Maskne, aka, mask acne is a skin condition caused by wearing face masks - very 2020. Wearing a face mask daily is part of our new normal and we're wholeheartedly embracing it (obv) - we're just not that keen on the spots, congestion, redness and inflammation that it can bring.
Unlike its close companion, acne, maskne is directly linked to wearing a face mask and can impact anyone, causing angry breakouts around the mouth, chin and nose.
Here’s a few tips on how to combat maskne for clearer and calmer skin:
- Got a hot, sweaty mask? Us too. We're a fan of reusable face masks, but make sure to clean them regularly to prevent blemish-causing bacteria and dead skin cells building up. Chuck 'em in the wash or simply place in boiling water and air dry after use. Make sure your mask is also a good fit, anything too tight will only aggravate your skin further by causing micro-tears.
- Use a decongesting cleanser like Crystal Clear to reduce blackheads and keep skin feeling fresh. It contains salicylic acid which helps cleanse deep into pores, preventing that feeling of clogged, uncomfortable skin. Crystal Clear is best used as a second cleanse, after removing makeup with Swipe Clean, so it can really get to work on your skin.
- Put your skin barrier first, hydrate and moisturise twice daily. Plumping Mega Mist and nourishing Babe Balm are perfect for this. Mega Mist uses hyaluronic acid to draw moisture into the skin, whilst Babe Balm helps protect skin by keeping it soft and supple. A strong and healthy skin barrier is more resilient to stressors such as an irritating face mask.
- Keeping your mask and face clean is half the battle, sanitize your hands with an anti-bac such as Clean Hands to avoid transferring bacteria to your face (you probably touch it more than you think!). Clean Hands is made with moisturising glycerin, lavender and green tea, so it's ultra soothing and won't dry your hands out.
Cute, sustainable masks, we all need 'em. Here's a few of our favourites:
Made from fabric cut offs, these reusable face masks come in a variety of colours and patterns to match every outfit.
Labrum's washable and reusable face mask was originally designed to give out to frontline workers. However due to popular demand, they have increased production and all revenue generated will be donated to the Wickers Charity, who provide care packages for the young people they support and their families at this difficult time.
Each mask is made to order, meaning absolutely no waste. Handmade in the UK and using only natural fabrics, these breathable face masks are great for your skin and can even come with frills (yasss).
Made from recycled ocean plastic, WEARTH's face mask comes with 5 filters. With every purchase, two medical grade PPE face masks are donated to front line workers in the UK.
Reusable cotton face masks in beautiful prints, they are machine washable, made in London and all profits go to Maggie's Cancer Care charity.
Written by Hannah, Assistant Communications Manager