Preventing "Face-ne" Acne Breakouts Caused By Wearing A Face Mask

May 29, 2020

With more people wearing face masks while out in public, there has been a rise in acne breakouts as a result. Dubbed "mask-ne," the breakouts are caused by excess heat, pressure, friction, or rubbing of the skin. In the pre-coronavirus (COVID-19) era, you would expect to see these breakouts in teenage football players due to long-term wear of helmets. The resulting acne breakouts would be much worse in areas where there had been constant pressure, occlusion (wearing something that covers your nose and mouth), and moisture, causing a breakdown in the skin barrier function and resulting in increased skin inflammation, irritation, and acne. To combat it, you'll want to make sure that you are washing your fabric masks regularly to clean off the bacteria, viruses, dirt, and other contaminants that you may have come in contact with throughout the day. When possible, try not to wear thick makeup like full-coverage foundation or concealers, as the oil in these can block your pores and potentially make acne breakouts worse. Also, keep your skin hydrated with a light moisturizer. Finally, give your skin a break from wearing a mask when safe to do so. Take it off when you are not around other people (for example, when you are driving alone in your car). Allowing even a few minutes of not wearing your mask during your day can make a big difference in keeping your skin clean and “mask-ne”-free in the long run.

SOURCE: Hello Giggles

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