance Squalane + Probiotic Gel Moisturiser. This cream is very gentle and works perfectly for aggravated skin lacking in hydration. It also contains probiotics that will balance the redness and clarify your complexion.
Even though we cannot put the face masks away just yet, we can definitely make our life wearing them much easier. All you need is a consistent skincare routine focused on gentle products with highly effective ingredients. Combine this with a face mask focused laundry day and it will do wonders for your skin!
If you have some other must-do tips for how to tackle the ‘maskne’, please share with us in the comments below!