Now that mask-wearing has been made a mandatory requirement in indoor settings, more and more of us are struggling with ‘maskne’. A skin condition characterised by blemishes and irritation around the mouth and jawline.
It can leave your skin feeling and looking sore and add to the stress of our already weird daily lives.
So, we want to explore what maskne is and how you can prevent masks from affecting your skin health.
What is Maskne?
Anyone who works in a job that requires the use of face masks will tell you that it’s highly common to have breakouts and blotches around the lower half of your face. Especially in warm conditions, when you start to sweat beneath your mask.
This is known as maskne – a type of acne created by the fabric friction on your delicate facial skin. Even disposable masks can be an issue.
Any type of face-covering traps moisture, bacteria and other toxins too, adding to the chances of you having spots and rashes around your cheeks, mouth and chin.
The COVID-19 pandemic means that many more people are now discovering what maskne is. Face coverings are a part of everyday life, not just important protection for nursing staff and other professionals.
What can you do to stop face masks from irritating your skin; particularly if you work in the health and social care sectors and wear PPE for many hours at a time?
Choose masks with care
It helps if you can choose what sort of mask you wear, as some types are less likely to cause maskne.
For example, 100% cotton is a good option, along with antimicrobial fabrics. These tend to be breathable, creating an essential barrier for any virus particles but allowing movement of air around your facial skin.
Washable masks are helpful too, as you can change them frequently. But make sure they are clean and free of makeup and other debris that can block your pores.
It’s worth switching to gentle washing substances that don’t lead to contact dermatitis and dry your masks well to ensure they are ready for use.
Preparing skin for prolonged mask-wearing
There has never been a better time to switch to natural, pure skincare products. Your facial skin has enough challenges to cope with – including irritation from masks. So, the harsh chemicals and artificial ‘fillers’ in mainstream products can be bad news!
Instead, treat the skin on your face and neck to cruelty-free botanical treatments, cleansers and moisturisers. The all-natural ingredients interact with your skins’ structure and natural processes.
The result is facial skin that rejuvenates and heals itself more assuredly, with a brighter, clearer appearance and greater elasticity.
This makes it able to withstand the problems created by mask-wearing, and therefore far less prone to maskne.
Products to combat maskne
There are specific products that can fight maskne as part of a regular, natural skincare routine. It’s all about balance. Using skin treatments and cleansers that lift and strengthen rather than ones that clog pores or leave a greasy residue.
This makes our Virgin Organic Hemp Seed Oil Super Cleanser the perfect pick me up for post-mask skincare or first thing in the morning.
It is more than simply a way to remove all harmful substances from your skin.
It also nourishes down to a cellular level. Using valuable essential oils renowned for their antioxidant, anti-septic, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and tissue regeneration properties such as Frankincense Essential Oil, Basil Essential Oil and the main ingredient Virgin organic Hemp Oil.
This includes smoothing in omega-3, omega-6, and polyunsaturated fatty acids to combat dryness and inflammation.
Virgin Organic Hemp Seed Oil Super Cleanser also contains carefully measured amounts of power-packed oils that smooth stretch marks, fine lines and wrinkles.
How to prepare facial skin for mask-wearing
Cleaning and nourishing your facial skin are not the only ways to get your skin ready to cope with your daily need to cover it up.
Applying pure, natural skincare creams and serums can also be the perfect preparation for lengthy face mask-wearing. It even helps if you have sensitive skin that can be triggered by short amounts of contact with a face covering.
That’s because the carefully chosen ingredients such as our Rose and Bay Oil, Jasmine and Virgin Organic Hemp Oil are all known for their anti-inflammatory properties which can all be found in our Symmetry Anti Ageing Face Serum.
It creates a barrier, giving skin a layer of long-lasting protection. It’s so pure and concentrated that you only need a couple of drops, twice a day, smoothed evenly across your face and neck.
The healing and moisturising effect begin instantly, and it can make a marked difference even when you have highly sensitive skin or bad flares caused by the mask.
Face masks and your skin
Face masks are likely to be commonplace for everyone and are certainly crucial to many professions. When you do get the chance to remove them, you will want to feel confident and know that your skin looks and feels amazing.
So give your face a thorough pampering use the best skin care products to fight maskne.