Because face masks have become as necessary as your cell phone when leaving the house, you may find that your skin is breaking out frequently.
In an article in The Independent, consultant dermatologist Dr Adil Sheraz explained, “Due to the tight-fitting nature of the mask, this can lead to blockage of the follicular openings and cause outbreaks of spots and acne. The increased sweating doesn’t help either.”
masks are fitted to your face, moisture from breathing while wearing one can
become trapped on the skin, increasing humidity which can also cause breakouts.
“Also, the act of constantly adjusting and touching the mask and thus touching
your face will transfer oil, dirt and irritants to the skin.“
A silk mask with multiple layers would be ideal for sensitive acne-prone skin, he said. Cotton cloth masks are also soft enough to be comfortable on sensitive skin and typically are lightweight. To ensure you’re as protected as possible, look for cotton masks that have a built-in filter or a pocket to which you can add a filter too.
If you have a reusable cloth mask, wash it regularly. Not only is this vital in protecting against the coronavirus, but it will also clear any oil, dirt or bacteria that could result in skin irritation or acne.
Cleanse your skin properly to keep pesky spots at bay. Choose the right cleanser for your skin type. If you like to wear make-up under your mask, experts recommend double-cleansing in the evenings to ensure pores do not become clogged.
For blemishes that won’t budge, a targeted spot treatment can speed up the healing process, while reducing irritation and redness. Look for ingredients that contain salicylic, glycolic and lactic acids, which exfoliate, dissolve gunk and grime and break down debris clogging pores, which cause spots.
using a spot treatment, always apply it to dry, clean skin, followed by your
moisturiser. A light moisturiser with hydrating ingredients such as glycerine
and ceramides will help prevent irritation from your mask. Oil-free formulas
will work best for acne, as they minimise oil production, which can clog pores
and increase breakouts and won’t add extra shine.