What is Maskne?
Skincare While Wearing The Much-Needed Protective Mask.
2021 has not been exactly delightful for us so far. Over the past 2 years, countries all around the globe have been plagued with and constantly fighting the appalling outbreak of the ‘novel coronavirus’, SARS-CoV-2, hailed a deadly pandemic by WHO. People's lives have changed economically, physically, educationally and mentally and the world won't be the same after this ordeal. Social distancing, lockdowns, have become new normals, masks and face shields have become a part of our daily outfits.
COVID-19 spreads mainly from person to person through respiratory droplets. Respiratory droplets travel into the air when you cough, sneeze, talk, shout, or sing. These droplets can then land in the mouths or noses of people who are near you or they may breathe these droplets in. Masks are a simple barrier to help prevent your respiratory droplets from reaching others. Studies show that masks reduce the spray of droplets when worn over the nose and mouth. One major benefit of wearing face masks is to protect the people around you, especially if you have been exposed to someone carrying the virus or work in a crowded place (e.g., grocery stores, restaurants, airports). However, by wearing a mask for a long period of time you may develop breakouts in the form of pimples, redness, irritation etc., a condition called 'maskne'.
Here are some recommendations for treatment and prevention of these breakouts through simple DIY techniques so that you can fearlessly add masks to your everyday outfits without skin damage worries.
1. Pick the right mask
Choose a mask made of cotton and natural filters, not synthetic fabrics, to allow better air circulation to and from the mask. This improves blood circulation and helps in tightening the skin. Be sure to wash the mask after each use to clean and disinfect it from the dirt stuck to it.
2. Regularly wash your face
Wash your skin gently with the appropriate facial cleanser for your skin type, moisturize it half an hour (30 minutes) before and immediately after wearing the mask. This keeps your skin hydrated, free from excess oil and pimple or acne free.
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3. Put makeup in the backseat for awhile
It is preferable not to put makeup under the mask to keep the pores of the skin in their best condition. Beauty products such as foundation, concealer, and blush can clog your pores and prolong healing.
4. Apply moisturizer to keep your skin hydrated
After washing your face, apply a moisturizer to keep your skin hydrated. Use lip balms under the mask to avoid chapped lips.
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5. Scrub off dead skin
Scrubbing helps remove the dead cells from your skin which may not be naturally removed. Try doing this daily before bed to help smoothe the texture of your skin and clear pores further. This will remove all the dirt stuck on your skin during the day and prevent acne.
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6. Treat acne and spots to avoid scarring
If you’re already experiencing a rise of mask-related pimples, use Bodywise's Acne Spot Correction Gel. A product like this usually helps resolve situational acne a day or two faster than leaving irritations to heal on their own and also unclogs pores along with hydration and exfoliation.
Although mask-induced acne and irritation can be annoying, it does not take away from the necessity of wearing masks. Adopt these simple methods to preserve your skin while adjusting to these norms and take away a little bit from your pandemic stress.
So make sure you mask up, but without worrying about the after effects!
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