Maskne - mask and acne - describes the acne-like formation of skin irritations that are brought about by wearing face masks on a regular basis. Typically, spots appear around the nose and mouth areas, redness, dry patches and blackheads are also classic symptoms that may arise. Constant friction between the skin and the fabric from the face mask, wearing used face masks, make-up and the heat that accumulates when wearing the masks all attribute to these skin irritations. The moist and warm conditions that form are a good breeding ground for bacteria. Wearing face masks can have a negative effect on sensitive skin in particular.
Causes of face-mask-related acne
Face masks can cause irritation when rubbing against the skin, irritating the pores which cause microcracks that allow bacteria and dirt particles to penetrate the skin. The skin barrier is weakened as a result. Make-up, excess sebum and pollution amplify this. What adds to this is that the disposal face masks are not replaced with new masks, or fabric masks are not cleaned as often as they should be. This results in the skin becoming congested and agitated which leads to inflamed pores.
The damp climate that is formed as a result of wearing masks also compromises the complexion and may cause pimples to form.
Cleansing with mild soaps regularly is indispensable
What the skin requires the most is a mild yet thorough cleansing and care regimen that boosts its resilience and restores balance. Gentle cleansers, that effectively lifts away debris, should be used in the morning and in the evening.
The Detox Face Wash by APoEM by APoEM is a soap-free cleansing gel enriched with tea tree oil and extracts derived from tangerines, kiwis, oranges and apples. It provides a pore-refining cleanse that dissolves make-up and removes excess sebum. Tea tree oil helps to reduce the formation of skin impurities without causing skin dryness. The wonderful scent of citrus lends the facial cleanse experience a spa-like feel.
Strengthen the skin barrier with hyaluronic acid & ceramides
Moisturising cosmetic products infused with hyaluronic acid and skin-strengthening ceramides are particularly good at encouraging skin resilience whilst shielding the skin against external influences.
Irritated, reddened and reactive skin require optimum care. The ultra-light Instant Kalmer Serum by Pai Skincare offers soothing properties obtained from sea aster while natural ceramides aids in strengthening the skin barrier. The serum is ideal for skin that suffers from rosacea and atopic dermatitis.
8 tips for counteracting maskne
• Cleanse your face twice a day
• Avoid heavy make-up or only use a light powder
• Replace the mask daily with a new one or one that is freshly washed
• Apply clay face masks regularly
• Apply a BHA peeling at least once a week
• Wear anti-pimple patches under the mask to prevent friction
• Use light, oil-free gel creams that strengthen and protect the skin barrier
• Use products that contain CBD, zinc, niacinamide or salicylic acid (BHA)