Wearing the newly necessary PPE mask is causing a new form of breakout caused by friction, sweat and lack of circulation. Depending on the design of your mask the breakouts are usually usually in areas of contact-jaw, cheekbones and nose.
Tips to counter act MASKNE...
-Wear a clean mask every day
-Wash cloth cotton masks daily-don't dry with dryer sheets
-Don't wear makeup under the mask. Only make up your eyes!
-Drink your water! Now wearing a mask drinking our usual quota of water takes more effort
-Fewer skincare products works better than aggressive scrubbing. Applying your typical acne or anti again serums under your mask will actually intensity them. The occlusion of your mask over skin treated with benzo or retinol makes the skin more reactive. Save those for nighttime treatment.
-Dont over-wash your face as this will contribute to the imbalance
If the bumps on your face look like a rash or are itchy it may be dermatitis not acne. Hydrocortisone may help, but dont over do it.
If your break outs are the cystic type icing for two minutes at a time daily can help reduce inflammation, pain & redness.
Dr. Kanchanapoomi Levin explained the root causes behind maskne: "Maskne is medically called acne mechanics, which is acne that is caused by heat, friction, and occlusion. By wearing a mask, a warm and moist environment is created from breathing, talking, laughing, etc., which then leads to an overgrowth of a natural bacteria called P.acnes. P.acnes, however, when it overgrows, can lead to acne breakouts. The occlusion and friction from the mask combined with our skin's oil and sweat can cause irritation, which can lead to irritant-contact dermatitis or dry, itchy, and even raw skin." https://www.sfgate.com/shopping/article/how-to-stop-maskne-and-breakouts-face-mask-acne-15471959.php#photo-19544173
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