What is Maskne?
Maskne (mask acne) is a term used to describe the flare ups we are getting in the area around where our mask sits.
Acne caused by masks is different to normal acne (which is usually caused by hormonal changes) as it is a direct result of a physical disruption of the skin. As masks are designed to keep us safe by limiting the airflow entering or exiting that area, this will create a humid environment that traps moisture and sebum. Our open pores then become blocked which will then cause uncomfortable and inflamed break outs.
Maskne typically occurs around the mouth and nose area but can also affect the jawline.
What can I do to prevent Maskne?
We need to keep on wearing our masks to keep ourselves and others around us safe from Covid-19, here’s a few tips on how to make that a little easier on our skin.
Try getting a soft fabric mask that fits nicely, if its too loose it wont have as much protection, but if its too tight it could cause more maskne flare ups.
Avoid disposable masks if possible, not only is this a more expensive option but it also has a negative effect on our planet.
Wash your mask on a regular basis, its always handy have a few masks in rotation so you are never without a mask on laundry day.
Avoid wearing make up! Make up mixed with the moisture is not a good mix at all, try and keep the skin as clear as possible. Yes ladies, we can enjoy that extra lay in instead!
Mask acne can affect any skin type and not just oily/combination skin so the key is to work the right products into your skincare routine.
If you don’t already, cleanse twice daily! Once in the morning before putting on your mask and then at the end of the day once you take your mask off. This will help cleanse the pores and rid them of any build up that could cause the blockages.
Exfoliate!! Depending on your skin type you will want to exfoliate the skin 2-3 times a week to get rid of any dead skin cells but also cleanse deep down into the pores getting them squeaky clean.
Once a week you could introduce a mask into your evening skincare routine, if you are seeing congestion on the skin you can get some wonderful cleansing masks to give your skin an extra boost. Anyone with a normal/dry skin use a moisturising mask to soothe the skin from any chafing the mask might be causing in that area.
You should use a serum or a treatment on a daily basis based around your skin type. If you are suffering with mask acne look out for cleansing or anti bacterial ingredients that help control oil production such as, tea tree, lemon grass and lavender as an anti inflammatory. Another magical ingredient you may have already heard of is Salicylic acid, an organic acid that helps to unclog and also tighten pores reducing the risk of congestion.
Finish off with a moisturiser to suit your skin type, if it’s the morning don’t forget to add an SPF to protect your skin from UV rays.
The list is endless of products available for you to use, with so many options out there. If you are unsure of where to start with your routine please feel free to come and see us and our therapists will be more than happy to point you in the right direction.
Meanwhile check out these recommendations below for Caudalie’s Vino Pure range
Caudalie Vinopure Purifying Gel Cleanser cleanses and purifies the skin without causing dryness, you can use this day or night (or both!) . Uses salicylic acid, lavender and lemongrass £16 available to purchase at the spa reception.
Caudalie’s Vinopure Blemish Control Serum is the perfect addition to your routine. This concentrated shot of natural salicylic acid and organic essential oils works to visibly reduce blemishes, tighten pores and refine. Available to purchase at the spa reception for just £29.
Beauty Elixir is one of Caudalie’s best sellers. It fits in perfectly with any skincare routine and has so many uses! Made of 100% natural-origin ingredients and bursting with powerful plant extracts, this cult favourite reveals an instant radiance boost for the complexion, whilst tightening the pores and smoothing fine lines and make-up creases. Its perfect to keep in your handbag or at your desk to refresh the skin throughout the day.
Famously used as a make-up setting spray backstage at fashion shows, this priming mist can be used under or over your complete make-up look, enhancing its longevity and reviving tired and dull-looking skin.
This revitalising mist gives you an immediate radiance boost. Of course its available to purchase at the spa reception for £32!