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What is maskne?
Maskne is the term used on social media for acne caused by mask wearing
Yes even if your skin has been blemish -free, wearing a mask causes blemishes, pimples, zits, (aka acne.)
(I’ve noticed whiteheads or millia around my eyes.)
So what causes maskne?
- – stress from the pandemic, combined with
- – breathing into a mask creates hot and humid air inside the mask, ideal environment to grow bacteria and organisms
- – constant rubbing causes micro-tears, allowing easier entry for bacteria and dirt to clog up our pores
Maskne and wellbeing
Maskne – what not to do
Dermatologists advise against damaging already fragile skin by blasting maskne spots with alpha hydroxy acids, chemical peels or Retin A becasue you’ll end up with dry patches, eczema, stinging, burning, inflammation.
Maskne- what can you do?
Maskne Tips from Wendy
- wear cotton or other natural fabrics that ‘breathe’
- wash and dry your face covering thoroughly
- skip makeup under the mask
- use lightweight skincare products – ensure your skin is hydrated to protect against rubbing
- wash your face with gentle cleanser
- spot treatments for stubborn spots- some essential oil blends are effective
- essential oils for acne and blackheads – tea tree, rosemary, lavender, palmarosa
- witch hazel can be used to dab the spots
- use rosehip and tamanu to reduce scarring
Unlike the West, face masks have been part of Asian culture, for blocking air pollution, protecting against spreading airborne viruses and in 2009, even became a fashion statement for cool Korean teenagers.
Korean teens were only considered cool and mysterious if they wore a ‘Sakun’ face mask. The brand worn by their most popular K-pop boys band. Teens also used masks and long fringes to cover their pimples.