Let's Talk About 'Maskne'

Our new 'normal' now includes wearing a fitted mask whenever we are outside and for many of those working, this is a huge portion of the day. You may have noticed a change in your skin - we are going to refer to these unfortunate side effects as "Maskne" (mask acne). Noticing new pimples forming around the areas of your mask if one of the most common issues. So how do we prevent it?

CAUSES OF MASKNE

Mastering prevention of Maskne is possible but we first have to understand what causes it. There are two main contributing factors to consider:

Friction

Maskne is commonly caused by the friction of a fabric mask against the skin. The constant rubbing is likely to cause micro-tears that allow bacteria and dirt to enter the skin and easily result in clogged pores. Inflammation and irritation from the mask can also result in inflamed pores which can also contribute to acne.

Moisture

Masks trap moisture and create humidity, this can create a difficult environment for your skin barrier (1). Depending on where you live, your skin may be used to overcoming humidity and sweat. However, the moisture, humidity and friction make for an awful combination for your skin.

Dealing with Maskne has it challenges but there are ways that you can prevent a breakout before it even starts!

PREVENTION

1. Choosing the right face mask material is really important. Many dermatologists have suggested that light weight silk or cotton is best. Both materials are gentle on the skin and can help to minimise skin irritation. These types of fabrics are easier to breath through and so will help to reduce moisture.

2. Clean your face mask regularly. A dirty mask exposes your skin to thousands of allergens and bacteria that can contribute to acne breakouts. Having different masks for different tasks will also be beneficial; for example the mask you exercise in should be different from the one you go to the supermarket with. Try to avoid using fabric softener as this affects the skin barrier and try to use a fragrance free detergent.

3. Use a gentle cleanser - cleansing your face plays a significant role in the formation of maskne. You do not need to increase the frequency of face washing. We suggest applying a moisturiser after cleansing to avoid any further mask related irritation and dryness. Your skin is fragile and damaged so we need to be gentle. We need to hydrate and promote cellular renewal, while maintaining skin pH and balance. We recommend Native Milk Cleanser and Renewal Cream this power house combination of will hydrate and protect your skin gently.

4. Use a blemish treatment- if you have followed all of the above steps and are still having trouble then we suggest using our new Blemish Treatment (available start of November). This potent gel, made from natural blemish-fighting ingredients, is essential for those with problematic skin or who suffer from periodic breakouts. Enriched with Australian Tea Tree and Lemon Myrtle to kill surface bacteria, and Pineapple and White Willow Bark to dissolve dead skin and prevent future breakouts, this product is a natural alternative to harsh chemical-based blemish treatments. This Blemish Treatment will maintain the skin’s natural balance and leave you feeling renewed.

We hope this has been an informative blog and as always if you have any questions please reach out!

Sources:

1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK279211/