How to prevent & treat face mask skin problems

This year has seen a new addition to our wardrobes – with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, we are all masking up. When we first started wearing masks, little did we know that they would soon become as essential as remembering your car keys and wallet. Now we all have a range of masks to choose from in our daily lives, but we are encountering a whole new problem.

We are suffering from skincare issues caused by our masks. Known informally as “maskne”, this phenomenon can really leave you feeling less than confident – and might make you want to hide under your mask full time.

Don’t despair! Read on for our handy hints to help reduce maskne, and how to look after your skin whilst wearing a mask.

Why is my mask causing skin issues?

One of the main problems caused by regular and continued mask-wearing is dry skin. Our faces are not used to being constantly covered. With winter on the horizon, this is only set to get worse. Breathing into your mask can also cause moisture to gather, causing chafing and dry patches and sometimes spots around the chin and jawline.

Skin care for mask wear

In order to combat the effects of wearing your mask so regularly and treat face mask skin problems, you will need to simplify your skincare routine with a couple of essential steps.

Deep cleansing is essential after a day of mask-wearing, so we recommend a two-step cleansing process. Start by using an oil-based cleansing balm with warm water and a flannel to melt away any excess dirt, makeup or SPF. Then repeat the process with a hydrating cleanser, ensuring to massage gently into the face and neck.

Keep your skin hydrated with a serum containing hyaluronic acid, followed by a light gel-based moisturiser to keep your skin soft. If you are prone to spots, avoid any heavy, oil-based products. Keeping your skincare focused on cleansing and hydrating will reduce any irritations caused by mask-wearing.

Makeup under your mask

Keep your makeup as light as possible, and avoid heavy foundation (as the trapped impurities can clog your pores). Use a small amount of concealer if any coverage is needed, and keep the focus to your eyes. Now is a good time to experiment with new eyeshadow colours and liners.

Most importantly, in order to prevent face mask skin problems, you will also want to wash your mask regularly, preferably after each use and always wash or sanitize your hands before touching your mask.

Take special care of your skin and enjoy the variety of masks available – stay safe every day and your skin should be feeling sparkly again in no time.

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