(GoHealthier.com) – Face mask acne, or “maskne” as it’s sometimes called, is an uncomfortable breakout caused by wearing masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Young or old, male or female and even for those who previously had clear skin, mask acne can be a problem. Fortunately, there are ways to treat it, and we have all the details in the full article.
Acne isn’t just a teenage problem; many adults still battle it, and wearing masks has increased the number of people dealing with acne. Face mask acne doesn’t have to take over your life. There are some great ways to treat it and reduce the chances of future breakouts and their severity. Read on to find out the best treatments for face mask acne.
You Can Treat Face Mask Acne at Home
Wash Your Face More Often
It’s a good idea to wash your face in the morning and evening to reduce the risk of acne from wearing a mask. Those who need to wear a mask for hours at a time may also want to consider cleansing their faces during their lunch breaks. By washing more often, moisturizing and avoiding makeup, skin pores have a chance to breathe more easily and prevent clogs that cause breakouts.
Choose a Cotton Mask
Cotton masks are the best choice for avoiding mask acne. Cotton is more breathable than other fabrics, keeping pores cleaner. While there are many different types of masks, choosing one that helps air circulate between it and the face may also help reduce acne risks. Mask shape also matters because some masks cling to the face more than others. Finding a quality cotton mask that allows for air circulation around the nose and mouth may mean less acne.
Wash Your Mask After Each Use
The CDC recommends washing a reusable mask after every use. Not only does that keep the mask cleaner, but it may reduce the chances of dirt and oil building up and blocking facial pores. That buildup may be the most significant cause of mask acne, so avoiding it might translate to clearer skin and fewer breakouts. It isn’t always convenient to wash a mask every day, but having several masks makes it easier to swap them out and have a fresh, clean mask for every required outing.
Choose the Right Facial Cleaner
The cleansers people use on their faces may make a difference for mask-based acne reduction, as well. Products that are too harsh or drying may make acne more likely because there is more opportunity for bacteria, dirt, and oils to invade the pores and cause breakouts in overly dry skin. Using a cleanser designed for acne but still gentle on the skin might make it easier to keep breakouts at bay and skin looking and feeling healthy.
No matter your age or how often you have to wear a mask, face mask acne can be frustrating and even embarrassing. With a few simple tips, treating it and reducing the problems it causes might be simple. Then you can safely and effectively wear a mask while keeping your skin healthy and happy.
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