Who can’t wait to get rid of this thing?! I’m talking about the newest “fashion” accessory: masks. Not only does it make it harder for everyone to hear – I know as flight attendants this is a fact when we when taking drink orders on the plane, and not to mention having to play mask police walking up and down the aisle making sure people keep them on the correct way – but hassles and added job titles aside, they can wreak havoc on your skin! Raise your hand if you’ve even been personally victimized by MASKNE
I know I have. Especially when traveling and having to keep the mask on for long periods of time – from the time I leave my apt/hotel, in an Uber/on public transportation, throughout the terminal. On the flight. And basically until I get to my hotel room or back home. What is Maskne? It’s basically acne caused by your mask. When we breathe, moisture gets trapped in the mask, causing sweat/natural skin oils to build up, clog your pores and create those pesky zits, cysts, blackheads, whiteheads, you name it. I’m here to drop a 10 tips on how you can prevent/avoid maskne.
- Change your mask: one of the easiest ways to prevent maskne is to change your mask every few hours. Whether you have a few extra cloth masks or disposable masks – Changing your mask throughout your day/travels can reduce oils and dirt that can build up on your face and clog your pores.
- Clean your mask: if you choose to wear fabric/cloth masks that aren’t disposable, make sure you wash it. Throw it in with your laundry or hand wash it daily. Keeping your mask clean can help you maintain clean skin and also get rid of germs from cross contamination – from touching your masks after touching other surfaces or being exposed to droplets from others coughing or sneezing. Bleh
- Spray your mask: before wearing it – use a toner with salicylic acid (I use Thayers Witch Hazel) and spray your mask/let it dry before you put it on. This helps to prevent build up of dirt/oils that can cause acne and clog your pores
- Apply Moisturizer: your skin gets dry enough from the lack of moisture in the air on the plane. Adding a mask can cause itchiness or more dry skin. Applying moisturizer can help reduce dryness and add a protective layer between your mask and your skin from chafing. Note* the same goes for your lips too. Apply chapstick or petroleum jelly to help keep them from drying out
- Use breathable fabric: certain materials such as nylon & polyester can irritate your skin. Go with a breathable fabric such as cotton.
- The Right Fit: you don’t want you mask to be too tight or too loose, causing you to constantly touch it and rearrange it constantly. Touching your mask too often can transfer germs from your fingers to your mask/face
- Clean you skin: use a gentle cleanser before your mask and after removing your mask. (CeraVe Foaming Cleanser & Cetaphil are both gentle brands cleansers for normal to oily skin or if you have sensitive skin/are new to a skin care routine). You can even skip the makeup where your mask covers your face or use a toner on your skin to rid of impurities.
- Keep skin hydrated: keeping your skin hydrated will help protect your skin from redness and dryness. As mentioned before you can apply a moisturize or spritz on some facial mist with rose water or cucumbers, both which have properties to help sooth irritated skin. Lumion Skin makes a great hydration mist called Miracle Mist that is so so good for all skin types or Mario Badescu facial spray with aloe & rosewater is one of our favorites.
- Wear SPF: just because your covering up part of your face, doesn’t mean skip on the sunscreen. Rays from the sun can still penetrate through your mask. Apply your SPF. There’s even brands that make moisturizers with SPF. Choose an oil free one to help avoid excess oil to buildup on your face and cause maskne. One of our most favorite brands to use is Sun Bum Mineral Tinted Sunscreen for your face because it’s like wearing makeup but not. It goes on sooo smooth and feels silky and clean 😉
- Avoid touching your face: try not to touch your mask or face too often to avoid cross contamination. Always wash your hands or use a sanitizer before touching your face or around your mask If none of these tips seem to help prevent maskne it could be a deeper issue, and its recommended to visit a dermantoligst to help you figure out what’s going on with your skin. Changes in hormones or diet for example can affect your skin and cause you to break out. If you have any tips of your own that help prevent/avoid maskne feel free to share! Go Live. Stay Fit! Stay Safe!