We all know the proper mask-wearing routine. Firstly, make sure you have a few masks handy so you don’t end up re-using only one mask. To avoid rashes, use a mask with a soft fabric that is neither too tight or loose. Cleanse, tone and moisturize your face before and after wearing a mask. But did you know that wearing face masks can stull cause acne, skin irritation, and other skin concerns?
Face masks can really cause acne!
There are various reasons why wearing a mask over a long period of time could affect the covered portion of our face.
A tight mask could cause rashes on the bridge of the nose and behind the ears due to friction. Although one must not take off the mask in a public place or when in company, you could remove the mask when isolated or at home to allow your skin to breathe.
A rough fabric could rub our skin the wrong way. The material of the mask should be soft, ideally 100% cotton.
Make sure you use a mild detergent for washing your face maks, as the wrong detergent can also cause irritation of the skin.
The weather could also aggravate the condition. Excess dryness or humidity could adversely affect the skin under cover.
Maskne is treatable, and here's how!
A lot of people are reporting acne eruptions, irritation and rashes on their face because of continuously wearing masks.
You can avoid this by washing or disinfecting a mask each time you wear it. Make sure you clean your face before and after putting on a mask and don’t forget to rub in a gentle moisturiser so that your skin doesn’t dry out. Apply any calamine lotion on your rash after you have removed the mask and cleaned your face.
Another great way to keep your skin nourished and hydrated is the Niacinamide serum for face. It hydrates the skin to treat acne without any scarring. You can buy Clinikally's The Ultimate NIA Serum for face for free delivery to your doorstep.
Useful skincare tips if you wear face masks
Wash your face regularly and keep on light moisturizer at all times. If you have dry skin, use a rich cream.
Apply a light sunscreen lotion or cream, preferably mineral-based. Be aware that there are certain chemical ingredients in sunscreen that may wear down the integrity of rubber or elastic materials on the mask
Avoid wearing heavy makeup like foundation) under your mask. This may cause skin break outs.
For those wearing cloth masks, make sure you wash them daily as per the guidelines to minimize bacteria growth that can cause acne.