Suffering from breakouts under your mask? How to fight ‘maskne’ - Deepstash
What is Maskne?

The medical term for “maskne” is acne mechanica, a skin condition brought on by prolonged wear of masks & facial personal protective equipment.

Wearing masks can impose heat, friction and occlusion on the skin and when combined with a moist environment from breathing, talking or sweating, leads to breakouts.

Pores get clogged and can become pimples or acne cysts. On top of that, the prolonged occlusion, heat and sweat can cause the skin to become dry, itchy and raw.

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Other common mask skin problems:
  • Allergic contact dermatitis  – Some manufactured masks may contain a chemical that causes an allergic reaction. Formaldehyde and bronopol can be found in polypropylene surgical masks.
  • Rosacea  – Classically worsened by heat and stress, mask wearing can increase flares.
  • Seborrheic dermatitis – It causes scaly plaques, inflamed skin and stubborn dandruff.
  • Folliculitis  – When yeast or bacteria infect hair follicles.

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Some prevention tips for maskne:
  1. Wash your face with a gentle cleanser & lukewarm water.
  2. Apply a moisturizer  – Not only will this keep your skin hydrated, it will also act as a barrier between your face and your mask, reducing friction
  3. Ditch the makeup – Wearing makeup under a mask causes clogged pores and breakouts
  4. Wash your mask after every use
  5. Choose a fragrance-free laundry soap 
  6. Stay away from harsh medicates skin products 

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