Exciting to head out without a mask? Well, sorry to say but masks are still compulsory indoors! As much as we dislike that uncomfortable feeling of wearing the mask, it does keep us safe and protected from the pandemic. While masks are beneficial in protecting ourselves from contracting COVID, there is still a cause for concern – acne breakouts underneath these covers!
Commonly referred to as maskne, this mask-related acne develops due to friction on the skin over frequent long-term hours of mask-wearing. As hot air is trapped under the mask, bacteria will start to grow and may promote acne and rosacea to form. Small pimples and pustules may also develop in the nose and mouth areas.
While maskne can be aggravating, ditching your mask is not an option. So how should we cope with it?
Before wearing your mask:
- Ensure that your mask is clean before wearing
- Change your masks regularly
- Wash the mask in lukewarm water and mild soap
Aftercare from wearing your mask:
- Wash your face with a cleanser that contains salicylic acid
Catered for acne-prone skin, this powerful acid exfoliates the skin and unclogs the pores.
Meet Skin Laundry III Refresh Sapphire Cleanser! This light and refreshing cleanser dissolves any potential clogs that lead to acne! Plus, with sebum-controlling fruit enzymes and blue gold extracts, it improves the complexion while leaving the skin feeling clean.
- Use skincare products that contains benzoyl peroxide
This anti-acne agent helps to reduce the bacteria found on the surface of your skin. Do take note that benzoyl peroxide may bleach or stain fabrics.
Get the best coverage with BB Creme Anti-Acne! With its purpose to treat and hydrate the complexion, this multitasking complexion-perfecting primer with SPF 30 protects the skin from harmful UV rays while moisturising and soothing existing breakouts.