You may have started to get a little acne from wearing masks on a more frequent basis. This can lead to mask driven acne, also called “Maskne.” Here are a few tips from Brandie Price, Image Consultant to help you clear your skin, and maintain a fresh face going forward.
It’s good to note that whenever we are looking at a skin concern, we need to consider both intrinsic and extrinsic factors. Extrinsic factors are those you can treat with topical solutions, and also the most blamed for acne. Intrinsic factors are those things going on inside of your body that create the environment for acne to occur, and should be considered too.
The type of acne that is most common with “Maskne” is bacterial, or yeast driven. Let’s take a quick peek at intrinsic factors that can become an external blemish.
First of all, you are wearing a mask, and what gets trapped in your mask all day long? Your hot breath. So, heat and humidity with the included contaminates that your body already rejected as being usable food, and oxygen rich air. If you had a slice of bread for lunch- you’ve also got yeast particles coming out. These particles literally have no where to go and quickly become extrinsic factors as they are now trapped on your mask and on your skin.
Extrinsically we are looking at 2 main factors. The first is Friction. Your mask creates uneven friction on your skin. This leads to dry skin that is susceptible to damage, and pushing contaminants further into our pores. The second is the moisture table of your skin. Are you hydrated? Are you using moisturizer? When the moisture table is not in a consistent state of being hydrated, you have an increased risk of friction, meaning that the small scans that could be forming are being wiped right off of your skin leading to scars.
How do we best fight the acne?
Intrinsically — maintaining hydration, avoiding yeast rich foods during mask wearing hours, or brushing your teeth and a quick gargle.
Extrinsically — changing your masks throughout the day-especially after eating, cleaning your masks, washing your face and using moisturizer at least twice a day, avoiding makeup in the area under the mask, keeping clean pillow cases, don’t pick-be gentle and let the blemish clear of it’s own accord.
Brandie Price is an Award Winning Makeup Artist, Celebrity Stylist, and On Camera Image Consultant.