While this pandemic situation is not in the green just yet, we advocate masking up not just for yourselves but for the people around you. We do acknowledge that this necessity comes with its own set of problems, and in the beauty world, the term mask-ne has become a household term.
Mask-ne is basically mask acne, which is a breakout caused by wearing masks for extended periods of time. We break down our tips to healthier masking habits to help avoid skin irritation.
1. Opt for a cleanser that's gentle on the skin.
Having a mask on can lead to excess oil, bacteria, and sweat. Make sure you use gentle cleansers that are free from perfume or alcohol. These may trigger your breakouts and flare ups, making it more difficult for your skin to heal.
If you find that your breakout is more severe, you might want to opt for cleansers that have salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide in them. Phina's Little Factory has a wonderful soap that contains salicylic acid created specifically for acne breakouts.
Make sure to wash your face religiously, up to thrice a day.
2. Use a noncomedogenic moisturizer.
Noncome... what? Don't be overwhelmed. Noncomedogenic moisturizers are basically products that contain ingredients that won't cause blockage in your pores, as blockages often trigger breakouts.
Remember to research ingredients for yourself instead of trusting the manufacturer's word. On our end, we recommend The Unbranded's Day Shield, which is paraben, fragrance, sulfate, and alcohol-free. Most importantly, it's free of any mineral or comedogenic oil.
3. Take a break from makeup or do the bare (organic) minimum.
We wouldn't recommend piling on more layers on top of your sensitive skin, but if it's a must, an all-natural lip and cheek tint can do wonders for your complexion (and keep your flare ups at bay).
Anonymous Juicy Tints are all natural and are safe for even the most sensitive skin.
4. Wash your fabric mask after every use.
Bacteria can easily build up on the fabric especially when your skin's natural oils and sweat gets on it. Make sure to wash all your fabric masks right after use. Stock up on fabric masks like you would clothes so you can grab a fresh one if you're in a hurry.
For disposable ones, make sure to throw them out after every use.
5. Let your skin breathe every four hours.
If you're wearing your mask for long periods of time, try to take it off every four hours when you are in open air. If you have a topical antibiotic at home, you may also apply it on your skin before putting your mask back on.
Even though mask-ne can be frustrating, putting on masks in this pandemic is still very much necessary. Follow these tips religiously and hopefully it will help clear your breakouts. For more severe cases, we advise you to visit your dermatologist.