*Please note that the masks do not replace the need for proper and regulated social distancing.
The Rise of Maskne
Maskne is the result of friction from a fabric on the skin which results in skin irritation and breakouts. As friction and irritation along with the heat and moisture under a mask can create a hot-spot for bacteria to spread, it is easy for whiteheads, blackheads and spots to form under a mask. Luckily, there are steps you can take to stop your skin from flaring up and keep the blemishes at bay, even if you are wearing a mask for most of your day.
How to prevent Maskne
1. Wash or Alternate Your Mask Regularly
Just like you wouldn’t continue to wear dirty clothes without washing, a mask shouldn’t be worn for days on end without being cleaned, especially as it sits directly on the skin. Try and have at least two reusable masks in rotation so that you can wash each after a day or two of wearing to prevent dirt and bacteria build up. Make sure your mask is completely dry before use!
2. Wash Your Face Before and After Wearing Your Mask
Consider it like an extra step in your beauty routine. By washing your face before and after use, you minimize the dirt and surface impurities that can be imparted on the mask or left on your skin.
3. Avoid Using Harsh Ingredients
It may be tempting to pile on the acids and harsh clearing treatments at the first sign of a breakout, however it’s important to be attentive to your skin and stick to using gentle formulas that won’t cause further flare-ups. Especially during the summer, when your pores will be opening up more often and will be prone to skin sensitivity. Instead, use acne-prone products designed for sensitive skin including the Garnier Range.