COVID-19: 7 Effective Ways to Prevent Maskne, Acnes Caused by Face Masks

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Sep 15, 2020 02:30 PM

Acne is one major skin problem that many people are struggling with. It can affect our self-esteem and confidence. We try to cover them up with make-ups while taking control of them by doing our skincare routines. But that alone doesn’t guarantee that we will be acne-free.

And now, with the pandemic going on, a new problem arises: maskne, — or acne that is caused by wearing a mask. We definitely can’t give up wearing masks because it means that we’re making ourselves vulnerable for the coronavirus to get in our bodies. But how to protect our facial skin from breakouts because of wearing a mask every day?

Even if your skin is non-prone to acne, none of us really know if we’re completely protected from acne. When we breathe or talk under our mask, it will trap a lot of hot air which creates a warm and humid environment – perfect for bacteria and yeast to grow.

This bacterial imbalance and friction from your mask can trigger breakouts, rosacea flare-ups, as well as perioral dermatitis. 

We at Tripboba believe that pandemic should not stop us from our glow up, and we want to share some tips to avoid getting maskne. Scroll down to find out how!

1. Wash your face

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The most important tips to prevent maskne from appearing on your skin is to keep it clean. This is essential to release the trapped dirt and oil on your skin, which can cause breakouts. Remember to put on your mask on a clean face as the air under the mask will be warmer. 

A gentle cleanser will just do the job to make your skin dirt-free. After that, rinse it with lukewarm water and remember not to scrub or rubbing the skin too harshly. 

2. Apply good moisturizer 

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Now, how to prevent the friction between our skin and the mask? Well, a good moisturizer will help to keep your skin hydrated as well as acting as a barrier from your mask.

Look for a fragrance-free and oil-free moisturizer. It would be better as well if it has protective ingredients such as ceramide and hyaluronic acid. Avoid using heavy products as it can clog your pores instead and trigger a breakout. 

3. Don’t use makeup

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Just skip the make up this time. Well, it’s undeniably making us feel confident even when we’re covered by a mask. But, a mask acts like occlusive barriers.

This means trapped makeup can lead to clogged pores and breakouts. Additionally, the residue from your make up can stain or soil your mask fabric. 

4. Don’t reuse dirty masks

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Reusing a mask that you’ve worn before without washing or cleaning it first is a no-no!

Dirt and oil from your skin as well as bacteria from your mouth will end up on your cloth mask. So, it’s best to keep a rotation of masks on hand and wash each time you use them. 

5. Use fragrance-free laundry detergent 

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Here's the tips if you prefer wearing a reusable mask instead of a single-use mask: Use fragrance-free laundry detergent.

As detergent with fragrance can irritate your skin because of its material, stick to fragrance-free laundry detergent when washing your mask. After you wash them, lay flat to dry. 

6. Protect your ears

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The earloop on a mask can also cause friction on the backs of your ears. If your skin is sensitive or you’re going to wear the mask for a long time, this can be a problem. To overcome this, you can attach the elastic straps to buttons on a headband or to a clip behind your ear. 

7. Avoid using harsh products 

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The last tips from us to prevent maskne is to avoid products with harsh material, such as retinol and benzoyl peroxide. These kinds of material are more irritating under a mask. If you’re using a mask regularly, try to use the products less often or just stop using them altogether.

Stay safe and stay at home!

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