2020 has seen its fair share of challenges, but perhaps the one we didn’t see coming was maskne. Below, we spill the beans on everything you need to know about maskne and how to treat it!
What is maskne?
Wearing a face mask has become the new normal in 2020. In fact, tucking one into your pocket before leaving the house is now as common as grabbing your wallet and keys. However, while they might be helping to combat the rise of Coronavirus, they have introduced many of us to a different kind of outbreak called maskne.
Maskne – also known as face-mask acne – is characterised as spotty outbreaks around the mouth, nose, cheeks and chin. And yep, you guessed it – these annoying blemishes are typically caused by wearing face coverings for extended periods of time.
You see, when you wear a face mask you trap a nasty cocktail of sweat, dirt and humid air against your skin. And the longer these impurities sit on your skin, the more likely they are to create build-ups of bad bacteria.
Tips for how to treat maskne
Other than the embarrassment of pimples, maskne is unlikely to cause you any serious harm. Nevertheless, we’ve got a few tried-and-tested tips to help you beat back those blemishes for good!
Keep your skin clean
Thankfully, most of the nastiness caused by maskne is only skin-deep, meaning it can be easily washed away with a simple skincare routine. Put simply, this means washing your face every morning and evening.
For best results, we’d suggest you grab one of our vegan friendly soap bars or a face wash and lather it in a little warm water with our flannel. Next, gently wash your face to remove any light build-ups of dirt and oil and pat your skin dry with a towel. This one’s super obvious, so we’ll be bitterly disappointed if you’re not doing it!
Unfortunately, removing maskne impurities from your skin isn’t always as simple as a bowl of warm soapy water. And if you already struggle with oily or acne-prone skin, then regular exfoliation is a necessity.
Exfoliating with our Face Scrub just once or twice a week will help to draw out trapped dirt and oils from deep inside your skin’s pores for a cleaner, healthier complexion. Our scrub features finely ground olive stones that get right to the root of impurities, while ginger and wheat germ oil provide long-lasting protection from bacteria and dryness.
Rehydrate your skin
Keeping your skin hydrated is one of the most important pieces of the skincare puzzle. When your skin is dry, its protective barrier is easily overcome, making the effects of maskne even more formidable.
Thankfully, rebuilding this barrier can be easily achieved by applying a thin layer of our Cooling Moisturiser after cleansing. This all-conquering product features a natural blend of prickly pear, fenugreek and jojoba oil to combat irritation, dryness and fatigue on a daily basis. Simply dab a little around your face and massage it.
Keep your face mask clean
Just like your underwear, you shouldn’t be re-wearing your face mask before it’s had a good wash! Whether you’re wearing a reusable or disposable face covering, it’s important that you keep it clean by replacing it or washing it as often as possible.
Failing to keep your face mask clean will only encourage further build-ups of bad bacteria and undo all the skincare tips we’ve suggested above. This one’s simple, but arguably the most important!