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What is maskne and how do you get rid of it?

by Liane T on August 11, 2020
What is Maskne?

What is maskne?

As face masks become a daily accessory, we are also faced with the phenomenon of 'maskne' - acne and irritation from mask wearing. You may have noticed increased flare ups such as breakouts, rashes and dryness around your mouth, cheeks and chin area, all signs that point towards maskne.

Why do we experience maskne? 

Skin trouble under the face mask is due to constant friction of the fabric against your skin which causes dryness and inflammation, compounded by dirt and moisture trapped underneath the mask that creates a breeding ground for bacteria. This is further exacerbated by heat and humidity experienced after extended periods of mask wearing, especially outdoors or while exercising.

How do we combat maskne?

While mask wearing is here to stay (for good reason!), maskne can thankfully be avoided with a few simple steps.

#1 Keep clean
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Apart from swapping out and washing your face masks regularly, cleansing the skin before and after wearing a mask is the first step to preventing maskne as it minimises dirt and bacteria trapped under the fabric, and clears the skin of any build up. Take off smooth is an ultra-gentle cleanser that removes dirt, sweat and make up without stripping the skin of natural oils and causing dryness or inflammation.

#2 Stay hydrated
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Keep your skin hydrated as heat and sweat built up under face masks can worsen inflammation and lead to heat rash. Time out refresh is a quick-absorbing essence mist that will instantly cool and refresh your skin even when on-the-go.

#3 Sooth and smooth
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Moisturising is a crucial step in soothing dryness, as well as creating a protective layer to reduce friction between the skin and face coverings. When it comes to preventing maskne, opt for a water-based formula over oil-based ones that can clog pores and worsen acne. Level up higher is a feather-light formula suitable for both day and night use that will help calm and nourish your skin.

#4 Rest and recover
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Let your skin recuperate as constant friction from everyday mask wearing can compromise the skin’s surface, leaving it more vulnerable to irritants. Keep calm meditate is an organic tencel sheet mask can be added to your routine a few times a week or even daily to replenish and strengthen your skin barrier.

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