Okay, so we can all agree that 2020 is been a shitshow of a year so far. Along with everything else we now have a new problem to contend with; Maskne. Maskne, or mask acne, is a by-product of COVID-19 virus mask wearing and since many areas are mandating mask use to quell the spread of the virus (NO mask debates allowed. I mean it, really.) folks are finding that their beautiful faces are breaking out. So let’s take a look at this new phenomenon and how we can prevent it and keep you looking PHINE!
What Causes Mask Acne?
Acne usually develops when pores get clogged by oil, dead skin cells, makeup, dirt, or bacteria. This can lead to blackheads, whiteheads, or pimples that can vary in size and type, depending on how infected they get. Adopting a simple skin-care routine—including cleansing, exfoliating, moisturizing, and wearing sunscreen—helps manage acne because it helps with the skin’s natural shedding process. Regular cleansing and exfoliating ensures that all that gunk and dead skin cells are removed rather than clogging your pores. Moisturizing and wearing sunscreen helps ensure the skin’s protective outer layer functions properly.
But wearing a face mask can interfere with that process. Instead of those dead skin cells shedding throughout the day, they now get clogged in your pores. Masks also provide the perfect humid environment for bacteria to grow in our skin, which can lead to a breakout.
How can you treat Maskne?
Of course there are the old favorites of OTC treatments (benzoyl peroxide-containing spot treatments) or for more aggressive cases a dermatologist may prescribe steroids or other harsher treatments which may lead to even more sensitive skin and irritation.
So what is your Voodoo Mama’s suggestion? Why it’s simple… Wash your face!
Okay, so I know that it’s a little banal but it’s really that simple. (Get ready for a shameless plug…) Washing your face (and the rest of your bits and bobs) with a high quality, natural, soap is key to whisking away the bacteria that causes acne as well as balancing the oils in your skin. This is a key to keeping your skin calm and less irritated by the masks and you much more comfortable. We also suggest that you use a moisturizer and sunscreen to help keep your skin in tip top shape! (Now for the shameless plug)
We offer several soaps that have some super ingredients that may just help your maskne problems; Alchemist Table, Olive You!, Black Magic, and The Bodyguard. Each soap possesses very unique properties and leave your skin clean and sparkly (we’re not going to make medical claims ’cause we don’t do that!) and are totally awesome for all your nooks and crannies!
Maskne is just another annoyance 2020 is bringing us but with a little self-care you’ll breeze through it like the magnificent beast you are!
Shine on you crazy diamond & Namaste, my Friends!