October 07, 2020
As if Covid-stress breakouts weren’t bad enough, if you’ve been wearing a face mask and noticed blemishes popping up around the bridge of your nose, cheeks and chin, you may be experiencing ‘maskne’. Yep, that’s right - breakouts from wearing a mask have become so widespread it’s earned its own label – maskne.
What is Maskne?
This type of acne is actually what dermatologists call acne mechanica, typically seen in athletes resulting from the heat, friction and pressure from wearing helmets or straps. That same irritation can happen from wearing a mask over long periods of time. The mask traps heat and humidity when we breathe and talk, and pores can become blocked by sweat, oil and bacteria. In addition, the points of friction from a mask, especially tight-fitting, can rub against your face, wearing away the outermost layer and making the skin more vulnerable to infection, inflammation, itchiness and flakiness.
Your Mask Type
When wearing a mask, it’s important to ensure it doesn’t become a vehicle for spreading germs. Surgical or medical grade masks, as well as N95, are generally recommended for healthcare workers or those at high risk. They are more traumatizing to the face, and also traditionally single use. Cloth masks have also been shown to play a critical part in slowing the spread of the virus and are becoming more common, especially as they can be re-used. But re-using cloth masks can become a problem when it comes to protection and breakouts.
3 Quick Tips on Wearing a Cloth Face Mask to help stop cross-contamination and help keep your skin clear:
Skincare Tips for Preventing and Treating Maskne
Between working from home, or wearing a mask when out, many of us are foregoing a full makeup look in favour of a skincare regimen that includes skin-boosting ingredients such as Peptides, Antioxidants, Vitamin B5 and Hyaluronic Acid.
Finally, our top recommended product when wearing a mask throughout the day, is the HA Matrixyl 3000 Spray. Infused with aloe and natural plant extracts, the hydrating sprays come in four different sensory experiences – lavender, cucumber, rose, and orange. The perfect pick-me-up for hydrating and treating stressed and tired skin and the best part, hands-free application!!
September 09, 2021