As more and more places have opened their doors, wearing masks has become part of our daily routine. If fact, it is probably the most essential accessory that you cannot leave the house without. Despite offering defence from airborne bacteria, are masks causing you to have the dreaded 'maskne'? This term was coined to describe acne caused by wearing face masks. Even if it may not be 'maskne', skin irritation from face masks is not uncommon. But why is this happening, and how can we stop having bad skin from wearing face masks?
‘Maskne’: Why Are You Experiencing Skin Irritation from Face Masks?
The parts of your face that are covered masks - your nose, mouth and chin - are very delicate! So one of the main reasons that you may have bad skin from face masks here is that the mask traps dirt and oil in your pores in these areas. Masks create heat and friction on the skin, and when blended with a moist environment from breathing, talking or sweating, this is a recipe for breakouts. Not only that but heat and sweat can cause the skin to become dry and itchy.
You are more likely to have skin issues if you already have the following:
- - Rosacea
- - Acne
- - Atopic dermatitis, also known as eczema
- - Sensitivity to humid or dry air
- - Allergies
So, How Can I Stop Skin Irritation from Face Masks?
If you wear masks for increased periods, there are steps you can take to help keep your skin healthy and protected.
1. Choose the Right Materials
Studies have shown that most protective masks on the market are made of cotton or polyester blend. And these are relatively gentle on the skin - having a mask with a smooth texture material will hopefully reduce your skin irritation. Moreover if you have a washable mask, using certain detergents can cause allergic reactions such as itching or redness. Stick to natural unscented detergent to prevent any reaction and skin irritation from face masks.
2. Clean, Clean, Clean
Whenever the mask touches your face, oils, saliva and sweat can get on your face mask. Wash your mask with gentle, nonirritating soap after each use and dry it in the dryer. Store your fresh masks in a bag to keep them clean. If you're using reusable masks, use a new one each time.
3. Start a ‘Maskne’ Skincare Routine
Now there's no need to completely up and change your current skincare routine to avoid skin irritation from face masks but there are some tips that can definitely be incorporated. One is to avoid harsh scrubs and exfoliation. It’s easy to think that you need all the top products and end up going overboard. If you have sensitive skin, we recommend using a gentle nonsoap cleanser. If you have oily skin and are particularly struggling with Acne during this time, then the Obagi CLENZIderm Daily Care Foaming Cleanser is an excellent addition to your skincare routine. This cleanser removes excess dirt and oil, leaving your skin clean and refreshed.
How Does It Work?
The active ingredient with the Obagi CLENZIderm Cleanser is 2% salicylic acid which works by dissolving the build-up of dead skin cells on your skin's surface that can accumulate over time. Due to the powerful effects of salicylic acid on the skin, the CLENZIderm Cleanser is ideal for acne sufferers - especially now.
Salicylic acid separates the bonds that hold dead skin cells to the surface of the skin allowing them to exfoliate off naturally to reveal healthier skin.
The bacteria which causes acne breakouts is called P. acnes. As this bacteria forms deep within your skin's pores, it can become difficult to reach with other cleansing solutions. However, with salicylic acid being the active ingredient within the CLENZIderm Cleanser, you can rest assured that you will leave your skin looking clean and feeling refreshed.
Another beneficial ingredient incorporated into the CLENZIderm Cleanser is menthol, which is known to cool and soothe your skin, as well as help to reduce inflammation and therefore, reduce redness commonly associated with Acne and spots