5 Tips on Handling “Maskne”

As we all (hopefully) are doing our diligent service in wearing a mask when we go into spaces that we cannot safely socially distance, we got to become more intentional about taking care of our skin. “Maskne” has become a thing to worry about, especially after this hot ass summer we experienced. “Maskne” is medically known as acne mechanica, “a skin condition brought on by prolonged wear of facial personal protective equipment.”

From Loma Linda University: “Masks impose heat, friction and occlusion on the skin and when combined with a moist environment from breathing, talking or sweating, this is a recipe for breakouts [...] Pores get clogged and can become pimples or acne cysts. On top of that, the prolonged occlusion, heat and sweat can cause the skin to become dry, itchy and raw.”

Follow these 5 tips below so that you can get that face right while also staying safe during this pandemic.

Wash your face regularly.

On really hot days especially, I like to wash my face before and after wearing a mask with a gentle all natural turmeric, ginger and lemon bar soap that helps to pull out any impurities that are in the pores of my skin. Since it’s getting cooler though, I’ll probably be okay with just washing my face one time before putting the mask on. It’s important not to go overboard on washing your face so that you are not stripping your skin of its natural oils. Similarly, try to use a cleanser that is free of fragrance and oils.

Use the right products; secure your routine!

The following steps come directly from my fellow Seeds writer Taya Ingram’s article. Click here to find more detailed information on how to build your own skin care routine.

Cleanse. Like I said above, wash your face with an all natural soap.

Exfoliate. Limit this to once or a few times a week. As Dr. Dendy Engelman explains, too many exfoliants, scrubs and acids “are the bad guys.”