Face masks have become an essential part of your daily outfit, but it doesn’t mean you’ve gotten comfortable wearing them, especially in this tropical weather. Sweat, oils, and dirt can get trapped under your mask, and friction between the cloth and your face can irritate your skin—even possibly leading to maskne.
Mask acne comes in the form of acne mechanica, or pimples brought about by friction, rubbing, or pressure. These kinds of irritations can cause your skin to weaken, allowing bacteria to penetrate it and lead to breakouts. But don’t worry. There are ways to #SkiptheMaskne while staying safe! Below are our top tips on how to keep your skin clear of annoying maskne.
1. Wash your cloth mask.
In case you’re still using disposable face masks, get yourself a cloth mask, stat. It’s a much better investment financially and environmentally (plus, some of them have super cute designs!). The only trade-off with cloth masks is that it’s absolutely critical for you to wash these after each use in order to get rid of oils, dead skin, and dirt that get stuck in the fabric. To prevent skin irritation, only use fragrance-free, hypoallergenic detergents when washing your cloth masks.
2. Wear lightweight makeup.
As much as you love serving ~lewks~ even while wearing a face mask, you may want to consider ditching your full-coverage makeup and opt for breathable cosmetics instead. Bring back your no-makeup makeup look and edit your products as necessary to make sure you don’t clog your pores and cause maskne. Pro tip: Use makeup products that are labeled “non-comedogenic” so you’re assured that these won’t build up in your pores.
3. Use an antibacterial cleanser daily.
It’s best to cleanse your skin before you put on your face mask, and one way to do this is by using a gentle yet effective cleanser, like the NEW Pond’s Anti-Bacterial Facial Foam. It has beta hydroxy acid, or BHA for short, that helps unclog your pores of excess sebum, dead skin cells, and pimple-causing bacteria to prevent acne.
4. Take a mask break every four hours.
As recommended by the American Academy of Dermatology, taking off your mask for 15 minutes every four hours helps your skin feel less sore and irritated, especially when face masks are worn over long periods. This doesn’t mean that you should remove your mask anywhere; only do so outdoors where you’re socially distanced from people or when you’re alone in your car.
5. Freshen up your skin with antibacterial products.
Acne-causing bacteria live on your skin’s surface, and these pesky skin demons lay in wait for their next opportunity to wreak havoc on your skin. While you’re on the go, it’s a good idea to keep antibacterial essentials nearby to keep your skin maskne-free, like the NEW Pond’s Anti-Bacterial Face Mist or Pond’s Anti-Bacterial Face Wipes. Whichever application method you prefer, mist or wipes, the anti-bacterial formula of Pond's contains alpha hydroxy acid or AHA that thoroughly exfoliates your skin, stripping away dead skin, dirt, makeup, and bacteria, and leaving your skin refreshed and smooth beneath your face mask.