The “Maskne” effect comes from the combination of the words Mask+Acne and refers to the acne due to the frequent use of the mask. The new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 has brought many changes and the use of the mask is essential for our safety.
From the first months of the obligatory use of masks, many people reported the appearance of acne on their face, only at the contact points of the mask and face. This is a type of mechanical acne, which results from the rubbing of the mask on the face and can either create new pimples or aggravate the acne that already existed around the nose, mouth and chin.
Prior to Covid-19, some athletes had similar skin problems on their face due to frequent sweating, heat, and dampness during training. According to a report in the American Journal of Dermatologists, the “Maskne” phenomenon is a more common in people who work in the field of health, due to the closer application of the mask on the face. In addition, health professionals have noticed that many people outside of the health field are also suffering from this new type of acne.
How can you protect your face from the new type of acne “Maskne”?
1.Choose the right mask for you
You can choose the mask that best suits your protection needs, disposable or reusable masks. Experts recommend the use of 100% reusable cotton mask, so that the skin breathes.
2.Follow an effective skincare routine
It is necessary to discover the necessary care products based on the needs of your skin, in collaboration with a dermatologist. Experts suggest a more minimalist approach to treating people who have developed “Maskne” or want to protect themselves from the new skin condition. Experts then recommend avoiding products with ingredients such as acids or retinol, which may exacerbate the problem.
3.Change often your mask
Whether you choose a reusable or disposable mask, it is necessary to wear it only when it is clean. In case of sweating, heat or if you have intense oiliness, you should change it often, so that the fabric that comes in contact with the skin of your face is completely clean.
4.Do not forget the use of your sunscreen
You may think that if your face is covered by the mask you do not need sun protection, but in fact it is necessary for the proper functioning of your skin. The sun’s ultraviolet rays may adversely affect acne, resulting in increased redness and rashes. Experts recommend using a SPF30 or SPF50 sunscreen, especially between the hours of 10a.m to 16.00p.m and at least 20 minutes before sun exposure.
5.Use the appropriate cleanser every morning and night
Cleansing the acne prone skin is especially important as it is the ideal way to get rid of oil and sebum. The ideal frequency recommended by experts, regarding the cleansing of the skin with acne, is 2 times a day. In addition, you should use the right cleanser based on your needs, which is effective but does not irritate your skin.
6.Reduce the use of makeup products
Frequent use of makeup products at the points of contact of the face with the mask, such as foundation and concealer, may adversely affect the acne effect. Experts advise people who have seen “Maskne” to completely avoid makeup products, or choose products that best meet the needs of acne prone skin. In addition, dermatologists emphasize the important need for effective make-up removal and cleansing of the facial skin, with more emphasis on the evening beauty routine.
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