Trying to stay safe requires us to wear a cloth mask. Though you may not have had a problem with breakouts before, you may have suddenly watched your clear complexion change with skin eruptions. Furthermore, if you had an oily complexion before or acne, those skin issues come have become that much worse because of that need of constantly wearing a mask. For this purpose, it helps to understand acne mechanica and what to do about it with these maskne skin care tips.
When a cloth mask keeps rubbing against a face prone to skin problems during a long day of constant wear, it can cause enough friction to embed dirt and makeup deeply into the pores to comprise the skin or cause lesions. Add to that scenario, sweat, excess skin oils, humidity, and breathing and talking with the germs and bacteria that escape from your mouth to contribute to the cloth of your mask.
So what’s the solution for maskne skin care? To begin with, it helps to wash your cloth mask after every use instead of allowing for that collection of germs and bacteria to thrive until your next wear. Your complexion stands a better chance of avoiding breakouts when you have a clean mask against your skin.
Another of these maskne skin care tips that can help your stressed complexion recover is turning to an anti-bacterial toner to treat the skin where the mask covers. Look to a label for ingredients like lactic acid, tea tree oil, willow bark (a.k.a. salicylic acid), witch hazel, and aloe vera in a non-alcohol formula, which is less irritating. You may like to use this type of toner once a day, but try switching use to twice a day can keep the skin in that susceptible area cleaner.
At least twice a week, you may want to try adding a serum with salicylic acid to your normal nightly beauty routine. Though you may be tempted to use that product every night, moderation is a wiser course to avoid excess redness, peeling and irritation.
Something else regarding maskne skin care to benefit a suffering complexion is using less makeup and avoiding heavy oil-based makeup and skin care products. Mineral makeup, water-based makeup or cosmetics labeled noncomedogenic makeup is a safer option when the skin is under attack.
Similarly, you are probably wearing a chemical sunscreen every day. Unfortunately, the same chemicals such as avobenzone, oxybenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate, and octinoxate to protect the skin against harmful exposure to UVA/UVB rays can also be heavy, greasy and clogging to pores. Therefore, you may find your complexion improving more if you switch over to a mineral sunscreen with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide.
Though common knowledge, you want to keep your face clean before wearing your mask and afterwards. The less bacteria and debris on the skin, the healthier your complexion will be.
I look forward to the day when a safe vaccine for coronavirus will be developed to end our need to wear our masks. Until that day comes, these maskne skin care tips can come in handy for helping your complexion recover from those breakouts.