How To Treat and Prevent 'Maskne'
"Maskne": The irritation and acne caused by the friction and continuous wear of a face covering, such as a Mask. This single word has become a condition of the pandemic, and a breakout search term on Google since the beginning of May. No pun intended.
People everywhere are looking for ways to not only treat, but also prevent the effects of Maskne.
Are your chin and jawline taking a beating from daily mask wearing?
Mask wearing alters the skin microbiome. With regular mask use, the covered skin is subjected to elevated CO2 levels, increased humidity, higher temperatures, and more bacteria and microorganisms from the mouth and respiratory system.
When you remove your mask for the day, gently cleanse and exfoliate your face.
For conditions like acne and rosacea, that both cause an abnormal inflammatory response, restoring that skin barrier is key. This means applying a sulfur-containing moisturizer to damp skin multiple times a day…
Moisture and vapor, as well as any secretions such as saliva or mucus, are trapped inside the mask. That can act as an irritant dermatitis to the skin and upset the natural balance of the skin around the mouth. Similar to what happens with diaper rash… .
Here are a few ways to reduce 'maskne' breakouts:
- Keep mask clean. Wash often and lightly mist mask with sanitizer in between uses.
- Allow the skin to breathe by wearing masks with natural fibers.
- Clean skin thoroughly each night before bed.
To help clear up breakouts fast and prevents new ones from appearing try our easy 2-step skincare treatment.
SHOP ---> Calm Skin Deluxe Mini Trio
Step 1: After cleansing and toning mix together a dime size of Honey Mask with Sulfur Clarifying Moisturizer and apply to chin/jawline for 20-30 minutes or even longer (watch a favorite show or read a book). Rinse off.
Step 2: Apply a thin layer of Blemish Control Solution all over chin/jawline where breakouts usually appear (even if no breakouts are currently present). Let dry and pat on your regular moisturizer, (Vitamin B Hydrating Gel might be a good one) don't rub.
Repeat 2-3 nights a week or more often if needed. Can also be used on other areas prone to breakouts.
Our non-irritating actives help reduce skin imperfections, do not clog pores, and help control sebum production.
Honey accelerates skin repair and healing by increasing cell migration which strengthens the skin barrier and reduces inflammation.