Let’s face it, wearing masks is our new reality.
While masks are essential for keeping us healthy, they may be causing some unpleasant skin problems. Many people have experienced dry skin, rashes, and mask acne (or what they now call maskne) due to wearing masks for prolonged periods of time. Acne can occur when your pores get clogged by makeup, oil, dead skin, or bacteria. Since masks aren’t going away anytime soon, we wrote up some tips to help maintain clean and clear skin.
DAILY SKIN ROUTINE
Making sure our skin is clean is important. That’s why you should cleanse your skin in the morning and at night before bed. This ensures that bacteria doesn’t live on the skin and get trapped by your mask. You should opt for a gentle cleanser that’s fragrance and oil-free and cleanse for 20-30 seconds with lukewarm water.
Alongside cleansing, keeping your skin hydrated is also important. Many individuals are finding that their skin is getting dry from face masks. To prevent this, make sure you’re opting for a good moisturizer after your cleanser and you're choosing one that's suitable for your skin type. Oily skin tends to do well with gel moisturizers, normal to combination skin does well with lotion, and dry skin does well with creams. Nonetheless, everyone’s skin is different so create a routine that works for you.
Your skin may need extra TLC outside of just a cleanser and moisturizer. By gently exfoliating, you can prevent the build up of dead skin cells and future acne occurring. Try not to overdo the exfoliation as it can lead to more irritation, once a week is a great place to start. Spot treatments with ingredients such as salicylic acid, sulfur, zinc, or benzoyl peroxide can keep your pores clear as well. However, make sure you’re pairing these products with a good moisturizer. Many people with acne think skipping moisturizer will help clear their skin but it’s actually the opposite. Those with dry skin especially, need a good moisturizer to help repair the skin barrier and prevent even more acne. Treating the root cause of acne can be difficult and frustrating. If the above steps don’t work, consider seeing a professional such as a dermatologist who can help cater to your individual skin needs.
SKIP THE FACE MAKEUP
While you may be tempted to put on makeup everyday, you might want to skip it. By wearing face makeup and a mask, you’re more likely to clog your pores leading to breakouts. Instead, try focusing your attention on creating beautiful looks with eye makeup. Or if you still want to wear face makeup but don’t want to risk getting acne, try oil-free or non-comedogenic products that won’t clog your pores.
CLEANING YOUR MASK
Whether you choose to wear a disposable mask or a reusable mask, it's important to take proper care of them. If you are using disposable masks, make sure that you are throwing them out after each use. Disposable masks were meant to be thrown away, not reused. By reusing the same disposable mask, you can increase the chances of bacteria living on your skin. So keep it clean and change your mask frequently.
If you’re opting for a reusable mask, it’s a good rule of thumb to wash them frequently. In fact, the CDC recommends washing reusable masks after each use. This is especially important if you’re experiencing mask acne. To wash a reusable mask, you can toss it in the washing machine with your usual laundry, just make sure that you use the appropriate setting based on the mask's fabric. It’s also best to use detergents that don’t irritate your skin. Opt for a more gentle detergent that is free of fragrance and dyes, which are common skin irritants.
Another important factor to consider when keeping your skin acne free, fresh, and hydrated is your diet. With the holiday's coming up, it's especially important to make sure you're "eating clean". Check out our blog article on how to Get Healthy, Glowing Skin for The Holidays to learn more about eating right for your skin and so much more!
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