What is Maskne & why is it happening?
This may seem like a new term however it's something many of us are experiencing at the moment.
Wearing a face covering for long periods of time can cause skin reactions ranging from itchiness and rashes to peeling and acne.
The term “maskne” (mask + acne) has taken off on social media, particularly as more people this Spring experience skin irritation around the nose, lips, and chin from wearing a mask.
Here are several effective ways to help prevent mask rash aka Maskne:
- Wear a mask or face covering made of 100% cotton like our Clear Collective masks which allows your skin to breathe.
- Make sure to wash your mask daily with antibacterial soap and dry it completely before wearing again.
- Keep multiple masks with you so if you sweat during the day you can put on a fresh mask. Wearing a sweaty mask will breed more acne so it's best to have a backup handy.
- Use detergent that’s formulated without dyes and fragrances.
- Wash your face before putting on your mask, and clean your face several times a day.
- Use a mild moisturizer that is not too thick to help avoid blackheads and acne flare-ups.
- Wait 15 minutes after applying moisturizer or sunscreen before putting on your mask so the product can soak into the skin.
- Gently exfoliate twice a week to remove dead cells from the surface of your skin.
- Avoid wearing makeup on the covered, lower face. Focus on accentuating your eyes.
- Use lip conditioners with a waxy finish (as opposed to a lip gloss) to keep your lips hydrated while wearing a mask.
- We've reached out to some of our favourite Beauty Editors & compiled our favourite serums and moisturisers to assist you with Maskne.