The first thing I do, after properly sanitizing and have gotten in a safe place, is rip my mask off. If it’s disposable, I throw it away. If it’s cloth, I throw it in my dirty clothes hamper and don’t put it back on until it’s been washed.
During this pandemic, we’ve developed a thing that’s now called “maskne.” It’s DREADFUL. No one likes having to wear a mask in the first place, and now we develop acne? What is this punishment for protecting ourselves?!
Anyway, maskne may be awful, but it’s no different than treating any other type of acne. It’s easy to get rid of (as long as you don’t pick at it!). Let’s go over some ways to treat your maskne, because if you’re like me, I know you have it.
- Wash your face!
After you take your mask off, wash your face thoroughly. Cleanse your pores, get rid of the oil and dirt. Make sure the area where you wore your mask is clean.
2. Wash your mask!
Unless it’s a cloth mask, NEVER re-use it. And if it’s cloth, wash it. Don’t wear it again the next day! It’s unsanitary, and it’s not good for your face. Make sure you’re washing it with good laundry detergent, as well. Sometimes the leading cause of maskne is improper laundry detergent on your face.
You should always moisturize, but especially to prevent maskne. If you have oily skin, this will help tremendously. Moisturizer will get rid of the oils on your face, and the chin tends to hold the most oils. With the sweat from the mask mixing with those oils, it creates maskne. So moisturize, moisturize, moisturize!
4. Take a mask break!
According to the American Academy of Dermatology Association, taking a 15 minute mask break every 4 hours can aid in preventing maskne. Now I’m not saying rip your mask off in the middle of a crowded Wal-Mart, but do it in a safe place. Outside, socially distanced. In your car. In your room. It helps!
5. Make sure your mask fits properly!
If your mask is too big, or too tight, get another mask. Masks with ties or adjustable loops are great! But if your mask doesn’t fit right, it won’t be good for your skin. So make sure you find a mask that works good for you.
6. Try a silk mask!
Did you know that silk pillowcases are better for your skin than cloth? Silk doesn’t hold oils and dirt the way cloth does. So a silk mask (that has two layers and it isn’t too thin) would also work the same! Silk would be better for your skin than a cloth mask, though cloth masks work well too.
7. Don’t touch your face so much!
You should use this tip even without a pandemic. Touching your face in general introduces your skin to a plethora of dirt and oil on your fingertips. So try not to touch your face so much. It’s hard for those who fidget, like me, but you will benefit from you.
If you follow these tips, you should avoid maskne and gain better skin in general! So do your best and remember to clean your face!
Yours truly, Abigail.