Face masks may be a mandatory accessories that we do not step out with but it has also brought with it a skincare worry in its wake. If you’ve noticed a sudden crop of pimples over your chin or breakouts along your jawline, you aren’t alone. Thousands across the globe are facing a novel skincare problem in the wake of Coronavirus and it’s being termed as maskne. As the name suggests, this new form of acne is rearing its head with prolonged face mask usage. To understand it better, we no one better to speak to than the skincare experts. Dr. Simal Soin is Founder at AAYNA Clinic and is a leading Aesthetic and Cosmetic Dermatologist trained at Cambridge University. Reports on how maskne occurs and how we can prevent it.There are various reasons why wearing a mask over a long period of time could affect the covered portion of our face. A tight mask can cause rashes on the bridge of the nose and behind the ears due to friction. Rough fabric can rub skin the wrong way. The material of the mask should be soft – ideally 100% cotton. Make sure you use a mild detergent as it also cause skin irritation. Though one must not take off the mask in a public place or when in company, you could remove the mask when isolated or at home to allow your skin to breathe. The weather can also aggravate the condition. Excess dryness or humidity could adversely affect skin. If one has any existing underlying skin conditions such as rosacea, acne or psoriasis, they tend to worsen with a mask.
Here are a few healthy skincare tips to follow when wearing a mask.
- Wash your face regularly and apply light moisturizer at all times. If you have dry skin, use a rich cream.
- Apply a light sunscreen lotion or cream, preferably mineral-based. Be aware that there are certain chemical ingredients in sunscreen that may wear down the integrity of rubber or elastic materials on the mask
- Avoid wearing heavy makeup like foundation under your mask. This may cause break outs.
- For those wearing cloth masks, make sure you wash them daily as per the guidelines to minimize bacteria growth that can cause acne.
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