"Maskne" - The Cause and the Cure

Wearing a mask is essential in helping limit the spread of coronavirus. As we all adjust to wearing a mask every day, many people are noticing an increase in acne, or “maskne.”

Mask wearing can irritate your skin, clog pores and trigger acne breakouts.

Perioral dermatitis is specifically a very common complaint, this refers to breakouts around the mouth and nose. Since masks are so essential, it is crucial to overcome any concerns or issues surrounding wearing one. The key to ensuring healthy skin lies in your skincare routine, this applies more than ever when you are wearing a mask everyday, it is vital to adjust your skincare routine to compensate for this new normal.

Here are our top 5 tips to help prevent “maskne”:

Cleanse your face: When you don’t cleanse your face prior to putting on a mask, you are sealing in any dirt and oil that was on your skin, which can lead to irritation and breakouts. If you put your mask on cleansed skin, you significantly reduce the chances of skin issues. When selecting a cleanser, you want to make sure you choose one that is free from harsh chemicals and fragrances, in addition, you want to find something that is light and gentle on your skin. AlumierMD has a range of cleansers to choose from. All of their products, including their cleansers, are free from, dyes, parabens, sulfates, phthalates, and fragrances. They have formulated the perfect gentle and clean solution to protect your skin. Here are our top cleanser recommendations from the AlumierMD line:

  1. Purifying Gel Cleanser: Purifying Gel Cleanser is a pH-balanced foaming cleanser that gently and effectively cleans skin by removing impurities and excess oil, leaving it smooth and soft. Coconut and plant-based surfactants gently cleanse. Chamomile, aloe and opuntia ficus-indica soothe and hydrate for skin that feels fresh, supple and comfortable.

  2. HydraBoost Cleanser: HydraBoost is a smooth, hydrating pH-balanced creamy cleanser that delicately removes impurities, excess oil and makeup. The natural cleanser yucca seed extract gently cleans skin. Vitamin E, sunflower seed oil and argan oil moisturize, leaving skin smooth, soft and intensely hydrated.

  3. Acne Clarifying Cleanser: Acne Clarifying Cleanser deep-cleans pores and calms skin for a clearer complexion. Salicylic acid penetrates pores to help control acne pimples and allow skin to heal. Oligopeptide-10 works synergistically with salicylic acid to improve the appearance of acne. Boswellia, honey and rice bran extract soothe and hydrate skin, leaving it fresh, supple and comfortable.

Moisturize: Apply a clean and lightweight moisturizer before putting on your mask. A good moisturizer will act as a barrier between your skin and any irritation from your mask. You want to make sure your moisturizer is light, fragrance free, and non-comedogenic (specifically designed to prevent the clogging of pores). Here are our recommendations:

  1. HydraSmooth: An ultra-light, fast-absorbing, non-comedogenic moisturizer formulated to restore clarity to acne-prone skin.Salicylic acid deeply penetrates pores to remove dead skin cells, help control acne pimples and allow skin to heal. An innovative encapsulated salicylic acid technology provides controlled delivery into the skin, which decreases side effects and extends effectiveness over time. Hinokitiol, sea whip and boswellia relieve redness and irritation. Allantoin and vitamin E maintain skin’s moisture balance and the hydrolipid barrier.

  2. HydraClarité: HydraClarité Moisturizer is an ultra-light non-comedogenic antioxidant-rich hydrator specially formulated for oily and blemish-prone skin. Hinokitiol and sea whip soothe the skin and relieve redness and irritation. Allantoin and honey maintain the skin’s moisture balance.

Make Sure Your Mask is Clean: wash your mask between each wear. Not only is this a good idea to help prevent the spread of coronavirus, this also helps make sure there is no bacteria getting transferred between your mask and your face each time you put it on.

Go barefaced: Putting a mask on top of makeup can further aggravate skin issues such as clogged pores and irritation. Now is the perfect time to give your skin a break and go barefaced under your mask.

Wear a Mineral Sunscreen: Mineral sunscreens are beneficial for acne-prone skin. Chemical sunscreens get absorbed by your skin which can cause allergic reactions and skin irritation. Mineral sunscreens are a better choice to prevent acne as they “sit on top of the skin” AlumierMD’s range of mineral sunscreens are non-comedogenic, leave no white cast, are non-greasy and are applied effortlessly.

We will be wearing masks for the foreseeable future, and the key to keeping your skin happy and healthy lies in your skin care routine. Book a consultation with Dr. Dale today to find the right combination of medical grade skin care products for you.

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