The newest member of the acne family!
The main reasons why you might be seeing new acne on your face following the continuous wearing of face masks could be:
- The type of mask you are wearing: using the disposable mask multiple times, or using the cloth multiuse mask without washing it.
- Wearing face masks increases the temperature and humidity around the face which in turn pushes the facial glands to produce more secretions. This will lead to oil and moist to form over the bottom half of the face and sequentially the appearance of acne. This is then carried to the upper half of the face due to our hands touching our faces.
- Mistaking allergy with acne. Some masks include rubber or plastic or other allergic ingredients which may be causing irritation instead of acne.
How can we prevent maskne?
- It is important to throw away the one-time use surgical masks and/or wash the multiuse cloth mask once you get home.
- It is recommended to reduce clogging pores around the area covered by the mask, which means wearing less makeup. If you must wear makeup, try using a tinted sunscreen or tinted powder since both options are lighter on the skin than the creamy foundations.
- Covering up part of the face means the skin will highly absorb the ingredients found in the skin care routine. It is better to opt for fragrance free products and ensure we are using the right amount of products (pea size) to further prevent an oily skin and excess secretions.
- People with sensitive skin should make sure that their cloth masks are made of 100% cotton.
Finally, we recommend visiting a dermatologist for a thorough diagnosis and treatment if you fear that this acne might persist longer and leave scars.