Face Mask Acne: How To Prevent Acne From Face Masks?
With the outbreak of Coronavirus, wearing facemasks has become the new normal and a new fashion statement as well. As it looks like we are going to wear face masks for a while, some fashion brands have started selling clothes with the matching cloth masks to level up the fashion game while reducing the spread of the deadly Coronavirus.
Unfortunately, many people, including myself, have observed some skin issues after wearing masks regularly or for long periods.
If you are also struggling with “maskne” or acne caused by wearing a mask, then you are at the right place. Thankfully, there are some ways that we can consider to ward off acne and wear masks without any tension.
Let’s dig into the article to know some uber-cool and effective skin-care steps for the same:
Wear Skin-Friendly Masks
Don’t fall into the trap of wearing a face mask just because it looks good. In these tough times, protecting our health as well as those surrounding us is the least we can do to reduce the burden on our healthcare workers. That being said, chooses a mask that allows your skin to breathe and feels gentle on the skin.
Go for homemade cotton fabric masks which uphold the tendency to protect yourself and others from virus particles, and definitely are more breathable, soft, and comfy to wear for a long period without compromising skin health.
Hydrate Your Skin
It is important to follow skin-care routine according to the seasonal shifts otherwise your skin can be affected. During the autumn season, our skin tends to dry more. For this reason, we have to focus more on hydrating our skin. Dehydration is a major cause of skin related problems that can cause oil, dirt, and bacteria to build up. So, it is extremely important to drink plenty of water to hydrate the skin and keep issues at bay.
Apply a good moisturizer to create a barrier between your skin and mask. I would recommend focusing more on natural means of improving skin health. All it takes is increasing your water intake per day or having coconut water, lemon water, and refreshing natural juices that work well to give your skin a hydrating boost.
Do Wash Your Face
The environment can also be a root cause for pimples. Your phone, makeup brushes, door handles, pillows etc. get easily exposed to germs and bacteria. When you touch your fingers on your face it can trigger your acne and pimples despite your skin-care regime. Washing your face is the most important part of properly wearing a mask.
Rinse your face with water using your suitable face wash. Skip makeup altogether or keep it extremely minimal as the heavy makeup can clog pores leading to skin irritation, redness, patches, etc. Whether you are oily/acne-prone skin type or dry/sensitive skin type, keep using a soothing moisturizer for face and lips, and obviously drink heaps of water as discussed above, and you’re good to go.
Don’t Wear Dirty Masks
Always wash the worn masks before reusing it. The dust and oil from your skin, nose, and mouth get accumulated under the mask which contributes to skin bumps and other skin issues. Therefore, either wash or spray alcohol-based sanitizer on your mask after it gets dry.
Make sure you clean your hands with soap or sanitizer before putting it back on. Wearing a clean mask is the best way to protect your skin from irritation. Remember, your mask should cover your nose and mouth to safeguard you and other people around.
Don’t Use Harsh Products
To cut back on breakouts and skin problems, avoid trying harsh or new skincare products as it can actually worsen the skin. Keep using the skin-care products that have been into your skin-care regime for years. For those who are not into any routine, they can try out natural means for improvising skin health and reduce acne.
Take a quick look below:
- Drinking 7-8 glasses of water per day
- Eating dark green leafy veggies and vitamin C heavy fruits
- Limit sugar intake
- Using natural DIY face masks and moisturize skin regularly
- Get beauty sleep of 8-9 hours per day
- Don’t take on any unnecessary stress
- Keep exercising on a regular basis
Lastly, I would like to share that the skin-care tips I have mentioned before work pretty well for every skin type. However, there might be an instance that does not bring any major change for your skin type. If such is the case, then book a virtual appointment with your dermatologist to find out the root cause of mask related skin problems. Don’t stress about your skin because it will contribute to more skin problems.
Hope this article will help you to fight maskne!
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