All of us around the world have been wearing masks to cover our face in public in-order to fight the spread of COVID 19, you start to break out specifically around the chin,jaw and upper lip area. Sometimes these are cystic pimples that become inflamed especially if you are more acne porn. Sometimes these are white pustules or even small blackheads.
Because of the use of masks a small subset of people are starting to develop acne in the area covered by the mask. This acne is seen in few people. As the masks are mostly made of cotton or similar material they can create a bit of moisture because of sweat. The sweat and stickiness inside the mask may dry out but there are some areas but they dont always completely dry. That Moisture can be a breeding ground for bacteria, fungus and things that naturally live on our skin.
This could include Malassezzia, which is a yeast that's naturally living on our skin that is fungus. It can cause what we refer to as fungal acne. We also have cute bacterium acne all the time however when it takes over that causes breakouts. The heat and steamer condition inside the mask can play a big role in inflammation and discomfort and the moisture in the skin promotes certain things to grow on the skin.
Most of the time the mask is rubbing up on our face and if you have makeup, dirt, oil and its elastic could actually cause irritation to the skin followed by bumps and blisters caused by repetitive irritation to the skin. Know about your Mask acne Skin Condition.
1. Acne : happens when your pores become clogged with oil, dead skin cells, and dirt. It can cause pimples, whiteheads, or blackheads.
2. Rosacea : If you have rosacea, wearing a mask may cause flare-ups. This can lead to pimples and redness.
3. Contact dermatitis : Contact dermatitis occurs when you’re allergic or sensitive to the material of your mask. It can result in a red rash, along with irritation and blisters.
4. Folliculitis : Folliculitis, or an infection of your hair follicles, causes bumps that look like an acne breakout. You might also experience itchiness or pain.
If you already have one of these conditions, you may be more prone to developing maskne.
How can we deal with it?
You can use the disposable masks that can be thrown out after each use and remember we do have to remember that the skin needs to breathe and get some fresh air.
We all remember some medically proven active acne ingredients whenever we have any acne breakout in our skin. When people use these medicines generally results are seen positive, usually these include Benzoyl Peroxide, Retinoic acid or Retinol, Salicylic acid and sulfur. We have seen these elements work beautifully on the face. When it comes to treating acne look for skin care products that have some or multiple of these ingredients.
Retinol can be used during the day and night. People like to use in the night but they are okay to use during the day if they just agree to sunlights. Retinol can be difficult for some skin because they can be drying and but if you can work yourself once a day.But if you are using any medical prescription product to talk to your doctor and if you are using over the counter retinol make sure that you do read the manufacturer’s instruction but depending on the formula that you are using for someone who comes in and start complaining the mask acne to us that is why we personally recommend the other thing that you could do is wear a spot treatment under the masks the entire day long without getting exposed to sun. Sulfur is a spot treatment and it is FDI approved for acne. And medical studies and its results has shown
Mask Acne Skincare Routine
Step 1: Get Rid of your facemask once you get home
Step 2: Remove your makeup
Step 3: Apply a face mask (You may look for a facemask containing any of these ingredients such as Malic Acid derived from Apple, Clay and Charcoal, Tartaric Acid derived from Grapes, Vitamin C and Lactic Acid , Willow bark or Salicylic Acid . These acids are safe for any fitzpatrick skin type regardless of where you fall in that scale.
Step 4: Cleansing with regular cleanser
Step 5: Toning your skin with toner to rebalance the PH of the skin.
Step 6: Serums or treatments anything containing Vitamin A family, Retinol, Salicylic Acid
Step 7: Night Moisturizer if you wish you can use Lactic acid or mandelic acid as an add on with your moisturizer mix any or both of it and apply it on your skin.
And again depending on your comfort when it comes to your skincare routine depending upon what skin care type is and what your specific skin needs are these are different ingredient options you can use and actually target on your skin and on your face.
Once you have done that and applied it as a night mask or moisturizer in your skin you may wash your skin with the same cleanser which you have used before.
These acids are safe for any fitzpatrick skin type regardless of where you fall in that scale.
They are effective as they really exfoliate the outer layer of the skin and help with dekeratinization. Which are safe for all these are things that actually help with oil control which could be aggravating acne. These ingredients are super absorbent. Known to absorb oil and even other substances. We also use charcoal in medicine but when mixed with skin charcoal becomes very absorbent to skin and helps to clarify skin with its ingredient. Malic Acid an is great in skin that it exfoliates which helps in the keratinization of the acne, and as a result it can help to soothe acne Keratinization.
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