We are experiencing unprecedented times. Face masks have become a necessity. Countries are taking different approaches to ensure people continue to wear face masks, particularly in crowded areas.
However, wearing face masks come with their own issues, with a common problem faced by many being mask-induced acne. If you are getting acne triggered by wearing masks, you are not alone. Complaints about mask induced acne are very common, so much so that it has received its own nomenclature – ‘Maskne’. 1
Maskne is not a new phenomenon though. In 2003, when Singapore was fighting the deadly SARS virus, it was a common phenomenon among healthcare professionals. This kind of acne, caused by sweat and oil trapped inside the mask, is a frequent occurrence in hot and humid climatic areas such as Malaysia.2
Let’s understand a few things about it and how you can protect your skin:
The Common Skin Problems Associated With Masks:
While acne is the most common dermatological problem, covering the face can also cause itching, redness, red rashes and sores. Increased perspiration on warmer days can aggravate these issues.3
The Root Cause of ‘Maskne’:
Covering the face with a mask regularly and for long periods can increase sweating and result in oiliness. This, in turn, can clog the pores and cause acne. 3
Choosing The Correct Mask Fabric:
Cotton is the most comfortable fabric, to control the appearance of acne since it lets your skin breathe. However, medical-grade masks such as surgical masks provide a higher grade of protection. Single-use masks are a good choice too. 3
In case you are using a reusable mask, wash it regularly with fragrance-free or hypoallergic laundry detergent. It is best to avoid fabric softeners.
Recommended Skincare Routine:
A diligent skincare regimen can help you keep acne under control. Here are a few things you can do:
1. Wash your face with a mild acne cleanser twice daily.
2. Avoid wearing makeup while using a mask.
3. Choose your skincare products carefully. Avoid harsh chemicals or substances that can irritate your skin.2,3,4
Getting Rid Of Those Stubborn ‘Maskne’ Scars:
Living with acne is not easy – especially when you have to continue wearing the mask while treating the acne. In case of fresh acne, use a gentle exfoliator or hydrator to keep the small particles away and prevent them from clogging the skin.4
Use an effective over-the-counter product to treat acne scars. Dermatix® Acne Scar has been clinically proven to treat acne scars effectively. Crafted by dermatological experts in Europe, Dermatix® Acne Scar with active ingredients niacinamide and ActivGCS beauty enhancers (snail slime extract), is formulated to improve acneic skin and visibly improve the appearance of acne scars while moisturizing the skin.5
Dermatix® Acne Scar is suitable for use as part of a daily beauty regime, as it has been dermatologically tested, is non-photosensitizing and specifically formulated for Asian skin. The formulation does not contain alcohol, fragrance and paraben.5
With its regular usage, 72% of patients have felt less visible scars, 66% have felt their skin to be softer and smoother and 63% feel that their scars look more even. Using it twice daily can help you get back the blemish-free look in just 4 weeks.6
Finally, don’t feel low if you are suffering from maskne – mild or severe. You are not alone. With a well-followed skincare regimen, you will be able to see a vast difference in your skin.