Just like majority of the world nowadays, you probably spend a fair portion of your day wearing a mask, thus you may be suffering for Maskne (mask-acne). If you are one of the unlucky ones, like myself, you’re probably wondering why it’s happening.
Well, Dr Adil Sheraz, consultant dermatologist and British Skin Foundation Spokesperson says that it’s due to the tight nature of the mask as this can lead to blockages of the follicular openings on the surface of the epidermis and can lead to outbreaks of acne. She also states that the increased rate of sweating underneath the mask plays a part in it as well as the moisture created from breathing as this can become trapped on the skin which increases the humidity.
So, you might be wondering what you can do to help or prevent maskne and there are a few things.
- Wash your mask! If you’re using reusable fabric masks, be sure to wash these after every use, or use a new one daily. Washing after every use will help to prevent bacteria and dirt building up on the fabric (especially if you wear makeup underneath) which you will be putting on to your skin every time you wear the mask. So, it might be time to start a mask collection!
- Wear less, or no makeup. The less makeup you wear underneath your mask will mean there is less debris on the skin to clog up your pores. When your mask is rubbing on your face whilst talking or smiling, it is rubbing anything on your skin into your pores so, by wearing less, or no makeup, there won’t be any debris there to go into the pores.
- Wash your face! No matter your skin type, your skin will produce oils which is what aids the production of acne. Your skin should produce oils, so don’t use the products that claim to strip them as that will do more harm than good. Products for acne prone or oily skin types prevents the build-up of excess oil which contributes to clogging pores.
- Spot treatments are going to be one of the biggest aids in helping already formed and forming acne. Using products that contain AHA’s (alpha hydroxy acids) such as glycolic, lactic and citric acids have many benefits to your skin. These products will exfoliate and resurface the skin which will help to promote collagen and blood flow, prevent acne breakouts and increase product absorption among many other things. Also consider using products that contain BHA’s (beta hydroxy acids) such as salicylic acid which aid in giving you glowing skin. You can use AHA’s and BHA’s together but do your research before pairing them as some don’t mix too well!
Now, what products should you be using to help the dreaded maskne? Below are 6 products that will help to give you glowing skin.
£20 for 147ml.
This whole range from skincare legend Ole Henriksen is the perfect daily routine to help fight your maskne. The cleanser specifically contains green tea, eucalyptus, algae and Irish moss extracts to deeply cleanse the skin to help unclog and purify pores without stripping the skin of its essential oils. It also contains powerful glycolic and lactic acids to loosen and lift dead skins. This cleanser is proven to reduce surface oil, is non comedogenic and vegan.
£18 for 45ml.
This clay-based mask from the iconic brand PIXI will help to resurface your skin whilst keeping you glowing. It is a mineral rick treatment that absorbs oils and draws out impurities. Containing kaolin clay and sea salt to purify your pores and exfoliate and ginseng and aloe vera to balance and hydrate. It is suitable for all skin types and is paraben free and cruelty free. Use 2-3 times a week in the evenings or as a separate spot treatment when needed, apply a thin layer and leave for 15 minutes before removing thoroughly.
£6.80 for 240ml.
DECIEM’s umbrella brand The Ordinary focuses on affordable skincare that works and they proved that with this toner. The 7% toner has a higher volume of glycolic acid than most other mainstream products but it’s not too high that it becomes and irritant. Also containing Tasmanian pepperberry derivatives to reduce inflammation, with ginseng root and aloe vera to enhance radiance and soothe. The 7% toner is 100% alcohol, silicone, nut, gluten, paraben, sulphate, mineral oil and animal oil free as well as being cruelty free and vegan. Use this toner in the evening, no more than once a day and be sure to use an SPF whilst using it.
£6.99 for 30ml.
Newer brand The Inkey List formulated this serum to target breakouts, minimise pores and decongest the skin. With 10% Niacinamide, a naturally occurring B3 Vitamin this serum will help to reduce excess oil, blemishes and redness, with 1% Hylauronic acid to hydrate. The Inkey List is cruelty free and their packaging is 91% recyclable, with the aim of being 100% by the end of 2020.
£21 for 50ml.
Coming from Australia’s leading salon brand, this moisturiser balances oils without stripping the skin, soothes and heals breakouts and hydrates with a non-greasy, matte formula. It contains anti-bacterial tea-tree, eucalyptus and witch hazel with salicylic acid to unclog pores. It also contains 2.5% niacinamide to help refine pore size, boost moisture levels and enhance skin resilience and 0.5% salicylic acid. Alpha H sources their ingredients locally to Queensland wherever possible and is cruelty free.
£21 for 148ml
This high protection sun care from skincare brand Paula’s Choice is rich in antioxidants to help protect your skin. The formula is water-resistant, non-greasy and has a silky texture that feels weightless on the skin with a soft matte finish – making it the perfect everyday protection. Paula’s Choice as a brand is cruelty free, alcohol free, avoid all abrasives such as nut shells and sugar and never use ingredients that are proved to be drying or irritants.
Well, now you know everything you need to know to help fight maskne but remember, washing your face won’t help if you’ve got a dirty mask, and vice versa so, wash your face and clean your mask! Here’s to glowing, spot-free skin!