I feel like at this point, we’ve all experienced the nightmare that is acne caused by wearing face masks – aka maskne. It’s the absolute bane of my existance. I’ve struggled with adult acne for a long time, and just when I thought it was starting to clear up, here comes C*vid.
Now don’t get me wrong, there are so many worse things happening in the world, especially to do with C*vid, and I know I’m extremely lucky for the worst of my worries to be spots, but it’s still a big issue. Now that the schools are open and I’m back to work, I have to wear a mask more than I previously did, and it’s safe to say the maskne has hit in full force.
I’ve asked some fellow bloggers to let me know some of their top tips for people suffering with the dreaded maskne, and I’ve compiled them into this post to help you out if you suffer from it too!
Nicola, owner of Silk Jasmine
“So many face masks are made from man made fabrics, but even cotton isn’t great when worn close to the skin for any length of time. Cotton, which although more breathable and better for the skin than polyester, is thought of as being natural, but is quite often bleached. Cotton is also highly absorbent – meaning it will take away moisture from the skin. Silk meanwhile is naturally hypoallergenic and antibacterial making it perfect for sensitive or acne prone skin. It’s also hydrating due to the natural amino acids present in the silk and being less absorbent won’t dry out the skin. Acne sufferers often feel that their skin needs drying out, but all this will do is make your skin produce more oil to compensate. Swapping to a silk face mask will really help reduce the dreaded maskne.”
Alice from Aliceinsheffield.com
“If you’re using reusable masks make sure you’re washing them regularly with non bio powder. You should try and have a cycle so you can swap your reusable mask every day to help prevent a build up of bacteria and prevent spots”
Rachel from Rachtalksbusiness.com :
“I’ve found wearing a mask is awful for your pores so I have personally been using a hot compress on my skin to release toxins and then double cleansing to help thoroughly clean my pores each time I wear a mask.”
Gigi Lee from http://www.guidancebygigi.com :
“Two effective methods I’ve used for spot treating acne, especially the deep blind maskne pimples, are
also simple affordable products I used in my time as nurse caring for wounds. As with any topical
products just be sure to check ingredient lists and or patch test a small area to prevent any possible skin
1) Skin Prep
These wipes are typically used in nursing care for two reasons. First, it can be used to toughen skin to prevent breakdown of areas with increased pressure, such as patients lying in bed too long. Bonus – you can use these wipes on our ears, nose, face, if your masks are causing redness to prevent irritation! Second, Skin-prep can be used to create a breathable protective barrier on the skin where adhesive and tape must be placed on the skin. Interestingly, when the pandemic started I purchased some Skin Prep for home and applied it to a few large blind pimples I had brewing from the mask requirement. I was shocked when the next day I realised my pimples were greatly reduced in size and swelling! It seemed to help heal, shrink, and dry out the pimples! I still use it to this day as an effective spot treatment, although it can be drying if used too often. Keep in mind, when the product dries on the skin it will cause a mild tight feeling on the skin from the ingredients forming the barrier over your pimple.
I’m sure by now many of you have seen or heard of the famous ‘TikTok Pimple Patches’. I giggle when
people rave about these new inventions they saw on TikTok. The bandage in question are simply called
Hydrocolloid Patches and Healthcare workers have been using them for many years to treat various
types of wounds! The idea is that the patch retains a moist healing environment to speed up the healing
process. If you have a large blind pimple this product can certainly help greatly reduce the size and
inflammation of the spot. If the pimple has a white head or is closer to the surface it will likely help wick
out the puss inside so that you can gently cleanse it away after using the product rather than popping or
squeezing, which we all know can lead to scarring or infection. While you can find this product in many
brands, I chose Cosrx based upon the price, availability, it comes with different patch sizes, and also who
doesn’t adore a well maintained Korean beauty brand?“
My personal tip is to try and wash your face as soon as you’re finished wearing your mask. I wear makeup to work, so I can’t wash my face throughout the day so as soon as I get home, if I know I’m not going out again, I’ll fully cleanse my face. I think this just helps to get rid of any bacteria or sweat that’s sunken into my makeup under my mask straight away, rather than sitting with it on my face for the rest of the evening. I’ve found washing my mask more often has really helped as well.
Have you been suffering with maskne? What are some of your top tips for dealing with it – I’d love to know! Thank-you everyone for getting involved in this post.
Until next time.