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Face masks are here and here to stay. While they’re great for protecting the community from the spread of COVID-19, they’re not so great for the skin.

So… What is Maskne?
Breakouts that results from wearing a mask, especially a medical, N95, or cloth face mask.

Why does wearing a mask causes breakouts?

It is the combination of three things: Humidity, friction, and bacteria.
While wearing a mask, the humidity and moisture created from our breath can change our skin’s PH level, plus the constant rubbing of a mask against the face can lead to soreness and redness.

Wearing a mask sometimes traps dirt, oil and bacteria against your skin and might lead to clogging pores.

So this is what we call the perfect environment for breakouts and acne!

However there some measures that can be taken to prevent Maskne:

1- Keep the skin clean by cleansing with a gentle cleanser BEFORE wearing the mask, and AFTER taking it off before bed.

2- Let the skin breathe if possible (this may be hard if you’re a front liner or a healthcare worker, but if you have the opportunity to take a breather throughout the day, do so).

3- Simplify skin care – now is not the time for layering heavy products or even makeup, especially during the day.

4- Look for target ingredients such as Ceramides, Glycerin, and Niacinamide (and use any active skin-care ingredients at night, like retinoid).

5- Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate!

6- In order to combat oil build-up, incorporate or switch to an oil-free moisturiser.

7- Keep it simple, try to be light with makeup, or even better, ditch it all together!

8- Choose more breathable materials when purchasing a face mask, like cotton.


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