While face masks are a necessity for preventing the spread of disease, they also can wreak havoc on our skin.
There's a new word sweeping the world...maskne, a clever combination of "mask" and "acne" and it’s defined by occasional breakouts and irritation along the chin, nose and cheeks caused by friction from wearing a face mask.
If you’re experiencing an increase in clogged pores, blemishes, inflammation and irritation with prolonged mask use, you’re not alone.
So, how do we prevent face mask breakouts?
These essential tips for preventing and treating maskne, plus the must-have products that should be in everyone’s acne arsenal are shared by my good friend, Cosmetologist, and member of my Beautycounter team, Beth Iacobellis.
In fact, Beth and I had a great conversation the other day, as I picked her brain about this very subject. I don't leave the house that often, I'm high risk (due to my breast cancer) but even my weekly doctor and occupational therapy visits are enough to cause some maskne! I notice mine, on my cheeks and in front of my ear where the strap must rub a little.
So, I asked Beth a couple of questions, that I think you'll find super helpful...
Q: Why do we get pimples after wearing a mask?
A: Normally, we shed skin cells throughout the day, but when wearing a mask, the dead skin cells have nowhere to go, so they end up staying on our skin and clogging our pores...leading to blackheads and pimples.
Q: What can we do to protect our skin, so that we don't breakout?
A: It starts with the type of mask that you're wearing, you may need to go through a few different designs and fabric types to find one that works for your skin long-term.