Dealing With Maskne

Danielle Levy, nurse blogger, Wirral blogger, Liverpool blogger, maskne,

With the introduction of mandatory face masks when in shops, on public transport or when in places where social distancing may be difficult, more and more people are suffering from maskne and as someone that has to wear a mask at work for over 10 hours, me and my skin are definitely feeling it. For the past couple of weeks I've been trying to figure out what works best for my skin and how to tackle the Maskne I've been suffering from.

What is Maskne?
Maskne occurs due to prolonged wearing of facial protective equipment like face masks. Face masks are the perfect storm for breakouts and skin reactions because they create such a warm environment from breathing and talking, they trap heat in, rub against the skin and prevent the skin from breathing so as a result your pores can become clogged which can then turn into pimples or acne and with prolonged usage face masks can cause your skin to become dry, itchy and sore from pressure damage. Protective face masks can also cause people to suffer from problems such as allergic contact dermatitis, rosacea, seborrheic dermatitis, and folliculitis. 

How I Tackle It
Even wearing a face mask for a short time can cause your skin to become irritated and you can get breakouts and redness. When my shielding was lifted and I got to go out for walks, I began wearing my face masks for short bursts and I was only getting a few spots but now that I'm wearing masks for longer due to work my skin definitely started freaking out, it's now calming down a bit so I thought I would share with you some tips and products that have helped my skin.

Make Cleansing Your Face A Priority
Now I'm not going to lie to you, even as a blogger I get a bit girl lazy and am not as consist with my skincare routine as I should be (Caroline Hirons don't shoot me!) and since I've been wearing face masks more often I've been really strict on myself about cleansing my face before I go to work and as soon as I get home even if I'm too tired to do the rest of my skincare routine, I make sure that the very least I'm doing is cleaning off all the dirt and oil that's been trapped on my skin by the mask. Since being consistent with cleansing my skin, my breakouts have really started to calm down and I've not been breaking out so much along the line of where the mask sits.

At the moment I've been rotating between the Dermalogica Precleanse to melt off my makeup and the Active Clay cleanser to wash my face and the ARK Skincare Pre Cleanse & Makeup Remover and Age Protect Skin Clear cleanser. I switch out between the different brands depending on which one I reach for first and also I don't stick to just one brand as I find that my skin gets used to the products after a little while of consistent use.

Wear A Clean Mask & Wash It After Each Use
I would think this is a pretty standard statement but I feel like it still needs to be said. Please, please, please ensure you are wearing a clean mask every time you go out and wash it as soon as you get home on at least a 60-degree wash. Not only does washing your mask after each use get rid of the dirt and oil that's sitting on the surface but it also gets rid of any bacteria sitting on the mask so not only are you looking after your skin health but also your actual health as well. Also if you are going to be using a reusable fabric mask, wash your mask in a fragrance-free detergent to minimise any irritation to your skin from fabric detergents and conditioners, the last thing you want is an allergic reaction.

Keep Your Skin Hydrated
Make sure you are keeping your skin hydrated from the inside and outside whilst you're wearing your mask. Whilst I've been trying to drink 2-3L of water a day, my skin has still begun to get very dry from wearing the masks for so long so I've made sure that I was using a good moisturiser to really nourish my skin but that wasn't too heavy. I've been using the ARK Skincare Age Protect Vitality moisturiser in the morning and the Dermalogica Intensive Moisture Balance as a more of a hit of moisture overnight to try and repair my skin from how dry it's become during my shift. 

Keep The Makeup To A Minimum
I am usually a face of full coverage makeup girl but since mandatory face masks I've really brought the amount of makeup I wear right down to help reduce clogged pores and bacterial build-up, I've already written a blog post about what makeup I wear to work but I basically keep it very simple and focus on brightening my under eyes, my brows and mascara with a real focus on my skincare routine so that I give my skin the best chance it's got.

How are you coping with maskne?

Speak to you next time!

Danielle Levy

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