If you have spotted little tiny whiteheads or blackheads popping up after wearing your face mask you may have ‘Maskne’!
Okay, okay that is not a real name – but it does have a clinical term for this type of breakout and it’s called ‘acne mechanica’.
HOW IS IT CAUSED
The mask essentially traps sebum and bacteria under the skin which clogs the pores – you’ll notice tiny shallow whiteheads rather than the deep and painful bumps (those are caused by hormones).
HOW DO I KNOW IF IT’S FROM THE MASK OR SOMETHING ELSE?
Aside from telltale little white bumps, it’s all about location. You will find it along the chinstrap, over the bridge of the nose, and cheeks.” This can happen with medical masks, paper or cloth.
HOW TO CLEAR MY SKIN
- First try a different fabric – one that is washable with a silk like texture. This will avoid irritiating the skin which can cause it to be more prone to inflammation and breakouts.
- Another way a cloth mask can cause breakouts is when you don’t wash it and the cloth had a build up of dirt and bacteria. Rule this out as a cause by washing your mask with each use.
- Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate! Most people don’t realise that a well hydrated skin helps keep any type of acne at bay. This is because when your skins barrier is intact it keeps inflamation down and dirt out.
Keep your facemask clean and your skin well hydrated and choose silky type face coverings that are washable.