Since the outbreak of the Coronavirus, wearing face masks has unfortunately become the new normal. This has lead to the surge of skin problems like “cheilitis”, “perioral dermatitis, folliculitis, and acne mechanica.
Acne mechanica, more commonly known as ‘maskne’, refers to the breakout of the skin from the wearing of face masks. The pimples and blackheads occur in the areas that are covered by the face mask.
What causes Maskne?
The constant rubbing of the face mask against the skin causes the skin to become irritated and sensitive. With mask use, warm and moist air is trapped under our masks, making it an ideal environment for bacteria to grow and multiply. In addition, the excessively high humidity within the mask can cause our skin barrier to breakdown, giving rise to more flare-ups of eczema and rosacea. Skin cells are also unable to shed normally, leading to clogged pores.
All these factors caused by the wearing of face masks increase the likelihood of skin breakouts.
How can we prevent Maskne?
Here are some key prevention tips you can take :
• Always use clean face masks
• Choose masks with light breathable material
• Apply gentle moisturizer on the face at night
• Avoid using makeup under your face mask
• Use a gentle cleanser to wash your face
• Simply your skin routine
Who is at risk of developing Maskne?
Although everyone who wears face masks can develop Maskne those who are required to wear face masks for extended hours, people with pre-existing acne, people with other skin conditions such as eczema and rosacea are at higher risk.
How is Maskne treated?
- Develop a proper skincare routine
- Wash your face regularly using gentle cleansers like the Lamelle Serra Cleanser
- Apply moisturizers or barrier creams over areas of dry skin like the Lamelle Restore Cream
- Use products containing actives if you have active pimples like the La Roche Posay Effaclar Peeling Serum or the SkinCeuticals Blemish and Age Serum
- Avoid overusing toners and facial scrubs as these can aggravate skin dryness and worsen skin irritation.