Maskne – breakouts and irritation around the mouth, chin and cheeks from wearing face masks.
Maskne is a thing guys. It’s not just a word that has suddenly been invented by social media, it’s real. Maskne seems is an (un)popular trend right now and people are scrambling to watch This Morning to hear Caroline Hirons’ (AKA an absolute legend) skin tips about how to avoid the dreaded mask breakout.
Masks will be a part of our lives now for the foreseeable future and they are there to protect ourselves and others, some may have seen the signs of a few spots around the mouth, chin and cheeks area after wearing a mask for prolonged periods. I would rather look like Pimply Pete and wear a mask rather than not wear one at all. At the end of the day, it’s about doing the right thing.
The good news is however is that there are ways to help and prevent maskne from becoming a real issue. Here’s my tips for protecting your skin from maskne –
1) CLEANSE THE SKIN TWICE A DAY
I started to cleanse my skin during lockdown after finally establishing a skin care routine. Cleansing twice a day is recommended, before wearing the mask and when you take it off afterwards. I would just cleanse like you normally would, morning and evening. I currently use No7 Purifying Foaming Cleanser which has really helped my skin. Just find the cleanser that suits your skin best.
2) WASH YOUR MASK AFTER EVERY USE
If you wear a reusable mask, keeping your mask clean is important. Washing it after every use is the best option as it gets rid of all the bacteria that could cause a breakout. I wash mine at 60 degrees every night with my normal washing and it’s a nice feeling knowing my mask is clean for the next day. I would say buy a couple of masks so you always got one at hand if the one you’ve washed the previous night isn’t dry by the next morning. Never be short of a mask. That should be our new mantra.
3) CHOOSE THE RIGHT FABRICS
When choosing a mask, buying one that is made of cotton or washable silk as these materials is suggested as it will reduce the friction on your face and prevent the skin irritating. Also make sure that you buy a mask that is breathable, is soft on the skin and more importantly, one that is going to protect you.
If you already moisturise, then boom! You don’t have to add this one to your list! I’ve moisturised everyday since the age of eighteen and I honestly think that moisturising can really help look after the skin and it helps prevent maskne and breakouts. Moisturising keeps the moisture in your skin which will stop acne, especially around the area where the mask is worn.
5) APPLY A FACE MASK
I’m talking the clay or cream kind now. I recently had and still have a new-found love for face masks. They really have helped my skin and have helped the pores on my face. Face masks help get rid of the bacteria and impurities in the pores so these would be beneficial in using them after wearing a cloth face mask all day.
6) TRY AND AVOID WEARING MAKEUP UNDER YOUR MASK
It kind of breaks my heart to write this tip. I love wearing makeup, but unfortunately (I hope you’re sat down for this) it doesn’t do your skin any favours when wearing a mask. Makeup can clog the skin which means you will need to be mindful what foundation or BB cream you apply everyday. Something lightweight would be far better for your skin when you got the face mask on. I use Bali Body BB cream as it’s lightweight and doesn’t feel cakey.
7) INVEST IN A LIP BALM
I know this has nothing to do with maskne, but this is something I’ve noticed from my point. What I’m finding at the moment is that my biggest problem is dry lips when I’m wearing a mask. My lips used to dry out terribly pre-Covid and now we’re into the new face mask era, it’s gotten worse. If I remove my mask when it’s safe for me to do so, I apply my favourite lip salve, Nivea Original Lip Balm as it’s never failed me and I trust it to moisturise my lips and keep them hydrated.
Do you have any tips on how to prevent maskne?