What is Maskne? - Deepstash
What is Maskne?

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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MORE IDEAS FROM Suffering from breakouts under your mask? How to fight ‘maskne’

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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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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The mask - a flimsy polymer cup - fits tightly around the face and is capable of filtering 95% of airborne particles, such as viruses, from the air.

The firsts masks were cloth placed around the mouths and noses of people and were not meant to be against contagion. It was to stop the smell as people thought that the stench caused disease. By protecting themselves from the smell, people thought they'd be protected from the disease.

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Due to the Wuhan virus spreading across the world, the use of face masks might seem a good means of protection.

The N95 mask, which is a heavy-duty mask offers better protection (95% of airborne particles are blocked) but is uncomfortable to be worn for long periods as it gets difficult to breathe.

The more common and disposable surgical masks are comfortable to wear and are more easily available than the N95 ones, but offer meagre protection, especially against airborne pathogens.

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Hydration is key

Hydrating your skin is as important as hydrating your body. Your body needs hydration to look and feel good.

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