What is Maskne?
Masks and face coverings are now an essential accessory to our everyday lives however, they also come with a burden of unwanted skin issues. Maskne, technically known as ‘acne mechanica’, is acne formed by friction alongside the humid environment caused by wearing a mask. As most of us aren’t accustomed to wearing face coverings, this can result in spots, redness and inflammation on the cheeks, jawline and chin. Although it is not harmful, Maskne can be irritating and in some cases even painful, however by incorporating a few simple skincare steps into your routine you can finally keep the breakouts at bay.
Skincare steps to prevent Maskne
Step 1: Use a gentle cleanser
Cleansing is perhaps the most important step in preventing Maskne. By removing the initial build-up of excess oil, makeup and sweat this refreshes your skin giving it the chance to breathe. As masks trap excess dirt, you may want to double cleanse just to ensure that your skin is thoroughly clean and nourished. Using a gentle cleanser, such as Garnier Micellar Water, also prevents further irritation caused by harsh chemicals that may result in additional flare-ups and disruption to the skin. Simply apply your chosen cleanser to a cotton pad and wipe over your face, eyes and lips to free your skin of impurities.