Maskne is a real issue. Learn how to prevent breakouts caused by masks

Whether you’ve been fully PPE’d for months, using a face mask in public places, you may have noticed that it’s less than ideal for your skin. The warm air,  sweat, friction, and bacteria make a perfect environment for breakouts. Learn how to prevent it.

More and more people are now complaining about acne caused by face mask usage. Seeing as we might be stuck with masks for the foreseeable future, it may be the right time to learn how to prevent the breakouts they cause. 

If you're using a face mask on the regular and breaking out around the chin area, it's possible that you have maskne. 

1. Cleanse

Cleanse to prevent maskne

Cleansing has never been more important. Go for gentle and natural cleansers: gel or oil-based tend to be the gentlest on the market. Make sure you remove all makeup and cleanse for about a minute so that all traces of pollution are removed.

Choose fragrance-free. Fragrance is a major problem in cosmetics and you just don’t need all the extra burden on your face right now.

2. Moisturize

Moisturize to prevent maskne

This may seem illogical but moisturizing is key in acne prevention. It will replenish your skin barrier and prevent it from drying out. 

Go for neutral moisturizers, maybe even ones apt for babies as these are formulated for super sensitive skin and do not contain harsh chemicals. 

3. Wash your mask

Wash your mask

Wash your mask every day, spray it with disinfectant (make your own by mixing half a cup of distilled water, half a cup of vinegar, ten drops of tea tree oil,  and ten drops of peppermint oil). Wash and dry thoroughly. 

4. Choose wisely

Choose the mask wisely

If you have opted for a reusable mask, consider the fabric it's made of.  Consider having at least two so you can change as needed. A soft, cotton mask will reduce the possibility of irritation. If you're using it to exercise, bring a spare to change after the workout. 

5. What if you got a spot?

Cover the spots

If a spot rears its ugly head anyway, cover it with a patch. You can get these online and in pharmacies, they usually contain ingredients (like tea tree oil, lactic or salicylic acid)  that prevent spots from inflaming further. Just pat one on so there's an extra barrier between the spot and the mask. 

Cathy Mason

Cathy has spent most of her professional life discovering homemade beauty remedies, old and new. Using her extensive knowledge of natural ingredients, Cathy will provide expert advice on how to tackle everyday skincare problems with straightforward natural lotions and potions. + info

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